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    Texas - congrats on the weight loss. Please let us know which bike you decide on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Bubba
    Hambone,
    Hahaha - WW is how I have dropped 48lbs since April. It is a lot like sailing...


    Others,
    The cross bikes are the ones I'm looking at right now. They are a bit beefier than the road bikes but still faster than a MTB on slicks. The Specialized Tricross (aluminum/carbon) and the Bianchi Volpe (steel) are the two I have narrowed down to - the Kona Hoss on slicks is where I started. I am test riding the Volpe this weekend. For me there was a significant problem with the hybrid bikes that probably would have occurred on the MTBs also. At 340lbs I'm big. When I stood up on the hybrid to pedal I felt like I was going to flip over the front - the handle bar was too close to my legs. It was a really off feeling. On the road/cross bikes I could grab farther forward and it made a huge difference. Both of these bikes come with 32-35mm tires which are great for comfort. I met a couple of folks that use them for commuting and they love them.
    My understanding on the tricross is it is fast and durable. The Volpe is supposed to be a bit more comfortable and set up more for touring. Being steel is should have a little less vibe too. They both have triple chain rings which, to me, is VERY important. Around town I think a double would be fine but I plan to use this for the local MS 150 ride that goes from Houston to Austin. Too many hills for a double. I was looking at the Specialized Sirrus and Trek 7.3fx. I think they are fine bikes and I would have kept either of them but they would have eventually been relegated to riding to friends houses or running errands. A lesser bike would have been tossed. If one were to start out on those bikes it probably isn't bad and if the riding doesn’t progress past a certain point/interest it is probably a wise investment. From when I was skinny I know I like to ride and I would eventually move to a different bike. I plan on having a good road and MTB in the future. Heck, maybe even a hybrid to putz around on - you never know.
    I was unfamiliar with the Specialized you mentioned and googled it. Found this:http://www.bikemagic.com/news/article/mps/UAN/4603/ and liked it.

    I think that for somebody your (our) size the recomendation to swap out the seat post is a good idea.

    Also, if you are going to be doing mostly road riding, I'd look to modify the gearing. Swap for larger chainrings... Usually, a change like that before you buy the bike is just the difference in the price of the two pieces of equipment. (You say it is a triple but the article and several other things I saw made me think it was a double...) My understanding is that as long as the difference between the smaller and larger chainring doesn't grow (not much...) then you can swap chainrings without having to go to a longer caged rear deraileur (sp?) or modifying anything else. Check but that's my 2 cents worth.

    Another huge advantage to the cyclocross over the MTB is that the drop bars give you many more options for where you put your hands during a long ride. This is a HUGE advantage.

    Post or drop a note after you get the bike. It really looks like fun. (I'm a little jealous.)
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    Any clydes here have any thoughts on Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels?

    I have heavy, 36 spoke Mavic T519 rims on Coda hubs on my bike (700x35 touring setup), and there's a dude selling the Ksyriums here in the city for $130 with an Ultegra cassette onboard already.

    Would they be up to the weight with me at 215 lbs? Also, I've read some reviews stating that the bearings are badly sealed and won't hold up to rain... anybody have any experiences with that?

    The price is right, and I'd like a wheelset that I can put narrower tires onto without trouble (my current wheelset limits me to a tire no smaller than 700x28). I assume it's not much of a hassle to deal with adjusting the brakes slightly for the difference in rim width, and I also figure it will be a more responsive ride than what I have... possibly also faster?

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    Clyde x 1.75

    I'm 5' 11", 345 lbs. Started riding in Feburary after checkup showed bp @ 147/95. Haven't lost a lot of weight but bp is down to 123/70. As a truck driver, it's hard to ride consistantly but I've been averaging 45 min-10 miles a day/5 days a week. Last Sunday I completed a 60 mi. ride in 5 hours. Not earth shaking speed(unless one felt the ground as I rode by ) but I was proud of it. This is a great forum and I've found it very inspiring. Thanks to all.
    Ride Safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superslomo
    Any clydes here have any thoughts on Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels?

    I have heavy, 36 spoke Mavic T519 rims on Coda hubs on my bike (700x35 touring setup), and there's a dude selling the Ksyriums here in the city for $130 with an Ultegra cassette onboard already.

