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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 08-25-14, 02:08 PM   #2876
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5'9 and 205+/- currently (haven't been on a scale in a couple of weeks) at age 60. Always, and I mean since the age of 25, have been thinking about losing weight. Call me a yo-yo. The shoe fits. Then again, I have never eaten anything accidentally, except the odd bug that flew in my mouth during a ride.

I have ridden nearly my whole life. Currently, I ride about 100 miles a week, which seems okay for the 8 months when the ground isn't covered in snow. Although I also run a little (used to be my prime until the 4th meniscus repair), swim, snowshoe, x/c ski, and lift, riding is my current athletic passion.

When I got my Trek Madone 5.2SL in 2007, it really rejuvenated my riding. Last year I added a Rocky Mountain 29er to the stable and am giving this whole mountain biking thing a go. Did my first mountain bike race last year, and am hoping by some miracle to become good at it, or at least intermediate. This year, I added a Ridley CX also, and have been riding gravel roads. Am thinking of dabbling in the cross scene this fall.

Riding keeps me young, as I feel like that 10 year old bombing around the streets of my small town until having to rush home to dinner.
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Old 08-25-14, 11:18 PM   #2877
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New Clyde here, I havent bought a bike yet but I am not looking to spend much to start with. I'm 5'9 and slightly north of 300 right now and this is the heaviest I have ever been and i'm tired of it. I tried walking and running but its just too tough on the knees and ankles so biking is the next best thing. I am still unsure of what to get to start off with. I didnt want to spend a ton of money so dept store bikes are whats catching my eye. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-25-14, 11:36 PM   #2878
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may as well make my first post the intro post.

5'9, 245 lbs. Was a 218-lb powerlifter 'back in the day', and by 'back in the day', I mean 'back before I had 2 shoulder reconstruction surgeries, a torn pec, and C6/C7 disk/vertebral replacement surgery'

I rode BMX a lot in my youth, and about 20 years ago I bought myself a Specialized Ground Control and rode the crap out of it. Then I joined the military, got married, and spent too much time deploying and being a soccer Dad. All kids but my youngest are in college and out of the house, I'm about to finally move on from the military, and my injuries have forced me to really re-assess my activities.

I picked up a Trek 820 to ride around off road and show my wife that yes, in fact, I'm serious about this.

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Old 08-27-14, 02:09 PM   #2879
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There is hope.

After struggling with weight for tears I finally got serious, My high last year was 6'2" 270lbs. Now a year later I'm at 190.
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Old 08-27-14, 03:25 PM   #2880
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To all who have lost weight for improved health, KUDOS ! And to those who are still trying, DON'T GIVE UP !
While I'm not sure what a Clydesdale is aside from a type of horse, I'm 6'0 and 238-ish. I'm a domesticated truck driver. You do the math. The DOT is whispering about drivers health so I'm trying to get ahead of the curve. I peaked at 260 and red flags went up. But I was hovering around 250 most of the time.

My Trek 8.4 ds took me down initially, but I love to go fast so my Sectuer is the bike du jour most days. Still love my ds though. Have yet to establish a working pattern. Grrrr.
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Old 08-28-14, 12:26 AM   #2881
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Guys I need help... I just got the xxxl castelli bib I bought and it's too small. Any recommendations for 4xl cycling bibs. I know there is a whole argument about bibs versus shorts but when you have a belly like mine the bib feels much better. Any and all help appreciated.
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Old 08-28-14, 03:40 PM   #2882
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5'6" weighed in this morning at 218.2lbs. I'm a big boy but I want to get back on 2 wheels. I have a tadpole trike I have been riding with my wife (She has a 2013 Giant Escape RX1 W) and we've gotten ourselves off to a decent start. Our average speed is going up (13.8mph) and we are doing longer rides. We started with short 10 mile rides to just get the feel of if it was something my wife wanted to do. That has escalated to some 17.2 mile rides because that is a convenient turn around point. We recently did a 42.6 mile ride and suffered no ill affects. My problem is, I can't help her when she is tired by letting her draft off me. My tadpole trike hardly feels the wind and I want to be able to drag her up to a higher average speed.

My issue is that a bike seat makes all my boy parts numb and puts me into pain overload. We have an upright stationary trainer and I can only last 30 minutes on it (even with an upgraded seat) before I have to call it quits, and that is with me standing and adjusting every 8-10 minutes.

Any bike and seat recommendations for someone my height with my issues or am I better off staying on my tadpole trike?
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Old 09-06-14, 08:01 AM   #2883
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Hi,
I'm 41. 260lbs, 5'10".

