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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 06-24-07, 09:33 AM   #1
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Newbie Clydesdale

I posted a response to another thread but thought I'd start a new one to introduce myself.

About four months ago I weighed in at an unquestionable clysdale qualifying level of 427 pounds . I'm 53 years old, out of shape and have bad arthritis in both knees. I knew I had to do something as the recliner model traing wasn't turning into anything productive! I now weigh 354 pounds - still way too much for 6 ft tall, but I'm encouraged I can get fit and healthy because unlike other attempts this time I'm exercising 7 days per week. I weight train 3 days per week and added bike riding 4 to 5 days a week for aerobic exercise. I turned to the bike in an attempt to do something fun - it worked!

Now, the first ride a few weeks ago wasn't a lot of fun. In fact it was short - only lasted about 10 minutes, but I am trying to stay with it. Yesterday I rode for almost an hour and traveled about 5.4 miles. I know that isn't much yet but we have to start somewhere.

My first bike after many years is an Electra Townie - foot on ground part appealed to me. It really is a great bike but the crank forward position comes with comprimises. Even though I've only had it a few weeks I am looking for a new bike to move up to. I've decided on a Trek 7500 if my LBS can still get one - he'll know Monday. If not I'll buy a Gary Fisher Nirvana which will work fine. I'm just not ready for the road bike riding position but my goal is to do a century ride within the next couple of years. Before I do I'll buy a raod bike.

I really enjoy the forum and hope to be a contributing member for a long time.

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Old 06-24-07, 09:47 AM   #2
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Welcome, Kwhman. Don't scoff at 5.4 miles. That's still longer than some people's rides. What matters is that you ride.

You say your LBS might not be able to get the Trek 7500, but if not you'll get a Gary Fischer? Why wouldn't they be able to get it? If that's the bike you want, then find another bike shop. I'm not saying your LBS is bad, but get the bike you want. Your location says you live in Atlanta, so I'm sure there are plenty of other bike shops where you could get the Trek 7500.

Good luck and keep on riding!! I like that you set that century goal.....keep working toward it.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:49 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard Kw. I would recommend that if you will eventually want a road bike that you get one now and set up an upright position if you are uncomfortable with the drops. I built up a tourer and am very happy and comfortable at 353 pounds. Good luck to you.
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Another note....don't worry about the mileage. Your leg muscles will build up fast and then you'll be carting around and considering 5 miles a short ride.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:59 AM   #5
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Congrats! Sounds like you are doing great.
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Old 06-24-07, 10:35 AM   #6
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Kw, all I can say is welcome aboard as well!

Always pleased to meet another Clyde, even in the virtual!
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Several years ago I pulled my bike out and rode up and down the street. It hurt
a lot. Last september we rode across the middle of Italy, from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean. Keep up the good work, you will surprise yourself with what you can do.
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My first ride had the ride leader worried that an ambulance needed to be called. You can and will succeed if you persevere. Kudos to you and for the efforts you making! I am glad you are here with the rest of us Clydes!
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I posted a response to another thread but thought I'd start a new one to introduce myself.

About four months ago I weighed in at an unquestionable clysdale qualifying level of 427 pounds . I'm 53 years old, out of shape and have bad arthritis in both knees. I knew I had to do something as the recliner model traing wasn't turning into anything productive! I now weigh 354 pounds - still way too much for 6 ft tall, but I'm encouraged I can get fit and healthy because unlike other attempts this time I'm exercising 7 days per week. I weight train 3 days per week and added bike riding 4 to 5 days a week for aerobic exercise. I turned to the bike in an attempt to do something fun - it worked!

Now, the first ride a few weeks ago wasn't a lot of fun. In fact it was short - only lasted about 10 minutes, but I am trying to stay with it. Yesterday I rode for almost an hour and traveled about 5.4 miles. I know that isn't much yet but we have to start somewhere.

My first bike after many years is an Electra Townie - foot on ground part appealed to me. It really is a great bike but the crank forward position comes with comprimises. Even though I've only had it a few weeks I am looking for a new bike to move up to. I've decided on a Trek 7500 if my LBS can still get one - he'll know Monday. If not I'll buy a Gary Fisher Nirvana which will work fine. I'm just not ready for the road bike riding position but my goal is to do a century ride within the next couple of years. Before I do I'll buy a raod bike.

I really enjoy the forum and hope to be a contributing member for a long time.

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Old 06-24-07, 07:21 PM   #11
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Welcome and good job on the weight loss so far. If you do go with the 7500, it's a great bike, but you will find the front fork will dive on you, but luckily this bike allows you to lock it out, or you can look at a rigid fork. You will also need to replace the wheels as these wheels are on the low end and do not have eyelets on the rim, the spokes will pull through. Lastly, you will probably want to replace the shock seat post, it sucks and you will grow tired of it quickly. I speak from experience on all of these items.

You might want to look at the 7.5 FX model and just have them change the stem to give you the same position that you would have had on the 7500. I did this on mine when I change the fork and the headset. They set it up to match my old setup.
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Congrats on the great work! You are an inspiration to me to get back on the bike. Thanks for sharing your story!
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