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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 02-11-07, 09:07 AM   #951
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well guys, now at 256 but picked up my carbon giant ors2 a couple of months back and haven't had any trouble with the carbon frame at all. the worst thing was the seat - they seem to never come with a seat that fits your butt. now have a wtb laser that seems ok. have to put a few more miles on it. but the numbness from down below (you know where) has gone away, and has not returned so i guess the groove in the seat does it's job. now for the seattle to portland run in july. that will be a personal best. on the south beach diet starting tomorrow, and plan to get to 220 by june. i am now down from 283 last year, so it can be done. thanks for all the great tips on this site. i find that the best info comes from those who are either experiencing 'clydseness' or have been there. keep up the good work.

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By the way, to clarify what I said about CF. My reservations aren't about the strength, they're about what happens to CF in a crash and hidden damage that can cause catastrophic frame failure.
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Old 02-11-07, 06:00 PM   #952
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i am new

i am new, so still a little nervous about this carbon thing. altho while in the usaf, i held a piece of composite recovered from an f-111 that went down in sea, and was amazed at the strength. this was a honeycomb composite, a forerunner of modern stuff. at 256, i don't want an imaginary splinter entering my body in any scenario. but i do like the weight, and it seems to ride very nicely. now, if i could just get used to that saddle............................
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Pretty much any frame will do, as long as it isn't one of those bonded thin wall Osmium/Scanium frames or ultra lightweight other racing frames! What you want are good wheels! I'd be hesitant about Carbon frames and carbon forks, but that's me! I prefer lugged steel. Aluminum is fine and so is Ti! Depends on how much you want to spend!

On the wheels, hand built 36 spoke and you'll be golden! Don't sweat about shaving grams, except on the body for now, and keep your road bike safe for a bigger rider.
Good to know! Thanks, Hopefully within' the next couple of weeks I'll have me a new bike!
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hey everybody...i'm 23 yrs old, 5'10" and tip the scales at 198-199 lbs. i have gained around 60 lbs in the last 3 years, and it is not muscle...all fat around my torso/chest. i primarily play hockey, and 200lbs is a pretty respectable weight on the rink, imagine my surprise when i'm considered a heavyweight on a bicycle! i started biking seriously primarily for aerobic and anaerobic conditioning for hockey, and hopefully on the bike and in the gym, i'll be able to replace much of my fat with muscle...my goal isn't to weight 140 again like back in high school, but i'd be very happy dropping below 170.

i'm already seeing excellent results with the aerobic conditioning on the bike, i no longer crash near the end of a hockey game like i did before...i can skate longer, harder, and don't feel exhausted after a game.

i ride an '06 Giant OCR2, and love riding...the weather here has been incredible, 3 rainy days this whole season. unfortunately during the summer the highs hit 100F for weeks on end.
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Down to 212-215. woohoo. Just don't tell my wife. Last time I told her how much I lost, she got mad.
If and or when I get down under 200, I wonder if my friends will think I'm too skinny.
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Old 02-26-07, 03:59 PM   #958
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6'1" and 225, ride a Trek Fuel 90 through the woods, way too much fun. I've also had the pleasure of blowing past lighter dudes on trails people said I couldn't hang. I was my best race weight at 180-190 but I've been off my bike for almost three years, gotta get back into it. I getting ready to buy a new for my Trek but still not sure which one I want. I also need a roofrack for my Audi wagon so I can tote said bike.

Hope to hear from you all, I'm a true newby.

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except for about a year during my service time, i've been in the clyde category for 26 years; i'm 6'1", at present about 225. (i had gotten mad fitness last summer, got down to 210 or maybe a touch less) 200+ is no big deal, i'm the smallest of the three sons my mother birthed (one is 6'5", 275 after slimming due to diabetes, the other 6'7", 280 after same) -- oddly enough, i'm the biggest of the four sons my dad sired (the only clyde in the line). i'm also the only one who rides! i love it when people talk to me about how high my saddle is; it keeps other folks from thinking they can help themselves. been told a few times that i should be racing, based on my commute times across town, but i'm just not interested -- maybe when i have the extra cash and nothing to spend it on...!

i saw a lot of pix of my fellow biggies on road bikes -- roll on, guys! but i won't be joining you on those rides, not with my FS/AM rig (5" SPV rear, 6" front). my spine won't go where you go. but i'm not hatin'. i'm just RIDIN' !!
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Hey all I post around here...and plan to come more often now to keep myself motiviated!

