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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 11-06-07, 07:35 PM   #1
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6' 2", 330#, on a Fuji Palisade

There is no way I'm going to read 51 pages of the sticky just to see if I'm the biggest guy here! I suspect that I am.

Even in the Marine Corps, running 3 miles a day every day I never went below 210, and was usally around 225. So I guess I will always be a Clydesdale. Or maybe a Belgian or Percheron as they are larger and bulkier.

Me and my Palisade are just starting to get re-acquainted on a 4 mile country loop that starts and ends at my house. I bought it in 2002 or 2003 and it has less than 100 miles on it until this week. I have two goals. First to get down to somewhere between 225 and 250. And second to get to the point that I use my bicycle for primary transportation around town. Any place I would want to go is between 4 and 10 miles from my house.

Encouragement, guidance, and tolerance for DNG questions (Dumb New Guy) would all be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-06-07, 07:42 PM   #2
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You aren't the biggest guy here. I was around 450 when I joined BF, now 211. We have a coup[le of guys bigger.

DNG questions are not only tolerated, but encouraged here.....we don't form circular firing squads here in Clyde's.

It looks like it has 36 spoke wheels, this is good. I think it'll be a good bike for you, IMHO.
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Old 11-06-07, 07:56 PM   #3
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Far from it dude. I was 375 when I started riding in June 2006, now 300. Ask away, God knows I have asked my fair share and nary a snotty response from this forum and welcome.
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Old 11-06-07, 08:04 PM   #4
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Wow, both are encouraging. Thank you. More details on me are available, if you are interested, in my Intro post.

Meanwhile, let the questions begin. Tom, you mentioned 36 spokes as being a good thing. Why?

And what would be involved in getting "pulled back" handlebars so I can sit up a little straighter? I have no interest in speed or racing. Would I need to replace all of my cables too?
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Old 11-06-07, 08:19 PM   #5
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Wow, both are encouraging. Thank you. More details on me are available, if you are interested, in my Intro post.

Meanwhile, let the questions begin. Tom, you mentioned 36 spokes as being a good thing. Why?

And what would be involved in getting "pulled back" handlebars so I can sit up a little straighter? I have no interest in speed or racing. Would I need to replace all of my cables too?
Wheel strength, rigidity of the structure.

Picture a wheel as an endless suspension bridge with the spokes having the same function as the deck support stay cables. More stays = greater structural strength.
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Old 11-06-07, 08:21 PM   #6
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Try out the Palisade for a bit as it is.....it has a pretty upright stance as it it. You'll get more comfortable as your abs and other core muscles get stronger.
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Old 11-12-07, 05:37 PM   #7
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This is an awesome resource -- welcome.

Agree with Tom here, ride it for a while and see how you feel. Soon enough, you'll be craving something faster with a more leaned-over stance.

Belgians and Percherons have serious muscles.
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Old 11-12-07, 05:50 PM   #8
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Welcome to the boards!


Oh, and by the way, I'm bigger than you.
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