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    350 and losing

    Being new to this forum, I can't tell you how much it has helped me. At 51 years old, 6'3" and 385 pounds I was fooling myself thinking that I was in some kind of shape. Going to the Doctor because I was feeling bad, I found out that I had type 2 diabetes. I started riding an old hybrid bike that I had bought 10 years ago. My first ride was 5 miles and I almost died, couldn't walk for 2 days. What a wake up call that was. 3 mounths later and 35 pounds lighter, I'm putting in 140 miles a week on that old bike. I average 15-16 mph for 20-30 mile rides with short brusts of speed up to 24 mph for 2-3 miles during the ride. My sugar levels are down in the normal range at this time. The old hybrid started breaking spokes, so I made a big jump and ordered a Specialized Tricross Expert Double with Velocity Deep V wheels. I still want to lose another 125 pounds and can't wait to get on my new bike next week. Living in South Florida really helps me to be able to ride year round.

    Again, I would like to thank everyone that post on this forum, Your sharing of information has been very valuable to me and I hope to be able to do the same for others one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfritch
    Being new to this forum, I can't tell you how much it has helped me. At 51 years old, 6'3" and 385 pounds I was fooling myself thinking that I was in some kind of shape. Going to the Doctor because I was feeling bad, I found out that I had type 2 diabetes. I started riding an old hybrid bike that I had bought 10 years ago. My first ride was 5 miles and I almost died, couldn't walk for 2 days. What a wake up call that was. 3 mounths later and 35 pounds lighter, I'm putting in 140 miles a week on that old bike. I average 15-16 mph for 20-30 mile rides with short brusts of speed up to 24 mph for 2-3 miles during the ride. My sugar levels are down in the normal range at this time. The old hybrid started breaking spokes, so I made a big jump and ordered a Specialized Tricross Expert Double with Velocity Deep V wheels. I still want to lose another 125 pounds and can't wait to get on my new bike next week. Living in South Florida really helps me to be able to ride year round.

    Again, I would like to thank everyone that post on this forum, Your sharing of information has been very valuable to me and I hope to be able to do the same for others one day.

    Congrats! thats great! i'm hoping to get to 300 by june! keep up the good work!

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    Excellent! I was once near that weight range and I can remember my first ride around the block. Damn knees were all wobbly and I felt dizzy. I logged 3,700 miles last year and trying to break 5,000 this.
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    Congratulations!

    Right now we have 7 foot piles of snow on my lawn, and streets of icy ruts. The temp is 4 below zero. Where did you say you live in Southern Florida? Got a spare room?

    Hey, drop by the 50+ forum. We are very supportive there, also.

    We would enjoy your company. Check out our Rogue's Gallery. We have some 50+ folks there who have also lost a lot of weight and have the battle with Diabetes.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    I was in that same place. Ten years ago I would ride fifteen miles a day no problem, but last spring the first ride just a mile over residential roads nearly killed me. I was amazed how out of shape I'd gotten. I decided to go all the way and ditched the car, which cost too much money in upkeep anyway. While I've got a long way to go, I'm in far better shape than I was.

    For supplements, I'd suggest some Glucosamine & Chondroitin, cod liver oil, and the basic C, E, minerals. I also dosed myself with mild amounts of creatine for the first few months. It's not good for weight loss, but it did help speed my leg muscle growth.

    Make sure you're using a bike that's not beating you up too much. Watch for knee pain and get a good, adjustable seat post and saddle. I also had problems with factory standard wheels, so I upgraded to sun rims and the stronges spokes I could find.
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    outstanding.
    keep the riding going and keep putting the miles in
    congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfritch
    Being new to this forum, I can't tell you how much it has helped me. At 51 years old, 6'3" and 385 pounds I was fooling myself thinking that I was in some kind of shape. Going to the Doctor because I was feeling bad, I found out that I had type 2 diabetes. I started riding an old hybrid bike that I had bought 10 years ago. My first ride was 5 miles and I almost died, couldn't walk for 2 days. What a wake up call that was. 3 mounths later and 35 pounds lighter, I'm putting in 140 miles a week on that old bike. I average 15-16 mph for 20-30 mile rides with short brusts of speed up to 24 mph for 2-3 miles during the ride. My sugar levels are down in the normal range at this time. The old hybrid started breaking spokes, so I made a big jump and ordered a Specialized Tricross Expert Double with Velocity Deep V wheels. I still want to lose another 125 pounds and can't wait to get on my new bike next week. Living in South Florida really helps me to be able to ride year round.

