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New 'Clyde' from the UK

Old 08-14-14, 03:35 PM
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New 'Clyde' from the UK

First off, i'm really amazed by the amount of support that i'm seeing in this forum. Its unbelievable. This is my first post so 'Hi from the UK'.

I've been on the larger side since my high school days (now 25). I roughly weigh around 250lbs and use my mountain bike to cycle to work around twice or three times a week which is around 8 miles there and back. Go to the gym pretty regularly and put some serious hours onto the stationary bike.

My issue being my mountain bike is geting old and has a massive, weighty steel frame that is quite draining to pedal for long distances on the canal towpaths.

Looking to buy my first road bike.....looking at all my options and I like the look and spec of the Cannondale Synapse 8 2014 with Claris gearing.

Anyone have any other opinions or recommendations on choice etc?

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P.S big respect goes out to the people I see on here who have lost massive amounts of timber. Really well done and I have the upmost respect.
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Welcome to BF!

I started at 252 on a road bike, you shouldn't have any weight issues. Stay away from low spoke count wheels. I've got a couple of friends who have the Cad Synapse and really like them.
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Thanks for the welcome..... its nice to be here �

It has 32 spokes so I'll be safe there
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So far I have ridden Felt z95 and z85, the synapse in both aluminum and carbon....the Z85 was the clear winner so far :-) . At first I was hell bent on long distance stuff, 150-200 miles but upon reflection and reading into training some and realizing it could take 10 years of diligence to reach my training peak (as time steals away from me too) I decided to not "settle" so soon on what I want to "do" on a bike. I think the Z85 will take me along for a couple years at least :-).

But before cash changes hands I will redo the test rides and maybe throw in the CAAD8 myself too, the guy at the LBS was really focusing on endurance geometry, I asked to ride the Z85 last and it just felt so much more. "Alive" than the other bikes.

I just cracked under 240 today :-)...started riding June first at 280 or so, started cutting from 304 in May this year.

Doing my best to slip under 200 by Jan 1, then 160 by the end of April :-).

Myfitnesspal is my best friend right now, set on -2 per week and thus far not eating any exercise calories back .

But welcome to the team :-).

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Welcome Mike! I know zip about which bike is good for you but I do know you will find many wonderful
supportive people here.

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Great thanks guys.

I'll go for a test ride at the bike shop next week and see which is best
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Welcome, Mike.
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I purchased a trek 1.1 with Claris components in April and from me to you if you can afford better components you might want to do so. My bike is going in tomorrow for the fourth time to get tuned since I got it. I have 600 miles on this bike and I'm sick of it acting up!
I will be getting a new trek Domane 4.7 as soon as the new ones come out. If you can't afford it don't worry you will be fine especially if you can tune it yourself.
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Thanks for the heads up. In that case I'll bring the Tiagra version into the mix too.
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Originally Posted by ClaretMike
Thanks for the heads up. In that case I'll bring the Tiagra version into the mix too.
From what folks say in the Mechanics forum even the cheaper groupo's work well, they just do not shift quite as "nice".

My Trek 7200 does not have an expensive groupo on it, but I have adjusted virtually nothing in 800 miles. I had it stashed in the shed for about 8 years, when I got it out I flushed the rear derailor with WD-40 pro, and blew it out with an airgun, and replaced the shift cable, then tuned everything.

I cannot see why a bike would need that much fiddling in 600 miles unless it is a brand new cable stretching or something :-).

From what I have seen of the sub $1k-$1.5k bikes the most important step up you get is better wheels sometimes....and at the upper end you start to get into the new 11 speed 105 group, or the old 10 speed 105 group in the 2014's.

Tiagra and the old 105 are said to be very very close, but the Tiagra has the gear position indicators (if you want those, personally I do not).



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Well i assumed i weighed around 250 but just weighed in and i've slightly over estimated......actually 213 ��
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Originally Posted by ClaretMike
Well i assumed i weighed around 250 but just weighed in and i've slightly over estimated......actually 213 ��
This is a nice surprise I'm betting!
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Your weight isn't an issue as far as bike choice is concerned. Get the best spec you can afford in terms of components, but there's not much to be gained in spending lots of money to get better than 105. The ultegra and dura-ace groupsets are light, but they don't really work any better than 105. Tiagra is pretty solidly reliable too.

As far as frames are concerend, there's really no difference in quality between the big brands at a given price point. Buy the bike that feels right.

Burnley did OK in their first game back. Don't worry, you won't play that lot every week.
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Haha thanks. Going to look at some and test some tomorrow.

I thought we did okay. Few dodgy mistakes at the back but for our first game against Chelsea....yeah i'm pretty happy with the performance
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Haha thanks. Going to look at some and test some tomorrow.
Glad you're going to go ride "some" tomorrow. Go ride everything you can. See if there is a route the bike shop recommends that actually leaves the parking lot. I spent a day test riding bikes and there were two that really stood out to me. Others were just OK in comparison or I really didn't like. In the end, the bike that you enjoy most is the bike you will ride most.

And at a svelt 213, I would not limit yourself to a "relaxed" geometry. It may be right for you, it may not. Talk to the LBS, tell them about what you want, what your goals are, any medical issues, etc. My Lynskey geometry is more aggressive than the relaxed bikes I tested, and I love it.
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After recent events the biking was put on the back burner. Now the summer is approaching....its back on the list.

Looking at the Giant Defy, Specialized Allez or the Cannondale CAAD8.
Currently tip the scales at 217 lbs. Should this be an issue?

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Originally Posted by ClaretMike
Well i assumed i weighed around 250 but just weighed in and i've slightly over estimated......actually 213 😄
That's the problem of thinking in stones!

BTW at 217 you should be good on a road bike IMHO.
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Originally Posted by ClaretMike
After recent events the biking was put on the back burner. Now the summer is approaching....its back on the list.

Looking at the Giant Defy, Specialized Allez or the Cannondale CAAD8.
Currently tip the scales at 217 lbs. Should this be an issue?

Mike
If it were me I'd go for the Defy. Those are all good bikes though.
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If it were me I'd go for the Defy. Those are all good bikes though.
Had a look at a Defy and a CAAD8 today. Think the Defy is more up my ally. Booked a test ride on them both for next week and going to another LBS tomorrow to have a snoop round.

Excited much
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Originally Posted by ClaretMike
Had a look at a Defy and a CAAD8 today. Think the Defy is more up my ally. Booked a test ride on them both for next week and going to another LBS tomorrow to have a snoop round.

Excited much
Ride as many bikes as you can and ride them more than once putting as many miles on the bikes as you can. A lap around a parking lot doesn't tell one much
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Heavily leaning on the Defy 4 2015. No pun intended.
Looks amazing and i personally think it rides well. Think i'll get clipless pedals on it too.

Thursday is the day i shall part with the dosh.
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Heavily leaning on the Defy 4 2015. No pun intended.
Defy 4 is not sold in the USA, so most of us on here won't have much opinion on that specific model, but IMHO Defy's are a great choice, and if I were in the market for buying a complete bike, that's what I'd go for.
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I was worried that my 217 frame would be an issue but it feels really really comfortable. Sporty geometry but not too aggressive.
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