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Old 01-25-07, 11:32 AM   #1
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My name is powerglide and I am a Clyde

Hello Everyone,
I have been lurking in the Clyde sections to learn about all sorts of things related surplus-mass-cycling but haven't offically introduced myself.
I live in SoCal, early thirties engineer, male, got hooked on cycling again on Oct-16-2006.
My weight, for the last couple of years and as of Oct-16 was about 240+ lbs. (5'10")
This is/was my main ride (until tomrrow)

Got the dreaded 'high-cholersterol; diagnosis back in the summer of 06 and doctor gave me six months to get into shape or start medication. So I started alternating jogging (sometimes) Then in Sep/Oct got a SERIOUS health scare that luckily turned out be benign....butthat lit a fire under my behind and started jog/bike every other day.

I'm looking at my calendar journal it goes like this:
jogged/biked/jogged/biked/biked/jogged/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked..... (the day I stopped jogging and switched to full time bike was 10/16)

3 months later (now) I am down to 215 lbs and my goal is to get it under 200 and keep it there.

To celebrate my half way point I ordered my new ride, arrives tomorrow.
I think I am light enough, in-shape enough, and in love with biking enough to be seen on this sexy machine now!



Thats my long rant...long story short:

"Hello everyone! I'm a clyde too!"

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Hello Everyone,
I have been lurking in the Clyde sections to learn about all sorts of things related surplus-mass-cycling but haven't offically introduced myself.
I live in SoCal, early thirties engineer, male, got hooked on cycling again on Oct-16-2006.
My weight, for the last couple of years and as of Oct-16 was about 240+ lbs. (5'10")
This is/was my main ride (until tomrrow)

Got the dreaded 'high-cholersterol; diagnosis back in the summer of 06 and doctor gave me six months to get into shape or start medication. So I started alternating jogging (sometimes) Then in Sep/Oct got a SERIOUS health scare that luckily turned out be benign....butthat lit a fire under my behind and started jog/bike every other day.

I'm looking at my calendar journal it goes like this:
jogged/biked/jogged/biked/biked/jogged/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked/biked..... (the day I stopped jogging and switched to full time bike was 10/16)

3 months later (now) I am down to 215 lbs and my goal is to get it under 200 and keep it there.

To celebrate my half way point I ordered my new ride, arrives tomorrow.
I think I am light enough, in-shape enough, and in love with biking enough to be seen on this sexy machine now!



Thats my long rant...long story short:

"Hello everyone! I'm a clyde too!"

-Tom
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WELCOME! I lurked for 2 months before I got my bike. It is not easy paying for, and setting yourself atop a thin piece of aluminum, and hoping it will withhold your weight.

At 215 you wont be here long. Mr. Stormcrowe will have your certificate printed shortly
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Over 175lbs. and jogging is SO distructive on your knees it's mind blowing - glad to hear you're keeping it on two wheels, throw your running shoes out.
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Thank you!
So true about running, the repetitive dynamic loading on the joints are BRUTAL.
....not to mention the jiggly flab was less than flattering...
I love the vibe in this section but hope I don't remain a clyde for long :-)
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Over 175lbs. and jogging is SO distructive on your knees it's mind blowing
Thus the reason I stopped running and gained so much weight. Well ok, the eating never changed either.
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Thank you!
So true about running, the repetitive dynamic loading on the joints are BRUTAL.
....not to mention the jiggly flab was less than flattering...
I love the vibe in this section but hope I don't remain a clyde for long :-)
Powerglide, after you drop below 200 you are REQUIRED to continue visiting here as a Clyde Emeritus. It's in the unwritten rules! It actually helps the Clyde's that are trying keep that motivation! Now some of us, due to the geometry of the situation are permaclyde's, just because it wouldn't be healthy to be below 200, but seeing that it can be done is important!
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You got it! ;-)

I know its possible because I did it before:

Back in 2001
242 lbs ---> 188 lbs
Lots of running and unheathly dieting.....hence when new job stress and moving to new country for biz etc etc kicked in, I ate and drank and stopped excercising until I was 240 again...(2003-2006)

THIS TIME, I hope to keep it off. I'm seeing a dietician weekly now (free at work!) and she's helped me figure out this whole "eating" thing. Learned so much I highly reccomend a couple of visits to anyone.
Now I eat 2-3 regular meals a day and 2-3 little snacks during the day. I'm never hungry, feelin great, losing weight, and the best part is I don't feel deprived of good food!

