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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-27-13, 09:40 AM   #2751
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I saw 204.6 on the scale this morning . . . hadn't weighed for a long time . . . so took a chance, and now I am psyched. if I had gained weight, I would have been pretty discouraged and probably drown my sorrows in food. but now "I'm on a roll" . . . first time I've been under 205 in . . . I don't know how long, maybe a year. On my way below 200 . . . or bust! yay me!
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May be a bit premature, but I'm checking in at 5'10" @ 258 lbs and 30% body fat. I'm currently trying to settle on my first road/touring bike with my primary goal being improved fitness and health. The wife and I frequently go on long walks, but I live in a bustling suburban area, and walking around here is twelve kinds of boring - as such it always seems to take far too much time for far too little benefit (though admittedly, it's better than spending my time holding down the couch).

I tend to "over-research" things (paralysis by analysis) sometimes, but I plan on pulling the trigger on something in the next week or so. Wish me luck!

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Old 08-31-13, 11:33 PM   #2753
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A newbie hello from TN. I'm 5'11 @ 329 (DOWN from 380!). I'm currently looking for my first bike to help with weight loss and fitness. I workout on my Total Gym and exercise bike 5 days a week. I do get out and walk too. Looking thru this forum has gotten me excited about riding! I applaud everyone here who has taken steps toward better fitness!
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A newbie hello from TN. I'm 5'11 @ 329 (DOWN from 380!). I'm currently looking for my first bike to help with weight loss and fitness. I workout on my Total Gym and exercise bike 5 days a week. I do get out and walk too. Looking thru this forum has gotten me excited about riding! I applaud everyone here who has taken steps toward better fitness!
How do you like your total gym? I bought one recently but haven't Commited to using it yet.
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Old 09-03-13, 07:39 PM   #2755
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48 years old, 6'4" 265#s down from 326 in February 2013. Plan on losing another 20#s. I started riding as running hurt my knees and then my last knee surgery..... Doc told me no more high impact exercise so I chose riding. I commute 10 miles to work and enjoy being outdoors. Have a Giant Sedona but started busting the spokes and now bending the front set so looking to get a bike that can handle my new found leg strength. when I was 326 and riding never had a problem with spokes or sets. Any suggestions on a good ride for under 1k will be greatly appreciated. Clydesdales rule!
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Hi there. I am 5'11 and 238#. Just bought a bike for me and one for the wife with the trailer for little man. Target weight is 195 with a combination of cycling/running/weight training. I have a feeling that I will be spending the majority of my BF time in the Clydesdale forum and hope I can help others while working on my own goals!
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Old 09-10-13, 05:40 PM   #2758
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Alright.....been posting a few months so I thought I should introduce myself here.

My name is Steven. I am 26 years old...5'11 and weigh 266. I just got into cycling a few months ago and LOVE IT. All I think about now. I ride a Trek DS 8.2 with a swapped out fork. I went rigid instead of suspension when I realized that a majority of my rides are on the road. No real weight goal at the moment.....just want to lose it. Hopefully I can hit it hard next spring and summer as the weather is getting a tad cooler, but I dont plan to stop riding anytime soon...
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Old 09-13-13, 06:40 PM   #2759
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Hi everyone! My name is Bill, I'm 46 yo. 6'1", and weigh 265 lbs. I'm down from 310 lbs. 2 years ago. I bought my first bike in I don't know how many years early this spring, but because of work and a broken foot, I actually gained weight instead of losing weight. I finally got the boot off, and have lost 10 lbs. over the last 3 weeks.

Someone posted that we should post more bike pics, so here are 2 of my 3 bikes:



This is my '13 Fuji Sportif 1.7 that I bought in April. A really nice entry level bike, and I love to ride it.



This is my '84 Schwinn Voyageur. I found it on CL, and bought it to ride to work. A nice riding bike, but I'm not a big fan of down tube shifters.
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Old and too heavy

I'm 6'2" and 217 pounds. What makes it worse is that I'm crowding seventy years old pretty hard. I'm currently riding twenty miles three times a week and feeling pretty good. Being new to all this, I'm wondering if I should be riding more times per week, riding longer distances, or working for a faster time for the twenty miles I do ride. I'm riding a Diamondback Edgewood LX "hybrid" (that's how it was sold to me) and, since I've been recording, logged over three hundred miles on the thing.

