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  1. #2801
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    Hi all,
    well after lurking here for last two months researching and learning about what might be the best bike for me to get I figured I would introduce myself here.

    closing in on 50 in a couple of years and finally going to get into shape. I am 5'7" and last year hit 382 ( damn I know I may have to make a super Clydesdale category ). Gone from couch potato to active. Weight training twice a week, walk/run 4-5 times and now going to add 3 days of biking woot woot double workout days! Currently at 321. Got a long way to go but nice to be on the journey finally.

    atm deciding between a Cannondale Quick 2 or 4 and a Specialized Sirrus Comp. Tested the Trek FXs but did not like them as much as the Quick. Used to love my Trek mtn bike but that was 20 yrs ago and if I went off a boulder now I would be in a body cast at best. Trying the Bikes again tomorrow and then taking one home for the weekend to decide. Great LBS here. Finally little to no snow so could finally test ride this week. Liked the Quick 4 but did not have time to try the Quick 2 today but did try 4 other bikes ( mostly Treks).


    This forum has been a terrific source of information and wanted to thank everyone who posts.

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    Well I am maybe a super Clyde being about 380 and 6 foot three. I have picked up a mountain bike (Raleigh Talus 29er) on March 8 this year and am hoping to get down to where I can ride my road bike (a 1985 Centurion Le Mans purchased as a gift for me in December of 85 as a present from my mom) or maybe even get into a more modern road bike where I can more easily find parts (good tires for one). I am down from 396 pounds in March to the 380 ish I am now.
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    5'9" 224 lbs as of this morning. Hopefully I can keep the motivation to get healthy up and won't be a Clydesdale for too long, though I've been one long enough.

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    Im 6'2 and 330, I used to bike but when I broke my last one i was to embarrassed to ride again. Are there road bikes that can hold my weight and for my height? What do you guys suggest? (I know very little about bikes but would like to learn more). How many spokes would be a minimum. 36? And how much for a good bike? (I am assuming Ill be saving up for a while 1000+ ? )
    I really want to get back into biking to lose at least 60 pounds this year. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavytall350 View Post
    Im 6'2 and 330, I used to bike but when I broke my last one i was to embarrassed to ride again. Are there road bikes that can hold my weight and for my height? What do you guys suggest? (I know very little about bikes but would like to learn more). How many spokes would be a minimum. 36? And how much for a good bike? (I am assuming Ill be saving up for a while 1000+ ? )
    I really want to get back into biking to lose at least 60 pounds this year. Thanks for your help.
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    a used bike shop brand name non-suspension mountain bike. Best to have the wheels re-tensioned at a good bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavytall350 View Post
    Im 6'2 and 330, I used to bike but when I broke my last one i was to embarrassed to ride again. Are there road bikes that can hold my weight and for my height? What do you guys suggest? (I know very little about bikes but would like to learn more). How many spokes would be a minimum. 36? And how much for a good bike? (I am assuming Ill be saving up for a while 1000+ ? )
    I really want to get back into biking to lose at least 60 pounds this year. Thanks for your help.
    I went through a few bikes in my way from 500 to 330, on the way to 225. Surprisingly enough, I didn't have much trouble until I bought my last bike, a Specialized Crosstrail Elite. It is a hybrid with a front shock. I haven't had problem with the shock but I did have a problem with wheels. I had to replace the standard wheel with a 36 spoke wheel. since then, no problems. On a related note, one of the problems I have with riding is a sore ass, despite a good saddle and biking shorts. In searching for an alternative, I came across Day 6 bicycles. They have a sort of recumbent bicycle with a comfortable looking saddle, broad enough to handle the wide cabooses that usually come on a clyde. They have a bike called the Samson, specifically designed to handle riders up to 400 lbs. I have been saving for one. I hope this helped.

    Greg

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    Hi all,
    I'm 6' and 205 pounds. Just picked up cycling again last year after around 15 year hiatus (was in junior high school). I ride for commuting and exercise (nice to do both at the same time), around 15-20 miles return trip, depending on where I'm going for the day (school or office). Latest ride is 2009 Felt QX75 hybrid (55cm frame), which I bought from used bike market for $200 at the beginning of this year. Been upgrading the components little by little ever since. I like the ride so much, especially with the size fitting me perfectly. Looking forward to more rides and less weight.

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    I'm baaaaack. Was a clyde for a while, got out, and after a year of moving twice and changing jobs, I'm back. 215. Yeah, clyde-light, but still. "fighting" weight should be in the low 190s.

    Hey folks, how areya?

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    Hey there everyone!

