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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 06-07-09, 07:51 AM   #1
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hey everyone,

I am strongly considering a new bike. I am currently on a Le Monde Alpe de Huez, but I am not happy. I am having mechanical issues on many rides and dont feel like it is as "solid" as I would like - if that makes sense. I typically ride 30 - 50 miles at a time in either the Boston area or western MA. So I get significant hills and bad roads - potholes and the like. I have custom wheels so that's not an issue. I ride pretty hard, usually at say 17 mph of so if I am not on a hill. I am around 230, but lift a lot so while i definitely could lose 20 or so, my ideal weight would likely be 200 - 205 not 185. I carry most of my weight in my legs and ass, so I think I put significant pressure on the pedals and crankset etc. In fact, yesterday my left crank fell off - wonderful riding with one pedal and the other crank attached to your foot but not your bike....

The guys I ride with most regularly is a former racer and of course weighs 140lbs soaking wet, but says I need a better bike the way I ride, and I am inclined to agree. He is suggesting a much stiffer bike with better components which he says will last much longer and put up with the type of riding i do better than the Le Monde. He also thinks I should get something that is not aluminum- he is suggesting carbon.

I wanted to get the thoughts of a group of guys my size. I would be willing to spend up to around 2K. Any thoughts would be very appreciated.

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Look at CF, but you'll find it's a fairly compliant frame as well. It's not going to self destruct under you though. We have a few Clydes riding CF bikes and they are pretty happy with them. Look at the Madone, or the Specialized Tarmac.

Or, you could look at a good stiff Ti build, as well, from Litespeed or Moots, but you'll go up a bit in price.
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CF can hold alot more than 230lb. I had a trek madone for almost 2 years, and never had a problem with CF, i am 230lb
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