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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 02-06-08, 08:26 PM   #26
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Old 02-06-08, 09:24 PM   #27
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Old 02-07-08, 08:01 AM   #29
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Old 02-07-08, 05:35 PM   #30
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Old 02-08-08, 10:45 AM   #31
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Starting weight: 235
Bike: Specialized hard tail mtb

Current weight: 230 ish
Bike: Kona JTS

No real weight loss -- but I didn't really want any. It's in different places now -- i have a much smaller gut and much bigger legs, and my BP has gone from borderline to very good, and i have more stamina.

Mods -- the big one is wheels. Over 200 pounds, weight on the wheels is a lot of strain, and if you ride hard (standing climbs, etc.) you are unlikely to have a good experience with stock wheels. I had a custom velocity aerohead rear made for my MTB and a set of deep-vs for the JTS.
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Old 02-08-08, 10:51 AM   #32
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Starting 255lbs
Now 210lbs and slowly falling

Bike: Fetish Cycles Discipline slick-tired commuter MTB is my main ride.

Cheers & ride on
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Old 02-08-08, 01:27 PM   #33
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Current weight: 206 "Oh so close to not being a Clyde"
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Old 02-08-08, 04:22 PM   #34
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2 years and 7,900 miles later...
Today's weight: 350-Co-Motion Mazama

It's not all about weight, my health and muscle tone have increased considerably.
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Old 02-11-08, 08:18 AM   #35
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Starting weight: ~240lbs
Bike: 2006 Jamis Ventura Elite

I'm just starting riding and going to the gym, again. all the work i do at the gym means i wont lose much weight, but it will be replaced by muscle. goal is 210. we'll see how long it takes me to get there.

oh, and i'm new here. Hi
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Old 02-11-08, 08:49 AM   #36
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Bikes: I started on a freebie 70's model Fuji Touring bike with a bent head tube. I then purchased a 07' Felt Q720 hardtail mountain bike. Once I decided I like riding greenway trails, I picked up my new ride, an 08 Raleigh Detour Deluxe
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My wife who is an athena (we'll leave it at that or I'll be sleeping on the couch), just got a Scott Sportster.

Bikes are such a personal thing it is hard to tell you what will be your best fit. My advice is go talk to your LBSs and when you find a shop you like, find a bike from the lines they carry that suits the type of riding you plan to be doing. If you stick with biking you will probably end up with 3-4 bikes so even if the first one isn't "perfect" it will be fine to ride until you figure out what you want from a next bike.

My bikes are all pretty much stock, but my wife wanted a wider saddle so we swapped out saddles before her bike left the shop.

Good luck, and we want pics whenever you decide wha to get!
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Old 02-11-08, 08:56 AM   #37
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^^ i already have the bike. Its just too GD cold out to ride it now. it was 8 this morning. F that. I cant put up pics yet cause i dont have a camera.
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Old 02-11-08, 09:09 AM   #38
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Starting weight 325
Starting Bike Centurion - Dave Scott Expert (Stolen... I'm still trying to replace it)

at 300 I got a 2001 Giant OCR 3 to replace to stolen centurion rode it all last year
and commuted on a schwinn high-plains rigid MTB

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2007 specialized roubaix elite (upgraded crank and brakes) as a reward for loosing weight
Surly LHT with the parts of the giant to haul groceries and hopefully tour with
Old nishiki olympic fixed gear conversion (Primary commuter)
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Old 02-11-08, 10:42 AM   #39
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Starting Weight = 299 lbs
Bike = Giant Hybrid Sedona

Current Weight = 201 lbs
"Bike" = Trice Q Trike

(Though the energy expended in riding helps in weight loss, for me it was more a matter of motivation. The more weight I lost the more fun it was to ride so all that stuff about changing eating habits was well worth the bother.)
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Old 02-11-08, 12:13 PM   #40
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When I was commuting up to 10 miles each way I was doing good. After changing residence (shorter commute) and then jobs (no commute at all) I started ballooning up. Now I'm commuting again (just a short one though) I've noticed not only the weight but the fact I've gotten weaker.

