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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 04-26-07, 10:53 AM   #1
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Just wandering the city on a bike is a good time

Tuesday night started out to be a short one hour 15-16 mile ride and turned into a 3 hr 24 min 35 sec 52.2 mile wandering through the southside of Jacksonville. At the 40 mile mark, a cop pulled up next to me at a stop light and to see how far I had ridden since he had seen me three different times and he had just taken up cycling. I only stopped cause my light battery was running out of juice and I was getting the dreaded blinking warning light. I left the house at 10:30 pm and pulled into the garage at 1:55 am. Finally went to bed at 3 am after a quick snack and a shower.

Man do I love that feeling that you think you can do 100 miles when you were not trying to. I could have easily done another 15, but figured I better call it a night since I had to get up at 7 to go to work and I was running out of battery time. I have only drained my battery one time before and I like the feeling. Will need to do that more often.
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Old 04-26-07, 11:16 AM   #2
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That is awesome! I remember I did 60 miles last December doing something similar, went for a ride then hooked onto a group ride to see all the decorations in Brooklyn. Came home and there was 60 miles, couldn't believe it!
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Tuesday night started out to be a short one hour 15-16 mile ride and turned into a 3 hr 24 min 35 sec 52.2 mile wandering through the southside of Jacksonville. At the 40 mile mark, a cop pulled up next to me at a stop light and to see how far I had ridden since he had seen me three different times and he had just taken up cycling. I only stopped cause my light battery was running out of juice and I was getting the dreaded blinking warning light. I left the house at 10:30 pm and pulled into the garage at 1:55 am. Finally went to bed at 3 am after a quick snack and a shower.

Man do I love that feeling that you think you can do 100 miles when you were not trying to. I could have easily done another 15, but figured I better call it a night since I had to get up at 7 to go to work and I was running out of battery time. I have only drained my battery one time before and I like the feeling. Will need to do that more often.
There IS a solution to the light battery time running out, keep a spare set handy, then when you run low on juice, just swap the batteries for fresh ones, my light uses AAAs (rechargable) and I keep a spare set in an old 35mm film can -- I'd hate to end a ride just because a stupid battery ran out Mind you, I rarely ride much after dark anyway.....
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My light kit is a Blackburn X3 and should have had enough for at least 4.5 hrs, but I was running in high for about 45 minutes and did not recognize it, as I usually ride in the 70% mode. I do 95% of my riding at night and this is a great light and really serves me well. I might need to carry a small emergency light in my seat pack.
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Wow. Nice mileage for a "cruise" Is that on your new Big Boy Bike? How is that new riding position working out for you? I'm considering an upgrade someday.
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Just remember to come back home eventually!
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Sorry, did not see this question, yes it was on my big boy bike . Loving it, have not had any lower back issues at all. I was stretching and working my mid section for the last couple of months, so the transition was quite easy. It also helped when I changed my fork on the hybrid as it stretched me out more than the old setup.
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That's what my wife said too.
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