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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 05-25-08, 08:33 PM   #1
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First Week Impressions

Well hi guys, (and gals)

I just want to thank you guys for answering my questions when they came up and being so darn inspirational! It's been a week since I've started and I feel like it's been a very busy week. I've received a free bike (hard rock '90) and bought a giant acapulco (1993) both of which have their fair share of problems but, they're on the way being nursed to health. (Hard rock's front derailleur is fubar... I cannot get the Giant's back tire off because i don't have the proper size wrench and i'm broke as a joke)

But, I had a good 31 mile first week on the hard rock using only the smallest front sprocket.

But, more importantly... I feel good/better.

Next on my agenda -
Get a Job
Get A Helmet
Get a wrench/socket wrench kit
Get some biking pants
Get a scale so I can measure/see weight loss
Get the bikes back to health
40 Miles Next Week

Long term - Get a road bike... or at least some good slicks for my mtbs.

Once again, Thanks to all who contribute/make up these forums.
Jugglingtye

(p.s. I noticed that the front cassette is also oval instead of round... is this a particularly bad thing, or can it be ignored? heh)

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Old 05-25-08, 08:38 PM   #2
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1 good point.....

You won't be tempted to push too big a gear on the Hardrock and you'll learn to spin a high RPM, which is easy on your knees.

The rear bolt on the Giant's wheel should be 15MM, by the way. If you have a HIGH quality Crescent Wrench, that will also work.
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Old 05-25-08, 10:20 PM   #3
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Glad to see the "get a helmet" so high on the list personally I hate helmets but I hate concussions even worse I wont ride at all without a helmet. Check out the local second hand shops I picked up a really good helmet that fit like a glove for three bucks. As for the tools pawn shops usally have a box of mismached tools for like a dollar each so check em out. Keep at it and your doing great
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Glad to see the "get a helmet" so high on the list personally I hate helmets but I hate concussions even worse I wont ride at all without a helmet. Check out the local second hand shops I picked up a really good helmet that fit like a glove for three bucks. As for the tools pawn shops usally have a box of mismached tools for like a dollar each so check em out. Keep at it and your doing great
+1 on helmets and other bike accessories.
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Glad to see the "get a helmet" so high on the list personally I hate helmets but I hate concussions even worse I wont ride at all without a helmet. Check out the local second hand shops I picked up a really good helmet that fit like a glove for three bucks. As for the tools pawn shops usally have a box of mismached tools for like a dollar each so check em out. Keep at it and your doing great
Never, ever, ever buy a used helmet, the way a helmet works, is that the foam part absorbs the energy, by being crushed instead of your head. This is a permanent change in it's structure, meaning that if you continue to use the helmet, then in another head impact, the material can not be crushed as much as a new one. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to tell whether a helmet has been involved in an impact, unless you know the previous owner. Some people are honest, and would not attempt to sell a helmet that had been in an impact, but some people are not so honest. Tools fall into three categories:

1) Tools you use often, and that wear out over time. You want to buy these new, and high quality.
2) Tools you use once in a long while, these you could buy used, if there is a large price difference.
3) Tools you use almost never, that are exotic and expensive. Like a headset press, it's cheaper to just let the mechanic do the work. Some exotic and expensive non bike related tools can be rented from a tool rental shop, and that is also an option.
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(p.s. I noticed that the front cassette is also oval instead of round... is this a particularly bad thing, or can it be ignored? heh)
It's a particular design that comes in and out of favor - something that begins with 'bio.' Its basically meant you maximize your powerstroke. The only bad part is replacing it might be more difficult depending on the cranks that are on there but cross that when you need to.

Also check out places like nashbar.com, performancebike.com, and pricepoint.com for some cheaper components - a helmet will run you less than $20 but a hospital stay a bit more.
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You can get a new helmet at Walmart for about $8.
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Yes - but check the inside and make sure it's approved by SNELL or CPSC. Some of their helmets are not and are approved for other sports that will not absorb an impact that bicycling can inflict.
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