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    Change Frames, or Ride it Out?

    Hi All,

    First time poster, long time reader.

    After a rough 6 months at work, I've gained a few pounds (read 25)., and before today hadn't been on my bike this year. Felt great to get back on, but, as to be expected, felt like I was pulling a Volkswagen.

    I've only owned one road bike, which I bought new in 2005: Lemond Croix de Fer - 57. I've always thought the frame flexed more than i preferred, and am sure the extra 25 lbs isn't helping (6-'1", currently 205 lbs). My "fighting weight" is around 175-180, and I'll get back there in the next shortly.

    I've been toying with the notion of swapping my steel Lemond for something Ti (Litespeed Classic, Serotta Legend, etc.).

    What are the group thoughts regarding my current frame, vs a "new" ti frame? at both the current weight and 180? I unfortunately don't have much to compare my experience.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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    Generally speaking Ti frames aren't known for feeling stiff. Maybe those particular models are but be sure if stiffness is what you are looking for.

    How did you expect your bike to feel after gaining 25 pounds and doing your first ride of the year in August? I don't think a new bike is the solution to feeling like you are pulling a Volkswagen.

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    Just keep riding, stop making excuses, and save your money. You're not allowed to complain about the gear (fit issues aside) until you're at or below "fighting weight".

    And the above poster is right. Ti isn't the answer for increased stiffness. You're going to want Aluminum or Carbon for that. Your budget may dictate which. I still say keep riding the LeMond, and make sure it's the bike, and not you, that's soft after 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMook View Post
    Just keep riding, stop making excuses, and save your money. You're not allowed to complain about the gear (fit issues aside) until you're at or below "fighting weight".
    same feeling here, lose the weight and save your money.

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    If anything, a new frame should serve as a reward for the drive and dedication of losing the weight.

    For now, suffer on your current frame as a form of purgatory

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    Does Volkswagen make good cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Does Volkswagen make good cars?
    Apparently they make cars light enough to pull with a flimsy steel bike.

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    Nothing like a little tough love on a Sunday morning...Thanks for the input guys. Going for a ride

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    Keep the Lemond, but get a nice Ti bike, as well...You must abide by the N+1 rule at all times!
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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