I'm 6'3" weigh 220...plan to be below 200 this season for the first time in a long time.

I ride an S-Works e5 w/Ultregra and Dura-Ace goodies. Proud to be a Clydesdale that everyone I ride with counts on to pull thru the wind and up the hills!
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Old 03-04-07, 12:59 AM   #961
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tom: down to 247 as of Thursday. I went on the south beach diet. anyway, better weather and longer daylight in these parts is going to accellerate my weight loss program.

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Old 03-04-07, 07:06 AM   #962
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6' 2" 220 and I ride a Felt 70 the past 2 years. My reality is that riding has not contributed to any appreciable weight loss, at all. I know the many variables involved but the short version is 125 - 150 miles a week with a cadence of 80-95 and mixed terrain. My heart monitor tells me I'm pushing my limit but the weight never goes away!
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hey, i'm there now! gained 30+ over the past year + since stopping x/cross practice and racing. guess old habits are back after gastric bypass 5 years ago. now i started jogging (more like shuffing) about 3 miles 3x a week, that gets the heart rate up more than the bike for me. and now i lift more and heavier weights. so i wont be racing track again or c/cross anytime soon ,but biking is still a passion for me. i feel good, and now enjoy biking instead of worrying so much about losing weight to race. i know there are alot of folk whom are big and race: i see several at the v-drome at Lehigh and they do great! but i can't take the embarishment again. thats just me. enjoy your rides!
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Old 03-04-07, 04:19 PM   #964
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6' 2" 220 and I ride a Felt 70 the past 2 years. My reality is that riding has not contributed to any appreciable weight loss, at all. I know the many variables involved but the short version is 125 - 150 miles a week with a cadence of 80-95 and mixed terrain. My heart monitor tells me I'm pushing my limit but the weight never goes away!
If you are anything like me you probably reward yourself with an extra helping of food because your ride so hard. Unless you are all muscle, you would probably get slightly below 200 with a reduction of calories.
You might want to look into what your lean body mass is rather than your weight. You may have lost 15 pounds of fat riding last season but gained an equal amount of muscle. I'm no lightweight either its just what I am becoming aware of myself.....I need to maintain my riding but consciously reduce my serving sizes,eat slightly different foods and eliminate some others all together.
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I have been 215.8 every time I way for 3 months, I am eating better, less and riding the go nowhere bike all the time but still stuck at 215.
I go ride for and hour now I guess.
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I suppose I qualify :)

At 6 ft, and 282lbs, I guess I qualify.
I am ridding to get back in shape, and to raise money for aids life cycle. (aidslifecycle.org/1562)
I ride a '06 Motobecane Sprint. There is a picture of me and the bike at the above address.
Not sure if it is a good pick for a clydesdaye or not, but I have almost 900 miles on it and nothing has broken yet. 10 sp casset, tripple crank, Ultegra shifters.
Any advice on how someone 41 years old and 280 lbs rides a bike 545 miles in 7 days without killing themselves, let me know.
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At 6 ft, and 282lbs, I guess I qualify.
I am ridding to get back in shape, and to raise money for aids life cycle. (aidslifecycle.org/1562)
I ride a '06 Motobecane Sprint. There is a picture of me and the bike at the above address.
Not sure if it is a good pick for a clydesdaye or not, but I have almost 900 miles on it and nothing has broken yet. 10 sp casset, tripple crank, Ultegra shifters.
Any advice on how someone 41 years old and 280 lbs rides a bike 545 miles in 7 days without killing themselves, let me know.
Train for it, get the lungs and legs strong enough, hydrate right, fuel right, and do your best. When you hit the wall, and you WILL hit the wall, remember that you are doing it voluntarily, no one is making you do it, reach down inside and then finish the bloody ride! It's only averaging 78 miles a day, so it's very doable!

By the way, my wife rides an EZ -3.....(Saw your pic). Your riding partner looks pretty comfortable on it!

I think your bike will do you fine, by the way, don't sweat it and enjoy the ride!

This is from a Clyde who rides long distance, by the way...........
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We got the EZ-3 for my wife, thinking that it would help with some of her health problems.
Not riding it enough to get the benefit, but we're working on it.

I think I am far enough along in my training to not die in the effort.
Now I just need to get to the point of not embarasing myself.

