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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 01-29-07, 07:22 PM   #1
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300+ Clydesdales Unite!!

We're a special breed, sure you have your 200 pounders and even your big 250 mashers but c'mon, those of us lucky enough to have toppled the 300 pound marker standout in a crowd and most definitely on a bicycle flying down the street. Lets hear ya'. What's your name? Where you from? Whaddaya do? Whatcha ride?

Names Clint, weigh in at a lean 379lbs. I'm an art director and live in Kansas City. My beater is an older Cannondale F2000 and I'm currently building up a Surly CrossXCheck that I've named "Beyonce." The C-Dale has a whole slew of names that I can't post on the forum.
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names brian...a bulky 310, fish biologist in pacific northwest, I have an old diamond back mtn bike I tore apart this winter and am currently rebuilding it and looking for a road bike
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Paul here--in Melbourne, FL, slimmed down to 296 but the holidays and my "weak will" took over and I jumped up to 304--hopefully headed down again.
Presently ride a Trek 4500 and am waiting for my new Trek Pilot 5.2 to arrive so I can do some serious roadriding. Retired Aircraft mechanic.
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Rykoala here. 310lbs as of yesterday, down from 345. Goal is low 200's. I'll never be a thin guy and that's ok, but if I could just lose another 100lbs I will be very, very happy. I'm a systems administrator for a web hosting, dedicated server and colocation facility. I ride a 1987 Specialized Rock Hopper that I've converted to fixed gear. Its a great machine.
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Old 01-30-07, 09:02 AM   #5
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Ben from Lincoln frozen Nebraska. I weigh in at a toppling 380-ish, but down from 560-ish in the summer of '05. Slowly but surely is my motto. I work as a systems/net admin for a small company, getting ready to go back to school, and getting ready to move in with my fiancee. Hell of a month, this is.

My ride is a bad-in-black '07 Specialized Hardrock. It's all stock except for some bags and a GPS mount, with 700 miles of hardcore abuse put on between September and November. Haven't managed to bust a thing on it yet, so I must give it some mad props. Was going to buy a new bike this month, but I'm going to wait and make that my sub-300 goal. In the interim, goona ditch the ASS-era component group in favor of a LX group and ride the hell out of my 'rock. Going for 3000 miles on it by the end of summer.

My goal is 250 by august of '08 (when I get hitched!). I've been so big for so long, and refused NOT to be active that I have a bone structure rivaling Peterbuilts. Once I hit that, I'll take a look in the mirror and see if I like it. If not, well, time to keep going.

It's awesome to see more of us. Keep going, guys! Hopefully we're all out of the 300 plus club by the end of the year, if not, oh well!
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raul from burbank, california 315lbs and going down....

keep washing the roads with your sweat
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Hi, my name is Ted.

I live in Brooklyn, work in Harlem and ride to work most days. (I've skipped the last two because of snow/ice.)

I ride a GT Edge. It is an aluminum framed road bike I built up from scratch. It is a mix of 105/Ultegra and sports Mavic Open Pro rims. I put about 3,000 miles on it last year including two organized centuries. This year's goal is ten centuries.

I also have an MTB (an old Specialized Rock Hopper) which I am about to tune for snow/slush riding so I can continue to commute.

<edit> I think I'm around 320. Down from 370+.

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Richard here.

I'm down to about 328 from 333 at the beginning of the month. Not doing much besides trying to be more active at the moment. Need to get serious about it, but the cold weather lately has kept me off my bike. I definitely need to get a trainer and ride indoors when I don't want to venture out.

I have a '95 Specialized Stumpjumper that's been half way converted for road riding, and an '06 Novarra Randonee which I have put very few miles on thus far....
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Richard here.

I'm down to about 328 from 333 at the beginning of the month. Not doing much besides trying to be more active at the moment. Need to get serious about it, but the cold weather lately has kept me off my bike. I definitely need to get a trainer and ride indoors when I don't want to venture out.

I have a '95 Specialized Stumpjumper that's been half way converted for road riding, and an '06 Novarra Randonee which I have put very few miles on thus far....
I got your weight posted Oo!
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Matty here from Brooklyn NY. I am currently 310, down from 360 or so in July. Went on a trip to New Hampshire and did some hiking, and that was a turning point for me. So I dusted of my bike and bought alot of hiking gear, and started eating better. Now I bike alot more and walk all over the place, and want to climb Mount Washington when I am in better shape. I also want to ride and camp on the C&O Canal towpath.

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Old 01-30-07, 04:23 PM   #11
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You're all a bunch of badasses!!!! Keep rolling men!
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Chris here or chunkyd

380 now down from around 420... i ride an Old Trek 410 with Brook B17 saddle.
I'm a DP/Camera Operator and moved back to central illinois from Texas.

I've always been the fat guy doing good at athletic things, now i just want to be the guy doing great at athletic things.

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I'm Brian and I'm a food-a-holic....sorry wrong meeting. Anyway, I'm Brian and I live and work in Jacksonville, FL. I decided I need to improve my condition after I went to the doctor on May 31st, 2006 and his 350 lb scale said, "Hey get off your breaking me." I started riding the very next day when I got the bikes off my garage ceiling and took my first ride of 4.7 miles in 25 minutes, and as they say, the rest was history.

