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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 03-30-07, 02:00 AM   #1
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Grüezi mitenand

As we say here in Switzerland. Been lurking for a good while, and made the odd post but never got round to the introductions. It was me that introduced Obelix67 to this most hallowed of portals, about about time I introduced myself.

As the moniker might suggest I'm Swiss (the names not Tim though, that's a slang term for a supporter of the wonderful institution that is Celtic Football Club). Live in Zurich, and am something of an überclyde - 6', 436lb (damn that sounds a lot when you convert it). I am however blessed with an abundance of the two qualities that all clydes need - brute force and ignorance.

Changed my lifestyle a couple of years back - decided that dying wasn't really all that it's cracked up to be - and cycling has been a key part of it. So much so that I'm giving up my job as a translator to retrain as a bike mechanic.

Pretty much at the high-end of my weight range at the moment following a gnarly winter, but back on the straight and narrow and got plans for some serious trips this year.

Just got myself a new bike - a modded-up Kona Hoss, with some added extras courtesy of the good lads at my local bike shop. Here's a wee pic, and a pic of me doing what I like best





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Old 03-30-07, 02:30 AM   #2
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cycling through puddles huh
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Old 03-30-07, 04:41 AM   #3
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Good to "Officially" meet you, Swisstim!
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Old 03-30-07, 05:29 AM   #4
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cycling through puddles huh
Puddles are FUN especially if some idiot in a really shiny pretend sports car is in the line of fire
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Old 03-30-07, 06:48 AM   #5
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good to meet you.

is that your helmet on your handlebars?
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Old 03-30-07, 07:40 AM   #6
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is that your helmet on your handlebars?

*resists temptation to make smutty comment*

yeah, it was getting in the way. And given that I was crawling up an Alp at about 7kmh at the time, the chances of me doing any serious damage if I did come off were slim.

I put it back on for going down the other side, honest Mum
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Old 03-30-07, 07:53 AM   #7
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is that your helmet on your handlebars?
Oh, behave!
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Old 03-30-07, 08:05 AM   #8
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I know he is a big lad but...............oh deary deary me

he does have a good downhill crash story (as possibly we all do)
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Nice ride and... welcome! I'm in the same category as you, but hopefully not for too terribly much longer

What are you running for tires on that beast? They look about perfect for what I was looking for to put on my MTB.
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Welcome aboard! Looks like Switzerland is melting and you can get out and ride.
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Old 03-30-07, 08:32 AM   #11
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What are you running for tires on that beast? They look about perfect for what I was looking for to put on my MTB.
Schwalbe Marathon Plus ATBs - fantastic tyres. Simply indestructible. The ATBs are good for a mix of terrains like I do, roll fine on tarmac. Obviously not going to be as good as the specific tyre for specific terrain, but as an all-purpose tyre I think they're great. I've only heard good things about their other tyres, but only use the ATBs myself. And like I say, short of taking a hammer and nail to them, you ain't gonna puncture. Reflective strip is great around town as well.
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Old 03-30-07, 08:33 AM   #12
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I've got loads!
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Old 03-30-07, 09:08 AM   #13
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tell them the one about the doctor and the good and bad news then ....
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i believe you could whoop me, i'm not going to tell you you have to wear a helmet, i just thought "if that isn't a helmet, i wonder what it is?"
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Welcome aboard! Looks like Switzerland is melting and you can get out and ride.
I am getting into spring mode and what happens, 10cm of snow this evening, I guess I will have to go skiing tomorrow
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