    Would they be up to the weight with me at 215 lbs? Also, I've read some reviews stating that the bearings are badly sealed and won't hold up to rain... anybody have any experiences with that?

    The price is right, and I'd like a wheelset that I can put narrower tires onto without trouble (my current wheelset limits me to a tire no smaller than 700x28). I assume it's not much of a hassle to deal with adjusting the brakes slightly for the difference in rim width, and I also figure it will be a more responsive ride than what I have... possibly also faster?
    I don't know those wheels. I do know that more than faster you will be quicker.

    The geeks talk about spinning weight (tire/wheel/pedal/etc.) versus general weight on your bike. Losing spinning weight is much better especially for accelerating. Once you get up to speed (unless you are going up a hill) I don't think it makes too much difference.

    If you are not a comfortable wrench, you should have somebody take a look at your brakes and/or be real careful the first few rides. Changing to a narrower rim will (as you note) change where the brake pad makes contact with the rim. Therefore, it will/could change the angle of the pad as it hits. I'm assuming you are talking about a Cannondale touring bike here so you have some kind of cantilevered brake. It isn't hard to adjust. Check out Sheldon Brown or the Park Tool site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrrwr
    I'm 5' 11", 345 lbs. Started riding in Feburary after checkup showed bp @ 147/95. Haven't lost a lot of weight but bp is down to 123/70. As a truck driver, it's hard to ride consistantly but I've been averaging 45 min-10 miles a day/5 days a week. Last Sunday I completed a 60 mi. ride in 5 hours. Not earth shaking speed(unless one felt the ground as I rode by ) but I was proud of it. This is a great forum and I've found it very inspiring. Thanks to all.
    Ride Safe.
    With your numbers you are burning about 1,000 calories per ride. To loose a pound you need to burn 3,500 MORE calories than you consumed.

    I realised about 75 pounds ago that exercise alone wasn't going to do it. I joined Weight Watchers. It isn't bad. And it is the kind of thing you can do for the rest of your life.

    BUT -- No matter what, have fun and ride.
    Inside me is a thin man dying to get out.
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    Hola,

    After my last physical in May, I started riding in June to start losing weight and it seems to be working, I'm down 35 lbs in 2 months. All my other stuff blood, sugar levels, ect all in excellent shape, just fat. Well, I finally bought a Polar CS200cad and after I put in my personal info in, I looked to see if I could adjust my weight down as I continued to lose, hopefully, but can't seem to figure out how to do it. I looked in the owner manual and there is nothing about it.

    Any help would be great.

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    New Kid On The Block

    I have enjoyed reading the threads here and so I wanted to chime in. I'm 6'1" 321, down from 332 in 2 weeks of biking. I have become hooked. When I got my bike 4 years ago, I rode it twice and garaged it. I started riding with a friend now and that seems to keep me motivated. I have a Diamondback Response MTB, I took the tires and switched them to thinner slick tires for road use. Now I'm wanting a new road bike so bad. Getting all the input from this thread is sure helping me decide on what bike to go with.

    Anyone familiar with the Cannondal RS...?

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    Polar c200 user setting

    from empty start screen, push middle, then right 3 times to "setting", then middle, then right 5 times to "user", then middle--that is the weight screen.

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    I've been lurky for a couple of days reading through the various forums, and chose this interesting thread to make my first post. I'm currently 53 years old and 274 pounds. I have been a "clydesdale" for about 20 years, with things getting out of hand about 10 years ago, when I balooned to 262 pounds. I once lost 54 pounds in four months through the Atkins Diet Revolution (including daily weight training and 2-4 mile runs). After quitting Atkins, I gained all my weight back and then some (as heavy as 292 pounds six months ago). I lost 30 pounds in three months (again on Atkins), but have since put back 15 of those since quitting Atkins a month ago. (It goes back on much faster than it comes off!)

    A few days ago I was in an airport and saw a new Atkins book - "Atkins Diabetes Revolution." This book has changed my thought process and forced me to make some drastics changes in my life (one of which is bicycling again). If you are overweight at all (BMI Index) I urge you to read this book before it is too late. If your BMI is 30 or more, you are at great risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

    Besides bicycling, which I absolutely love, I also like to ride my MotoGuzzi LeMans.