I now weigh in at 307 heading to 215 by Dec 31st 2007.
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The name is Brandon and I weigh 307, up from 278 in the fall, down from almost 400 a year ago today.
Pedaling around the NE Suburbs of Detroit I program/operate lasers... that's right, I command robots with lasers attached to them!! Every little boys dream!! MUHAHA
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I have a couple of bikes; an old raleigh ATB that I totally redid as my every day commuter, a newer Giant rainier that I ride offroad and in the snow, and an early 90's schwinn crosscut that I don't ride because I'm too damned fat and too ornery to get some new wheels.
I commute 25 miles a day rain/snow/shine/meteor showers/you name it and everyone I work with is now afraid that i'm insane and will turn them into a lampshade or something if they cross me.
I'm also a hillbilly and damned proud of it!!
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Me? I'm hitting 335-340 right now; down from 375-380. I'm not Jared from Subway, but that sandwich does look delicious, thank you very much.

I was always the short fat smart kid with glasses; usual location was at the bottom of the bully pile. When it came to us kids doing bike jumps off a ramp, though, NOBODY could jump a greater distance than yours truly. Something about mass x velocity, or something like that. Scared the hell out of my parents on many occasions, usually when there was a crowd of 10-12 neighborhood delinquents cheering me on to go farther.

Here's to us big boys riding our bikes and breaking stereotypes........but nothing else!!
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I've been up over 430 lbs and currently sitting at 355. I commute 8 miles a day back and forth to work, a little extra when I have to pick up my 2 year old son a day care. Current fleet includes my 15 year old Cannondale T-700, a new Norvara Safari, '98 Cannondale Super V, a 25 year old Schwinn that is currently being converted to a fixie and, of course, my runt. It really quick way to get people to smile watching a 6'4" 350lb man ride a foot tall bicycle down the street.
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Scootch over, Beefcakes. Do you have room for one more in here? My name is Rob, I have been living between 325 and 350 for the past 15 years. Picked up biking again last year after a 30 year hiatus and logged 3,895 miles. I'd like to get sub-300 by Summer, and eventually down to 250 someday. I try to ride 20-25 miles every morning (4AM-6AM).

Ride on Big Brethren!
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Started January at about 342 and now down to 333.6 lbs. I am 6'6" and draw a few stares riding my bike. During the cold months I am riding a 1989 Miyata SportsRunner. When the warm weather arrives I'll be riding a Specialized Roubaix. I'd like to get down to the 230lbs I was in college.
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310lb, 6'7" white collar office worker.

Riding a Trek mountain bike, 2 years old, just getting into the sport. My brother is bloodhound.

Looking to put on some miles and take off some pounds.

I don't ride off-road, so maybe this bike wasn't the right choice... so if I stay with it I'll get something a little more functional for road riding.
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Well, when I (re-)took up cycling in August last year I was 318. I'm now at 275-ish (depending on what time of day I weigh in ) Living and riding in LA Cahl-ee-for-nya. (Ahl be back.)
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Was 6', 330 pounds one month ago, riding and diet (<2000 calories/day) ... now I'm 313-15 (depending on time, water intake, etc). Still 6' =). Riding a 1996 Klein Pulse Comp until chainring and cassett had to be replaced, chain replaced 4 times ... feels heavy, then again so do I =)

Ride on bigger brothers!

PS - anyone heard of the term "rhino ryder" for 300+ clydes? Other terms?
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Max, from Marion County, Oregon. 6'2", 342lb (or 187cm, 155Kg). I don't know how much I have lost because our scale maxes out at 350. I've ridden the roller coaster between overweight and obese (at the tailor's I'm in the book as a "portly") a few times but this time I got some help with losing and maintaining. In addition to diet, supplements, and physical activity, I do a good deal of recordkeeping and re-assessment, and medical consultation.

I have a 1978 Raleigh Sports that has developed shifting problems. Could all that torque cause more wear? I also have a parts bike that is a shame to dismantle, because it's complete and solid; but it's too small and my bike looks better. The parts bike was cheaper than the cheapest set of replacement tires I could find. I need to gear my bike down, anyway. I doubt that at my most fit I'll be able to climb some of the hills around here in low gear unless, unless it's a good deal lower.

If it tickles my fancy at some time, I also have a 1970's Motobecane Grand Touring that needs to be tuned up to be in fit condition to ride. I've never been fond of dérailleurs and the riding position will be more comfortable when there isn't so much "portliness" to do something with when I lean forward.

I guess it stands to reason that, so far, it seems there are only guys in the 300+ club, although there are women taller than I. Their frames could support about the same mass I'd think.

I'd like to lose 50Kg. It's less daunting than losing the equivalent in pounds.
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Was 6', 330 pounds one month ago, riding and diet (<2000 calories/day) ... now I'm 313-15 (depending on time, water intake, etc). Still 6' =). Riding a 1996 Klein Pulse Comp until chainring and cassett had to be replaced, chain replaced 4 times ... feels heavy, then again so do I =)

Ride on bigger brothers!

PS - anyone heard of the term "rhino ryder" for 300+ clydes? Other terms?
300+ as I have heard the reference is an "Uberclyde". I havenb't heard any other term.

That said, I used to be an "Ultrauberclyde". from 581-219 in just over 2 years.
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There is another team on BikeJournal called the Roadbears that are all large riders. They have a pretty cool logo on the group page.

http://www.bikejournal.com/images/jcsRoadBears.jpg
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