Time to do it. Time to commit to losing the weight and becoming stronger.
Starting weight: 230 + (don't have a scale I'll edit when I weigh in, I used to be 197 when doing longer commutes) 5' 10"
Starting bike: Iron Horse Urban (my wife bought it for me from Sports Authority after I broke the bb on my vintage Fuji Sagres).
Mods: Rear rack (keep losing the left side bolt), replaced rear wheel with one from Huffy mtb when half the spokes popped after mashing down on the pedals at a intersection with a slight incline two weeks after purchase and about 500 miles later (Sports Authority looked like they had a bike service dept. but didn't have any dedicated personel at the store she bought it from, the one that did have a service dept gave me a lot of hassle. Even with the receipt they didn't believe that someone would put that much wear and tear on one of their bikes in such a short time, I did the math for them, 20 miles a day commutes plus grocery and misc. runs, plus joy rides on days off along Buffalo Bayou).

I'm planning to use Uncle Suger's tax rebate check to get an entry level road bike
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Old 02-11-08, 05:53 PM   #41
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hard to say..... starting weight when I got out of the navy and started riding cycles.... about 210 (in 1974)

rode my entire adult life at somewhere from 220-250.......during some non cycling years, about 5 years ago managed to get up to 305.....

am now 55 and commuting to work (26 mi round trip) when weather allows .......I did the Pan Mass challenge the last two years and was in the low 250's (5'11") .... I'm up over 260 now that winter has set in, but also back out riding...... my goal is 240-ish but I really don't care about the weight as much as just feeling great.

my bikes: single speed 1983 team fuji (I love that bike) and cannondale 400 flat bar hybrid with a decent set of Vista wheels for long hauls.

about the 3rd day I rode a bike as an adult, I learned to true spokes and build wheels. a very handy skill for we gravitationally challenged types.
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Old 02-11-08, 06:16 PM   #42
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Old 02-11-08, 07:08 PM   #43
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Old 02-11-08, 07:29 PM   #44
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I've "been on hiatus," too. I was pretty serious about racing in the late 80's, until I popped a knee in 1991. Since then, I've made several abortive attempts to get back into cycling, but I consistently packed on weight, rising from about 163 pounds (racing weight) to around 245.

Last year, I did pretty well during the summer, dropping to about 229 or so, but the time change and other commitments brought the pounds back on over the past 3 months.

I've ridden about once per week over the past month, and the last 4 days straight since the temperature has come up here in North Florida. I think the key is getting the "cycling habit" started again. Don't make excuses for NOT riding, just GET OUT there in the fastest way possible before you have time to think about reasons you shouldn't. At least, that's my method.

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Old 02-12-08, 08:25 AM   #45
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I've been riding for a long time, so many bikes.
Starting weight 325 and 6'4" with 29 inch inseam (weird, weird build)

Second last bike Cannondale Killer V lots of modifications.
New bike full custom "True North" http://www.truenorthcycles.com/ steel frame, best thing I've ever purchased.

Things I've learned: 36 hole wheels only
Shimano hubs (XT, LX) work well
The only Carbon "Fiber" a Clyde needs is in his diet.
Stock steel frames are really flexy.
Aluminum (stock) seems to work better.
My frame builder says stay away from Titanium for a big guy. Too whippy.
If you can afford it go custom with a good builder, not a day goes by that I don't smile when I ride my new bike.
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My frame builder says stay away from Titanium for a big guy. Too whippy.
You know, I'm not as big as you are, but I haven't found Ti to be very whippy. There are a few builders who can make Ti very, very stiff. For example, my Gary V is a rather stiff bike. The "aero" version of this frame is even stiffer. Serotta's Ti bikes, e.g., the Legend Ti for sale on their forum now, can be made extremely stiff as well.