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Powerglide, after you drop below 200 you are REQUIRED to continue visiting here as a Clyde Emeritus. It's in the unwritten rules! It actually helps the Clyde's that are trying keep that motivation! Now some of us, due to the geometry of the situation are permaclyde's, just because it wouldn't be healthy to be below 200, but seeing that it can be done is important!
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I am of perma-clyde status, but I love hearing that losing bunches of weight is possible. Please post your success stories and how you got there (diet, miles, etc.)
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I am of perma-clyde status, but I love hearing that losing bunches of weight is possible. Please post your success stories and how you got there (diet, miles, etc.)
Happy to do it! (feels like bragging )

I've kept a spreadsheet of my weight going back about 6 years...the thing looks like a big upside down W.

This is what the last 7 months look like



Basically you see futile efforts up until I start getting serious in Mid Oct.

By serious, I decided to ride 10 miles every other day. (M W F) during my lunch break OR run for 45 minutes. Soon it became clear the running had to stop so I went riding only every other day (3 days a week). Eating improperly still (skip breakfast, tiny lunch, HUGE DINNER)..but reading books on fitness and exercise.

Dec 13, meeting #1 with dietician.
She straightened out the food thing. Told me the importanceof jump starting metaobism by eating with 45 minutes of waking up. Then keeping the fire stoked by eating a snack every 2-3 hours. Have a regular lunch. (Portioned correct: protein=size of your palm (1/4 the plate), half the plate should be veggy, 1/4 of plate should be carbo) Also learned that my "snack" of nuts (walnuts) was too much energy....I didn not know 1 serving of nuts is about 3 walnuts!

End of Dec,
dietician suggested a rainy day plan: some activity to do on cold/rainy days when riding is rough.
Initially was going to go with bike trainer for indoor riding but wife would have none of that....AND dietician said she wants to see me doing 1-more stretching 2- more muscle building.
(as you know, the more muscle, the higher the resting metabolism rate...you burn energy just maintaing muscle)
So I bought one of those 'resistance band' with DVD thingies at REI for 10 bucks.
This thing turned out to be great. Blend of Yoga moves and weight lifting(resistance training). So on days it rained I did this DVD for 30 minutes (really kicked my ass)

Ever since then I have done at least 3 days a week of exercise no matter what. I sometimes did a bit more on the weekends but did not force that on myself as a goal. (gotta set realistic and non-burdensome goals)

The BEST part is the rewarding. Wife said, "if you lose 50 lbs you can buy whatever car you want" SHWING!
Next, I gave gifts to myself as I reached goals:
-10lbs : new shoes, pedals, shorts
-15lbs : new computer, jersey
-18lbs : titanium brake levers
-20lbs to -25 lbs : NEW BIKE
etc etc

ALSO, I locked myself into my first century ride: The tour de palms springs on Feb 10.
I registered back in Dec, paid my $55+ regi fee. Booked the hotels. Then TOLD everyone (so it makes it harder to bail) As the date is getting closer I feel the "pressure" to get/keep in shape.

I guess that's about it.
effectively I learned to manage my-SELF as I would manage a child. Make sure HE (i.e. me) eats right. Make sure HE (i.e me) has time to excerise no matter what. Etc... This kinda thinking has seeped into other parts of my life. (I'm stepping in to look after myself...unlike in the past where I prioritized other things/people)

Boy what a rant....lemme get off this high horse here....

Hopefully there's some nuggets of useful info here for someone :-)

