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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 05-15-08, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hello There!

I guess I qualify as a newly riding Athena. The Athena part is a bit bothersome- but I'm working on it! Have lost 64 pounds since January 1st.

I started on a stationary bike in January with real riding starting about 3 weeks ago and am slowly working up to longer distances. The stationary bike is gathering dust, I can't imagine wanting to do that again after experiencing the real thing! I'm riding everyday, with rides going from 10-18 miles. It's my new obsession- the biking.

So glad to have found this forum and your collective wealth of knowledge. Happy riding!
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Old 05-15-08, 12:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-08, 12:51 PM   #3
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Hello there amd, welcome to the forums.

As per forums rules you are now officially required to post pictures of your bicycle and any interesting scenery you come across.
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Welcome aboard. Good job on the weight loss thus far!
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Thanks for the welcome everyone!
Photos of interesting ride scenery I can do- I'm a professional photographer. Photos of the bike you'd probably not be excited over, just a commonplace trusty hybrid until I decide what's right for me. I crave speed so I know the hybrid won't be around for long.
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I guess I qualify as a newly riding Athena. The Athena part is a bit bothersome- but I'm working on it! Have lost 64 pounds since January 1st.

I started on a stationary bike in January with real riding starting about 3 weeks ago and am slowly working up to longer distances. The stationary bike is gathering dust, I can't imagine wanting to do that again after experiencing the real thing! I'm riding everyday, with rides going from 10-18 miles. It's my new obsession- the biking.

So glad to have found this forum and your collective wealth of knowledge. Happy riding!
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Good Lord, young lady! A Professional photographer AND a cyclist? Your gadget bills are going to be spectacular. That said, even a trusty hybrid is a work of art on wheels presented right.

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Photos of interesting ride scenery I can do- I'm a professional photographer. Photos of the bike you'd probably not be excited over, just a commonplace trusty hybrid until I decide what's right for me. I crave speed so I know the hybrid won't be around for long.
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Great job on your weight loss so far and your ongoing cycling accomplishments. Welcome to the forum!
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Wow! on the weight loss. Keep it up.
Before and after pics of the weight loss?
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Good Lord, young lady! A Professional photographer AND a cyclist? Your gadget bills are going to be spectacular. That said, even a trusty hybrid is a work of art on wheels presented right.
I was on a bit of a creative burnout with photography (too much business), the biking is quickly remedying that! It's amazing how refreshing it is. I also find myself taking on more work this month, and being excited over it in order to fund a new bike. The gadget bill for photography is (while crazy high) just for work- but the biking? Pure pleasure!

Thanks for the props on the weight loss! It's been an experience. I have to shoot a wedding today, will see if my second shooter will snap a few current pics of me. I'm hoping to be at goal weight late summer, so any photos now would be a work in progress.
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Welcome, enjoy the new hobbie. Stay true to your goals...and remember setbacks happen, but they are temporary.
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I'm hoping to be at goal weight late summer, so any photos now would be a work in progress.
That's true of all of us, whether we're trying to lose or not - when we stop being a work in progress, they throw dirt in on top of us...
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The stationary bike is gathering dust, I can't imagine wanting to do that again after experiencing the real thing! I'm riding everyday, with rides going from 10-18 miles. It's my new obsession- the biking.
Riding on a stationary bike is evil. It's also boring.

Congratulations on the weight loss, and

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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