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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 04-30-07, 10:58 PM   #1
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Newbie - Need Some Advice & Have Some Questions

Hello All, I just found this website and it looks like it could be really good timing for me.

First, I am 52. I am 5'-10" and weigh in at about 215-217 in street clothes and with my steel toed boots (work required), so probably about 210-212 stark. Should I post here in the 50+ group or in the (gulp!) Clydesdales?!

Second, I have a nice (I think) road bike I bought second hand from a buddy that is very into road biking, It is a Look 176 KG carbon fiber frame, Shimano Ultegra components and Rolf Vector Comp wheels. I wish I knew more and can get more facts if it is important for you to know to give accurate advice.

I need to lose some weight (Yeah, I've seen there is ANOTHER area for that too). My history - I began riding in earnest about 4 years ago. Here in Pasadena, CA, a large pack rides around the Rose Bowl daily. I can't now, and couldn't quite before hang with that pack. They were simply too fast. I began driving my bike to the Bowl, doing a couple of perimeters (3.1 miles once around) and driving it back home in my car. I gradually built up to riding to and from my home to the Bowl (9 miles round trip) then did about 3 or 4 laps for a total of 18-20 miles. I was doing this fine and felt I was on my way to better things. I bought gear, helmet, etc. THEN, I took a ride on my 49th birthday and nearly got killed. I was riding at about 16-18 mph (granted, not fast by an experienced rider's pace) and an old man in a car turned left right in front of me. I slammed into the right side front of the car, breifly was up on the hood, then narrowly avoided having my legs get run over as I fell back onto the road. Scared the crap outta me and I've only ridden on the street again a couple of times. I feel a bit paranoid. But I want to get back into it and I am planning on starting again, as I did before. I have had afull physical and I am fine. Had a "Heartcheck America" CT scan of my heart, no plaque unbelievably! My cholestrol is fine at 179 total. My HDL is borderline between "desireable" and "concern" but i understand aerobic activity should correct that fairly quickly.

Advice?...on the mental aspect (some of you have fallen, I know) the equipment, the weight loss? Training technique when working alone - which I honestl prefer at least for now...unless someone here is a local and would be willing to deal with a slowpoke. All help appreciated, Dan

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Old 04-30-07, 11:30 PM   #2
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Hi Dan,

Welcome onboard. I can relate to your experiences from my history as a motorcycle rider. I've been in several accidents, and the last one kept me off motorbikes for a few years for similar reasons. I've been very lucky to not have any serious accidents (knock on head) since taking up bicycling.

While it's good to be conscious about the need to shape up, etc. I've found the greatest motivator for any activity was my enjoyment of it. It sounds like you have an excellent bike - but since it's carbon fiber, I would be very hesitant to ride that frame again. Really hard to say since I don't know the exact particulars. Take it to your LBS and have it thoroughly checked out. Carbon fiber fails pretty dramatically, and with little or no warning.

Anyways - one thing that I learned over the years was that you can't live in fear. You can do everything in your power to be safe (and should - but you sound like a sensible person already), but the universe sometimes has to remind you that "sh*t CAN happen - to YOU!". And other people, especially when locked into a ton of steel moving at high speeds, can always surprise you with the sheer randomness, lack of perception, and sheer idiocy of their actions.

The only way you're going to get back on a bike is if you want to do it. I would spend some time mentally preparing by remembering the things you liked about riding. Then, spend some time getting your bike ready. And start taking short rides. Pretty soon, the short rides will get longer, and you'll find that your confidence is coming back. In the future, you will also remember the particulars of the accident, and know exactly how to avoid getting in that situation again. And then secondary motives like losing weight or getting in shape can be part of your plans again.

I sincerely wish you a happy return to riding!
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Thanks so much for the welcome. Even though the weight loss is driving me to re-start riding, I DID enjoy it! Which is why I kinda got "into it" pretty fast. See if truth be told, I like "the gear". I am a car guy and I like the fact that I get a workout and I still get to toy with the "stuff". I guess whatever motivates me is alright...as long as I DO IT...and LIKE IT!

Been reading other threads and I'll post what my pedals are, the number of spokes, saddle type (too friggin small and hard - I'm a belly-no-ass type!
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Thanks so much for the welcome. Even though the weight loss is driving me to re-start riding, I DID enjoy it! Which is why I kinda got "into it" pretty fast. See if truth be told, I like "the gear". I am a car guy and I like the fact that I get a workout and I still get to toy with the "stuff". I guess whatever motivates me is alright...as long as I DO IT...and LIKE IT!

Been reading other threads and I'll post what my pedals are, the number of spokes, saddle type (too friggin small and hard - I'm a belly-no-ass type!
Padded shorts can really help with a butt hatchet saddle, Dan! www.aerotechdesigns.com is a great source of cycling clothes for us Clydes, by the way

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First, I am 52. I am 5'-10" and weigh in at about 215-217 in street clothes and with my steel toed boots (work required), so probably about 210-212 stark. Should I post here in the 50+ group or in the (gulp!) Clydesdales?!
Dan,

Either Group would be fine. I think these two groups are some of the best folks on these whole Forums. Not nearly as cut throat as some areas. I enjoy both groups, and it is tough to decide which one to post in. Best thing to do is post where you feel comfortable and look over both areas.

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