Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-09-07, 10:17 PM   #1
lasteagle83
Vote for Pedro
Thread Starter
 
lasteagle83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Roswell, Ga; not the UFO crash site
Bikes:
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New bike, first ride

Finally picked up my new F5 Cannondale this morning, and after adjusting the seatpost to what I thought was a proper fit, I took off on my first ride in 25 years.

Obviously, Murphy was my copilot.

1. Toe clip straps wouldn't fit my big feet (12.5 EEE). They're gone.
2. Remaining plastic toe clips are too small to stick my foot and shoe under. They'll be gone tomorrow.
3. Whilst having a foot-based argument with said toe clips and straps, and having the pedals flop over and drag the pavement, one of the OEM pedal reflectors busted off. They were going to come off anyway (as soon as I saw them, I knew I'd EVENTUALLY bust them off), I just hated to do it involuntarily, and so soon.
4. I managed to pick the hilliest section of my neighborhood for my test ride. Big mistake. I had to stop three times to catch my breath. 1/2 mile. God help me. Small children were asking me if my bike was broken. I was asking them to borrow their training wheels.
5. A properly adjusted seat height is critical for greatest efficiency in pedaling. It's there now. It wasn't on the test ride, so my lower legs were killing me.
6. I forgot the longest, steepest, curving downhill section of my neighborhood was on same said test ride - until I got there. 330 lbs flying down a curved hill on the first ride in 25 years will certainly entice you to renew and recite any and all religious vows or prayers you may once have made. Hail Mary, full of grace, hope these dadgum brakes are safe.
7. Remembered at the last second need to have the pedal UP on the low side of the bike when leaning to make a turn. Yep, there goes another reflector. At least now it matches the other pedal.
8. Dogs hate fat men on bikes. Especially when they're short 2 pedal reflectors. Pepper spray is sold at Home Depot, but not at Petsmart. Bring it on next time, Fido.

Hope it's warm enough tomorrow for another ride!!!
lasteagle83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 10:41 PM   #2
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like fun! Wait til you drop a hill big enough to top 50 mph!
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 10:58 PM   #3
bdinger
Chubby super biker
 
bdinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nebraska
Bikes:
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hahah, that was awesome. Welcome back! I remember fondly a ride on a Cannondale F500, whilst shopping to replace the ill-fitting Raleigh I rode for most of the summer.

So there I was, my gigantic feet shoved into the toe clips. I slow down, getting ready to turn around. I slow a little too much and need to put my foot down.

There I am trying to get my foot out of the clip as I fall over on this brand new bike, on the demo ride. Old lady watching the whole scene. I go back to the shop with a skinned up arm, shin, and pride but thankfully a bike that I didn't have to take home.

bdinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 10:59 PM   #4
KRS
Ground Gears
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Arizona
Bikes: trek mtb
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hilarious. The "pucker" factor from going fast like that can make a seat disappear.
KRS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 05:21 AM   #5
(51)
Perma-Clyde
 
(51)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Suncoast, FL
Bikes: Trek Hybrid 7200
Posts: 931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


RFLMAO- What a riot!

My first ride was about 5 minutes- I was so sore and tired I went to bed. About 2 months later I was doing 25 miles for 2 hours.
(51) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 08:20 AM   #6
deputyjones
Striving for Fredness
 
deputyjones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: West Michigan
Bikes: Old Giant Rincon
Posts: 1,190
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome story! Good for you man. That is a really nice bike, and p.s. BOOOOOOOO...mean dogs HOOOOOORAY...pepper spray.
deputyjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 09:14 AM   #7
jaxgtr
Senior Member
 
jaxgtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Bikes: Trek ALR 6, Trek CrossRip, Trek X-Caliber 8
Posts: 4,356
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
__________________
Brian | 2015 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2015 Trek X-Caliber 8 | 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.
jaxgtr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 06:46 PM   #8
charles vail
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 987
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ouch

Quote:
Originally Posted by bdinger
Hahah, that was awesome. Welcome back! I remember fondly a ride on a Cannondale F500, whilst shopping to replace the ill-fitting Raleigh I rode for most of the summer.

So there I was, my gigantic feet shoved into the toe clips. I slow down, getting ready to turn around. I slow a little too much and need to put my foot down.

There I am trying to get my foot out of the clip as I fall over on this brand new bike, on the demo ride. Old lady watching the whole scene. I go back to the shop with a skinned up arm, shin, and pride but thankfully a bike that I didn't have to take home.

