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Well it's been awhile folks...I'm older, fat and ready to do it again!

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Well it's been awhile folks...I'm older, fat and ready to do it again!

Old 07-06-14, 11:31 AM
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Well it's been awhile folks...I'm older, fat and ready to do it again!

I used to be on this forum for a few years and was an avid cyclist. I was hit by a car on PCH three years ago and scared off my bike. I tried to restart cycling several times and was so paranoid that it wasn't any fun anymore. I put the bike in the garage and proceeded to live without cycling.

I was around 185 when I was hit and rode a CAAD9. I changed that to a CAAD10 and added Williams Wheels.

Now I'm 235 (oh, so there are health benefits to cycling - lol) and I'm ready. I took out my touring bike today and did 15 miles and it was the most fun I've had in years. I was on the road and not scared. I guess enough time has passed.

I dusted off my CAAD10, changed the Williams Wheels (180lb weight limit) and switched them to the crappy RS10s that came with the CAAD10. References on the Internetz say they can support up to 240 pounds. My bike is aluminum and not carbon so I'm not afraid of that frame failing.

I have 23mm tires (GP4000s) in good shape.

Here's my question: Can I start riding this bike safely at my weight?

I could take out the touring bike but it just isn't made for going fast. It's not nimble. Long wheelbase. Huge tires and rims. Not super fun to ride for exercise 30 miles a day. It has a heavy rack that I don't want to take off. I did have fun with it today but that was a short ride.

I should post this in the Clyde forum but I'm too vain. I still envision myself at 180 and keeping up with you young whippersnappers. Man, coach sholud have put me in. We could have won state.

Thanks all.

(Hey, I saw some familiar forumites during a quick perusal of the thread topics - pgjackson, Tom Stormcrowe. Is pcad still around? umd still banned? How about Beanz?)
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Old 07-06-14, 12:57 PM
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Glad you're back. Be safe out there, but have fun!
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Old 07-06-14, 01:12 PM
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All the best. If it can help, put your bike in the car, drive to a trailhead, then hit either the Santa Ana River Trail or the San Gabriel River Trail. There is enough mileage to go on both those trails before you get your confidence back on the road. I am in Orange County too, and I am always glad to make it back home after my rides. There are just too many inattentive drivers out there, but I won't stop riding. Good luck, and welcome back.
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Old 07-06-14, 01:22 PM
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Welcome back. If you have a pair of 25mm width tires, I would slap them on until you knock off 25 pounds.
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...I weigh about 230# and while I can and do ride on 700x23's, I am a lot more comfortable and having more fun on 700x25's or even
some of the better 700x28's like Ruffy Tuffys (National). Other than that, I think you are right to be paranoid on the PCH, but what can you do ?
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Old 07-06-14, 02:25 PM
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Regarding weight limit on the RS10, I'm not sure where you got that information, but I've never heard that number. A quick internet search gives info across the range from 200 pounds to no rider limit. They generally aren't regarded as durable wheels, but that's the nature of the internet, who goes online to rave about their stock wheels on their 105 build bike?

What I will say is that in 2 years of selling CAAD10's, I've yet to see one customer come back with wheels wildly out of true, or broken spokes, etc. Not that it doesn't happen, but the way the internet makes it sound, I should see these guys at least once a month. And I don't think I've once ever thought to ask how much they weigh before I sold them a bike with RS10's.
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Old 07-06-14, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Welcome back. If you have a pair of 25mm width tires, I would slap them on until you knock off 25 pounds.
+1 Would make your ride more comfy. Good to hear you've gotten over the fear and are back in the saddle again. The weight should get back to where your were with the right diet and plenty of miles. Good luck and be safe.
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First off, I appreciate the replies!

Second, I'm really out of the bike world the past three years. My CAAD9 was a CAAD9-5 with Shimano 105 and RS-10s. My CAAD10 is a CAAD10-4 with Rival and Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels. It's the Fulcrums I looked up and looked good through 240 pounds.

Sorry about that. I'll take the advice to move up to 25s. If I recall correctly some 23s run big and some 25s run small and they can sometimes be physically the exact same size.

Now if I can remember how Rival works and how clipless pedals work I'll be on my way. I just need to let out my heart rate monitor belt a few inches before I start.
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Glad to hear your riding again.
Take the touring bike out too, consider the extra weight a training aid
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Old 07-06-14, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
First off, I appreciate the replies!

Second, I'm really out of the bike world the past three years. My CAAD9 was a CAAD9-5 with Shimano 105 and RS-10s. My CAAD10 is a CAAD10-4 with Rival and Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels. It's the Fulcrums I looked up and looked good through 240 pounds.

Sorry about that. I'll take the advice to move up to 25s. If I recall correctly some 23s run big and some 25s run small and they can sometimes be physically the exact same size.

Now if I can remember how Rival works and how clipless pedals work I'll be on my way. I just need to let out my heart rate monitor belt a few inches before I start.
Funny! Good to see you back!

Regarding weight, I have old farts of my age group (probably a lot older than you) who weigh about 230 and ride their collectible Raleigh Professionals and 753 Carlton Works frames on collectible spoked tubular wheels shod with old 21 mm tubulars that look like the ones I quit repairing in college. They get a puncture or two from time to time, but those bikes and wheels are old and still going strong. I think if you don't jump curbs, bomb off-road, or ride through potholes you should be fine. But a fatter tire will be more comfy and give you more margin of rim protection.
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You absolutely can ride at that weight. I have many bariatric surgery patients that take up cycling due to the lack of impact and have had great help with this keeping and getting the weight down.
The only exception would of course be underlying heart disease but if young and otherwise healthy then get going and enjoy.
Welcome back, I remember you when you used to be here and wondered what had happened.
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you will crush that bike.
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Welcome back. Grab some 25mm GP4000S's and get out there and put some miles on those bikes.
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I've been meaning to start a thread about rider weight and wheels.
I was 235 and on down to 220, and I ride RS 10's.
They are 20 R and 16 F spoke count and I have about 2500 miles on them and they are straight as a pin.
I ride all flats, but get out of the saddle and crank on them. Fine wheels and I'm happy with them for stock.
I think rider spec weights are set low for liability or whatever corporate policies are at work.
Good job on coming back and keep at it.

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Beanz was banned.

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Beanz was banned.
Curious, is Pcad still poking around the 41?
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Wow, I see that Beanz was banned. And umd still looks like he's gone.

One thing that hasn't changed are the topics: Addiction, We're Going To Yell at You, What was Your Top Speed Today, Average Speed, Should I Buy This Bike, etc. The more things change, the.....well, you know the rest.

I'm so far behind. I've done a bit of research the past couple of days. Looks like Cervelo is kind of gone - reduced to a niche reseller market or something like that. DI2 looks to be real now. PBK still looks like the cheapest place to purchase tires, tubes and components but I'm not sure they're still reliable.

Lots to learn.

(Hey, 32 miles today. I won't tell you my average speed. I've done that ride in 91 minutes before. Let's just say I was NOWHERE close to that - VERY DEMORALIZING)
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Good luck with riding again. I was a decent runner at one time and achilles problems kept me off the road running scene and I retreated to the couch and free weights. Tried biking and am in my sixth week and have gone from 208 to 190. Hopefully I will keep dropping weight. My hope is that you too will drop the weight and be back on the road to a happier and healthier lifestyle. You probably know this already but what I found is after biking I did not want to eat crappy food and my diet got better quick.
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180? I haven't been that light since middle school i think.....good luck mate!
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