    I thought I would post here and say hello to my fellow forum users. I guess I am what you guys would call a Clydesdale (coincidentally my favorite kind of horse, perhaps it was destined by the stars). I am 23 years old, 210lbs, and 6'5" or so. I pack on quite the bit of extra weight in my mid-section due to what is known as Klienfelter Syndrome. It also causes other issues related to my body not really producing testosterone like it is supposed to (reduced energy, inability to build muscle efficiently, etc..) I am trying to deal with it as much as I can without having to resort to testosterone shots (They're ridiculously expensive, and I can't really afford that on a college budget)

    I got into bicycling because before heading off to college I lived out in the country and thought that on a bicycle would be a great way to see my surroundings. My 5 mile rides quickly evolved into 50+ mile rides. When I moved off to college, where I am now, I really got into cycling. I average about 300 miles per week or so, and I have managed to lose about 50 lbs. At the beginning of last summer I probably weighed about 250, and by the end of the season I was hovering at about 200. Over the winter I've seemed to have gained back a pesky 10 lbs. It is my goal this year to get down to about 180.

    Um, well I hope to see you guys around and about.

    Oh, and if anyone is in the Bloomington/Normal, Illinois region, I'd love to go out for a ride sometime. I always ride by myself because I am kind of scared to ride with a group, so it would be killer to find someone else to ride with.

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    Hi all! I'm 5'10" and weighing in at 270#. I'm currently riding a Specialized Sirrus that I purchased back in 2010 and looking for an upgrade to a road bike. Either a Cannondale Synapse 105 disc or a Specialized Expert Disc. Both ride very nice, it's just a matter of a $500 price difference and purchasing from a lbs or rei(dividends!).

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    Another super Clyde here. I'm 6'4 and weighting in at 374lbs. Went yesterday to the local LBS and picked up a 2014 Specialized Allez. I sure that the back wheel will give out at some point but I got it to lose weight and get fit.
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    A year ago I was 265lbs at 5'7"...today I am 207lbs.....I am hoping to lose my "Clyde" status soon! I just purchased a 2014 Giant Escape RX.... a gift to myself (a bit prematurely) for getting to 200lbs!!!
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    Hello, I've been lurking and thought I'd pop in to introduce myself. I am a borderline clydesdale, just over 200 lbs, but only 5'6". Despite my weight, I do a fair bit of running, and have gotten into cycling for cross training. I have no real cycling goals, just looking to drop some weight and get in better shape. My #1 goal is to set a half marathon PR in the fall (my best time is 2:25).

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    I was a Clyde when I found this forum 5 years ago, and am probably now even more of one. But getting back on the bike. 6'-5" and 250 lbs.

    May is "Bike to Work Month" in my state, and I've done 5 days now. My commute is only 4.5 miles each way, but it's a start!

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    Huh,

    Clydesdale aye?

    Yeah, I fit the criteria. Pretty much the reason I'm here. Put my motorcyle jacket last week and noticed it had shrunk. Odd it was just hanging in the closet?

    Heading for fifty-five years old, got on the scale last weekend and maxed out at 251 pounds on a 5'7" frame. A new personal high, and enough motivation for me to get my head out of my butt and start getting some real exercise. Before it's too late.

    Living in the northern Adirondacks there is plenty of opportunity to bike. At present, I am looking at some sort of dual sport/hybrid, given the opportunity to access dirt roads and light trails. but theremaremdecent roads in my area as well.

    The technology has changed drastically since my last bike so some research is in order.

    My goal is to post Memorial day next year, that I am just stopping by to visit and and say hello, but no longer fit the criteria!

    Dack,

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    Hello forum! I'm a newly indoctrinated enthusiast, who undoubtedly belongs to this category deemed "Clydesdales." I'm looking for a reliable cycle capable of supporting my 315lbs, 6'1 frame. I'm currently defacing a relatively cheap model of road bike purchased from a local sports super-store. While I hold a certain affection for my new mode of transportation, I'm almost certain the emotion isn't reciprocated. I've been trying my hand at compassion for it, but my large dimensions are quite unforgiving, and bent rims have been resultant. Well, not necessarily bent, but noticeably "untrue". I'm searching for a dependable, functional road bike that has a wheel-base that won't buckle under undue strain. Aesthetics are a nominal factor, but I don't want anything abnormally garish. Price point is of less concern, I'm interested in a quality apparatus, albeit one that can demonstrate longevity.
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    6'3" and 300 lb here. Well was 308 lb six months ago and now 295 lb. I don't ride as often as I would like due to other obligations (kids, work, etc). Used to ride a 1994 Trek 850 MTB but stopped. After 18 years of moving it between places, I started riding it again after being diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Finally replaced it in January with a 2014 Trek Domane 2.0 endurance road bike. Suits my size just fine and comfortable when I wear cycling shorts even with the OE saddle.

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    I am right now 231 5' 10" - Just got back from mountain bike trip out west in elevation with mucho climbing and happy to report that I rode just fine with the rest of the group who were much fitter/slimmer and rode hard tail cross country where as I had a FS trail bike. There were times that my heart-rate went into limbo though. Before the trip I really thought I was more like 215 but do not have a scale - I went to walk in clinic on Monday for an infection (not cycling related) and they weighed me at 231! Yikes. The good news is at that weight I thought my endurance was pretty decent - now i just need eat better and burn more calories. I want to do a 24 hour event later this summer and at 230 that would be insane! There is no Clydes division for 24 solo so I need to get lean fast.

