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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 08-07-07, 03:38 PM   #1
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Going out after work for my 1st 20 mile ride.

Ive only been riding about 2 weeks. Ive rode 9 miles twice and 11 once and still felt like I had gas in the tank. So Im gonna see if I can make 20 miles. If I dont post by tommorow I havent made it back!..
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If I dont post by tommorow I havent made it back!..
No worries there. Enjoy. Let us know how it went.
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I made a 10.25 mi run this morning before it got too hot. I hope to be at the 20mi mark soon too but I'll have to replace my cheapo bar tape first.
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I made a 10.25 mi run this morning before it got too hot. I hope to be at the 20mi mark soon too but I'll have to replace my cheapo bar tape first.
Good try! Keep going for it, and you'll be there soon. My record is 12, but the heat (95+) has kept me from hitting it again my past couple of rides. I'm hoping for 20 before the end of the month, and I think we'll both make it!

... and to the OP, can't wait to hear how it went
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Technically I did a 20 the other day. The wife and I took Spartan113 on the Nashua River Rail Trail, round trip 22.2 miles. Thing is we were moving so slow as the wife had a cold and was having a tough time that I didn't really have to pedal that much so I don't think it really counts.
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OK.......well I didnt make 20 miles. heck I didnt even make a full 10 miles. I ended up only doing 9.9 It was VERY hot (heat index of 107) the first 5 miles I rode was straight into the wind, I felt like I had a parachute behind me. Man it was rough. Then on the way back I hit a pretty good dip and I heard something sound like it had bottomed out. Well after checking things over really good I found out that both tires were low. ARGHHHHHH I could push down really hard with my weight and the rims came close to touching. I rode it slow back to the truck and came home. I dont have an air pump just yet. Besides the fact that I was completely exhausted. Im assuming the heat got to me and the low air in the tires didnt help much either. Oh well, gotta keep churning. Thanks for the support.
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OK.......well I didnt make 20 miles. heck I didnt even make a full 10 miles. I ended up only doing 9.9 It was VERY hot (heat index of 107) the first 5 miles I rode was straight into the wind, I felt like I had a parachute behind me. Man it was rough. Then on the way back I hit a pretty good dip and I heard something sound like it had bottomed out. Well after checking things over really good I found out that both tires were low. ARGHHHHHH I could push down really hard with my weight and the rims came close to touching. I rode it slow back to the truck and came home. I dont have an air pump just yet. Besides the fact that I was completely exhausted. Im assuming the heat got to me and the low air in the tires didnt help much either. Oh well, gotta keep churning. Thanks for the support.
Get the Bell Floor pump at Walmart with the pressure gauge on it, if nothing else.....

Cheap and reliable, mine has lasted 2 years so far.

Good try though, heat will take it out of ya fast!
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The heat is definately a factor. My oldest son is 23 and in pretty good condition, I thought he was going to pass out from the heat on our ride Sunday.

Check tire pressure before every ride - it's a big factor for sure. Have you thought of a game plan of what to do it you had a flat at the worst possible location on your ride? Could you walk out? Could you call for help? I started asking myself those questions when my miles went up and went and bought gear to repair the tire and a pump... and a small bag that attaches under the seat so I could carry that stuff and my cell phone. I still had to walk back 4 miles recently after a tube failure - it sucked. I now carry a spare tube too.
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The heat is definately a factor. My oldest son is 23 and in pretty good condition, I thought he was going to pass out from the heat on our ride Sunday.

Check tire pressure before every ride - it's a big factor for sure. Have you thought of a game plan of what to do it you had a flat at the worst possible location on your ride? Could you walk out? Could you call for help? I started asking myself those questions when my miles went up and went and bought gear to repair the tire and a pump... and a small bag that attaches under the seat so I could carry that stuff and my cell phone. I still had to walk back 4 miles recently after a tube failure - it sucked. I now carry a spare tube too.
I just bought a underseat bag and plan on getting a tube and some co2 cartridges and a few tools. I was dissapointed but yet somewhat glad the tires were low. My thighs were shot!
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awesome. approx. a week ago I did my first 20 miler. We rode to my fiancee's house ~10.5 miles each way, stopped for a snack and turned around to come back.

This weekend we are shooting to go past her house all the way to a favorite deli of ours. Should add approx. 10 more miles. so if we make it there and back we should eclipse 30.

the point im trying to make it, keep at it, continue to ride at your pace, and before you know it, 20 miles will be a warm up...
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I rarely have problems with my thighs or calves - it's usually joint pain for me, knees and hips. There's a good chance you might not be using your gears right. I see that a lot on my rides. You will have a natural "cadance" or pedal rate that is best for you. Use you gears to help keep that pedal speed pretty constant no matter your bike speed. What I see wipe people out the worst is "lugging down" on a climb too much. When you see a hill coming be ready to start downshifting to keep your pedal speed from dropping too much. As your condition improves that is less of an issue - but in working up to the 40 or 50 mile range it is very important.
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Keep on, keepin' on....it will be easier next time. As Tom said, get a pump even a cheap Wal-Mart floor pump if money is tight. I'd recommend one that covers schrader and presta valves if possible too. You never know when you may get a bike with the other type valve....or have a pretty girl stop by needing air in her tires.
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Keep on, keepin' on....it will be easier next time. As Tom said, get a pump even a cheap Wal-Mart floor pump if money is tight. I'd recommend one that covers schrader and presta valves if possible too. You never know when you may get a bike with the other type valve....or have a pretty girl stop by needing air in her tires.
The pump I suggested does both, KT.
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Good try! Keep going for it, and you'll be there soon. My record is 12, but the heat (95+) has kept me from hitting it again my past couple of rides. I'm hoping for 20 before the end of the month, and I think we'll both make it!

... and to the OP, can't wait to hear how it went
I thought I remembered how thrilled I was to be able, finally, to ride 20 miles. However, checking my Ride Report on my blog (March 25, 2007) shows me unimpressed with the mileage. What may happen is that by the time you get to 20 miles, it won't be that big a deal. You will know that, with time and effort, you can ride anything.
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You can make it!

This is somethign I do-- it might be a fun way for you to push yourself:

Just get out and ride at a cofortable pace-- when you start to feel tired, pick a landmark that you can find on a map and go there, get off the bike, rehydrate, and then see how fast you can get home. Then get on Google-maps and find out how far you went. I find myself going longer distances when I'm not even thinking about the distance than when I pick a route beforehand and just do what I have planned. If you didn't make it 20 miles, no big deal-- next time try to go push yourself pas that point to another new landmark.

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You'll do it! Almost exactly a year ago I took a 25 mile ride with a group.. then was DEAD the rest of the day. Granted this was a FAST group and I had to push it to keep up, but it pretty much fried me.

Now I do about 15/day, and 40/day on the weekends (provided everything goes well). I know I have a century in my legs, I just am waiting for the temperatures to drop down below the 90's consistently to attempt it
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