Oh yeah my mileage is up now. I ride 12-16 miles during my lunch breaks now because I;ve gotten faster :-)
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Running long distances from cross-country in high school to 15 years in the Army brought me to this forum also. I'm not what I'd call "fat", but I am a large-ish frame guy at 5'11" and 225lbs. I now have 2 arthritic knees at age 34, so no more running for me. I've been biking for about a month, and I wish I would have started earlier. My knees feel so much better it's kind of amazing. I doubt I lose much weight, my body has pretty much decided this is what I'll weigh, but hopefully I'll redistribute a few pounds that migrated when I couldn't run. Even if I only lose 10lbs or so I'd be happy and my knees would probably really thank me.
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Running long distances from cross-country in high school to 15 years in the Army brought me to this forum also. I'm not what I'd call "fat", but I am a large-ish frame guy at 5'11" and 225lbs. I now have 2 arthritic knees at age 34, so no more running for me. I've been biking for about a month, and I wish I would have started earlier. My knees feel so much better it's kind of amazing. I doubt I lose much weight, my body has pretty much decided this is what I'll weigh, but hopefully I'll redistribute a few pounds that migrated when I couldn't run. Even if I only lose 10lbs or so I'd be happy and my knees would probably really thank me.
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Thus the reason I stopped running and gained so much weight. Well ok, the eating never changed either.
I heard that brother. My last running injury during a marathon in 2004 is what did me in..
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I've been abit of a yoyo myself, powerglide. In College, I got up to a wopping 250lbs before I started working out and got down to a svelt 200. I then when back up to 225-230lbs a few years later. Mid twenties I was 200lbs. I got married at 27 and slowly crept up to 230lbs. I tried to lose weight by running, but found out my back and knees wouldn't let me...I seriously injured my back and ballooned up to 257 after not being able to work out for 6months due to pain. Last year I lost 25lbs and got to 232lbs. This past Christmas I crept back up to 245 and I am now back to 234lbs. As with you, I found that the diet thing has been the most important part of starting to lose weight again. I have been exercising at least 3x a week for 3 years now but could only maintain. When I was in my 20s, all I had to do was work out hard. I have found it takes alot more effort now that I am 35. I want to take off the weight now, before it gets even harder. I didn't visit a dietician, but I am counting every calorie that goes into my body. It has been helping me to tweak my daily intake so that I can lose weight,
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Juan, that sound real familiar. It's almost like my body isn't sure what weight it wants to be. If I just let "it do its own thing" I'm afraid I'll end up in 250+ range. I'm 32 and I was worried I was getting too old for a big weight change but that wasn't true. I think you're never too old to do it....just gets ALOT harder like you said (exponentially as we pass mid 30s)...I think the fat cell kinda get hard and stubborn.

BTW Anyone else do wrestling/boxing while growing up? (anything requiring unheathy weight control) I wrestled for 5 years in highschool (and jr high), starving the body to go to lower weight classes.....I'm pretty sure this Fked up my body big time....
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Congrats! The bike rewards are the best kind. They're a blast, and they keep you riding

How did you like that Gary Fisher? I'm looking at bikes along those lines, but wonder if I should just stick to a mountain bike with slicks until I'm svelte enough for a speedy roadie.
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Congrats! The bike rewards are the best kind. They're a blast, and they keep you riding

How did you like that Gary Fisher? I'm looking at bikes along those lines, but wonder if I should just stick to a mountain bike with slicks until I'm svelte enough for a speedy roadie.
I love that GF Utopia. I know people are down on hybrids because "they suck as a road bike and suck as mtb" but here's where I think its great:

-clyde friendly geometry and super strength (Ive riddent this baby for 6 years, 240lbs+bike+gear, jumping off of sidewalks, bouncing off of curbs. NOTHING broke, everything is true and straight)
-great all round bike for riding around town, or lending to a friend who visits etc (what I;m saying is, later on when you do get into a full road bike, the hybrid will make a great 2nd bike)

I think the way to go would be (I'm just guessing your riding needs):
-hybdrid bike thats closer to road than mtb
by that I mean, 700c wheels (High pressure road tires, 120psi. I use 23mm but depending on comfort you may wanna go 25 or 28 mm) No front suspension fork. Disc brakes (optional)

-26 inch MTB rims are ok but I think you'll be much happier with 700c
-suspension fork, just adds weight and not much compfort imho, also saps your energy on climbs
-seat post suspension not very effective and weak for clydes

That's my 2 cents.
sometimes I wish I had started with a 'proper road bike'. But back then I didn't knowwhat I wanted in a bike. Just knew I wanted comfort and quality that lasts.