Any and all advice would be very welcome as I am very new to bicycling.

Now, to give everyone a real good laugh: Back in 1961, when I first enlisted, I was 6'2" and 114 pounds!! I looked like a toothpick!!
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Old 09-14-13, 09:38 AM   #2761
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I'm 6'2" and 217 pounds. What makes it worse is that I'm crowding seventy years old pretty hard. I'm currently riding twenty miles three times a week and feeling pretty good. Being new to all this, I'm wondering if I should be riding more times per week, riding longer distances, or working for a faster time for the twenty miles I do ride. I'm riding a Diamondback Edgewood LX "hybrid" (that's how it was sold to me) and, since I've been recording, logged over three hundred miles on the thing.

Any and all advice would be very welcome as I am very new to bicycling.

Now, to give everyone a real good laugh: Back in 1961, when I first enlisted, I was 6'2" and 114 pounds!! I looked like a toothpick!!
I started road riding at 65 years, 223 lbs 6 Ft.

You owe us a 1961 pic .
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You owe us a 1961 pic .
Believe it or not, I have one from Ft. Devens, Mass. Now all I have to do is find it! When I do, I'll scan it and post it. Be warned that I am not responsible for any injuries caused by uncontrolled hilarity.
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Old 09-15-13, 07:30 AM   #2764
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Since my overly long intro thread got moved here, I'll keep this short and sweet

Just started riding again. Until I get my grubby hands on a light set, it's going to be 1-2 times a week when I have daylight available to ride. I started in June at 278, weighed this morning at 271. Not a lot of loss, but it's all in the right direction and I seem to be picking up speed as I lost 1.5 lb last week. I'm currently on a Huffy Mt Havoc (front suspension mt bike) with no front deraileur. I'm working on getting said lights and 26x1.5 street tires, then I will start putting cash back for something better. I figure I'll talk the wife into a new bike somewhere around 250lbs, lol!

I don't really have a current pic since I run from cameras like I'm hollywood elite, but we did take a trip down the Ocoee river on July 20th this year. This pic is right after my wife went in, and our guide tried to grab her and went in himself. I'm on the far left. Wow... not a flattering angle, LOL!!!
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Old 09-15-13, 08:33 AM   #2765
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Old 09-16-13, 07:08 PM   #2766
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Well I'm baaaa.aaaack.

But it's not like I ever went away ... I was just hanging out in that purgatory of 195-200 and went back up to near 202.

Had the gallbladder out, got down to 193, and then it's been all uphill since then gaining weight even despite a good summer or riding and surfing. Odd.

So now I gotta buckle down (again/harder), as things got out of hand as they usually do this time of year -- I'm aiming for a 185lb of ripped 52 yr old muscle damnit, oh well, back on the chain gang.
Why is it so hard to lose but so easy to gain?

Now I remember, part of the weight gain coincided with the dog no longer being able to walk. That's a lot of nighttime 15-45 minute walks. I guess it adds up.

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Well, I guess I no longer qualify as a Clyde. I'm now 195 pounds. I used to weigh 375 pounds. I am 6'6" tall. I'm starting to look downright emaciated!

All with hardly a few dozen miles on the bike for the year. I hurt my back and so can neither run nor bike with any comfort more than a short distance.
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ahh, so close to getting out of clydesdale class . . . at least for this weight loss cycle. weighed in at 200.2 hydrated, 197.6 dry. oooh so close . . . I can taste it . . . taste it . . . hmmmm, that makes me hungry . . . might take awhile to shed that last 2/10 lb. !
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ahh, so close to getting out of clydesdale class . . . at least for this weight loss cycle. weighed in at 200.2 hydrated, 197.6 dry. oooh so close . . . I can taste it . . . taste it . . . hmmmm, that makes me hungry . . . might take awhile to shed that last 2/10 lb. !
How tall or short are ya bill.