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Well I just joined today and am happy to know there are others out there like me, I am 6'2" and 270. I have done a few triathalons and some commuting to work, my wife is a semi serious tri-athelete and most of the guys I see riding aren't much bigger than one of my legs. I took a stressful job and over the last 3 years gained 50 lbs. Quit that job in november and have been trying to get back on the bike, I was commuting to that job on the bike occasionally. I currently own and ride a Merlin Extralight, great bike I actually called Merlin before I bought it to make sure my size didn't void the warranty. I am in the market for a Cyclocross bike right now and am looking at the Salsa Las Cruces but am open to suggestions.
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bike recs....

Buy something made to take weight....Surly LHT or Crosscheck. Or some older lugged steel tour style bike.

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Down to 212-215. woohoo. Just don't tell my wife. Last time I told her how much I lost, she got mad.
If and or when I get down under 200, I wonder if my friends will think I'm too skinny.
Funny that you're saying that. My racing weight was around 160lbs. At 6'3", that was a bit skinny, especially since most of the weight was in my quads and calves (match sprinter, here).

Of course, now that I'm 240 lbs, my wife says if I lose 40 lbs, that will be TOO much. I've tried to persuade her by mentioning the *ahem* improved endurance, but she hasn't yet been swayed. I think she's afraid that I'm trying to get back to my earlier form, even though at 37, it's pretty darn unlikely.

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Hi, all!

Figured I better introduce myself in here while I still can. I was at 260 (a high for me) at Thanksgiving last year. Since then, I've given up sugar (primarily from 6-8 sodas a day), started counting calories, and started biking again. I bought a used Trek 1200 in early February and have logged 500 miles on it. The wheels were a little unhappy with me at 230, but seem to be able to cope with 215, as I haven't had to re-true since I got down there. I also ride a Novara mountain bike with 26x 1.25 slicks, but I really get off on the speed of the roadie.

When I reach 180 pounds, all signs indicate I'm winning a pretty significant bet at the office (I've got 35 pounds to go, so does my female combatant, but she originally had a 25 pound head start...) The spoils of victory are earmarked for a nice lightweight bike for the new lightweight me.
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Funny that you're saying that. My racing weight was around 160lbs. At 6'3", that was a bit skinny, especially since most of the weight was in my quads and calves (match sprinter, here).

Of course, now that I'm 240 lbs, my wife says if I lose 40 lbs, that will be TOO much. I've tried to persuade her by mentioning the *ahem* improved endurance, but she hasn't yet been swayed. I think she's afraid that I'm trying to get back to my earlier form, even though at 37, it's pretty darn unlikely.

Any suggestions?
You a "tree trunk" too? At least that is what some called me. Never raced, but was mostly leg growing up. Time to time there was a gut in there too.

The other day I told my wife where I am at weight wise. I told her how I seemed to have hit a dead end on the loss dept. She used some really nice tact. "Well maybe you just gained a lot of mucle mass since you were last under 200".

Along with watching what I'm eating, I have been watching portion size, cutting back on the Dr. Pepper and Beer. And most of all spending a lot of time on the saddle spinning like crazy. That is how I have gotten to where I am at now.
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You a "tree trunk" too? At least that is what some called me. Never raced, but was mostly leg growing up. Time to time there was a gut in there too.

The other day I told my wife where I am at weight wise. I told her how I seemed to have hit a dead end on the loss dept. She used some really nice tact. "Well maybe you just gained a lot of mucle mass since you were last under 200".

Along with watching what I'm eating, I have been watching portion size, cutting back on the Dr. Pepper and Beer. And most of all spending a lot of time on the saddle spinning like crazy. That is how I have gotten to where I am at now.
Good job, Spider! She's tight, by the way, in that it is likely you've packed on some muscle!
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Funny that you're saying that. My racing weight was around 160lbs. At 6'3", that was a bit skinny, especially since most of the weight was in my quads and calves (match sprinter, here).

Of course, now that I'm 240 lbs, my wife says if I lose 40 lbs, that will be TOO much. I've tried to persuade her by mentioning the *ahem* improved endurance, but she hasn't yet been swayed. I think she's afraid that I'm trying to get back to my earlier form, even though at 37, it's pretty darn unlikely.

Any suggestions?
Just do what you need to to get in the best shape you are able to now. The wife will come around. The main issue is that it's likely that she's a bit afraid you'll outgrow her. Just do what you need to to reassure her and in the meantime,get in shape so you'll be able to stay with her longer, still alive!
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