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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 04-15-07, 02:20 PM   #1
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This section rules!

I've already done the introduction thing in the introduction section, but since I'm definitely a bona fide Clyde, thought I'd stop in here and thank everyone for being an inspiration to me to keep pounding out the miles.

I'm a big guy, but I have no idea how much I weigh. Nor will I weigh myself. I've been lifting weights and whatnot for a long time, so my muscle mass is quite considerable. I'm more interested in losing inches at this point, then I'll focus on lbs. To that end, since I started cycling I've dropped two pants sizes and have started pulling clothes out of the "When I Lose Weight" bin.

Just 30 days ago I bought a Trek 1000 since pedaling a stationary bike(as I was doing) is akin to a death march, in my mind. I started out slow and easy, averaging about 10 mph over an 8 mile stretch every other day. Now I average a little over 17 mph over that same stretch, have upped my every-other-day routine to 15 miles, and just returned from a 50 mile ride, with a dash of climbing thrown in. My goal is a metric century next month.

Sorry for the long post, but I thought about the Clydesdales forum the whole time I was riding today, especially when I was climbing over some genuinely rough hills. THANK YOU!
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Long post? You call this a long post? Naw, it's an average post. Welcome to Clydes, there, Admiral! Sounds like you are coming right along!
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I've already done the introduction thing in the introduction section, but since I'm definitely a bona fide Clyde, thought I'd stop in here and thank everyone for being an inspiration to me to keep pounding out the miles.

I'm a big guy, but I have no idea how much I weigh. Nor will I weigh myself. I've been lifting weights and whatnot for a long time, so my muscle mass is quite considerable. I'm more interested in losing inches at this point, then I'll focus on lbs. To that end, since I started cycling I've dropped two pants sizes and have started pulling clothes out of the "When I Lose Weight" bin.

Just 30 days ago I bought a Trek 1000 since pedaling a stationary bike(as I was doing) is akin to a death march, in my mind. I started out slow and easy, averaging about 10 mph over an 8 mile stretch every other day. Now I average a little over 17 mph over that same stretch, have upped my every-other-day routine to 15 miles, and just returned from a 50 mile ride, with a dash of climbing thrown in. My goal is a metric century next month.

Sorry for the long post, but I thought about the Clydesdales forum the whole time I was riding today, especially when I was climbing over some genuinely rough hills. THANK YOU!
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Welcome to the group. We have a Club on Bike Forums for milage as well so take a look if you want to throw your miles in.
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That would be the Spinner Saturday thread up in stickies above, and IIRC, there's also a Clyde's Club going through Bikejournal?

If you'd like to join Spinner Saturday, I just happen to be the admin on that group, and I'll be happy to add you.
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That would be the Spinner Saturday thread up in stickies above, and IIRC, there's also a Clyde's Club going through Bikejournal?

If you'd like to join Spinner Saturday, I just happen to be the admin on that group, and I'll be happy to add you.
Whoops, forgot to mention that, but I was actually thinking of the group on BikeJournal.com
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Whoops, forgot to mention that, but I was actually thinking of the group on BikeJournal.com
That's why I mentioned both
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I'd love to contribute some miles! Let me just make sure I understand the concept: Every Saturday(essentially) you add up your total miles for the week then PM you, Tom?
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I've already done the introduction thing in the introduction section, but since I'm definitely a bona fide Clyde, thought I'd stop in here and thank everyone for being an inspiration to me to keep pounding out the miles.

I'm a big guy, but I have no idea how much I weigh. Nor will I weigh myself. I've been lifting weights and whatnot for a long time, so my muscle mass is quite considerable. I'm more interested in losing inches at this point, then I'll focus on lbs. To that end, since I started cycling I've dropped two pants sizes and have started pulling clothes out of the "When I Lose Weight" bin.

Just 30 days ago I bought a Trek 1000 since pedaling a stationary bike(as I was doing) is akin to a death march, in my mind. I started out slow and easy, averaging about 10 mph over an 8 mile stretch every other day. Now I average a little over 17 mph over that same stretch, have upped my every-other-day routine to 15 miles, and just returned from a 50 mile ride, with a dash of climbing thrown in. My goal is a metric century next month.

