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    Pumped up and ready!

    Greeting all!

    I'm 6'3' 350+ (and shrinking) but i've always been pretty "athletic" i still can play sports and keep up in cardio classes,etc... i'm hoping biking can speed up my weightloss (goal is 220-245)

    I'm about to get the Specialized Hardrock and i'm quite pumped after reading this thread for the past week!
    i've been riding the stationary at the gym for about an 1hr thru the hills, get boring going nowhere! haha

    I'm in the central illinois area and would love to start meeting ANYONE to ride with ...come one come all..

    the goal is to get into a road bike.. is that possible right now? and get my conditioning up so i can do the coast to coast!

    Any advice? suggestions? anyone currently meeting in the Bloomington/Normal area?


    take care all! and keep up the motivating work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    Greeting all!

    I'm 6'3' 350+ (and shrinking) but i've always been pretty "athletic" i still can play sports and keep up in cardio classes,etc... i'm hoping biking can speed up my weightloss (goal is 220-245)

    I'm about to get the Specialized Hardrock and i'm quite pumped after reading this thread for the past week!
    i've been riding the stationary at the gym for about an 1hr thru the hills, get boring going nowhere! haha

    I'm in the central illinois area and would love to start meeting ANYONE to ride with ...come one come all..

    the goal is to get into a road bike.. is that possible right now? and get my conditioning up so i can do the coast to coast!

    Any advice? suggestions? anyone currently meeting in the Bloomington/Normal area?


    take care all! and keep up the motivating work!
    Mrs Stormcrowe and I are thinking about riding over to the Bloomington/Normal Area on our way through to the Mississippi River this Summer. I'll PM ya if we do go that way.
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    Man, Myth, Legend,Bigfoot chunkyd's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    Mrs Stormcrowe and I are thinking about riding over to the Bloomington/Normal Area on our way through to the Mississippi River this Summer. I'll PM ya if we do go that way.
    Tom that would be great! i'd love to meet you guys... from reading these forums your both inspirational.... take care! and let me know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    Tom that would be great! i'd love to meet you guys... from reading these forums your both inspirational.... take care! and let me know!
    Willdo! By the way, a road bike is doable, just watch the wheels and go with a steel frame! High spoke count and possibly upgrade to tandem wheels, 40 spoke to 48 spoke rear and somewhat less on the front and you'll be a happy rider!

    Look for an older touring bike perhaps if you are on budget constraints. I'd ride a little wider tire, say 28-32 mm, for a slightly softer ride, and definitely got some padded shorts...they help immeasurably!

    A Source for Clyde size clothes, by the way is http://www.aerotechdesigns.com . Get the Lycra rather than the baggy shorts....there's a reason, and modesty be danged! The other thing about cycling shorts.....go commando. Underwear just chafes and interferes with the moisture wicking action and other aspects ogf the chamois padding. Trust me on this! I have a lot of miles in the saddle and would like to help you avoid reinventing the wheel.
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    Tom is the GOTO guy when it comes to all things Clyde. His story is pretty remarkable though he did cheat (just funnin' ya tom)
    At your weight the wheels are the big problem. When I weighed as much as you (and a little more) I gave up on the road bike thing and got a mountain bike for the smaller (stronger) wheels. But strong wheels for a road bike is very possible, I just didn't know at the time and my local bike shops weren't much of a help.
    It really all depends on how much your health and hapiness are worth to you. Splurge on the wheels!! That's what keeps you rolling.

    BTW, riding a stationary bike makes you feel like a human hampster doesn't it? heh

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    By the way, here's a resource for ya!
    http://www.mcleancountywheelers.com/

    Bloomington, Ill Bike Club!
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    i like that Dr.seuss quote! hahahh

    Thanks for the information guys! i think i'm actually going to hit the local pawn shop
    and maybe get 2 good used bikes. Then i'll beef up what i need..

    I'm glad i posted before going to buy... i have a tendency to just go over and buy unnessary things.

    i've already decided that that lycra shorts are a must! i'll be that fat guy on the trail blinding you!
    so be it! hahah i've been working out for almost 90 concecutive days now (yoga,step,stationary and weight training) and some lycras not going to stop the process! HOO-RAH! hahah

    Thanks for the link tom!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    i like that Dr.seuss quote! hahahh

    Thanks for the information guys! i think i'm actually going to hit the local pawn shop
    and maybe get 2 good used bikes. Then i'll beef up what i need..

