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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 07-27-08, 10:52 AM   #1
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LagunaPaul Introduction

Hi Everyone-

I just wanted to introduce myself to this group. I am a real Clydesdale ...

My history with cycling is mixed. I was a very experienced and fit rider/tri-athlete up until about 10 years ago. Long story short, oh my what a difference 10 years makes ....

My most recent visit to my doctor resulted in a rather stern warning, change my ways or I am headed to a miserable, low-quality of life, and shortened retirement. Obese, skyrocketing blood pressure, pre-diabetic, etc.

I hope that by engaging myself in this community, I can stay motivated to ride, eat right, and maybe even help someone out once in awhile.

I love bikes, they're beautiful machines. I have 3 + 2 halves. I am a pretty good mechanic too and have built most of my bikes from the frame up. Here is what I have:
-Leader 717 Road Bike; too special for me to ride at my current weight
-Kestral Carbon MTB; way too special for me to ride at my current weight
-MotoBecane Fantom Cross; Great beater and bullet-proof. I will be riding this one the most
-Bridgestone RB-1 Frame: one of the best steel frames ever mass produced. Don't know what I'll do with it.
-Nashbar Touring Frame: I'm going to build this up as a bullet-proof commuter and hope to actually ride to work some!

Tom-I already looked at your stuff. Pretty inspirational stuff; thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-27-08, 10:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to the herd, LP! I deleted your accidental duplicate thread, by the way.
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Old 07-27-08, 11:02 AM   #3
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Old 07-27-08, 12:48 PM   #4
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Do NOT get ride of your old Bridgestone. Man I love old steel frames.

That said, welcome to the fun house.
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Old 07-27-08, 02:38 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-08, 02:51 PM   #6
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ooooh, another leader owner...I am 330 and ride the leader 736
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Old 07-28-08, 02:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome, all. And ScrubJ, don't worry. I would never get rid of my Bridgestone. It would make a good Cross bike. The ride is so soft compared to my Aluminum Leader frame.

So many newer riders who never went through the steel era just don't know what they are missing. Now days, most reasonably priced bikes are aluminum and then people jump up to carbon.
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