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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 06-29-07, 06:54 PM   #51
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That is the right way to go about it.
You go through chains and cassettes way too fast if you cross-chain and the shifts tend to be really nasty when the chain gets at too much of an angle.
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Old 06-29-07, 07:19 PM   #52
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Yeah, the 7,2 FX looks like it would be a good choice. Nice riding position, no front suspension. If it was for me, however, I'd lose the suspension seatpost too...they always make me feel like something's loose, and the post isn't actually lined up with the direction that jolts happen in. Better to watch out for and avoid bumps in the road, or if you must ride over them, half stand and take the jolt with your bent knees (and elbows).
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Old 06-29-07, 07:27 PM   #53
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I have a suspension seatpost now and I like it. I always stand a little when I come up to big bumps or speedbumps now anyways. I don't like a super sore bum when I don't have to have one.
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Old 06-29-07, 08:43 PM   #54
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I've only been commuting about 3 weeks now, but I'm getting rather discouraged. You guys all post distances of like 10-15 miles like is something any beginner can do. I get awfully tired after the two and a half to the lab. Hopefully with the right bike (which I hopefully will be getting soon) and more training I can start to put up numbers like you guys.
Joe, I am an absolute beginner. I never rode a bike as a child. I taught myself to ride at age 41. If I can do it, anyone can.

Yes, these guys are good, and they put up impressive numbers. But I don't think about that. I can't think about it, because I'm not competing against them. Only against myself.
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Old 06-30-07, 07:14 AM   #55
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I have a suspension seatpost now and I like it. I always stand a little when I come up to big bumps or speedbumps now anyways. I don't like a super sore bum when I don't have to have one.
I love the suspension seat post too when I first started, but I quickly learned to hate it. I guess since I was so big, the damn thing would bottom out anyway and then at the end of a ride or if I needed to come out of the seat, the silly thing would move up into it's natural position and catch my leg or my shorts. Yet another reason why I moved to cycling shorts. It was one of the first things I got rid of.
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