    Again, I would like to thank everyone that post on this forum, Your sharing of information has been very valuable to me and I hope to be able to do the same for others one day.
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    Thanks for all the positive response. My new bike should be in later this week, can't wait! I started doing spin classes at the local wellness center last week, and will ride 15-20 miles Sunday morning. Sometimes a couple of local racers ride with me after their workouts, just to help keep my pace up and go the extra distance. We call it the Sponge Bob group because I break the wind, and everyone love to draft off of me. Everybody that I have met so far has been great and helpful. My local bike shop is setting up my bike, making phone calls and putting it all together. The Velocity Deep V wheels will be 40 spokes in the rear and 36 on the front. Thanks for the advice on the supplements, I will look into them.

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    Way to go on the Rehab! Riding year round should really help to keep pleateau-ing to a minimum. Your pace sounds good and the speed bursts will help train you to ride at a higher tempo, thus ramping up your training a little higher. I think as your muscles acclimate, and you morph into better and better cycling posture, the calorie (fat) burning will progress along as well.
    I checked out the bike you ordered, it looks really nice. I checked the cross crankset's chainring sizes and see that they're cyclocross specific. You might not be able to launch yourself down mountaintops since your high gear at 48x12 will be the limiting factor. But I guess in Florida you're not dealing with hills too much. What are you going to do with the stock wheels? Which hubs will you be using with the Velocity Deep V's? Just curious. Just a suggestion: Make sure the wheelbuilder has built a lot of wheels and will give you free tune-ups on your build. At your weight (no offense, I'm a Clyde too ) there is a fair chance that the spokes will loosen up some even with proper tensioning and destressing that a good mechanic will do. To avoid disappointment you might want to closely monitor the spoke tension and trueness closely for the first thousand miles until you get them dialed. Once they are proven, you'll have a terrific set of wheels that will last for many years with minimal issues (hopefully). You might buy spare spokes and tape them to your seatstay and carry a spoke wrench and a cassette ******* (if they still make them ) in your spare tube bag.

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    Velocity is building the wheels, so I will get whatever hubs they use. My LBS called them and told them my weight and size. LBS gave me credit for my wheels ($350.00) plus gave me a discount on the new wheels, so it didn't cost me much. They are also changing out the carbon fiber seat post for an aluminum one. So far, so good, looking forward to riding it later this week. Until then I'm going to spin classes and riding my mountain bike.

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    Minor setback

    I had a minor setback last week. I was weighing myself at the gym using two scales and knew I was dropping weight, but did not know how accurate it was. I bought a new digital scale and was shocked to find out I weighted 384 lbs, which meant that I was up to around 420 lbs when I started. It was depressing at first; but will continue to push on. I weight 379 right now. I have set a goal of losing another 150 lbs in the next two (2) years. I feel better, I am losing a lot of size and my diabetes is in check. Average speeds are up to 18-20 mph for 15-20 mile rides, and can hit 25 plus for up to a mile at a time. I actually drafted someone the other day for the first time. Im going to try and upload a photo of my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfritch
    Velocity is building the wheels, so I will get whatever hubs they use. My LBS called them and told them my weight and size. LBS gave me credit for my wheels ($350.00) plus gave me a discount on the new wheels, so it didn't cost me much. They are also changing out the carbon fiber seat post for an aluminum one. So far, so good, looking forward to riding it later this week. Until then I'm going to spin classes and riding my mountain bike.
    Unless otherwise specified, Velocity will use "Velocity" hubs for their wheel builds.
    I have a set of Velocity Cliffhangers on my mountain bike. Over 5000 miles of commuting and trail riding under my +300lb ass and the wheels are still going strong. Their hubs seem to be of a decent quality.
    Last edited by pj7; 02-25-07 at 09:26 PM.

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    great job! It's good to hear you have some other cyclist that help you out! That cyclocross is a nice bike...I have seen it at a LBS
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    ". I started riding an old hybrid bike that I had bought 10 years ago. My first ride was 5 miles and I almost died, couldn't walk for 2 days."
    I know the feeling! I hadn't ridden in about 40 years. I thought my legs were in decent shape because I don't have a car and have to walk a lot. Wrong! The back of my thighs told me that 5 miles was too much the first day.
    I lost 25 lbs. in 3 months (6' 250>225)with no other changes in my "habits". If I put on your kind of miles, I might not lose a lot more pounds, but I'd sure lose a lot more "inches". ( I really am "big boned", WIDE hips). I just ride for transportation, not pleasure.

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