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Old 04-03-12, 08:51 AM
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New Clyde

I'm weighing in at 285lbs, 5'9". I used to lift, but hurt my back and the extra calories turned to fat. I'm currently undergoing a lifestyle change as I recently suffered with a mild case of pancreatitis on Feb. 29th when I tipped the scale at 309.9lbs.

I'm about to buy my first road bike to help with the lifestyle change. I've narrowed it down to:
2012 Defy composite 2 with sram apex
2011 Defy Advanced 3 with 105 5700
2012 Specialized Roubaix Apex with sram apex

I rode the Roubaix yesterday, really liked the bike. Going to try out the other ones tonight.
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Old 04-03-12, 09:27 AM
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welcome, and awesome choice of bikes cant go wrong with any of those. buy the one that looks the best as it will get you to ride more
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Lol, well I own a defy advanced so call me jaded, but I really like the bike.

I tried to get a specialized, but liked the giant dealer much more than the specialized dealer.

I will never figure out why this particular bike shop owner elected to stay in the back and work on bikes, and send the 20 year old kid to sell.
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mmmm Roubaix.

+1 to what CJC said. Or buy one on craig's list - tons of people buy bikes and never really ride them.

In other news, you will likely have problems with the stock wheels. See if you can get the shop to RETENSION the wheels before you ride them and then AGAIN after you ride about 200-400 miles. Retensioning is basically the process of ensuring the spoke tension is as close as possible all around (both sides of the front wheel should be the same, but the drive side of the rear will be much higher by design).

When your stock wheels eventually wear out, just plan on replacing them. No big deal.
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Lol, well I own a defy advanced so call me jaded, but I really like the bike.

I tried to get a specialized, but liked the giant dealer much more than the specialized dealer.

I will never figure out why this particular bike shop owner elected to stay in the back and work on bikes, and send the 20 year old kid to sell.
This is the opposite in my case. The Specialized dealer is more people oriented then the Giant dealer in my area. I have learned more in the 2 visits to the Specialized dealer then the three visits to the Giant dealer. Both of these LBS have extra people working the floor.

I have searched CL for Roubaix/Giant advanced in my area for the last 3 weeks and no dice.

What are good wheels to replace them with? During my last visit to the specialized store, they should me the advantages of the more expensive wheels, but I couldn't phathom putting $2000 rims on a bike.
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Since you're in the big city as us downstaters call it. Check out some cyclocross bikes. With the right tires (wider) it'll carry your weight. You may want to go ahead with a roadbike but looking doesn't cost anything. Look at as may bikes as you can and ride them.
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I second what Jethro said. A CX bike will allow you to ride the roads if you like then pull off onto a trail. If I were to do it all over again this is the route I would have taken
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Don't get me wrong I love my roadbike. I weigh 230 and I'm running 90 psi in front and 130 in the back on 25 mm tires. It does limit my choices as to where I can ride. I think something that can handle 32's would be a better choice for you.
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I'm near St. Louis, in Madison County. Not too many trails around here, but there are paved bike trails everywhere. They where specifically made for bike riders, but peds use them too.
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Any good recommendations for shorts/shoes? I'm a 40-42 waist, size 11 4E shoe.
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Love2Pedal.com for shorts!
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So I looked at Shirts and I have a 52" chest (lots of pushups in the Army) so I need to get a 4xl shirt? That is crazy... Or do I just stick with my normal 2xl?
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So I looked at Shirts and I have a 52" chest (lots of pushups in the Army) so I need to get a 4xl shirt? That is crazy... Or do I just stick with my normal 2xl?
In my experience, jerseys fit more snug. Maybe try a 3X, you can always return it.

BTW - I have a Giant Defy 2 and love it.
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Im getting the Specialized Sram Apex Compact. Why are shorts/shirts/shoes all in different sizes?
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Why are shorts/shirts/shoes all in different sizes?
Good question

Shoes have always varied from manufacturer to manufacturer and even within a manufacturer. In that sense, cycling shoes are no different.

Clothes on the other hand tend to be sized towards the manufacturer's main market. In that sense European firms produce clothes that tend to fit slimmer/smaller than NA firms. There are a lot of cycling clothes made in Europe that will never, ever, fit a Clyde, regardless if it is available in 4xl, for example.

The best thing you can do is view each manufacturer's sizing chart, which for the most part will provide you reliable information. As ill.clyde noted http://www.love2pedal.com/ is a great place to get proper fitting affordable shorts / tops. If you have any questions just email them and you will be taken care of.

If you find some shoes you like, chances are pretty good that some other BF member can help you with sizing and other questions.

Good luck with the new bike and remember ....... pictures are mandatory.
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I'll make sure to get a pic up sometime tomorrow.
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[email protected] is who you want to email. Yes there are higher quality bibs and jerseys available but at much higher prices. There may be some clydes here that would do some trading if they've lost a lot of weight and have some that are too big. Shoe sizes are difficult as well. I'll assume that you're talking clipless but @ size 11 you have a good selection available. I wear size 14 and Shimano's Mo-87 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...04_-1___202526 in size 48 are what I ride in. They have a $7.00 return charge but include a return form with the order with free shipping both ways. I'm a 2E width but I tighten the straps fairly tight. I had a "walk of shame"(wrong frame pump) of 2 miles in them once. The pedals I first got were Shimano PDM-324 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...60_-1___202530 but after awhile I switched to http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...73_-1___202530 as I didn't need the platform side.


I've heard Madison County has some great trails. I'll have to check them out sometime.
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2bibs for $56, seems like a good deal

Jersey sizes are weird. 50-52" chest, 285#, 5'9"
I'm going to have to squeeze into a 4xl. How tight are they supposed to be?

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In other news, you will likely have problems with the stock wheels. See if you can get the shop to RETENSION the wheels before you ride them and then AGAIN after you ride about 200-400 miles. Retensioning is basically the process of ensuring the spoke tension is as close as possible all around (both sides of the front wheel should be the same, but the drive side of the rear will be much higher by design).

When your stock wheels eventually wear out, just plan on replacing them. No big deal.
How much are a set of wheels?
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The falconi Jerseys run a size larger compared to his Primal stuff.

Wheels are like pickup trucks you can spend $18,000 to $60,000. Since you have the bike now I'd just ride it as is. I'd suggest buying the book "the Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt. After you read it A spoke tension meter is a good tool to quantify the health of your wheel. I have a Park TM-1. At a minimum start plucking the spokes. All the ones on the front should sound the same. The rear will be higher pitched on the drive side than the non drive side. The non drive side is only tensioned about 60% of the drive side because of the offset in the hub for the cassette. Bicycle wheels don't work the way most people think. Brandt's book is excellent in changing the way you view them.

It's not rocket science but it's not intuitively obvious either.
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