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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 10-06-13, 04:46 PM   #1
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Back in the saddle

Sold most of my bikes and started running for a while, but stopped because running isn't that enjoyable for me. After searching craigslist without any luck there were a few gems on eBay, so I snagged a '11 Cannondale SS at a fantastic price and took it out for a ride finally. Initially the ride was supposed to be 5-10 miles but put an ear bud in and it pushed me about 23 miles round trip at a pretty decent pace. The bike rides like a dream but some things concern me..
  1. The Cosmic Carbon wheels are 18/20(?) alloy/carbon clinchers. I am 261lbs. They seems to rattle a lot on descents and over small bumps. Are these as tough as some claim? 23mm tires might be too narrow for my size? They are inflated to the maximum psi but seem too squished when going up 'hills' when out of the saddle which is worrisome.
  2. Will the carbon rails on the seat snap under my weight? The seat is uncomfortable even with bibs but that's probably because my rear needs to get used to riding again.

On a positive note the ride was fantastic. Beautiful weather and such a fun ride. First time wearing bibs as well and felts a bit goofy with my gut hanging out but try not to care and just have fun since the weight will be gone eventually. The shorts I bought before I started riding are nearly brand new but are starting to become a little too loose.

Note to self:

• Fill the bottle with more ice.
• A secondary bottle diluted with gatorade would have been nice.

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Old 10-06-13, 05:17 PM   #2
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those carbones should be near bomb proof, though u can feel the vibrations from the alum rim and carbon sleeve. Any tire will give some under you when off the saddle and climbing. Its just air, it has to go somewhere regardless of what wheelset. I wouldn't worry about it too much. After you wear through those tires, I'd try some 25c but they might squish more.

Saddles are personal, what worked for the previous own doesn't seem to work for you. Good bibs can only do so much if the saddle doens't fit your seat bones.

And as mandatory forums pics of your super6
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