    I'm glad i posted before going to buy... i have a tendency to just go over and buy unnessary things.

    i've already decided that that lycra shorts are a must! i'll be that fat guy on the trail blinding you!
    so be it! hahah i've been working out for almost 90 concecutive days now (yoga,step,stationary and weight training) and some lycras not going to stop the process! HOO-RAH! hahah

    Thanks for the link tom!!!
    Yep, pawn shop is also an excellent source of used bikes!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


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    Always glad to hear someone is pumped up and ready! I used to ride out to Moraine View State Park, which is east of Bloomington. Pretty decent roads with little traffic if you take the back roads (not highway 9). The park is a great place for a break and then get back on the bike and head home. I think it might be 20 miles one way, so you may want to build up to it if you aren't ready for 40 miles at one time. Or if you want to build milage, do several laps around the park.

    Welcome to the forums, and good luck with your cycling goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    i like that Dr.seuss quote! hahahh

    Thanks for the information guys! i think i'm actually going to hit the local pawn shop
    and maybe get 2 good used bikes. Then i'll beef up what i need..

    I'm glad i posted before going to buy... i have a tendency to just go over and buy unnessary things.

    i've already decided that that lycra shorts are a must! i'll be that fat guy on the trail blinding you!
    so be it! hahah i've been working out for almost 90 concecutive days now (yoga,step,stationary and weight training) and some lycras not going to stop the process! HOO-RAH! hahah

    Thanks for the link tom!!!
    my 2 cents, buy one used road bike and use the second budget money for a new (or slightly used) set of good wheels.

    I ride Mavic Open Pros on ultegra hubs (36 spoke both front and back). They saw almost 3,000 miles last year with me starting at around 375. I don't ride extra wide tires because my frame won't allow it. A cushier ride would be nice... next bike. Oh and they are still as true as the day I bought them. (I've been led to believe that if you get wheels on line which were built by a machine, you should get them hand trued by a good mechanic at your lbs. Just ask them to tension them.)

    I'm down to the lower 300's (I was off the bike and on pie for December. So over 300 again. But back on the diet and doing well.)

    On the bike shorts: try bibs. No plumbers crack and they are just more comfy in my opinion. The only knock against them is using the head while wearing them. But that is a non-starter in my book.

    Be warry of stolen bikes via the pawn shop route...

    And in all honesty, as a rule: clydes don't break bikes. If they break anything it is parts and even that is real rare. Now we do bend bikes/parts and that can be ugly but it is not as catastrophic as one might think. (And it warrants extra vigilence in the maintenance department.)

    Good luck.
    Inside me is a thin man dying to get out.
    (He is kept comfortable by some pie, a half case of Bud, two cheese-dogs and a big screen Sony.)

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    so other than the wheels should i worry about the pedals? chain? etc..

    i hold most of my excess in the stomach like alot of guys.. i was kinda worried about the riding position..
    kneeing your self in the stomach wouldnt be fun! lol... how do/did some of you bigger guys handle it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    so other than the wheels should i worry about the pedals? chain? etc..

    i hold most of my excess in the stomach like alot of guys.. i was kinda worried about the riding position..
    kneeing your self in the stomach wouldnt be fun! lol... how do/did some of you bigger guys handle it?
    kneeing my belly was not an issue.

    pedals are. Get good ones. Do maintenance.

    Or ride what you have for the time being and then upgrade.

    Riding on the road, you are unlikely to break a chain IF your bike is in good working order and you shift the right way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    so other than the wheels should i worry about the pedals? chain? etc..

    i hold most of my excess in the stomach like alot of guys.. i was kinda worried about the riding position..
    kneeing your self in the stomach wouldnt be fun! lol... how do/did some of you bigger guys handle it?
    I wouldn't recommend titanium pedals. Cro-Moly pedal spindles are best! As to the belly, it flattens. Inspect the chain frequently and keep it lubed with a good dry lube. Keep it grit free and remember, as your strength goes up, the stress levels you can place on the chain go up. That's why I recommend frequent inspection for wear.

    If you get a road bike, you'll likely be riding the hoods primarily, at least at first. Ab crunches also will help flatten out the belly, as well as strengthen your core muscles.
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    Well i made my purchase today...

    I purchased an old TREK Road Bike with Brooks B17 saddle. It has new 100psi "reinforced" tires, 36 spoke rims.
    its in the shop being re-fitted with new wires and a chain.

    it's a trek Road Warrior or Road Cruiser... something like that...

    I got it around $200 with labor ..How did i do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    Well i made my purchase today...

    I purchased an old TREK Road Bike with Brooks B17 saddle. It has new 100psi "reinforced" tires, 36 spoke rims.
    its in the shop being re-fitted with new wires and a chain.

    it's a trek Road Warrior or Road Cruiser... something like that...

    I got it around $200 with labor ..How did i do?
    you got a bike that you are excited about, you did great.
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