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Old 10-26-08, 12:41 PM
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They cut my throat and I get a new bicycle

Thursday I went to Mayo Clinic and they removed my thyroid. We've been watching a benign growth for over a year and finally decided it had to go. I can't ride for two more weeks but my wife says I can buy a road bike when I'm well enough to ride. My LBS has a Trek 1.5 in my size (they are not confident in recommending CF for my 265lbs weight). I've been pushing my Navigator for 35 to 45 mile group rides averaging 14 to 15 mph and while it's been great for comuting and riding in the State Park I want a road bike for longer rides. I really like the 1.5 but I'm still open to suggestions.

Help me concentrate on a new bike and forget how bad my throat hurts.
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Have your doc get you started on "ARMOUR THYROID"
Just passed 9,300 miles this year on my Felt F-80 Road Bike.
Last Fridays 76 mile ride @ The 9,000 mile mark:
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Have your doc get you started on "ARMOUR THYROID"
Just passed 9,300 miles this year on my Felt F-80 Road Bike.
Last Fridays 76 mile ride @ The 9,000 mile mark:
They started me on Levothyroxine (Armour is getting harder to find these days) We're the same age BTW but apparently you got started cycling ahead of me. I haven't reached 2000 miles yet but I didn't start til the end of May. Your F-80 is comparable with Trek 1.5?
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Have your doc get you started on "ARMOUR THYROID"
Thyroids, Armour Thyroids.
What kind of kids love Armour Thyroids?
Big kids, little kids, kids who climb on rocks...




I'm not familiar with Armour, but my fiancee and my former housemate both take Levothryroxine and it works well.
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When my primary care physician noticed my enlarged thyroid and insisted on further testing and ultimately wanted surgery I made an appointment with Mayo Clinic. I'm a pharmacist and based on my experience and my wife's (a Mayo patient for almost 4 years) Mayo in Jacksonville is the best we have in Florida. I assure you I am aware of the issues you are raising with Armour Thyroid. (BTW it's not going off the market but there is an effort to limit supply and therefore raise the price. But as much as I appreciate your concerns about my medical treatment I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BUYING A BICYCLE. My throat hurts and I'm miserable and dreaming about my new bike is helping keep my mind off my troubles.
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Tons of bike choices out there. Specialized Allez, Felt has several choices, Jamis, Bianchi, etc etc. Tons.

Best bet is to hit every :BS in your reachable area and one will speak to you when you walk in eventually.

Best of luck on the recovery. Now I'm scared to get a new bike. I didn't realize it was such a cut throat process...........

Edit: Oh and don't forget Giant, Cannondale Caad series, even Fuji.

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Buy a road bike from a good LBS that treats you right and can and will fit you to the bike so you enjoy it.
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I can't ride for two more weeks but my wife says I can buy a road bike when I'm well enough to ride. My LBS has a Trek 1.5 in my size (they are not confident in recommending CF for my 265lbs weight).
As you wish, my LBS had no issues recommending to me a Specialized Sequoia model.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...equoia&eid=117
My size is 6'4" 275# presently, and still riding Schwinn 73 and 80 steel for road style tours. Otherwise been pleased with a Specialized Crossroads Sport for upright comfort type rides.

As recommended, work with a LBS you trust and provide quality service and sales suggestions.

Take care, best thoughts for quick and full recovery.
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So all it takes is a major surgery and removal of an organ for the wife to approve a new bike purchase? Had I only known this earlier.

I hope you recognize I'm just trying to inject humor, not belittle your situation. I'm sorry for your loss and I wish you a good recovery.