Precisely why I ride without clipless pedals. I've never had a problem getting my foot out of a toeclip though.....was yours tightened up too much?
Its a great feeling to finally get comfortable on a bike and know that you can ride anywhere under your own power and not be so wasted that you need to get a ride home.
charles vail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 09:20 PM   #9
lasteagle83
Vote for Pedro
Thread Starter
 
lasteagle83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Roswell, Ga; not the UFO crash site
Bikes:
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nah, the pucker was there, but the seat disappearing was taken care of before I ever took delivery of the bike. The seat that came with it was one of those teeny-tiny "single-cheek" style. I knew I wouldn't want to carry around a pair of needle-nose pliers with me to - ahem - "extract the seat" after every ride. Or call the paramedics to do it for me. Got a big FBF ("fatboy-friendly") seat on there now.

Last edited by lasteagle83; 02-10-07 at 09:28 PM.
lasteagle83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-07, 11:56 PM   #10
Bikedued
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 10,886
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 111 Post(s)
Oh man, that hill bit brought back a pleasant memory of 2004. That was when I took my 7 speed Nexus
stretch cruiser to Salt Lake City. Once I hit 7th gear I swear I had to be doing at least 35-40, lol. 24x3 tires and uneven pavement, and an 8 foot long bike is pretty fun, and kept me really busy. I also got plenty of exercise riding up the hills too. ,,,,BD
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 36spoker.jpg (73.7 KB, 27 views)
__________________
So many bikes, so little dime.
Bikedued is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-07, 05:44 AM   #11
(51)
Perma-Clyde
 
(51)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Suncoast, FL
Bikes: Trek Hybrid 7200
Posts: 931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OMG. What did that beast weigh? It must have been a doozie to get it started.
(51) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-07, 08:55 AM   #12
Bikedued
Senior Member
 
Bikedued's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 10,886
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 111 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by (51)
OMG. What did that beast weigh? It must have been a doozie to get it started.


You mean mine? It's not all that heavy, I still have it. I can carry it with one hand. I'm guessing it's 38-45 pounds. It only looks really heavy with the big tires. The bare frame with crank was 16 pounds. With the 7 speed it's easy to get going. Kick off one or two times, and start pedaling.,,,,BD

Or if by chance by beast you mean me, lol. About 220-230 depending on the week.
__________________
So many bikes, so little dime.
Bikedued is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-07, 02:19 AM   #13
jimples
I ride red bikes
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2007 Trek 1500 (red), 1994 Performance X203 (red)
Posts: 154
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by charles vail
Precisely why I ride without clipless pedals. I've never had a problem getting my foot out of a toeclip though.....was yours tightened up too much?
Its a great feeling to finally get comfortable on a bike and know that you can ride anywhere under your own power and not be so wasted that you need to get a ride home.
Have you ever ridden on clipless pedals? Once you get used to it, they're easier to get into and out of than toe clips are. Really!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by patentcad
[Biking] beats smoking crack. But smoking crack is cheaper.
jimples is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-07, 02:42 AM   #14
schnee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 3,368
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Second that... way easier.

Probably the easiest are Eggbeaters... they're made for mountain bikers, but they really don't have 'sides', so just put your foot down, 'click'... want out, angle your ankle out, 'click'. Way simpler and safer on your ankles than clips and straps.
schnee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-07, 05:50 AM   #15
(51)
Perma-Clyde
 
(51)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Suncoast, FL
Bikes: Trek Hybrid 7200
Posts: 931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikedued
You mean mine?

Or if by chance by beast you mean me, lol
Yeah, the bike. Looks like motorcycle tires on there. Vroooom, Vroooom!
(51) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-07, 05:32 AM   #16
charles vail
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 987
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
clip ins

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimples
Have you ever ridden on clipless pedals? Once you get used to it, they're easier to get into and out of than toe clips are. Really!
Yes........for several hundred miles, hated them. Maybe because the were SPD's but I fell three times, witnessed two other falls and heard of a serious crash on a ride I was on last summer, because of a cleat that had fallen off a riders shoe.
My toeclips work fine and allow me a decent spin with good enough retention for confidence at high RPM's.
charles vail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-07, 04:07 PM   #17
GreenKLR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That was funny, my firt ride this spring will probably be just like that...minus the hill..
LJ
GreenKLR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:09 PM.