Weaknesses: * Cost ($459)
* Flimsy Fenders (built to save weight, buut dent easily)
*Sluggish Uphill Climbs
I was seriously lusting after the Trek "Clyde" after stumbling upon a picture of it on the internet: cool classic cruiser style with some nice updates. The aluminum frame was killer considering most cruisers are crazy heavy, and the Shumano Nexus 7-speed internal hub was crucial. I had always loved cruisers for thier simplicity -- no derailleurs to gum up or clickity-clack on the up-hills, just the basics of feet, chain and cogs (a track bike w/ a coaster brake and a beer gut).
I got the bike and slapped on some BMX pedals and a laid-back seat post and started riding to work -- about 8 miles with super steep downhills there and the mountains of DC for the ride home! It was a comfortable ride; the geometry; the bars are super exadurated and the springer fork and padded/spring loaded seat are lazyboy esque. The hills home were rough with the Clyde. I've ridden several different brands of 26" cruisers on the ride plenty of times before, even my BMX bike could climb these hills with much more ease than this Trek. Obviously this bike is built for style and comfort, but I was expecting a little more hump outta the aluminum frame and internal hub, but didn't find it. Overall the Clyde is a very well made bike with some killer aspects. Not as light as I thought, but pretty good weight for a cruiser. Maybe not a great bike for me (II tend to like the old doggs from the 50's/60's) but will suit you well if you can shell out the cash for it.
Bought rear Chris King hub (classic) after selling parts on Ebay and now cannot decide on rims I have already. Lace up to Velocity 32h A23's or Deep V and what spokes to use (thinking double butted DT competition). 230 clyde and these wheels will be for all around use on my road bike. I don't h ... Read More »
I'm currently a super clyde at 258 pounds as of this morning. Down from 320 at Christmas. Anyways, I'm currently on a 2012 Specialized Allez Comp Apex Mid-Compact. It's riding on DT Axis 2.0 rims and the stock Specialized Espoir Sport 23c tires. Honestly, even at 320 pounds, I've not had issues with ... Read More »
here is a question about bibs. I have a pair and when I put them on, it seems to pull me forward almost like my back is bent. I can stand up straight but my waist tends to wanna lean forward just a bit with them on. Also, the pad in the bottom also feels really weird between my legs. Is this right? ... Read More »
I am building budget wheelset for a 225lb recreational rider. I would love to put him into a hub like the White H3 for the resulting rear wheel geometry, but it won't fit his budget. So, after a bit of research it looks like the Miche hubs are a heavy, but solid choice and only $100 for the pair. ... Read More »
Anyone know of a clydeworthy all black aluminum rim to include the brake track being black?
The only one I've found so far is the Mavic R-Sys SLR rim but I'm afraid that rim is too "light" for a large Clyde. Ideally I'd like them to have a bit of aero style and also be a bit wider so I can run 25 ... Read More »