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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 07-04-07, 11:10 AM   #1
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i'm hiding a basketball under my shirt...

ok, I am not really...but that is what it looks like...ARGGG.

I have that odd kind of fat. my belly is hard, and it looks like a ball under my shirt. The good news...it turns out that this kind of fat is the kind that can kill you faster...oh, and is also the hardest to get rid of. Yeah for me.

Anyways, I went for my first ride on the old schwinn and it was interesting. I need to adjust rear brakes (there were none) I need to adjust the front derailer (I ran on 5 gears instead of 10) I need to raise the seat....and....I need to loose some weight.

I can ONLY tell you guys...but I had a hard time holding the bottom of the drop bar because my legs would come and push against my gut...I HOPE this is because the seat was too low...

It is really sad...I am 5'9.5 and weigh 205 so I am about 40 pounds heavier than I was when I was in the Marine corps....but it is 90% all in my gut...

I just wanted to put this all out there so that you guys wont let me stop ridding. I need to loose this weight. I have been working on the diet part as well....

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Old 07-04-07, 11:20 AM   #2
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You may have some issues with the drops for a bit, but yoiu can ride on the tops and hoods too, don't forget!. This isn't surprising!

Good news, your belly will flatten out a bit and you can do AB work to help, and it will help break down that "Brown Abdominal Fat".

Get out there and pedal!
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Indeed...get out there and go!

I am one of those guys who 'fluff up' all over pretty equally and not just in the belly. But I can already tell that I am losing some inches. I am gradually dropping weight and my legs are showing some signs of muscle gain. I am sleeping better and feeling like I have more energy too.
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Many of us wish we were 205#! You are not that out of shape. A few months and you'll be ready for your second tour of duty
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I see you are in Omaha too. Well, there is a great cycling community in this town. Also there are at least two of us on here that are close to ya. So get your but on the bike (no matter how hot it is out) and ride!!!! We will have to get a local Clyde ride going sometime.
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Are you sure the bike fits you? A bad fit can make a bike miserable to ride...and you mentioned a couple of different things. Something to look at.

Also, I've been riding my road bike for 1 1/2 years and still almost never ride in the drops. In fact, I'm planning to swap out the drop style handlebars for trekking bars soon (like pic).

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Hey! Every time I get back on the seat from straddling the bike, my stomach rings my bell!

Makes for an easy weight loss goal.
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You may have some issues with the drops for a bit, but yoiu can ride on the tops and hoods too, don't forget!. This isn't surprising!

Good news, your belly will flatten out a bit and you can do AB work to help, and it will help break down that "Brown Abdominal Fat".

Get out there and pedal!
Tom, are you saying you can spot reduce? I don't believe you can.
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I see you are in Omaha too. Well, there is a great cycling community in this town. Also there are at least two of us on here that are close to ya. So get your but on the bike (no matter how hot it is out) and ride!!!! We will have to get a local Clyde ride going sometime.
I concur! We should get a clyde ride together sometime... but not this weekend. The forecast is BRUTAL!
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Ab work will strengthen the girdle of muscles that you use during cycling. Just get out and ride. Go slow. Don't feel the need to keep up with anyone. I rode the tops for months before I felt comfortable on the hoods. The drops are for when I get this belly fat out of the way!

You can do it! Cut the crap out of the diet and eat whole grains, lots of fresh veggies, and of course fresh fruit!
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Good news, your belly will flatten out a bit and you can do AB work to help, and it will help break down that "Brown Abdominal Fat".

Get out there and pedal!
So that's what it is, eh? I've got the same thing going as the OP: Carrying some extra weight, it's all around my middle, and my belly is solid feeling but obviously larger than it needs to be (and I'm fairly certain I'm not expecting. ) The crazy thing is that 100 miles a week, sit ups every day, and giving up most of my junk food/candy/booze/and cigarettes hasn't gotten rid of any of it. I dropped the excess weight from everywhere else (from 262 to 245) easily. I've been 242-247 for many months, and I've upped my miles, lowered my caloric intake, and made my diet healthier in general. I feel great, my blood pressure has gotten better, my lungs are thanking me on the hills for having ditched the smokes, but I still have this keg-party of a gut that just isn't going away.
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yeah...that stuff is brutal to get rid of from what I have read, and like I said...it is the kind that is worst for your health. blech. I have tried a number of things, and not really gotten rid of it. of course part of the problem is going for a couple months, not seeing results, and then giving up.

as for those of you in Omaha....yeah, we should get together and ride...that would be cool. I will have to think of something good.
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I am not from Omaha, but about 45 minutes away to an hour depending upon where in Omaha of course. Where do you guys ride safely?
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I am not from Omaha, but about 45 minutes away to an hour depending upon where in Omaha of course. Where do you guys ride safely?
Where are you? I went to High School in Atlantic, IA!!

www.omahatrails.com
there are a few mtn bike trails too.

There are more trails in O-town than people think. The map shows them, but until you ride 15-20 miles ONE WAY and then turn around, you don't realize how far they go =)

Taco ride from Council Bluffs to Mineola every Thursday on the Wabash Trace. I hope to make it tonight (depends on the wife....)

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I am in Red Oak and I only have a road bike, so everyone told me to stay away from the trace and only ride street and paved trails. I bought my bike at True Wheel in C.B.

Did you used to own a DRZ or the Kawasaki version?
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Tom, are you saying you can spot reduce? I don't believe you can.
No, I am saying though that as his core fitness improves, his abdominal muscles will tighten ad the belly will flatten out some.
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I was 205-210 last December, and have been working on getting that down to 160 or so (I'm 5'8"). My fat is more evenly distributed I guess, lots of it in the legs.

This morning I got down to 179, so I'm about halfway home.

Just keep riding and it will get better and better.
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I am in Red Oak and I only have a road bike, so everyone told me to stay away from the trace and only ride street and paved trails. I bought my bike at True Wheel in C.B.

Did you used to own a DRZ or the Kawasaki version?
No, but I do have a Suzuki 650 V-Strom. Do you also ride moto-sickles?


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I thought there was a fifthcircle that sold his DRZ/KLX when I was selling my DRZ and he was out of Omaha. Was registered on the advriders.com website. Maybe I have the wrong username in my head. I sold the DRZ, and bought a KTM 250 SX 2-stroke for riding the trails. I have 4 motorcycles in the garage right now. My wife's bike (1987 Kawasaki Voyager XII) I ride, she is pillion, but that is the only way she will ride, so it is her bike. My 1999 KTM 250 SX and a bike for each daughter to trail ride with me. A 2001 Honda XR100R and a 2002 Yamaha TTR-125L. I will be getting a 2002 Suzuki SV650S at the end of August when I go and remodel a basement for my brother-in-law. It doesn't sound like a fair trade for me, but he needs the help and I want the motorcycle.

And yes, sorry for the hijack.
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I am fifth on there too....you have a PM.



Back on track:

I think that genetics has alot to do with how you gain/loose weight. You will most likely never get rid of the gut. You may be in great shape and workout all the time, but you still will have a little belly. Than again, I am not a Doctor, nutritionalist or personal trainor........I learned that on an episode of Penn and Teller's Bull Shi#
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Raise the handlebars.
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No, I am saying though that as his core fitness improves, his abdominal muscles will tighten ad the belly will flatten out some.
Thanks for the explanation, and for giving me hope. I've lost 30 pounds since January and 0 pant sizes. :-(
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