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A group for the guys and gals that have big hearts and even bigger bib-shorts! Whether you are a Clydesdale or a supporter this is the group for you.  Welcome to the Stable!

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Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2016

Discussion Forum

Gravel Grinder / Bike Packing Rigs

Started by JesseD Feb 2, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi All,Anyone working on a Gravel Grinder / Bike Packing rig for the coming spring…Continue

What are you planning on riding next season?

Started by Kenneth Brown. Last reply by JesseD Apr 30, 2015. 1 Reply

I'm preparing to begin a new bike build. The frame in my avatar is way too big. I'm going with a 56cm Bianchi Axis with a All City Nature Boy fork. This build will begin life as a single speed. Cranks are 165 RD2 Sugino Messenger with a 39T…Continue

Indoor Trainer: Love em' or Hate em' ?

Started by JesseD. Last reply by Jon Ervin Aug 9, 2014. 8 Replies

Ok so this week i began seriously riding the trainer again and it started out rough but by tuesday i was having a better time and riding longer. So i thought i'd hold a non scientific poll and see how others feel about riding the turbo trainer.

Time to Thin out the Herd?

Started by JesseD. Last reply by Jon Ervin Aug 9, 2014. 7 Replies

Like most others, I have gone through some pretty epic changes in my life in the last 2 years and now I am finding myself wondering if I really NEED 3 bikes (1 road, 1 "Cross and 1 MTB)?  What do you think, should I sell my road bike and use my…Continue

Weigh-In

Started by Dugafola. Last reply by JesseD Aug 28, 2013. 1 Reply

how's everyone doing so far?  season is right around the corner...i'm 210# right after my morning pee.  hoping to drop a solid 5 lbs over the next month or 2....the training should help.  i need to be better with my diet.Continue

TIRES

Started by Dugafola. Last reply by Dugafola Oct 17, 2012. 6 Replies

what kind or rubber are you guys running?i'm currently running clincher clement PDX 33s.  they are fine for the most part.  they roll well and are awesome in wet grass.   my only gripe on them is the transition from center to side is a little bit…Continue

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Comment by Chris Fontes on January 11, 2011 at 12:22pm
Thanks, Beth! Much appreciated!
Comment by Beth Hamon on January 11, 2011 at 11:48am

Chris -- great idea about Clydesdal Cycles. Some clothing bits:

1. Primal wear does offer "expanded" womens' sizing but their womens' 3X jersey fits a woman with about a 42" chest. Not super-impressive.

2. Tough Chik has recently changed their size patterns so check with them before bringing in a whole buncha stuff. Their 2011 shorts may not fit the same as their 2010 model.

3. Squadra makes shorts labeled Womens' XL that will fit to about a 35" waist. Check with them to see if they might offer expanded sizing for women in the future. NICE shorts.

4. J & G Cyclewear (formerly known as Jackson & Gibbens) has been around for a zillion years and has one of the most impressively expansive size ranges for bike-cut rainwear in the industry. (Well-made stuff; their "Waterproof-Breathable" rain jacket is one of the nicest out there!)  Size range extends to fit mens 52" chest in some items and rainpants go to something like a 48" waist.  Not womens' specific but their unisex sizing will fit over some hips. (I can wear a mens' large over my jeans in their rain pants.)

They mostly do online retail but maybe would be open to a wholesale arrangement with your shop.

 

Hope this helps --bh

Comment by Chris Fontes on January 11, 2011 at 11:30am

Hey guys,

 

just wanted to jump in on the Clydesdale and Athena posts... I started a company focused on meeting our (yeah, I weigh 350) needs. Along with building wheels, I also sell bottom brackets, chains, etc.

 

But, more to the point of the recent comments, I am trying to compile a list of all known Clydesdale/Athena apparel so I can offer a one stop shop for clothing. So far I carry Mt Borah and Terry, and am working on a few others (Louis Garneau, etc). I just email Tough Chic (thanks for the info!), and hopefully they will be on board, too.

 

If you can think of anyone that you would like to see carried, let me know! I'm tired of feeling like an outsider in this sport, and I am doing what I can to make it easier on us :)

 

Thanks!

Chris

Clydesdale Cycleworks

Comment by Joe on January 8, 2011 at 5:21pm

Was talking about this with a buddy today and thought I would share.  Two years ago I stood on the start line with a fellow clyde who was bragging about his amazing wheelset (Salsa Delgado Cross rims).  His claim's were basically: I never get pinch flats, they are wide so I can run lower pressure & get great traction, they are beefy and never come out of true.