My first clydesdale, updated Peugeot Alpin Pro:

- Crankset Truvativ S1400, 28/42 170mm
- GXP Team cartridge bearing bottom bracket
- SRAM PG-1050, 11,12,14,16,18,20,22,25,28,32
- "Bar end Shifter" SRAM TT900
- rear derailleur SRAM X0 medium cage
- front mech Shimano XT (FD-M786)
- Chain SRAM PC-1071
- Saddle Brooks Flyer
- handlebar tape Brooks
- handlebar Soma 3-speed
- rear wheel Mavic A719, hub Shimano XT
- rear tire Ritchey SpeedMax Cross Pro
- front tire Vittoria Randonneur
- rear brake Avid Shorty Ultimate
- brake levers Shimano 105 (BL-1055)
- all Jagwire cable
- front rack Soma en cours d'installation
- front brake Shimano STX-RC
- front wheel SUN CR16, hub Shimano STX-RC
- rear rack Velo Sport










This is my confo-family ride bike

Next I show you my real ride bike
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Old 09-09-14, 05:53 PM   #2884
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Hello all! Just bought my first bike in 20+ years.
6'4" 245# 45 years old, my goal is to shed about 20# and if more falls off, that's good too!
Just bought a 2014 Giant Cypress Dx
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Old 09-09-14, 05:58 PM   #2885
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Hello all! Just bought my first bike in 20+ years.
6'4" 245# 45 years old, my goal is to shed about 20# and if more falls off, that's good too!
Just bought a 2014 Giant Cypress Dx
Interesting bike...Try to wear it out.
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Old 09-10-14, 10:46 AM   #2886
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Howdy Again
Getting back into riding, from a serious bonk when it was very hot really humid and I started, unfed and unhydrated.
Rode 5.5 miles downhill with a tail wind, killed both waters, rode back uphill with a 12-15 mph
headwind, did not think I was going to make it back without passing out.
Truthfully the only reason I did not call the bride was being a former Marine I could not let my brothers down calling the sag wagon on a 10 mile run.

But I am getting back into shape, been keeping cals under 1900, and slowly getting back into riding, 1.4 yesterday, 4.4 today, My goal is to re ride my Monument ride successfully. And get ready for my Trek Domane 4.0C I put a down payment on.
I had gotten to 255 lbs but had alowed myself to reinflate to 274. I am back down to 265-264.

I will be honest, I truly have to HTFU those 2 short rides hit hard, I am fighting off a virus BUT I was pretty shaky and nautious and had a lot of lower end tingling when I finished today I did a quick and dirty chain and gearset cleaning (and found my tire pump had auto ejected itself :-( ) but had to sit down and sip a chocolate milk.

But I have Goals, (1) easily ride my Monument ride (2) get below 250 and stay in good health through my Turn Around working nights so I will still get to ride ​(3) get and stay at 225 and get well toned and keep that way for my NEXT 50 years.
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Old 09-10-14, 08:20 PM   #2887
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Train smart rick. You'll do yourself little good to deprive yourself of proper hydration and fuel. Drink a half a bottle of water before you start, wait a half hour for it to pass thru and go. A banana is also a good pre-ride snack. Your body will thank you for the potassium.

Also, you're gonna love the Domane. I have about 5000 miles on a 5.2. As an retired Cat. 2 roadie, I love this thing.
There are hills in Texas?
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Old 09-10-14, 09:09 PM   #2888
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I drank 2 bottles of water today, but no food.
There are hills and moutains but not within 100 miles of here
But there are overpasses and I rode down to sea level.
It was the headwind that whipped my butt.
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Old 09-11-14, 05:21 PM   #2889
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I'm 5'5" 202lbs. as of today (down from 225.5 in July), returned to cycling a year ago (bored with the ellipticals, etc.at my gym).

I mostly ride this. . .


Raleigh USA Olympian, 50cm frame, added Ideale 39 saddle and FSA Vero 165mm cranks with Shimano Biopace chainrings.

My other two. . .


Trek 420 with bullhorns. . .

My twenty dollar Goodwill find. . .


Kona Hahana, adjustable stem, springy saddle and seatpost, Deore rear deraiileur. .
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Old 09-12-14, 01:55 PM   #2890
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Feeling much better today, had breakfast and good water,and a solid 8 hours of sleep.
Rode 6.5 miles and could have gone farther but the rear derailer started getting squirly, jumping over gears and dropping back down etc..
Butt felt much better, I need to clean/lube my rear mech and run it through the gears.
I will be ready for the Domane, and farther rides will not be a problem.
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Old 09-22-14, 04:41 PM   #2891
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Next I show you my real ride bike
My brother-in-law give me this wonderful bike

Marinoni Special 1982 :

Before:

- (CX/CX-S) Cassette 14-16-18-20-22-24
- Hubs Campagnolo Super Record
- Crankset Campagnolo Strada (BCD 144) (Stronglight) 42-50
- Front/rear mech Campagnolo Super Record
- Front wheel Ambrosio Úlite 611-17.
- Rear wheel Ambrosio Prestige.
- Chain SRAM.PC48

