I've been zigging and zagging between 215 and 195 for the last 6 years, that 195 barrier has been a brute and trying to keep weight off in my busy work season has been frustrating. Even when I got down there in April it was just a struggle to stay there. 199 this a.m. 201.6 the other day, dancing around the Mendoza, or should I say Clydeoza line.
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ahh, so close to getting out of clydesdale class . . . at least for this weight loss cycle. weighed in at 200.2 hydrated, 197.6 dry. oooh so close . . . I can taste it . . . taste it . . . hmmmm, that makes me hungry . . . might take awhile to shed that last 2/10 lb. !
How tall or short are ya bill.

I've been zigging and zagging between 215 and 195 for the last 6 years, that 195 barrier has been a brute and trying to keep weight off in my busy work season has been frustrating. Even when I got down there in April it was just a struggle to stay there. 199 this a.m. 201.6 the other day, dancing around the Mendoza, or should I say Clydeoza line.


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Well, I guess I no longer qualify as a Clyde. I'm now 195 pounds. I used to weigh 375 pounds. I am 6'6" tall. I'm starting to look downright emaciated!

All with hardly a few dozen miles on the bike for the year. I hurt my back and so can neither run nor bike with any comfort more than a short distance.
It happens Chugs, I've been there, and come back a few times. Back, neck, gallbladder, pericarditis, UTI, SVT, but with a bit of grace we recover and get back on the stick. There were times I thought some things would never get better. One condition was a year and a half Physical Therapy/acupuncture/Chiropractor rehab...thought the day might never come when I got back on a bike and enjoyed it. But I did.
I say that to offer hope, and personally, not to take any ride for granted.

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How tall or short are ya bill.

I've been zigging and zagging between 215 and 195 for the last 6 years, that 195 barrier has been a brute and trying to keep weight off in my busy work season has been frustrating. Even when I got down there in April it was just a struggle to stay there. 199 this a.m. 201.6 the other day, dancing around the Mendoza, or should I say Clydeoza line.
I'm 6 foot even . . . I feel good at this weight . . . since last weekend, which was basically a two day fast, coupled with two high intensity races . . . I've gone well back into the clydesdale zone. it was fun seeing weights below 200 lb for awhile, though, even though dehydration induced . . . made me think it was possible to get back down and stay down there. the thing is I feel pretty good and healthy at this weight, plenty of energy, sleeping well, everything going great. so why put in the effort? the only place I don't feel great is on the race course, when the thin little guys are whizzing past me and I am huffing and puffing up the hills. ! So there is the motivation. Plus seeing pics of me on the bike with a big ol gut. That is no fun. these weight level barriers have to be partly mental. My brain must be panicking when it sees a low number . . . and I must be the adult and calm it down . . . "no, you are not dying, child!" . . . .

update: ack, 200.2 dehydrated . . . just can't seem to break through . . . it has to be a mental barrier.

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I've been working at not being a Clyde for a while now. Today I weighed in at 198.6...I will always be a Clyde at heart though. Here's a pic of me with my old Giant Innova. This was my first bike I bought last year. Since then, I have also built a Surly Pacer that I cherish.

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I've been working at not being a Clyde for a while now. Today I weighed in at 198.6...I will always be a Clyde at heart though. Here's a pic of me with my old Giant Innova. This was my first bike I bought last year. Since then, I have also built a Surly Pacer that I cherish.

that looks like a nice and very practical bike... perfect to commute on or something... and congratz on officially loosing the clyd status
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Hello all! New Clyde checking in!

I started my cycling adventure two weeks ago on a new to me Panasonic Sport 1000. So far I have been having a blast. What led me to cycling is naturally a need to get into shape. I am not a runner, my right knee can not take it anymore. And swimming pools are just.....swimming pools. They don't change much. So cycling it was.

I seem to be 50lbs into the Clyde label, but here is to changes!



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Newbie Clyde here

6' 3" / 245lbs - got hit hard by Shingles back in '07,never really 100% since.I ride two Konas' (Blast DeLuxe2010 and a Lana'i).Hoping to purchase a CUBE cyclocross disc to clock up some miles on and off the road (hopefully shed a few lbs as well)
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