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Old 07-23-11, 09:07 PM   #426
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Old 08-30-11, 09:36 PM   #427
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Hello!

Age: 24
Marital Status: Single
Height/weight: 5'6.5"/310
What bike do you currently ride: None yet, still looking for the right one
How long have you been riding?: I haven't for over 10 years
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I am, but not following a specific diet, just trying to make healthier choices and be more active.
Ultimate goal?: I'm applying for the 4k for Cancer next summer and would ultimately like to be a bike commuter.
How often do you ride and for how long?: So far an exercise bike for 20mins a few times a week.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: Good for me and the environment. A way to get somewhere without a car and fun!
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Welcome Kimbolily! You have a very aggressive goal ahead of you! Are you able to ride all winter? What kinds of bikes are you looking at buying? If you haven't bought yet the Clyde/Athena forum is a good place to post your questions about the buying process as well as posting your questions about weight loss and biking in general.
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Old 08-31-11, 05:59 AM   #429
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Name: Teresa
Age: 29 (till 9/25/11)
Marital Status: Single, but happily so.
Height/weight: About 5'5" and 274 at last check
What bike do you currently ride: A borrowed Giant Boulder mountain bike. It's 20 years old and weighs about as much as I do, but it works for now till I can buy a road bike.
How long have you been riding?: About 4 months as an adult
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I was training for a triathlon over the last 4 months so I gained muscle but didn't lose much fat. I'm going to be restarting SparkPeople.com after Labor Day. I need to get my weight down to improve my time in the triathlons I want to do next year.
What is your ultimate goal?: I'm not sure. My goal for the next year is to complete an Olympic length triathlon (mile swim, 26 mile bike, 6.5 mile run) with a time under 4 hours. Eventually I might want to do a half-Ironman or even an Ironman. As for my weight, I want to keep making progress, but I'm really aiming more for "healthy" than "thin." My hips and chest are going to make sure I'm never skinny.
How often do you ride and for how long?: Anywhere from 5-20 miles per week during training, but my goal now will be closer to 20 every week - and for that number to keep growing.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: I feel so FAST and I feel like my weight doesn't matter. When I swim or run I feel fat, even though sometimes when I swim I feel fat and powerful. Maybe because my bike is such a tank, I don't feel fat on it. I just feel like yelling, "WHEEEEEEE!" at the top of my lungs. Especially if I'm going down a hill!
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Old 08-31-11, 06:53 PM   #431
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Welcome to the Athena tribe, Teresamichele. Your triathlon goal sounds like lots of hard work and loads of fun.
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Name: Peggy
Age: 55
Marital Status: Divorced
Height/weight: 5'3" 182 lbs
What bike do you currently ride: Trek 7.2FX hybrid
How long have you been riding?: A few years now, but I've ridden my entire life.
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Yes, taking spinning classes but riding my bike outside as much as possible while there is still good weather.
What is your ultimate goal?: To do a century ride. I only ride on the bike trail near home but it is very long. May or may not ever ride on the roads. I made the 300 mile challenge this month. Just stretching what I am capable of, as I'm not sure what that is. My town has bike paths and sidewalks all over the place so I'd like to do more errand riding.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: The freedom of it. The breeze in my face. Going where I want to, when I want to.

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Old 09-02-11, 11:40 AM   #433
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I'm back

Hi Guys - Back again. It's been so long I thought I woul introduce myself!!

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Name: Sue
Age:48
Marital Status: Single
Height/weight: 5'7.5" 192 lbs
What bike do you currently ride: Dolce Specialized Elite
How long have you been riding?:A few years - but not in a while so starting back up
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Yup - I am doing the SmoothieShakedown....2 shakes per day and a meal and tons of veggies.
What is your ultimate goal?: Find a man....oh wait you meant for riding? Find a man....Lose the weight and get comfortable riding in long rides (65) miles again. I have done a bunch pf Centuries....not sure I need to do it as 65 miles is an all day event too
What is your favorite thing about riding?: Pride - A way to spend the day without eating or being lazy. Meeting tons of people. And the fact that you ride distances you would never even want to drive.

OK that's it from the Bee

Anyway here I am guys - that's my truth...
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Old 09-04-11, 05:40 PM   #434
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Hi all, I just joined today and found this thread so I thought I would introduce myself.