 

In Feb I bought a new Salsa Chili and thought why not build up a set of Salsa wheels to match.  I had Salsa Delgado's laced to Shimano 105 hubs (budget style) w/ Mud 2's.  I had them built by Web Cyclery in Bend, OR  

 

I put over 1500 road miles on them during the summer & 13 cross races this season.  I had them tightened up after about 500 road miles and since then they never came out of true.   I never got a pinch flat & would run fairly low pressure for clinchers: avg about 40-45 for most.  I'm 220lbs & I’ve made a hobby out of breaking bikes & parts.  I pushed it every race and really feel like I hammered on these. 

 

Anyway - for the Big Boned out there - I would highly recommend them. 

 

Comment by Matthew Allee on December 12, 2010 at 12:48pm

Has anyone been on the Motobecane Phantom from bikesdirect? Wanting to get a solid bike for a few races a year and some commuting. I know there is tons of opinions about bikesdirect, but would like to hear some actual experiences.

Comment by Beth Hamon on September 25, 2010 at 9:00am
Brian - excellent points! I just returned from the Interbike show, where I tried to engage representatives of several clothing maunfacturers about extending their size ranges to better accommodate folks at both ends of the sizing spectrum (petite women have just a hard a time finding bike gear that fits well).

One bright spot for women of size: Tough Chik is a new company that designs and markets women-specific cycling apparel -- with clothing to fit many more sizes of woman! Their sizing range is among the most realistic and expanded I've seen, the fabric has an excellent hand, sewing is first-rate, and the prices are totally in line with what's out there. Women of all sizes should check out www.toughchik.com -- and feel free to tell her you heard it from me.

Meanwhile, The great Athena debate marches on. One nice thing about finding the guts to stuff myself into a team kit has been the unbelievable response I've gotten to simply showing up and pouring my heart out on the courses. I would love to find ways to get more women of ALL sizes to give racing a try. Perhaps cycling gear in expanded size ranges is one way. Talking to promoters might be another, but as with any new category, people have to sign up to race it -- and that is not always an easy sell.
Comment by Brian Hilgert on September 25, 2010 at 8:20am
The great clyde/athena debate goes on. I have seen in MTB races different cats for clydes and don't know why it's not offered more. An athena class should be offered, and in most races there wouldn't be a problem since there wouldn't necesarilly be a addition of racers just seperation of classification. Beth, as far as the body image issues, it is up to us the current clydes/athenas to show to everyone else that it is not a problem. There are more and more larger people getting into active lifestyles for many reasons and we need to show them that it is OK to stuff a 250lb body into tight clothing and go out into public to "race a bike". It is unforntunate that some people feel it necessary to say negative things about someones size, and there are people who feel we don't belong out there. Those people are however the minority. If you want to build something there first must be a foundation to build upon. If there isn't an athena cat where you live, talk to the race promoter about starting one. The promoters are generally interested in getting more people to their events. I have seen plenty of women who would "fit" into an athena cat here at the races, both mtb and cross, in oregon but havn't seen an athena cat offered at the races. I do know of talk about making some changes to promote new classes/ideas to get more people of size out to the races.
Comment by JesseD on September 11, 2010 at 10:34pm
You pose some really good questions Beth, it would be nice if people didn't have to worry about what class they are considered. I even thought of a catagory within a catagory. One could race their normal age group and cat. but have a number that denotes that they are also racing clydesdale. So for instance I could race Cat. 4 mens races and have the same start time but my placing would be measured against other cdales in the field, this way promoters aren't struggling to have to fit in another race during the day and it wouldn't be some sort of "side show". Just give us a different number plate so we don't get pulled if lapped (if the local series pulls lapped riders) and add it to the registration form.
Comment by Beth Hamon on September 11, 2010 at 10:53am
Okay, I'll start: How many women, if given the opportunity, would actually sign up for an advertised clyde/athena category? As I age and the likelihood of my getting super-skinny diminishes, I am less ashamed of my body; my middle-aged spread has garnered her own identity (She is The Belly, aka she-who-must-not-be-denied) and together we have had an amazing season so far.

But I recognize that I am in a minority, both in cycling and in the world-at-large. Most women suffer from some subset of body image distress, fueled in large part by ten generations of Madison Avenue MindF**k.

It begs some questions:
a. How many races offer a "Clyde" category that ALSO lists an "Athena" option in writing?
b. How many women who fit the description of Athena (which I'm fairly certain I do by now) would actually sign up to race in such a category given the option?
c. How do we do a better job of welcoming women-of-size into racing without automatically telling her that she's fit for track; OR without telling her that she would be somehow more acceptable if she loses some weight? (I've heard both suggestions uttered out loud at new women racers in my local scene.)

And fellas -- if any of you have perspective to offer, particularly those of you who race in Clyde categories where you live, feel free.
 

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