How tall or short are ya bill.
Originally Posted by billh
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Chugosh
I say that to offer hope, and personally, not to take any ride for granted.
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!" . . . . :)
Originally Posted by rideorglide
update: ack, 200.2 dehydrated . . . just can't seem to break through . . . it has to be a mental barrier.
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
Originally Posted by clarkbre
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!
Newbie Clyde here :lol:
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) :thumb:
Newbie Clyde here as well! 5'11" 245 currently.
Posted an into here. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-from-the-bay
This is my new bike. Having a blast learning to ride it and pulling up to my house on the verge of collapsing!
Hey there all, been a long time lurker here for a while. 6'4" and 258# as of this morning. I should be shedding some weight here now that I have replaced my daily commuter that my ex-wife just absolutely had to have. So its good to be back in the saddle, well sort of. I have to shed about 10 more #'s to get past the fear of breaking spokes for the wheels I just bought...LOL.
I will post some pictures a little later.
Here's what I posted in the Intro Forum.. Long story short? I'm 6' and 355 LBS in my birthday suit. I just bought a new road bike, I want to ride the heck out of it, and lose a bunch of weight doing it. Here's a pic of me and one of my bike.
I posted this in the Introductions forum but I might as well say Hi here too!
Hi everyone from Sonoma County CA, Santa Rosa to be exact. New rider here who got on a bike for the first time in something like 38 years 16 days ago. I started a weight loss program (nothing big, eat right, get more exercise) early in September 2013 and wanted to add something on. I was walking 2-3 miles a day (4.2 mph or so when I get going) and even threw in some light jogging.
My wife said let's get bikes so off to our LBS (see I do read things here) to test a few things out. We both came away with a Specialized Expedition Sport, hers the low entry model and mine the regular model. I really like it so far, more than I thought and have put in over 150 miles so far. I've learned here that I am to be called a Clydesdale being 5'11 and 238lbs. I was 250 back in August so things are going right. I really like it so far, more than I thought and have put in over 150 miles so far according to Map My Ride. Going to take some time to lose the weight and gain some lung capacity as I've led a sedentary lifestyle and quit smoking about 16 months ago. Even little hills kill me!
So nice to meet everyone, I've got alot to learn.
And a picture of my new bike. 2014 Specialized Expedition Sport.
I've been participating on other parts of the Forum and just saw today that there is a category for me! So, a confession. I'm 5'10" and 220 lbs. More heifer than clydesdale. I'm getting back into cycling after a very long absence. In part for the exercise, which I need badly. Also in part to ride with my wife and adult son who has taken to road riding for the first time.
My last road bike is a 1974 Raleigh Competition which I intend to try to ride again. I hope it can bear the weight as I am a good bit heavier than when I bought it new back in the day. It is pretty much mint condition, but I am having it overhauled anyway.
For now (winter), I am lifting weights and doing spinning classes. Frankly, spinning is kicking my butt. I'm not planning any outdoor cycling until the weather warms in March.
So hello to all here. I'll be checking in pretty much every day.
6' 2", 280 (down from 295). I am just getting into cycling. I collect antique and vintage bikes but they were either made and sized for children, or in the case of the turn-of-the-century ones, were made of wood (now over 100 years old and dried out) and for adults who weighed 150 pounds less than I do.
I bought this 2013 Cannondale Quick after trying out a modern bike and being amazed at how easy they are to ride. My wife, slim little thing, has been riding for awhile on a Target-bought Schwinn. We got her a new Cannondale when I got mine. My goal is to get down to about 210 or a little less. I'm either going to reward myself for losing the weight with a new road bike, or I might go ahead and get one and use it to help lose the weight.
I barely qualify, but I am still above 200. 6'1/202 lbs. Ride a Raleigh Furley/Roper 57cm as my commuter.
5'10 at 270 commuting on a Specialized Sirrus Sport--- Goal for this year is 230
Newish Clydesdale to the forum. Started riding a hybrid in 2009 mostly off-road, weighing in at 222 and 6ft. Got kinda tired of that bike after about a year when I noticed I was peddling like crazy and getting passed by every roadie on the ride home. Moved over to road cycling a couple months ago when the Mrs gave me this beauty for my birthday.
It's been nothing but fun ever since.
Down to 204 these days thanks to a gluten-free diet (okay, mostly gluten-free, I cheat with a pizza every weekend!) and road cycling.
6' 240# Long time rider who let things (including me) sit for years. Got back into it with the kids doing bike racing.
been a 'bent rider since '93 (geez, has it been 20 years?)
Here's the rides:
I ride a vintage kuwahara 10 speed. It is about 35 years old. I am a lot older than it is. I'm 6ft 7in and in the upper half of the 200 lb range.
The bikes not much but there are not many 69 cm frames on the market today without mortgaging the house.
6'1" and 230. Just started bicycling again a few weeks ago on my vintage Trek hybrid. Decided to get a new Trek DS and loving it. Target goal of 199 in the next 90 days.
Another question from a noob clyde: do most road bikes have drop handlebars? And I assume that drops require you to ride in a more forward position, so do you clydes with drops have any back or other issues?
Amish, you might want to look at a hybrid, cyclocross or even a hard-tail mountain bike. They all have a much more upright riding style and your back will thank you. If you have money to burn, there are some truly awesome upright road bikes from all the major manufacturers.
Originally Posted by amishboy51
Myself (back when I was a Clydesdale), I started riding a non-suspension mountain bike until I put so many miles on it that I wore it out, and it was not worth fixing. Since then I upgraded to a cyclocross which allows me near roadbike speed with the ability to tackle single track trails. Cyclocross bikes are built like tanks, although not as heavy as you would suspect. You can pick up a good one for $1,000 - $1,500. I have probably logged just over 10,000 miles on my ride (Cannondale CAADX) with semi-annual tuneups, and it still handles like new.
I'm a clyde racer who'd like to not be in that category anymore. I currently weigh 250# and am in the process of dropping as much as possible. Also I'm addicted to bikes, I currently have 21 bikes/frames though I'd like to thin it out a little bit.
Here are some of my bikes in no particular order
93 gt zaskar le
12 jamis nemesis
soma double cross
land shark pro carbon
94 specialized allez I repainted to look like a 7-11 bike
ross cruiser I repainted and added a car horn to
05 jamis satellite in touring mode
98? gt zr2000
96 team fat chance yo eddy
late 90's land shark ss dirt shark
I have a few others but that is clearly enough pictures for one day.
I'm 5'10", 215. I just started racing in cat5 ... and for some reason, even though it shouldn't be the case, I'm a decent climber. I can probably get down to 185, but no way I could be less than that. At 200 I'll probably be around 10% body fat.
Here are some before and after pics: In the after pic, I'm in the red jacket, on the left. That was before a race this past Sunday.
The last pic is my bike, a 2010 LaPierre Sensium 400.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
I love those old GT frames with the triple triangle design. I almost picked up a GT Palomar but the guy wanted too much (IMO) for the condition it was in. I am wanting to get one and turn it into a skinny tire cross-style drop bar bike. I think a set of drop bars, cross tires, and that frame style would be so neat to roll around on- and off-road.
Very nice collection of bikes!
Side note: what stands are you using? I am looking to get one here this spring.
Thanks the stands are wrench force (tall with black base), park tools prs-3 (****ty condition but price was right), and a blackburn workhorse I'm planning on replacing with either a feedback sports sprint, topeak prep stand race, or a park tools prs-21.
As for a gt depending on how tall you are I have a frameset that would be perfect for what you want to do.