Clydesdale info wanted

Clydesdale info wanted

Post by Nelson » Sun, 20 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Q1) What are the best URLs and resources for Clydesdales.  
Q2) Is the association still around (was it Joe Law?)
Q3) What is the best dual groove ergo handlebar for a 250 lb guy with big hands
(and a lot of torque)?
Q4) Is there a clydesdale out there who has tried the Look ErgoStem?
 
 
 

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Post by Pete Ruckelshau » Sun, 20 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I use the TTT SL Ergo with no probs, and I'm 240.  I've got a set if ITM
bars on another bike and they aren't bad, but I'm using STI and the back
groove is a little annoying - I sure wish they would ship these with
something to putty up that crack if you don't use Ergo.  However, I try to
replace my bars regularly (every 2-3 years) just in case.  Personally, I
wouldn't trust a Look Ergo stem under my weight, it's well made and
everything, but I don't take risks with things like stems.  Salsa stems have
served me very well and are available in more sizes than you can shake a
stick at.

Pete

Quote:

>Q1) What are the best URLs and resources for Clydesdales.
>Q2) Is the association still around (was it Joe Law?)
>Q3) What is the best dual groove ergo handlebar for a 250 lb guy with big
hands
>(and a lot of torque)?
>Q4) Is there a clydesdale out there who has tried the Look ErgoStem?


 
 
 

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Post by Rob Blomqui » Sun, 20 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> I use the TTT SL Ergo with no probs, and I'm 240.  I've got a set if ITM
> bars on another bike and they aren't bad, but I'm using STI and the back
> groove is a little annoying - I sure wish they would ship these with
> something to putty up that crack if you don't use Ergo.  However, I try to
> replace my bars regularly (every 2-3 years) just in case.  Personally, I
> wouldn't trust a Look Ergo stem under my weight, it's well made and
> everything, but I don't take risks with things like stems.  Salsa stems have
> served me very well and are available in more sizes than you can shake a
> stick at.

I weigh in at 200#, and am quite happy with an ITM Pro 260
handlebar with dual grooves.

I also use only the brake groove, and I have filled the rear
groove with a length of brake cable.  

I also swear by Salsa stems, but I have a short upper body, and
need a short stem with plenty of rise, something I am
considering going custom for.

Rob
--
Rob Blomquist aka TriDog
Seattle, WA

http://www2.jps.net/~robbo

 
 
 

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Post by Tim McNamar » Sun, 20 Dec 1998 04:00:00

On various bikes I have various equipment.  At 210 lbs, living in somewhat
mildy hilly terrain, I wouldn't *dream* of putting a stem with pivots in it
on my bike.  I can just see myself- standing and leaning on the bars going
up some 1-in-11 hill and having the bolt let go...

I use a Salsa stem on my race bike, a Ritchey Force Comp on my favorite
bike, a 3ttt on my training hack/cross/etc. bike and a 3ttt Pro Chrome
TIOG-welded stem on my tandem and a Nitto aero stem on my track bike.  The
only handlebar I use is a Nitto 175, except on my folder which needs a flat
bar.  I like a stem that feels solid.

I just don't think that huge guys should ride featherweight equipment.  The
stresses we put on bikes are higher than the 130-160 lb range cyclist (for
whom most of this stuff is designed for).

 
 
 

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Post by FULMADU » Mon, 21 Dec 1998 04:00:00

At 6'2" and 220lbs I have cracked 2 aluminum MTB frames at the BB
shell/seatstay joint and have decided to go back to steel. I have had no
problem on a Cannondale road bike, but then again I ride on fairly good roads
here. Plus I rarely get the urge to jump the Cannondale over obstacles in my
path like I do on the MTB. Take care.

Tony Z of Kailua, Oahu

 
 
 

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Post by E Ha » Mon, 21 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> On various bikes I have various equipment.  At 210 lbs, living in somewhat
> mildy hilly terrain, I wouldn't *dream* of putting a stem with pivots in it
> on my bike.  I can just see myself- standing and leaning on the bars going
> up some 1-in-11 hill and having the bolt let go...

I have to agree with that.

I had an experience with an Icon "Durante" stem on my mountain bike. Near
the end of a 50 mile road ride (yeah, I will ride a mountain bike on the
road - the roadies I went with were quite amused, especially the ones
behind me) I began to hear some very irritating clicks and creaks coming
from the stem. When I disassembled it, I found the aluminum around the
bolt hole was torn up. I am quite sure the stem was installed correctly -
I even used a torque wrench.

Quote:
> I use a Salsa stem on my race bike, a Ritchey Force Comp on my favorite
> bike, a 3ttt on my training hack/cross/etc. bike and a 3ttt Pro Chrome
> TIOG-welded stem on my tandem and a Nitto aero stem on my track bike.  The
> only handlebar I use is a Nitto 175, except on my folder which needs a flat
> bar.  I like a stem that feels solid.

> I just don't think that huge guys should ride featherweight equipment.  The
> stresses we put on bikes are higher than the 130-160 lb range cyclist (for
> whom most of this stuff is designed for).

I have always lived by this myself, having broken enough stuff - including
frames - to prove it. And, I do get tired of the "oh, you don't need
special equipment" comments I seem to get here.

However, recently I decided to pull the heavy Mavic D521 rimmed wheels off
my mountain bike and try using the far lighter Bontrager Mavericks that
came with the bike. I attempted my first century-in-the-rain in late
November and wanted to make it as easy as possible (made 71 miles before
sunset and a bleeding knee convinced me to give up). The weight difference
really helped and so far they have held up quite nicely (though only 350
miles or so) - including a *** crash or two (the knee above). Sometimes
the temptation to lose some equipment weight wins.

Ed Harp
San Jose, CA