Sorry for the long post, but I thought about the Clydesdales forum the whole time I was riding today, especially when I was climbing over some genuinely rough hills. THANK YOU!
Stationary bikes are a death march, mostly because they don't have the same adjustability as a bicycle does, a trainer is similar but uses your regular bicycle. So you keep the adjustments, of your regular bicycle, you can often get extensions for a wired computer, so that you can track distance and time since in a trainer the front wheel does not move. Trainers are a necessary evil if you live in a climate that gets real winter, and don't want to lose your training in the "off" season (and find the weight you lost, problem is, it usually brings friends with it, when you "find" it again).

Some people will put the trainer in front of the TV, so they can watch while riding, of course it gives everyone else in the house a guilt complex
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I'd love to contribute some miles! Let me just make sure I understand the concept: Every Saturday(essentially) you add up your total miles for the week then PM you, Tom?
Yep, that's the ticket! I can add you to next weeks if you want! Or even this week if you get your miles to me before I close the week out for publishing.
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I would like to express my appreciation for this forum also. There is a lot of useful information for us big boned citizens here.

Tom - I would like to be added to the group. I will send you my mileage next week!
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I would like to express my appreciation for this forum also. There is a lot of useful information for us big boned citizens here.

Tom - I would like to be added to the group. I will send you my mileage next week!
Cool, and welcome aboard, Diablo!
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I guess I'll start as of this week(today). I didn't log last week's stuff. Besides, this week will give me a more meaningful first contribution.
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Althena's much older much fatter Italian cousin. Think Rosie O'donnel on a bad hair d

HI-

I'm new. In fact I'm introducing myself here because it feels safer than anywhere else on this site- I sure as heck don't need any lecturing- or God forbid, a bag of waffle fries thrown at me-- (I've been reading just about everything in this forum the past few days) And yes, some Roadies can be pinheads-
Tight shorts small minds- Maybe they're unhappy because they need a sandwich???

Anyway- I just bought a couple of balloon tire granny bikes on e-bay- and hopefully between the two of them I can piece together a squash proof bike. I'm trying to read everything before I ask any questions- so if my bike plan doesn't work- I may be callin' on you folks to help me order some taco-proof wheels.
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OOPS! I meant to add that it has been a real heart felt pleasure listening in- You all seem great-Helpful, patient, and funny too! I only have one question though... Could someone please tell me why it is the year of the enema?

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i wear tight shorts

a bunch of kids yelled "roadie" at me this weekend. i thought it was nice that my appearance tricked them.
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I didn't mean YOU.. Besides, at my size- even the loose stuff is tight.
That must've felt great having those kids see you as a gen-u-ine cyclist!
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Welcome to Clydes/Athena's!

We're pleased to have you aboard!

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I didn't mean YOU.. Besides, at my size- even the loose stuff is tight.
That must've felt great having those kids see you as a gen-u-ine cyclist!
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I would like to express my appreciation for this forum also. There is a lot of useful information for us big boned citizens here.

Tom - I would like to be added to the group. I will send you my mileage next week!
Hi Diablo Rojo, welcome to BikeForums...

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HI-

I'm new. In fact I'm introducing myself here because it feels safer than anywhere else on this site- I sure as heck don't need any lecturing- or God forbid, a bag of waffle fries thrown at me-- (I've been reading just about everything in this forum the past few days) And yes, some Roadies can be pinheads-
Tight shorts small minds- Maybe they're unhappy because they need a sandwich???

Anyway- I just bought a couple of balloon tire granny bikes on e-bay- and hopefully between the two of them I can piece together a squash proof bike. I'm trying to read everything before I ask any questions- so if my bike plan doesn't work- I may be callin' on you folks to help me order some taco-proof wheels.
Introductions is very safe .

About the only lecturing you'll get from most of us is to make sure you have a pump and a helmet! My mission in life is to let everyone know that riding a bike is fun. Yeah, it can do a lot of other good things for you, but--it's fun.

Welcome to BikeForums, and the C/A forum!

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I almost forgot to ask--TheAdmiral, where are you riding for those hills? You aren't going over to Calistoga and back are you ?

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I have to agree with TheAdmiral that this forum has been an inspiration. I joined a few days ago after doing a general search on google for bikes. I've always been afraid of road bikes due to my current status (5'11" 270 lbs)... but after a visit to the LBS and reading the positive feedback in this forum... I'm determined to get on one and not have it break with the proper equipment upgrades

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HA! It's all about the illusion!
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