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 03-14-07, 12:10 PM   #1
RDRomano
By Necessity.
Thread Starter
 
RDRomano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Bikes: Kona Dew Deluxe
Posts: 109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
After an Absence

My one week out of town turned into a month-and-a-half. Sorry 'bout that.
Good news, though. I was on a brief vacation when I was invited to attend a conference in Indiana, and the day I got home from that, I was invited to speak at another in Atlanta. All very short notice and with little preparation. But it went well. My body is now repaying me, however, for not having enough excercise.

First, apologies to Tom for not reporting mileage and weight numbers. Miles = 27.3 per week since the last time I sent them in. Weight as of this morning: 228.0 lbs.

Question: I want to start commuting more regularly, and have done so a few times, BUT, while I have been getting more excercise, I haven't really built up any speed, and am kinda worried about getting creamed by cage traffic. I wanna be FRED! The Commuting forum seems to be mostly messengers and hipsters who've been at it for a while; they seem to fail in understanding Clydes.
Thanks, guys. And, I'll be more regular in posting.
RDRomano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-07, 12:43 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: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RDRomano
My one week out of town turned into a month-and-a-half. Sorry 'bout that.
Good news, though. I was on a brief vacation when I was invited to attend a conference in Indiana, and the day I got home from that, I was invited to speak at another in Atlanta. All very short notice and with little preparation. But it went well. My body is now repaying me, however, for not having enough excercise.

First, apologies to Tom for not reporting mileage and weight numbers. Miles = 27.3 per week since the last time I sent them in. Weight as of this morning: 228.0 lbs.

Question: I want to start commuting more regularly, and have done so a few times, BUT, while I have been getting more excercise, I haven't really built up any speed, and am kinda worried about getting creamed by cage traffic. I wanna be FRED! The Commuting forum seems to be mostly messengers and hipsters who've been at it for a while; they seem to fail in understanding Clydes.
Thanks, guys. And, I'll be more regular in posting.
Welcome back and you should have PM'd me! We could have hooked up, I'm Indiana. I could have loaned you one of my bikes for a ride or something!

ps: No apologies necessary!
__________________
. “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 03-14-07, 01:25 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)
As far as commuting goes, I say just do it. I'm quite a bit larger than you, am commuting daily - and LOVE it! This morning I passed a car in traffic (I was going about 37mph) - the look on the driver's face was PRICELESS

Just start riding, and don't get discouraged. The headwind I faced over my lunch hour darn near killed me, but I resisted the urge to take the truck back to work. Felt better for it, that headwind turned into a darn nice tailwind!

Anyway, just ride. Once you do it enough, you'll fly...
bdinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-07, 09:17 AM   #4
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: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Agreed with BDinger! Just do it and be visible as far as the commuting goes. You will develop the appropriate skills and as fAr as the speed goes? The only way that will improve is ride, ride, ride!
__________________
. “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 03-15-07, 09:43 AM   #5
steve2k
Senior Mumbler
 
steve2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: England
Bikes: Ridgeback Voyage (for touring and commuting), unknown beach cruiser (for smiling)
Posts: 451
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I commute and I'm slow (~12mph average) and I ride down a pretty fast country road. The best thing I did was buy a hi-vis yellow jacket. It's given me the confidence that cars can see me so I just ride big and strong and hold my road position.
steve2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-07, 03:25 PM   #6
StokerPoker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Livonia, MI
Bikes: Pacific Duece AL with mods
Posts: 873
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
not all of us that post in the commuting forum are messengers and hipsters....some of us clydes post there too. I've only been commuting since September, and I am ver much a Fred. I switched from a 7-up/Dr. Pepper crate zip tied to the rack to a pair of Wald folding grocery baskets. I'm a clyde, I'm a fred and I'm a commuter.
You don't have to be fast, you just have to want to do it. Be careful, but don't be paranoid. Sure, there are a number of posts about car/bike accidents, but when you consider the miles traveled and number of accidents, the numbers are not too bad.
If you are out there because you want to be it's sure to be an enjoyable experience.
StokerPoker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-07, 04:44 PM   #7
centexwoody
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Brazos River valley, south central TX
Bikes: 2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser
Posts: 1,298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The bicycle commuter CANNOT be intimidated by weather, wusses, cagers or fleet messenger cyclists. We will inherit the earth and the roads, we commuters rule the world and, fortunately, come in all sizes, ages, and shapes...
__________________
centexwoody
They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.
centexwoody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-07, 07:19 PM   #8
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)
Quote:
Originally Posted by StokerPoker
I'm a clyde, I'm a fred and I'm a commuter.
Me too
deputyjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-07, 09:29 PM   #9
jevidl
Junior Member
 
jevidl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ann Arbor, Mi
Bikes: Bridgestone MB-6, Ross 292S
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Clyde Commuter +1

The best idea is to just get out there and do it. Check out some of the tips in the commuting forum - they apply if you're 140 pounds or 240 pounds : )

Just give yourself some time, try to pick a route that's less busy (even if it's farther) and pay attention to your surroundings. You'll do OK.
jevidl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-07, 08:24 AM   #10
steve2k
Senior Mumbler
 
steve2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: England
Bikes: Ridgeback Voyage (for touring and commuting), unknown beach cruiser (for smiling)
Posts: 451
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by StokerPoker
I'm a clyde, I'm a fred and I'm a commuter.
What's a FRED ?
steve2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-07, 09:30 AM   #11
StokerPoker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Livonia, MI
Bikes: Pacific Duece AL with mods
Posts: 873
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve2k
What's a FRED ?
I'll let someone else explain that one...
StokerPoker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-07, 11:57 AM   #12
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: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The diametric opposite of the OCP roadie would be a good explanation as any!
__________________
. “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
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 05:50 AM.