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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 06-03-07, 08:33 PM   #1
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I'm 190 lbs, I can beat 120 lb'ers to hilltops

When the hills are less than 500m long . Seriously, I notice that a lot of clydesdales can rip it up out of the saddle on the short & steep hills better than those sticks can. I love bursting out of the saddle and leaving my visible-ribbed fellows behind on the incline.

That said, am I even a clyde?
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no visible stomach in jersey

But any hill longer than 1 km... ugh...
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Old 06-03-07, 09:05 PM   #2
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Yeah? Well I can beat you once I get to the top (with my frame pump)!!
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Old 06-03-07, 09:14 PM   #3
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When the hills are less than 500m long . Seriously, I notice that a lot of clydesdales can rip it up out of the saddle on the short & steep hills better than those sticks can. I love bursting out of the saddle and leaving my visible-ribbed fellows behind on the incline.

That said, am I even a clyde?
6'
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no visible stomach in jersey

But any hill longer than 1 km... ugh...
That extra weight adds torque to your downstroke, so in the short run you can accelerate faster.
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Old 06-03-07, 09:29 PM   #4
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Well actually, the "proper" way to climb out of the saddle isn't to shift your weight back and forth between the pedals but to keep your upper body stable and to extend the leg. Anyways, it's fun- so is full tucking on a descent and going faster than sticks who are spinning it out.
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Old 06-03-07, 09:58 PM   #5
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and no, you're not a clyde. You need 10 pounds of beer.
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Old 06-04-07, 10:31 AM   #6
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Funny how it computes out, isn't it.

196 pounds after ride yesterday, outclimbing people on a fixed gear.

Go figure.
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look at 50m runners versus marathon runners, 50 m swimmers versus 1000m, muscle mass can produce quick bursts of speed but a body needs to be pretty light to go long fast.

thats my two cents anyway. and i dont think you're a clyde. you sound lean actually.
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Old 06-04-07, 07:33 PM   #8
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I really like those short climbs too, but whats even better is a long downhill run. the extra weight is a blessing, my skinny friends can't keep up no matter how hard they pedal.
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totally!!! the speed is awesome, and if the next hill is soon enough, then itll halp you get up it too!
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Nothing like cresting the top of a 5-6+ mile 2500 ft climb, that's true happiness!
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Hilltop? Is that anything like the ride we did on Saturday RJ?...Is 6,200 ft a hilltop?
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Hilltop? Is that anything like the ride we did on Saturday RJ?...Is 6,200 ft a hilltop?
It's like a hilltop, but I don't think we beat any 120 pounders to the top.
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