Name: Michelle
Age: 35
Marital Status: Married
Height/weight: 5'2" 255 lbs
What bike do you currently ride: Trek Navigator 3.0 WSD I bought a cheapie beach cruiser last year so I could start riding again but we live in a very hilly area and I was barely able to ride since I couldn't make it up the hills and there's hardly any flat areas to start building myself up. Since getting "Sally" I can tackle the hills, they are now hard exercise vs an extreme sport and are getting better.
How long have you been riding?: I used to ride all the time when I was a kid but hadn't ridden since then.
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Definitely. By biking, yoga and my Gazelle. My husband and I already eat very well but portion control is a struggle that we are working on and getting a lot better. Honestly my biggest problem is laziness.
What is your ultimate goal?: I have several Weight wise ultimately I would like to get down to 150 and see how I feel there. I would rather be a little large than be too skinny and even though I am short I do have a large frame so I know I couldn't pull off my "ideal" weight without looking too skinny so we'll see. My biking goal, besides helping me achieve my weight goal, is to be able to ride into town. We currently live about 10 miles from any towns (other than our own little village that has nothing but a post office and a convenience store) and my weekly "knit night" is about 7 miles away and I would like to ride to that some weeks. Long term I would like to get into distance riding and probably get an actual road bike for that. My husband is also getting into biking and has a nice Trek himself, we look forward to doing some rides together when we are ready. Lifestyle wise we are battling infertility and I am hoping that if I can lose some weight it will help me overcome my problems.
How often do you ride and for how long?: Sometimes every day, sometimes every other day. Usually around 2 miles but am hoping to start bumping up my distance soon. I am also hoping to get the computer on my bike soon so I can keep better track of how I'm doing.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: I feel so powerful on my bike, the sweat, the wind, the speed, I just feel so free!

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Yay! More athena cyclists! Welcome to the party.
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Old 09-04-11, 07:04 PM   #436
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Hi, I'm new, and so happy to have found you gals!

So, I've been reading random threads on this forum for a couple of years, but always felt like I was in way over my head, especially since I was riding my no-name steel utility bike to do my groceries and go to appointments.

Now that I've found this gang, I'm so excited and instantly more confident. So, here's me in a nutshell:

Name: CurlyGirl
Age: 31
Marital Status: Happily married
Height/weight: 173 cm / 130 kg
What bike do you currently ride: Kona ***** Inc
How long have you been riding?: 4 years of riding short distances around town, but this is my second-ish year of commuting regularly (last summer was cut short due to being hit by a pickup truck; I'm all better, though, and back at it).
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I'm riding because I love it. Weight loss is secondary to my fitness/strength goals. It would be nice, but I don't worry about it too much otherwise I get discouraged.
What is your ultimate goal?: Bike to and from work regularly (25 Km each way). Ride a century. Have more stamina
How often do you ride and for how long?: I commute one-way to work about 3 times a week (we have the bike racks on the buses for the summer, so that's how I often get home). I also try to add in a weekend ride, so in total 75-100 Km a week lately.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: Early in the morning, when there's nobody else on the path, I watch the sunrise and the fog lift and get the privilege of getting close to some fawns feeding along the path. That's when I feel like I own the world.

...the other day, I even managed to get a decent picture:
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Old 09-08-11, 10:16 AM   #437
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Hello there. ^^

I actually stumbled upon bikeforums.net yesterday and have been absorbing as much information as possible. I'm a noob cyclist but very excited about the possibilities!

