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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 05-28-08, 11:02 AM   #1
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A big accomplishment...

for me anyway. I live in a rural area and i usually cart my bike by car into town for two reasons: 1 i live on a paved 2 lane road with no shoulders and 2 im surrounded by huge hills. At 300lbs its tough to climb those bad boys. When i say tough i mean the small one is 28 degree angle. They have signs for trucks to let them know they will need their brakes. Its only about 5 tenths of a mile but i climbed that bad boy for the first time in 4 years today...i could not beleive it. Just wanted to share. Ill try and snap a pic of the hill.
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Old 05-28-08, 11:05 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome to your next paradigm.....

Great job!
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Old 05-28-08, 11:43 AM   #3
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I am jealous of you. I dream of the ride back down that hill.
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Old 05-28-08, 12:33 PM   #4
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Dude, I am so very happy for you. I have been cycling on a road bike for a little over a year now and I just got to the point I am able to climb standing. I am so very happy for you bro. Rock on!
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Old 05-28-08, 01:38 PM   #5
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Nice work! Keep climbing it!
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You probably mean that it's a 28% incline, but that's still one heck of a hill. The most I've ever tried around here was 21%, and I gave up on that halfway up! Keep up the good work!
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Inclines are the real killers for us clydes..
you are winning against gravity..
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Old 05-28-08, 02:36 PM   #8
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Here's the cool part. If you keep it up before you know it you'll be at the bottom of that hill thinking "remember when I used to think this was tough?"

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Old 05-28-08, 04:28 PM   #9
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You probably mean that it's a 28% incline, but that's still one heck of a hill. The most I've ever tried around here was 21%, and I gave up on that halfway up! Keep up the good work!
You are right. It was tough for sure. After i got to the top i rode to the gym and worked out then cam back home..going down is fun..but tuff on brake pads. Its not a straight decent its switchbacks. Thanks for the words. I did this on a trek mtb. Im going up that bad boy again tomorrow on teh way to the gym Its like i opened up a whole new world. I always wanted to ride to the gym but "the hill" was always there. Im on my way to a road bike.
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Good job on overcoming that obstacle. Now you have to find another goal to accomplish.
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Old 05-28-08, 09:03 PM   #12
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Good job on overcoming that obstacle. Now you have to find another goal to accomplish.
I dont have to look no further then going left instead of right out of my driveway. It makes the other hill seem like a small roller. I dont see me climbing that bad boy for some time. Its over a mile and a half long and it does not let up or level off until you reach the top.
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Awesome - congrats!!
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You are right to be proud!

I have yet to attack any real hill, but hope to soon.

Keep it up,

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Old 05-29-08, 09:58 PM   #15
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Made it again today, and when i got to a local bike freidnly park they have a couple of 12 percent and lower climbs i usually shy away from and i hit all them too. I have always had massive leg muscles though from being a farmboy/football guy...lol. I cant wait until i shoot up that big grade and im not in the lowest number cogs front and back. I start out good but about half way down im banging gears and standing up. Im also doing this on a fat tired 26 incher. I want a roadie so bad.
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Old 05-30-08, 10:09 AM   #16
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Awesome job. It always feels great to conquer another obstacle. I have a new one I need to beat as well. I had to stop on on a hill (about 12 miles into a 30 mile ride) on Monday because I just ran out of gas. I had to get off my bike, take a drink or two, slow down my breathing and then finish the climb. The next time I try it, I am not going to let it beat me.

Keep up the good work.
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