Too many people remember the Teledyne Titan, I suppose, which gives Ti it's "whippy" name.

In general, I agree that stock aluminum is stiffer, but isn't it a function of the tubing diameter in comparison to that of stock Ti and Steel bikes? Given aluminum's stress and failure characteristics, while I'll ride it, I'm not exactly excited about it. Of course, this is coming from someone who owns--and rides--a Vitus 979.
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I've been riding for a long time, so many bikes.
Starting weight 325 and 6'4" with 29 inch inseam (weird, weird build)

Second last bike Cannondale Killer V lots of modifications.
New bike full custom "True North" http://www.truenorthcycles.com/ steel frame, best thing I've ever purchased.

Things I've learned: 36 hole wheels only
Shimano hubs (XT, LX) work well
The only Carbon "Fiber" a Clyde needs is in his diet.
Stock steel frames are really flexy.
Aluminum (stock) seems to work better.
My frame builder says stay away from Titanium for a big guy. Too whippy.
If you can afford it go custom with a good builder, not a day goes by that I don't smile when I ride my new bike.
Sitffness is not an attribute of frame material, it's an attribute of frame design. aluminum (AL) frames are stiff, because the tubes are so much larger diameter, often 2-3 times the diameter of a steel frame tube. Aluminum needs to be stiff, because if aluminum flexes too much, it will break. The real issue is that AL frames are often too stiff.

Titanium (Ti) is actually the best of both worlds, the strength of steel, and the weight of aluminum, the problem is that up until very recently, it was very expensive to extract Ti oar from the surrounding material, making it very expensive. There are new techniques that should make it cheaper though, and that may give frame builders some new options, on making a Ti frame that is stiffer.....
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Old 02-12-08, 06:29 PM   #48
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First post, but this is a subject i actually can comment on. I've always lifted weights, but was a soft 247lbs with zero stamina, started riding Trek hybrid, a 7000 series i think, worked great till it was stolen. But i got the bug when i saw how fast the roadies were, so i traded up, got last season's Trek 1500, Ultegra, Aluminum frame, etc. and when i started taking 'training' rides (>1.5hrs with intensity and intervals) I'm now the fit guy at 190lbs, in 4-5months. Now, i have to eat like a horse(clydesdale) to keep weight on. Never liked the clydesdale term.
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Old 02-12-08, 08:46 PM   #49
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I can not remember not owning a bike, so I won't bore you with all my rides.

Last summer at 250 lbs I started commuting part way to work, on a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike. Built a dedicated commuter out of a mid 80s Rock Hopper. And fooled around with an 89 Trek 400 and a 72 Schwinn Continental along the way. Managed to log about 1500 miles and lost 15 pounds by year end.

I sold the Rockhopper, Continental and Trek to built up funds to buy a 06 Bianchi Axis which I will use as my commuter this year, but have only logged trainer miles since before Xmas and am hovering at 230 ish.
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Starting weight 240
Starting bike 1986 Diamondback Ascent Moutainbike

I've always owned at least one bike since I was about 5 years old. However, between my 18th birthday and my 48th birthday, I only averaged about 10 miles a year. Last September when I turned 48, I was in the process of rebuilding a 1986 Diamondback Ascent MTB that I had picked up earlier in the month for $40 to replace the '97 Diamoindback Outlook DX (with extremely low mileage) I had given to my oldest son. After all, why did I need the newer bike? I only rode 10 miles per year.

As I cleaned, lubed and tuned the old MTB, I took it on test rides to see how it was progressing. The test rides got longer and more frequent. Then I was riding just to ride. 4 to 5 mile rides 3 times a week in October, 5 to 7 mile rides 4 times a week in November and by December riding virtually every day. Recently added a road bike (1977 Schwinn LeTour II rescued from the trash) and have combined mileage of 850+ since September. I've even dropped 10 lbs. in the process. Last weekend I did a 20 mile ride and still felt great at the end. That is something I never thought I would be able to do.
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