Name: Ashley
Age: 26
Marital Status: Married
Height/weight: 5'4"/246 lbs.
What bike do you currently ride?: A secondhand Electra Townie 3 that is stock as far as I know
How long have you been riding?: I picked up my Townie three years ago on Craigslist and rode it for about a month. About a year later I rode it for about another month. Now, almost two years later, I'm ready to last a lot longer than a month! I started yesterday. >.>
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: Yes. I'm working with a dietitian and we started with a meal plan, portion sizes, the plate method, and eating better foods like whole grains and real fruit last month. I'm averaging roughly two pounds of loss a week which my dietitian says is spot-on to keep me from yo-yoing. :D
This month we're adding exercise into the mix. I'll be cycling two times a week specifically for exercise and will also cycle to run errands as needed. Additionally I'll be adding some water aerobics and an at-home Zumba program until I get un-nervous enough to join a group.
What is your ultimate goal?: I don't know about ultimate goals but my current goals are to fit into a size 16 dress and to actually bike to campus each class day which means surviving the 'hill' (it's really a mountain) that even the more fit cyclists struggle to cross.
How often do you ride and for how long?: We're still in the planning stages for our trail riding for exercising. Right now I'm mostly errand-running within a ~1-mile radius of home.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: It's something my husband enjoys so we can do it together. The wind in my hair is exhilarating but I could do without the bugs. x.o
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Old 09-24-11, 08:09 PM   #438
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Age: 21
Marital Status: Single and ready to mingle
Height/weight: 5'3" 160
What bike do you currently ride: Tachyon GT 3.0
How long have you been riding?: Officially 7 months
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I am, with tennis, 150miles a week goal, and a daily look in the mirror remembering what a size 4 felt like (currently a size 12)
What is your ultimate goal?: Have all my old size fours fit, so 130
How often do you ride and for how long?: As often as I can 20-60mi a stretch
What is your favorite thing about riding?: Currently,My clyde club rides. When alone, self mastery and quiet headspace.
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Old 09-25-11, 12:43 PM   #439
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... Athenas, I've had this idea for a while now. When I see another fat rider in the city I always want to hi-five 'em and say, "I know the things you thought about, good and bad, before you started to ride and I know the things you think about now. I know how it feels to be a fat rider, too! Way to go!" My idea is to somehow sum all that up into a fat rider salute. A simple gesture from Athena to Athena or Clyde to Clyde. Is there already something like this? If not, let's come up with a simple salute to acknowledge each other and cheer each other on! Anyone game?
I like a regular wave of greeting/acceptance that doesn't say "You're doing great considering you're a Athena/Clyde".
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Old 09-25-11, 02:15 PM   #440
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Name: Judi
Age: 33
Marital Status: Married fourteen years, have two daughters ages 9 and 6
Height/weight: 5'4", 339
What bike do you currently ride: A cheap Huffy comfort bike
How long have you been riding?: since May of this year
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I've lost 21 lbs since I started riding. I want to lose more, of course...I'd like to get down to about 180 or 200.
What is your ultimate goal?: My ultimate goal is to be healthy. I broke my leg two years ago and am still dealing with some pain and stiffness from the injury. Since I started riding, I can walk a few miles without limping, which is a big improvement for me.
How often do you ride and for how long?: I ride to school with my kids every day, then ride about 5 miles. A couple of evenings a week we go for another 5 mile ride, with my littlest one on a trail-a-bike.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: I feel strong and powerful on a bike. I feel like my body is working like it's supposed to, in a way that it hadn't since my injury.
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Old 09-25-11, 08:01 PM   #441
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Ride on Judi! Biking is great rehab for legs. It's great to see an old fashioned mom taking her kids to school instead of sending them out the door with a pat on the head, much respect
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Old 09-26-11, 11:08 AM   #442
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I like a regular wave of greeting/acceptance that doesn't say "You're doing great considering you're a Athena/Clyde".
It does get old after awhile, being congratulated for not acting like a larger person? As if the greetings would suddenly change if the greeters realized I filled my water bottle with a milkshake? Yeah, it probably would. I really dislike being treated like I'm public property who must accept a complete stranger's opinion/advice.

Anyhoo, nice to meet some new Athenas! I think you are doing awesome simply because bike riding is just such great fun!
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Old 12-17-11, 03:52 PM   #443
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Name: Vicky
Age: 48
Marital Status: Married to dd5339
Height/weight: 5'6" 170 (down from a high of 219 in 04/2010)
What bike do you currently ride: RANS Vrex
How long have you been riding?: On and off since 1995, but just restarted in July 2011 after a 7 yr hiatus.
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?:Yes, by controlling carbs, eating properly, controlling portion size and exercising (walk or ride) 4-5x/week.
What is your ultimate goal?: 160 is my public goal. My dr says I might not be happy with my appearance if I go below 160.
How often do you ride and for how long?: 2-3x/week on weeknights 13-16mi. 1x on the weekends 30-40mi.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: I love riding my 'bent as it is pain free!
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Hi-I'm brand new to this site and this forum. I'm an Athena based on the descriptions. I've been a bike rider for my whole life, but only recreationally. My 55th birthday is in a couple of days and my gift to myself is to increase my activity level and get in better condition. I've had a few injuries over the years and slowed down way too much. I have a Specialized bike which someone else purchased for me 10 years ago and I ride it, but not too comfortably.
I have no idea how to use this forum-adding threads or anything. It's all new to me.
I'm trying to learn and research so I can purchase a bike that will fit my needs. I would say that I need an entry level type of bike in a moderate price range (300-800 max) I currently weigh 280 and want to get started. Any help, suggestions, encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-22-12, 11:24 AM   #445
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hey all, I guess I am an Athena since that's what we're calling the females, but really I'm more like a very fat Shetland pony mare. lol. I do not resemble a greek goddess, at all, ever, even in times of relative thin-ness.

I wish my bike would hurry up and come in! Just ordered a Giant Sedona, with the small sized male frame and they didn't have that frame in stock, and they had to order it. So I'm having to wait. very frustrated! I feel like kid before Christmas.

I'll go ahead and answer the questions, although I don't have my bike yet.

Name: Em

Age: 53

Marital Status: shacked up with my GF of 20 years, we would get married if we could, but in Florida, it just ain't happening

Height/weight: 5'1" 200-ish <<scared to step on scale. I'm down a hole on my belt. Have not eaten any meat except fish in about a month.