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After:



- Novatech front hub
- Shimano Nexus SG-8R36 rear hub
- Shimano Afline 8 shifter
- Campagnolo aero seatpost
- Saddle Brook C17
- Handlebar tape Brooks
- Bar end brake lever Tektro RX4.1
- Brake dual pivot Campagnolo Veloce
- Handlebar bullhorn XLC 44cm 26.0
- Quill stem Nitto Technomic 26.0 60mm
- NOS Ambrosio Excellence 36H
- Fyxation Session 28c tire












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Old 09-23-14, 12:35 PM   #2893
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Newb here,we'll starting up after a 20 year break!
im 6'2 and 285 pounds.bought a new bike and all is great!except for climbing hills!!
does anyone know if the cheap ebay Chinese shorts and jerseys are worth buying?
reason is being as big as I am finding clothing in bike stores is really hard.
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Old 09-28-14, 11:37 PM   #2894
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31 - 5'9 225 here. Definitely need to lose some weight. I lift weights a couple times a week. Was running 2-3 times a week. Now that I have a good road bike I plan to integrate that into my training more. Joined a bike club here in Carrollton, TX that I look forward to participating in on the weekend. Kinda scared that I won't be able to keep up though. Biking is great for my core. I lift weights to maintain / build muscle mass. Hope to have visible ab muscles by Spring 2015. In my teens I would bike all the time and also was about 35 pounds lighter. That isn't a realistic weight considering my muscle mass but 210 and under would be awesome.
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Old 09-29-14, 07:12 PM   #2895
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61, 6'2", was 308 lbs. last week when my wife and I started Jenny Craig. Now I'm already 10 lbs. lighter after only 5 days! I know it mostly water but it is a big relief to be under 300 again even though it is only a number. We bought our bikes last April and started out pretty slow/infrequent. I rode twenty miles Saturday after work for the first time in many years. It took me two hours and twenty minutes. Truthfully I got a little carried away. i had intially planed to only ride for one hour. Previously my longest recent ride was 50 minutes not including our vacation trip on the Hiawatha trail which was almost all downhill.
Thanks to all of the people who haveposted their success stories. They are very inspirational and encouraging. In about a year I will be able to add my own.
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Old 10-12-14, 09:33 AM   #2896
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Hey yall, I been kicking around this forum a few years now,,,I am here to confess to yall that my wife got me a new recliner. no, not a recumbent, a Lazy Boy.....
3 years ago I played Superman and pulled my buddies tent, sleeping bag and food and water, along with mine over this granny gear climb from hell, nuff said.
Then I some how fell into this recliner and I put under 250 miles on my Surly in 2 years.
I am still under 60, well over 200, 6'3",,, Can I get a AMEN to me climbing back into the saddle,,, can I do it, can I come back, or even close, is it too late, am I too fat?

In about 8 to 10 years I would like to hook up Bob, with all my gear, sell EVERYTHING else, and go North West or South West, or Alabama, Kentucky, Seattle,,,Baja,,,,somewhere in that area...

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Old 10-13-14, 12:10 PM   #2897
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On the third week of a Plant Turn Around and got moved from nights to days straight away (so my mid day ride plan promptly died) BUT.
Finally got a day off and picked up my Trek Domane from the Bike Barn in clear lake.
I have been averaging 12000-13000 steps a day plus all the valve turning and plumbing associated with completely deconning a chemical plant to allow internal work, and staying away from poor foods I have dropped down to 258.
Its getting better and resting enough that strength is building back, if the storm dies down I will put some miles on the Domane today.
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Old 10-16-14, 08:11 PM   #2898
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Greetings, new to the forums here. 6'0", ~205, 33 yrs. Goal is only to spend more time riding, if I lose weight that's great. Used to enjoy running but had a sarcoma removed from my leg last year and took a bunch of muscle with it so running hurts now. I enjoyed riding immensely when I was a kid and got back into it this spring.

For clarity, don't take "used to enjoy running" as "I used to run". Generally, I've avoided exercise my adult life. Biking manages to accomplish the exercise without feeling like I'm "working out". Just enjoy the time spent outdoors. Stuck at the moment on a mid-eighties Raleigh road bike that is a touch too big, looking to get a mtb soon.
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Old 10-24-14, 12:04 PM   #2899
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6' and 216lbs. Getting my first road bike (Orbea H70) this month
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Well time to get back on the bike for another go. 5'11" 275. just turned 56. I ride a Trek 7.3 . Summers in Florida with the excessive humidity just kill it for me. Last year I got 10 off then got a pinched nerve in my neck. Ended up with a steroid injection in my neck to kill the pain. put the 10 back on. Off to the Pinellas trail this weekend.
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