As for the bike people here have good recommendations. I myself bought a BikesDirect bike. But the most important thing is what you said:

I really like the 1.5
I found with a purchase of this size it's important to get something that you really like. For me that means color and style even. Some people will berate others for getting a bike that "looks good," but I'm personally not happy with a big investment like this if I skimp for some reason and didn't get the bike I wanted. That's all considering you have a budget of course.
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(they are not confident in recommending CF for my 265lbs weight)
Get CF if you want it and can afford it; for road riding 265lbs isn't an issue with most CF frames. I was riding a CF frame (a Lemond, which is basically a Trek 2.x frame with different colors) at 300lbs and no problems. Wheelset may be an issue based on what you choose, however.
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So all it takes is a major surgery and removal of an organ for the wife to approve a new bike purchase? Had I only known this earlier.

I hope you recognize I'm just trying to inject humor, not belittle your situation. I'm sorry for your loss and I wish you a good recovery.

As for the bike people here have good recommendations. I myself bought a BikesDirect bike. But the most important thing is what you said:



I found with a purchase of this size it's important to get something that you really like. For me that means color and style even. Some people will berate others for getting a bike that "looks good," but I'm personally not happy with a big investment like this if I skimp for some reason and didn't get the bike I wanted. That's all considering you have a budget of course.
You're giving me what I asked for. They've already cut my throat it's too late to cry.

And yes, the 1.5 comes in my size (which is substantial) and in a black and white frame that I really like. It rides like I'm floating.
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Wheelset may be an issue based on what you choose, however.
my LBS mentioned the possibility of using tandem wheels. Have any of you ever tried that? He assured me we could remove the "tandem label" but once I accepted the idea of being seen in broad open daylight in lycra I don't know that I have a lot of concern about what anyone thinks of how I look.
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OOOH agorgeous new bike!! A fabulous present!! Hope you feel better real soon -and know you will kick some serious butt with your new road bike!
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my LBS mentioned the possibility of using tandem wheels. Have any of you ever tried that? He assured me we could remove the "tandem label" but once I accepted the idea of being seen in broad open daylight in lycra I don't know that I have a lot of concern about what anyone thinks of how I look.
I think they may be over-reacting. I have Bontrager Selects on my cross-commuter bike, and Mavic Aksiums on my road bike. On BF and elsewhere, the Aksiums are widely considered to be bombproof wheels, and at <$250 for the pair they're a steal. Both the Aksium and bonty's are low-spoke-count wheelsets, and yet with 270 (previously 300) pounds of me and 25 lbs of bike and another 20lbs of cargo, and standing climbing up hills, I've never once thought there was an issue with the bontragers either. I talked to various people at my LBS and they have said at different occasions "There's really no effective weight limit on the Selects, there's nothing you couldn't do with your current setup. And if there is, we'll fix it."

If I ever have wheel failure on the selects, I'm going to buy another pair of Aksiums, or possibly consider the frequently recommended Ultegra/Open Pro combo.

With regards to using tandem wheels on a bike you buy, I'm not an expert on this topic, but I thought tandem wheels used a different rear spacing from the normal 130mm of a road bike. If they are indeed 130mm though, I don't see why they wouldn't work (but I can't imagine a tandem wheelset is as reasonable pricewise as the <$300 open pro/ultegra or <$250 aksium combo).
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My Son-In-law @ 260 lbs just got a new Cannondale Synapse 6.
He had wheels with 32 Spokes put on it.
32 spokes is what you will need.
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RedC,

Tell me about riding in Sebring. I live in Sebastian and have finally traced a route from here to there and back again. Across 70 from Ft. Pierce, up 27, starting east on Scenic 17 and 630 and finally SR 60. How many of those combinations have you biked or have you just between Lake Placid to Lake Wales?
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1st.... Best wishes for a speedy recovery

2nd ... I'm 245# & ride a Giant OCR Limited (carbon fiber w/ low spoke wheels-- 20 front/24 rear.)
http://archive.giant-bicycles.com/us...06&model=11445
http://www.xerowheel.com/prod_detail...&id2=19&pid=20

I haven't had any problems. As with any wheel, maintaining correct spoke tension will help keep the wheel true / prevent spokes breaking. If you go w/ low count wheels, after the first few hundred miles get the wheels retensioned & trued by a wheel artisian. (They may apear true, but will probably need to have the spokes tensioned.) Agreed, higher spoke counts may be less problematic but with a little TLC my wheels have been true and dependable.

