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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 07-08-07, 07:42 AM   #26
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i don't know if thats a good idea... im afraid i might like it and have to buy it. The significant other wouldn't like that much...
That's easy, just buy two, one for you, one for the S.O.
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Old 07-08-07, 08:07 AM   #27
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That's easy, just buy two, one for you, one for the S.O.
the SO's bike is the next purchase. She is currently riding a 15 y/o Murray x-mart bike that doesn't shift with dry rotted and cracked tires...

i currently weigh 248 down from 256 just a few weeks ago, when I hit 215 (approx 15% weight loss) then I will reward myself with a road bike / cyclocross / 2nd bike...
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Old 07-08-07, 08:32 AM   #28
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i currently weigh 248 down from 256 just a few weeks ago, when I hit 215 (approx 15% weight loss) then I will reward myself with a road bike / cyclocross / 2nd bike...

It's funny... I had the same bike for...forever. We were in an accident, and it never really rode the same and hurt me to ride.

So when I decided to start riding, I analyzed my needs carefully and got the perfect* bike for me. All was well and good. But I decided I wanted a second bike for the cabin. Got one on Craig's List...a light little aluminum racing bike. Well, this bike was fun*, and I didn't want to leave it up at the cabin to get stolen. There were some times I wanted smooth and go-everywhere, and other times I wanted effortless hills and reactive handling! Plus, the light one would be good if I ever do group rides.

So I tried again to get my first bike fixed, and looks like we're 95% there, and I like riding that* bike because it only has 10 speeds and is heavy and I push myself more on it. Plus*, it won't get stolen if I run errands on it!

So now I have 3 bikes, and I now find I actually want* 3 bikes!
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Old 07-08-07, 09:40 AM   #29
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the SO's bike is the next purchase. She is currently riding a 15 y/o Murray x-mart bike that doesn't shift with dry rotted and cracked tires...

i currently weigh 248 down from 256 just a few weeks ago, when I hit 215 (approx 15% weight loss) then I will reward myself with a road bike / cyclocross / 2nd bike...
Come on man, at least fix her bike a little, a set of tires is cheap, and the shifting probably just needs some adjusting, or maybe a cable..... Actually I am looking for a bike for my S.O. she doesn't ride right now, but our car died, and we can't afford to replace it, so we thought if we got her a bike, then that would help.....
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Old 07-08-07, 01:21 PM   #30
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Come on man, at least fix her bike a little, a set of tires is cheap, and the shifting probably just needs some adjusting, or maybe a cable..... Actually I am looking for a bike for my S.O. she doesn't ride right now, but our car died, and we can't afford to replace it, so we thought if we got her a bike, then that would help.....
Her current bike isn't unrideable, its just old and tired. Truthfully I think it shifts okay, its just that the SO is afraid to try. We have ridden been out on bike rides and she likes the bike well enough to have put close to 40 miles on it... It's the old style nonindexed x-mart shifters. We thought about putting money into her bike. But when we did the math. A new saddle, a new set of tires, money to true the rear wheel (it's out of wack a touch) and the few other things it needed, it didn't add up to being worth it. This was the bike she had when she was in highschool (so maybe it's only 10 years old) and i don't really know if its the right size for her anyway. We are going to buy her a new bike and then My aunt and uncle just moved here from cali and had to leave what little they had behind, so we are going to give them the GF's bike. My uncle used to work at a bike shop so he will be able to fix up everything on it.
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Old 07-08-07, 01:30 PM   #31
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I ride pretty much the same route almost every evening - basically only vary the direction cw/ccw. It's a little over 9 miles, and very hilly. Sometimes I ride it on my mountain bike, and sometimes, if I feel a little more frisky, I ride it on my old 10-speed Ross.
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