    Here is a photo of me on my motorcycle in the garage. In the back ground you can see my
    1987 L.L. Bean Cannondale hanging on the wall. Last week, while home for my son's wedding, I took it to
    a LBS for new tires/tubes, handle bar wraps and a tune up. Rode it every day and loved it. I'm currently
    in Pennsylvania on business and just bought another old Cannondale on ebay and dropped it off at a LBS
    for tune up and tires. It will be a stable mate to my Specialized Sirrus, which I bought last month. The
    covered car in the photo is the 1965 Mustang convertable I drove to high school.





    I took up motorcycle riding about three years ago (after a 29 year layoff.) Had a little get off that broke
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    6'3" and 274 pounds as of last week. LBS mech said my Cannondale was in great shape.





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    I appreciate all the great info that this forum provides. I was wondering if anyone is riding a compact crank out there? It seems that it would be a mechanical advantage for us larger riders to be able to use a double ring and get approximately the same gear ratio's as a triple on the small chainring without having the wear and chain stretch. Any opions? Thanks in advance. I'm also about to buy a new bike and recently the Felt F4C with ultegra/dura ace mix caught my eye. The lbs has it on sale and are willing to build the same wheels that I ride now ultegra hubs with 36 spoke mavic open pro rear and ultegra and 32 spoke open pro front for 2k....anyone have any experience with Felt?

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    Specialized Roubaix

    Hi, I'm a fellow clyde at 6'5" 230 (down from 245). I just started riding again this year and also bought a new bike. I test rode the Roubaix, Felt, Trek Pilot, and the Specialized Allez. By far and away, the Roubaix beat all others hands down. If I was in better shape, I could ride it all day. I bought the mid-level carbon bike and it had pretty good components (I thought) for the price. I paid around $2k, which was $1k more than I wanted to spend. But I think the money was well spent. I've got over 1,000 miles on it so far, and the only think I've really had to do is change out the chain.

    Most of my rides are 30 - 50 miles and I feel pretty good averaging about 17 MPH. Although occasionally, I ride with my skinny neighbor and his skinny friend and I get dropped on every hill. No big deal, I just catch up on the other side.

    Good luck!

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    I appreciate all the great info that this forum provides. I was wondering if anyone is riding a compact crank out there? It seems that it would be a mechanical advantage for us larger riders to be able to use a double ring and get approximately the same gear ratio's as a triple on the small chainring without having the wear and chain stretch. Any opions? Thanks in advance. I'm also about to buy a new bike and recently the Felt F4C with ultegra/dura ace mix caught my eye. The lbs has it on sale and are willing to build the same wheels that I ride now ultegra hubs with 36 spoke mavic open pro rear and ultegra and 32 spoke open pro front for 2k....anyone have any experience with Felt?
    I have been riding a compact double for about 2 years, before that I had a triple. I use a 50/36 on one bike and a 46/34 on my comutting bike both with a sram 12-26 in the back. I really do not miss the triple and I have about the same gearing that I had before. Hove not yet meet a hill that I cannot climb while seated.

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    Bmi

    BMI should only be used as a guideline. The results are skewed when applied to taller and more muscular body types. I'm currently 6'2" and 260 which would put my BMI at 33.4 placing me in the obese category....one problem though my BF is only 14%. Fitness level and body fat% is much more important to track than BMI when adopting a healthy lifestyle. Many people who start a fitness program may even find periods where they gain weight because muscle is denser and heavier than fat. If you have to monitor numbers then please get a tailor's measuring tape and record measurements of neck, waist, hips,upper arms and thighs. It will give you better feedback on fat loss. Here is a website that will give you your BF if you should so desire http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/bfb I'm no stranger to weight loss and fat loss. After cancer surgery times two I was out of work for eight weeks and gave up on life. I sat around feeling sorry for myself, being a couch potato eating fast food and bon-bons and went from 245 and fit to 297 and out of shape. It is the body fat that that increases you risk for type 2 diabetes not the weight. Good luck on acheiving a healthy lifestyle and keep on spinning.

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    Here is another useful site http://www.healthchecksystems.com/bodyfat.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeOkie


    I took up motorcycle riding about three years ago (after a 29 year layoff.) Had a little get off that broke
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    Take it easy there, Doohan!

    And welcome!

