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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-27-07, 05:44 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by breadbin
Hey dustyone, I'd say ride a road bike for a while before you commit to buy. The positioning is so different to a hybrid and can feel awful awkward. I'm about 225lbs now and feel uncomfortable on a road bike, mainly I think due to my size and lack of proper core strength.....
I'm scratching my head on this one. I'm 230 lbs, and ride the hell out of my road bikes. I love 'em - I love the way they handle, I love they way they glide, climb, corner, and go fast. I do a lot of centuries, and a hybrid would be a real limiting factor for me.

You're right about the "ride a road bike" advice. That's the ONLY way to tell if they are for you or not. But once you get use dto one, you'll never go back.....
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well, I think this has put the nail in the coffin of me resisting a digital SLR. This guys has some fantastic photos on his website.
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Old 06-29-07, 05:33 AM   #28
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I've just tried a carbon frame at a LBS as well with some nice Dura Ace components and wow, did it feel nice and solid. But in the end I couldn't justify to spend 2500$ for a road bike when I already have a steel framed road bike at home which I bought in 1993 with the Shimano 105 components. I couldn't let me old bike down which has taken me through the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, so I gave the new shiny carbon bike back to the LBS and i'm happily hammering away on my trusty old steel frame.

Yes, I do have the urge as well to buy new shiny things as well but with goods over 500$ I'm very reluctant to give up my hard earned money, especially since I'm not even physically there yet to justify a new road bike.

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Old 06-29-07, 06:26 AM   #29
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I was told to show up for the 6:30 spin class Thursday I arrived at 5:45 to do some treadmill work prior, and I saw a class already going with my 6:30 instructor giving it all he had. I figured his schedule must have changed, so I jumped on a LifeCycle and pounded out 30 minutes of work feeling pretty good about things. As I cooled down I saw the class break up so I jokingly went over and let him know I was ready for the 6:30 session...his reply?....Let me go change shorts and I'll be right back.

He wasn't kidding.

I had no choice..I already committed to do this and figured the 30 minutes on the LifeCycle was punishment for being a wiseguy. I made it through...not so much on the "out of saddle" time...need to work on that. Overall, it felt good and I'm learning to adjust to the seat being at least even with the bars positioning.

For the record..that instructor is an animal...he worked every bit as hard on the 6:30 session as he did in the earlier day,right?

Thanks for the support. It looks like once us "indulgers" can get by the new factor..we're pretty hard workers. I'm not denying this though.... my major motivation to get this right is still that carbon ride next spring...if it works out as a just reward, cool. if it ends up I ride like a madman for 10 months only for fitness and weight as well. Benefits both ways I guess.

Now, let's all chip in and help Steve2K get over his "shutterbug".

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Originally Posted by redneckwes
Something to think about.

Keep the 7.5,
Then find a classic steel road bike to play with, they ride great and can be had for next to nothing.
A $1000+ steel bike 20 years ago can often be had for $150 now.
+1 If you decide to get seriously "roadie" then spend the $$$ to go light.

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