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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 04-17-08, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hello from me

I've been lurking here for 3 or 4 weeks now, and figured now is a good time to introduce myself. I've had my new bike just over a week now and after a week of pain, today I had my 'eureka moment'. I've been pushing myself a bit harder every day with the intention of beating 20mph on the way home from work by the end of the week (and so far failing). This evening I managed a 22.4, only just dropping to 20 or so before having to brake for the turn to home and it felt *brilliant*. Think I'm hooked

It's been great to see the level of encouragement on this forum - and just how friendly and supportive you are. I'm 5'11" and currently weighing in at 380 lbs which came as a bit of a surprise at my last doctors appointment, so I figured it's time to do something about it before I hit 400.
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Wow! If you're starting near 20 mph, I can't wait to see where you end up!!! Welcome bcc...
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I was starting around 15ish this time last week and it was killing me. I've got plenty of power, but not really much stamina (yet!)
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How long is your commute and what type of bike did you get? That is pretty impressive. Post some pictures of your bike if you have some.

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Wow! If you're starting near 20 mph, I can't wait to see where you end up!!! Welcome bcc...
I'm thinking that's a max speed, not an average speed.


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I'm thinking that's a max speed, not an average speed.


Welcome to the crew, bcc.
Probably. But if not...WOW

I just looked at my first ride stats...

15 miles
Apprx. 600 ft. of climbing
Walked up one hill
Avg speed - 13.24 MPH


My butt hurt like crazy and my dangly bits were numb when I finished. Plus I learned not to wear undies under my shorts on that ride

Ahhh...good times

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Yeah, that's a top speed rather than average. It's about 3 miles, and there's only one really good stretch for any speed, so my average speed during this week has been 10.7. I might get out for a longer ride over the weekend and see if I can get a better average. I'm hideously unfit at the moment, but working on it

15 mile first ride? wow - I suspect I could double my current daily distance without too much trouble, but that'd definately kill me at the moment...

The bike's a Cannondale Badboy 700 - bought partly on the recommendation of a friend and partly on the spec. I have to admit that its looks didn't hurt either. I've not taken any pictures yet, but will try and do so this weekend.
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I wouldn't worry at this point about speeds. Take your time and the distance and speed will come. If you try too hard and too fast you are only going to end up hurting yourself. Besides, average speeds are relative depending on terrain, wind, ect. Just enjoy yourself and ride.
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Yeah, that's a top speed rather than average. It's about 3 miles, and there's only one really good stretch for any speed, so my average speed during this week has been 10.7. I might get out for a longer ride over the weekend and see if I can get a better average. I'm hideously unfit at the moment, but working on it

15 mile first ride? wow - I suspect I could double my current daily distance without too much trouble, but that'd definately kill me at the moment...

The bike's a Cannondale Badboy 700 - bought partly on the recommendation of a friend and partly on the spec. I have to admit that its looks didn't hurt either. I've not taken any pictures yet, but will try and do so this weekend.
Welcome. & keep at it. Pretty soon, you'll be able to average that 20mph for the whole ride.
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Congrats on the speed!

I'm curious though, how or what are you (or anyone else for that matter) using to calculate your speed/distance? Are you using a specific computer or heart rate monitor? If so, which one? I'm looking at getting something to help me keep track of my miles/speed, etc.

Again, congrats on your speed... as was mentioned above, soon that will be your average, not just your max

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22mph...WOW

I have only managed an average of 12-14 mph.

You must be very strong. Can I draft?
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I'm curious though, how or what are you (or anyone else for that matter) using to calculate your speed/distance? Are you using a specific computer or heart rate monitor? If so, which one? I'm looking at getting something to help me keep track of my miles/speed, etc.
I just picked up the cheapest one in the shop that included a 'total distance' function - there was a cheaper one but that only kept single-trip counts. Seems to work ok. I've got a separate GPS logger I'll use for any longer rides.
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Probably. But if not...WOW
Plus I learned not to wear undies under my shorts on that ride
Been there once. Learned my lesson.




Ohh, and welcome bbc. Enjoy the forums and keep pedaling.
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I've been lurking here for 3 or 4 weeks now, and figured now is a good time to introduce myself. I've had my new bike just over a week now and after a week of pain, today I had my 'eureka moment'. I've been pushing myself a bit harder every day with the intention of beating 20mph on the way home from work by the end of the week (and so far failing). This evening I managed a 22.4, only just dropping to 20 or so before having to brake for the turn to home and it felt *brilliant*. Think I'm hooked

It's been great to see the level of encouragement on this forum - and just how friendly and supportive you are. I'm 5'11" and currently weighing in at 380 lbs which came as a bit of a surprise at my last doctors appointment, so I figured it's time to do something about it before I hit 400.
Welcome, Ben. I'm formerly 385 myself, now 265 and dropping, so I'm pleased to see you here.
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welcome bcc. keep it up and it won't be long til you're averaging the 20mph still waiting for pics, put them in the clydes rides thread
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I've been bicycling my whole life. I've watched many friends become avid bikers for a few months and then fade away - just like with fad diets, exercise regimens, going to the gym, etc. I have some thoughts. Take them for what they're worth.
  1. Bicyling should be fun. You should do it because you enjoy it, not because you're trying to get in shape, or trying to lose weight. It's a great component of an overall weight loss regimen, but by itself I don't think you'll lose much. I tend to eat so much during a long tour that I usually gain weight! (Of course, it's mostly muscle, which is good.) Bicycling is a great way to get in shape, but if you don't enjoy it you probably won't stick with it.
  2. Anything that impairs your enjoyment must be changed. If you get a sore butt, try a different saddle, padded shorts, different saddle position, etc. until you get it fixed. It's possible to ride 100 miles or more and not end up with a sore butt. If you get sore or numb hands, get some gel gloves, raise your handlebars, adjust your reach, etc. It's possible to alleviate most of the numbness.
  3. Your basic riding speed should be one that you can maintain all day. That way you won't burn yourself out. Push yourself a little if you must, but don't beat yourself up. You'll end up finding excuses not to ride. If you want to be a competitive rider, ignore that and push yourself as much as you can! But if you're riding for fun, exercise, to help with weight loss, for health reasons, etc., try and enjoy the ride. (Incidentally, I'm a Type II diabetic, and bicycling is wonderful for that!)
  4. Realize how much you're been riding. If you haven't been on your bike for a month, know that the first ride won't be pleasant. You'll feel weak, get tired quickly, and suffer more. Know that it will get much better if you ride again in a couple days and maintain a regular riding schedule.
  5. When you're on your bike, ask yourself if you're enjoying the ride. If the answer is yes, remember that the next time you're trying to decide whether to ride or not. Often I've been tempted not to ride and do something else with my limited free time, but when I decided to go ahead and ride, I was grateful for my decision because I had such a positive experience. Remember that the next time you're deciding whether to go for a ride or not.
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Hi bcc, good to see you here, and as BBT said, make sure you have fun!

Welcome to BF!

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Welcome bcc!

I was advised to emphasize frequency and duration before intensity, just a thought.

Glad to hear that you're out there, pedaling away, and keeping them spokes singing!

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