In general GF (although its TREK) represents better value compared to TREK branded versions...usualy slightly better components.

more pics: (ps these are a bit old, now the bar ends are flat forward, etc etc)



difference between 32mm and 23 mm tires






I'm thinking of slapping on BMX platform pedals on this (once my road bike arrives) and call it my local 'just for fun' bike. Or I may put wider knobby tires and do some light trail/offroad riding with it. (this particular bike, the frame is IDENTICAL to their line of 29er MTB's...so there's many afterlife options here)
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Hi Powerglide - yep, you can check in, but you can't check out... I was a Clyde many moons ago. (Top weight, 270 lbs) and now I am a scrawny 192 (or so they tell me here). My Jersey was retired because it doesn't fit anymore.

Only among this group would a 6'2", 192 lb Herman Munster look-a-like be considered scrawny...
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Wow, thanks for the info! Ironically, last night I was also looking at Fisher's new line of "hybrids" that are more akin to the Trek FX series. In fact, they are about damn identical. Rigid forks, little more road-oriented geometry, and 700c rims/tires. They're pretty suave, this weekend when I get some time I might check em out more.

I totally agree on the susepension. That's one of the reasons I'm looking right now, it just drives me nuts how much power I know is getting sapped by my current fork on hills. I just watch it bob and weave, then curse . However, it makes a world of difference on the rutted and rooted local dirt trails, so I don't want to ditch it.

Hrm, thanks for the info! I'd be interested to see what you think of the new bike compared to the hybrid. I'm sure it's going to be night and day, but just HOW much is what piques my curiosity .
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I totally agree on the susepension. That's one of the reasons I'm looking right now, it just drives me nuts how much power I know is getting sapped by my current fork on hills. I just watch it bob and weave, then curse . However, it makes a world of difference on the rutted and rooted local dirt trails, so I don't want to ditch it.

Alot of the nicer sus-forks (my RockShox Metro included) can be locked out completely.
I just turn the knob till the forks lock, and now I'm rigid. (back to suspension mode with a twist of the knob when needed)
So there's that option.
Allthough I haven't tried myself, some folks swear by carbon fiber rigid forks....as they absorb lots of vibration. They're pretty cheap now as well.
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what kind of tires are those silver ones above? and exactly what bianchi did you get? year and model? GREAT JOB TOO!
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what kind of tires are those silver ones above? and exactly what bianchi did you get? year and model? GREAT JOB TOO!
Thanks Turboem1! Those silver tiers above are Hutchinson Fusion Comps 700cX23's. Paid about 20 bucks per tire on performancebikes.com. The reviews are mixed (with some complaining of premature wear) but i think folks may be confusing these with very similar/but different ones. In my experience, even with my clyde ass loading the rear tire, I'm seeing no flattening or strange wearing so far. *(i like them alot....plsu so far no flats)

The Bianchi I ordered (arrive today hopefully) is a 2006 928 Carbon with Veloce Group. (exactly as pictured above) http://www.bianchiusa.com/06_928_veloce.html
I hope to post real pics soon!

I was gonna go with the new 07 Bianch C2C 928 Carbon but I couldn't fall in love with the fat steering tube joint (is that what its called??) and the curved top tube. (I think theyre cool) But I really like the classic look of the straight lines and smaller tube joint. (The only way to get this look in 2007 is to order their higher end lugged frames...they look alot like my 06)

Also I should mention that I bought it on a closeout deal through my LBS.....saved over a grand compared to 07! (deciding factor :-)


Specs:
Color
Natural Carbon/White decals

Frame
928 Carbon

Fork
Bianchi Componenti Full Carbon

Components
Headset
FSA Orbit ZS semi-integrated, 1 1/8” threadless

Handlebar
ITM Wing, Carbon covered

Stem
ITM Forged Lite, Carbon covered

Brakes/Levers
Campagnolo Veloce brakes / Veloce Ergopower levers

Crankset
FSA Gossamer Compact 50/34T

Cassette
Campagnolo Veloce, 12-25T 10spd

Pedals
none

Wheels
Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset

Tires
Continental Grand Prix, 700x23

Derailleurs, r/f
Campagnolo Veloce 10spd / Veloce 32mm

Shifters
Campagnolo Veloce Ergopower

Saddle
Fi’zi:k Pavé

Seatpost
FSA Carbon Pro, 27.2mm

Water bottle
Elite Cincio

Bottle cage
Elite Ciussi Gel
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