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    Hello everyone! I have been lurking for some time but recently joined the forum. I just turned 47 yrs old, and was 230 pounds (5'10"). I had always been fit in my younger years, raced BMX in the early 80's, played soccer for 25 yrs., rode a Centurian road bike about 50-75 miles per week while in college, and then kids happened. Many of you know the story. About the only fitness work I did for years was riding the mountain bike around when camping, walking the dog, and coaching hundreds of soccer games and thousands of practices. Fast forward to today, my son is graduating high school and heading off to college (proud Dad here), my daughter is going into her junior year and is a dedicated cross country and distance track athlete, and I became a slug with a newly christened diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago. WAKE UP CALL!!!!!! I started trying to do some of the things I loved in order to start getting fit again such as doing individual drills with a soccer ball, walking longer distances with the dog, etc. all while reducing portions and being more careful about my diet. Nothing was making a real impact.

    Fast forward to a month ago. I pulled into the garage one day after work and happened to glance at my old hard tail steel framed Walmart special Mongoose MTB. I got it down, cleaned it up, adjusted everything, put new tubes in it, bought a new helmet, and off I went. I enjoyed it but that thing was a PIG and I decided to upgrade. I found this forum as part of my research into my next ride. I learned about hybrids (I had no idea) and thought that would be the way to start. I took my time, rode a bunch of different bikes, and after about 3 weeks of research and riding purchased a new 19" 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 at Performance Bicycles last Friday. What a difference over my old PigGoose!

    In the 3 weeks of riding the old Mongoose and now 3 days in the Fuji's saddle, I've dropped 10 pounds, feel a heck of lot better, have much more energy, and have seen my blood glucose level start heading down. I'm keeping my rides short and frequent at the moment, doing 2 8-10 mile rides each weekend day and one 8-10 mile ride every evening on the local greenbelts or at a nearby Army Corps of Engineers park on a nearby lake.

    My goal is to lose 45 pounds total and get to 185. I want to be around to see my future grandkids.

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    I joined this forum last year, right after I bought my Sportif, with the intention of riding the wheels off. Unfortunately, I broke my foot last June, then 2 weeks after I got the boot off my broken foot, I twisted my ankle(real bad- deep bone bruise and tendon damage). This year, I intend to ride the wheels off. I was 272 last Saturday, and this morning I'm down to 265. I bought a bike to commute to work with, and I'll be starting that on Saturday. Hopefully I'll work myself up to doing it daily, as long as I don't fall down anymore stairs!

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    I'm 5'8", 275 at 23 years of age. Been fat basically as long as I can remember. I want to lose my gut for personal image reasons, though I understand that, given my genetics, my healthy weight will most likely be on the solidly built side, rather than a skinny whip. I didn't learn to ride a bike until right before I turned 21, and I didn't really have anywhere to ride at first. I was on a rural Job Corps center in Montana and could only ride the loop around campus, which got old so fast I rarely did it. When I graduated and moved to California I started biking as a means to get around, and that's when I really got into it. I started off borrowing my uncle's hardtail mountain bike, which worked well for me, then bought a dutch, which didn't. Got a department store hybrid, and it worked even less. Now I own the mountain bike I was originally borrowing, and it's currently my sole bicycle. It's a 1987 Hard Rock Specialized with road tires installed and a brand new saddle, and it's just about right. The solid steel frame can handle my weight, the production value was pretty high and my uncle kept it in good shape, and it handles beautifully on the road. I chose cycling because I find it fun, which is the most important thing of all. I also live in an area where a bicycle can be used for commuting, and when it can't public transit can (and my college issues passes for the transit system), so I live car free. I'm about to try and pick it up with my weight loss regime. A new college term starts at the end of the month, and I'm registered for the basic PE orientation class, the gym exercise lab that comes with it, and a swimming course, and I'm hoping to start replacing bus rides with bicycle rides when my schedule allows.
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    Hello, I'm 6'5" and 255lbs.

    I ride a 2006 trek 1000sl on and off for the last 2 years. This time I want to stick to it as I am currently planning on using it as my commuter to school. Hopefully the trek holds up.

    I grew up riding Bmx mostly and fairly competitively but lost interest when I got to my 20's.

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    I'm glad I'm not alone,I started riding in Nov 2011 at about 225 and fifty years. I've been on a1986 Raleigh marathon 12 speed and just got a2009 Fuji 4.o. currently at about 210 and would like to get back to 185 which is where I was when I quit smoking in 2009.
    Any one plan on riding the goatneck this year?

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    Athena here and new member of the forum. Stopping in this thread to say hi! I will post more later

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