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    Hey, all, thought I'd finally chime in on this thread. You guys are inspirational! I'm short (5'-7") and fat (220+ lbs) . Part of the reason for me getting a bike was so that I could get into better shape, burn calories and increase my stamina.

    I've bought the bike (Cannondale Road Warrior 500) but won't get it until early next week. Well, I have something to look forward to, right? Hopefully, I can post some results soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avmanansala
    Hey, all, thought I'd finally chime in on this thread. You guys are inspirational! I'm short (5'-7") and fat (220+ lbs) . Part of the reason for me getting a bike was so that I could get into better shape, burn calories and increase my stamina.

    I've bought the bike (Cannondale Road Warrior 500) but won't get it until early next week. Well, I have something to look forward to, right? Hopefully, I can post some results soon.

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    What up,
    I'm 6'4" and fluctuate between 215 and 220. Since I began biking I've lost 15 pounds of mostly muscle. I used to be extremely concerned with keeping my body strong and fit, I lifted weights and would stress about losing muscle. Now that I'm biking I content myself with a few pushups, but haven't touched I weight in like 6 months. I'm FREEE!! I feel great doing something I enjoy, and feel like I'm no longer a prisoner of my body image.... my first post just introducing myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey
    What up,
    I'm 6'4" and fluctuate between 215 and 220. Since I began biking I've lost 15 pounds of mostly muscle. I used to be extremely concerned with keeping my body strong and fit, I lifted weights and would stress about losing muscle. Now that I'm biking I content myself with a few pushups, but haven't touched I weight in like 6 months. I'm FREEE!! I feel great doing something I enjoy, and feel like I'm no longer a prisoner of my body image.... my first post just introducing myself
    Well, since this is your first post....Welcome to BF! Welcome to the sport of cycling as well! Pull up a chair and pour yourself your favorite adult libation and have a ball!
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    Oh, man, I didn't know this thread existed! I started cycling in April and have only lost a few pounds but I really love riding. I'm about 237. I wanna get down to 180, but that's gonna take some time and dietary changes. right now I'm happy with the fitness and feeling riding gives me. fun!
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    Any Cervelo Soloist Team owners in this thread? I don't care for aluminum but that price is jumping off the screen saying pick me, pick me.

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    I am getting a hybrid and I have ordered the 07 Specialized Sirrus Sport which is a combination between the the 06 Sport and Comp (it has a carbon fork)

    What I am wondering now though is if the store owner steered me in the right direction.

    At 207 i am wondering if this is the best choice bike for me since it does seem to have rather narrow wheels.

    Granted I have been losing weight at a rate of 7 - 10 lbs a month for 7 consecutive months so my weight will keep dropping but still, is this just a road bike with flat bars? If so its not really a hybrid then as much as a ride bike without the drop bars...

    I mean basically if i were to put this bike head to head with a cannondale bad boy i am wondering if it wouldnt be better off. anyone have any suggestions ?

    Can the Sirrus handle my weight and can my weight handle the ride the Cirrus provides.

    I did test ride quite a few bikes and this one seems comfortable but i havent tested out the Cannondale Bad boy just noticed some people suggesting it.

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    Bikes ok for a big guy?

    Hey guys I am gonna buy a Trek 1000 or a Felt F90 later today, I weigh 235. I am guessing these bikes are ok but Iwanted to be sure about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razrcide
    Hey guys I am gonna buy a Trek 1000 or a Felt F90 later today, I weigh 235. I am guessing these bikes are ok but Iwanted to be sure about this.
    some manufacturers have weight limits for warranties and stuff on some of their frames. BUT in all honesty, I think our weight is an issue for some components but not for the frame.

    Especially not if you are getting a quality bike from your local bike shop (LBS.) They will/should know if there is a weight limit as far as warranty on your bike, so be honest about your weight. But like I said, frame failure is pretty rare. (I only know fo one and it was a light rider on a CF bike and it was just a manufacturing error that escaped QC.

    There have been other threads here about the components clydesdales should think about when prdering their new bike. Off the top of my head:
    1. wheels
    2. pedals
    3. seat post (more for mtn bikes)
    4. tires
    5. seat


    I would say wheels and tires are the biggest two. (Pedals a close third.)

    Many shops will let you upgrade for the difference in cost between spec.'ed products and upgrades!
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