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If you want something to take your mind off things, build a bike. Even if you don't do it "for real", do the research and spec it out on paper, starting with a frame. In addition to an excercise in distraction, it will help you identify what you really want in a bike. Then when the time comes to make a buying decision, you'll be better informed both about bikes and about what you want.
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RedC,

Tell me about riding in Sebring. I live in Sebastian and have finally traced a route from here to there and back again. Across 70 from Ft. Pierce, up 27, starting east on Scenic 17 and 630 and finally SR 60. How many of those combinations have you biked or have you just between Lake Placid to Lake Wales?
All of my rides have been between Lake placid and LaKe Wales. We use SR 17 as an alternative to 27 frequently. Check out "mapmyride" find rides and routes in Sebring, Fl. and look at routes for "Highlands Bikefest" December 5. I'm just getting started with distance riding but hopefully with a new bike and a new year we can cross paths.
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I've got a Trek 1.5 and while I'm just under 190 now I was probably 230 or so when I first got it. No issues but I had several flat tires at first. Those tire issues ended up being related to a tear in the tire itself from a road hazard and not me loading it down (although that probably didn't help).

I put some new tires on the bike and have never had an issue. The Trek 1.5 is a solid bike. I bet you'll be fine.

Now that I've ridden it a while I wish I'd have spent more money and gotten something with some better components but no matter what bike you get I think you think that after a period of time anyway.

I still love the bike.
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My good man, it sounds like you have already made your choice - you just haven't convinced yourself yet. I'd say go for the 1.5, if it "speaks" to you, that's what you need. I did that with my Surly this year, and I haven't been able to get off it. It's looking at hitting 3,000 miles in the first year (more like 8 months) of ownership.

I'm a firm believer in picking what you think is best. Specs schmecks, ride the bike you never want to stop riding.

Also no, there's no way you need tandem wheels. I'm still stuck over 300 lbs, and ride a 36h cross wheel. A 32h Open Pro with a Ultegra hub if you have wheel problems, but I bet the stockers will be fine.
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I've got a Trek 1.5 and while I'm just under 190 now I was probably 230 or so when I first got it. No issues but I had several flat tires at first. Those tire issues ended up being related to a tear in the tire itself from a road hazard and not me loading it down (although that probably didn't help).

I put some new tires on the bike and have never had an issue. The Trek 1.5 is a solid bike. I bet you'll be fine.

Now that I've ridden it a while I wish I'd have spent more money and gotten something with some better components but no matter what bike you get I think you think that after a period of time anyway.

I still love the bike.
What is it your components won't do? Everytime I ask about components the only thing anyone mentions is that better components last longer. I want to know if it works better now. If it wears out in a couple of years I'll replace it.
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...... Specs schmecks, ride the bike you never want to stop riding.
+1 Well said. If you love it , you'll ride it
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32 spokes is what you will need.
That's a vast over-simplification. To make a statement simply based on spoke count is how you start convincing people to spend more money on a gander. There are many 32-spoke wheels out there which are simply not up to snuff, and are less tough than some 20- and 24-spoke wheels.

RedC, get whatever you feel comfortable with and which gives you peace of mind. Don't feel like you have to upgrade right away either, many bikes come with perfectly adequate stock wheels.

If you'd feel more secure on 32 spokes, there are several solid choices, such as deep V's, CXP33's, and open pro's. If you want the "light road bike" look without sacrificing on durability, 20-spoke Aksiums and Ksyriums are great choices.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...46#post6832046 is a compilation of posts with respect to clydesdale wheels. Other posts in that thread discuss other aspects of the bike, also. You may want to peruse them.
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My only advice would be to enjoy the shopping around, i.e ride a few bikes before pulling the trigger. Listen for the one that calls your name and... Get well soon.
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