What bike do you currently ride:
well I hope to very SOON, ride my Giant Sedona rigid that I had a shop order

How long have you been riding?:
not much as an adult. A few years ago I had a Trek 850 that I used to tool around on, but it didn't fit me right and I starting just letting it sit.

Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?:
yes, lose weight and just be stronger, generally. I feel I can only do one thing at a time. Right now, I've cut out all meat except fish. Next I'm adding the exercise of the riding. One other problem that's "weighing me down" ha ha is that to be honest, I drink too much beer. It's a habit, and I suppose an addiction. I can't listen to music or watch TV without a beer. I mean I can, but it feels un-natural. OTOH if I go read in bed, I don't drink anything, so I've been reading a lot more lately, just to side-step the other thing.

What is your ultimate goal?:
my goal is to have a BMI that doesn't list me as "obese", which I think would be in the mid-160's maybe? I dunno....need to check. As far as riding: my wish would be to do fast trail riding, but for now my goal is "just do it".

How often do you ride and for how long?:
sigh, I hope every day after work, if the damn bike would ever be ready for me to pick up. But we'll see what the reality is.

What is your favorite thing about riding?:
i like the opportunity to experience a joyful thing I associate with childhood fun. I ride pretty rowdy, lol, probably looks hilarious, this middle aged fat woman trying (in vain) to jump the bike over sticks etc
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Welcome aboard ladies.

Em, I ride rowdy too so stick around. We need more 'spirited' ladies around here.
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Old 06-22-12, 08:22 PM   #447
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hey all, I guess I am an Athena since that's what we're calling the females, but really I'm more like a very fat Shetland pony mare
Love this. I've never been comfortable with the Athena moniker. I'm proud to be a Shetland Pony!

Name: BikinPotter...cause I'm a potter and I like to bicycle, see?
Age: 57
Marital Status: Oy. Never mind. Let's just say I ended up single & leave it at that.
Height/weight: 5'2 217, down from a high of 255
What bike do you currently ride: Marin Coast Trail MTB with slicks for pavement
How long have you been riding?: On and off since 1984. I recently got back in the saddle after a 4 year hiatus.
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it? Primal Blueprint, and riding my bike as much as possible. I also kayak.
What is your ultimate goal?: to ride and stay healthy as long as I can. To control T2 diabetes. My weight loss goal? 140
How often do you ride and for how long?: 2x a week 13 mile commute. I'm increasing to 4X per week. Sometimes I do a 15-20 mile pleasure ride on the weekend. I ride in my neighborhood for small errands and grocery shopping.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: Moving through space under my own power. It is a highly liberating feeling for me.
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Welcome Shetland ponies! Athena never really fit me either. I did not envision a goddess when looking at me as a 4'11" obese person. Now I am no longer fat. I bike and count my calories to stay thin. The battle never ends but biking makes it worthwhile.
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Hi-I'm brand new to this site and this forum. I'm an Athena based on the descriptions. I've been a bike rider for my whole life, but only recreationally. My 55th birthday is in a couple of days and my gift to myself is to increase my activity level and get in better condition. I've had a few injuries over the years and slowed down way too much. I have a Specialized bike which someone else purchased for me 10 years ago and I ride it, but not too comfortably.
I have no idea how to use this forum-adding threads or anything. It's all new to me.
I'm trying to learn and research so I can purchase a bike that will fit my needs. I would say that I need an entry level type of bike in a moderate price range (300-800 max) I currently weigh 280 and want to get started. Any help, suggestions, encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Andicat. Welcome. This is a great place to learn. The best way to find a bicycle is to get out and test ride a whole bunch of them. My opinion is that bicycles within the same price bracket all have about the same components. The difference is in how the bike fits your body. Because I'm short I had to choose from the smallest men's frames I could find, back in the day. They often didn't fit all that well. Now there are lots of choices for women's bikes. You need to know what kind of riding you're mostly going to do, your budget, and what's important. Speed on pavement? Skinny tires. Comfort over speed? Hybrids or mountain bikes may be your best choice. I prefer the relaxed geometry of the mountain bike, with big, squishy tires and suspension for absorbing the bumps. I put street tires on my mtb for commuting. The skinny tire folks blow by me like I'm standing still, but I don't mind. And I can switch out the tires for actual trail riding.

A good bike shop will be able to help you find what you need, and will help you with the fit. If you feel intimidated, take somebody with you. It's fun to test ride bikes with a friend. Don't like the bike shop's vibe? Go to another shop. Good luck and happy birthday!
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nice to meet you all. I will check back when the bike is finally ready. Soon, I hope! oh btw I found out that to not be (BMI-wise) "obese" I need to get down to 158. OK.
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