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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, 12:39 PM   #1
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Just did first 5 mile ride

Hi all I just got back from first 5+ mile ride. I did 5.25 miles in 28 min 6 secs. my goal is to do a 40 mile ride by the spring
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Old 07-27-08, 12:42 PM   #2
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Excellent! Feels good, doesn't it? Won't be that long before you cab do the 40, though. Don't be surprised if you achieve that this fall.
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Old 07-27-08, 12:44 PM   #3
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+1 on what Tom said. Miles start to add pu pretty quick once you get comfortable on your bike. Be sure to allow some recovery time if you start to push yourself a lot.

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Old 07-27-08, 12:52 PM   #4
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yeah recovery time will be a must for long term goals and weight loss.and storm it did feel good. Ill have to use a road bike once i get in the 15+ mile trips,since i dont think it would be good to use a mtb for that.
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Old 07-27-08, 01:01 PM   #5
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Naw, just run 26X1.5 slicks, you'll be surprised how far you can ride that mountain bike. I did my first century on a Mountain bike with street tires, wearing tennis shoes.
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Old 07-27-08, 02:42 PM   #6
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Nice work - those milestones do feel good as you go flying past them
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Good work. 40 miles isn't that much harder than 5 miles, it just takes longer. If you have a loop that you like, try doing that several times, that way if you need to you can break it off when you need to and still pile up the miles. Or pick a scenic route and allow yourself all day. Ride five miles, take a 30 minute break then ride 5 more. By days end, you'll be there. You could probably do it by Hallloween.
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Old 07-27-08, 03:39 PM   #8
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Congrats timokabo. When I first got back into bicycling I could barely ride 5 miles without getting winded. In no time I was commuting a 14 mile round trip. I haven't taken any longer rides yet, but weather permitting I think I may shoot for a 20 mile ride this coming weekend. Keep it up! It only gets easier.
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Old 07-27-08, 03:47 PM   #9
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Thats awesome. I do that for my work commute during the week (one way) Its a nice short distance to get the blood going and doesn't take a huge amount of time. Its also close enough to anywhere I am in case something goes wrong.
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I bought a bike at a yard sale last year and just seriously riding again in late april of this year. A four mile trip was tough in april I now ride a 6 to 8 mile loop (depends on witch way I go) every day plus any running I need to do around town. I have made the trip to the next town over 25-26 miles round trip I also am having much less back and knee pain and just feel better over all since I got back to riding my goal is just a little more distance each week you will be doing 40 before you know it
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Old 07-27-08, 03:58 PM   #11
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Wooohoooooooooooooo! You are a cyclist! Have fun.
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Run what you brung! No need for specail equipment or bikes here.

Just keep going, adding a little every week. You'll get there.

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Old 07-27-08, 04:48 PM   #13
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Woo Hoo!

Last year in June, I logged my first 5 mile ride of the year. Thought I was gonna die

I kept riding all summer and early fall, and then on October 13th last year I rode the entire length of the Tunnel Hill trail and a mile thrown in for extra measure to make a 50.18 mile ride in 4hr 10min. The one thing I can remember was how easy it was on my lungs and legs and how I thought I was going to have to have my ass hatchet seat removed surgically.

Hang in there and it will come quicker then you think.

Hey Jerry in SO IL. We need to get together and ride. I live in Anna, IL and go to the Tunnel about every other Sunday.

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When I started last year, I couldn't ride five miles without stopping and resting. 5 miles seemed like coast-to-coast! First time I made it all the way without my feet touching the ground was quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! Now, just keep adding miles each week.
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Old 07-27-08, 06:36 PM   #15
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I live in the suburbs of detroit and theres only one safe road to travel on bike and it goes on forever and i have no clue where it stops my goal might be to see how far it goes lol. Only thing i hate about my mountain bike is how I can feel every lil bumb on tire and how the seat hurts my butt like no other
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Congrats! Check your tire pressure on the mountain bike ... you may be able to reduce it a little to make the ride a bit more comfortable.
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Excellent!!!!
Congrats on your milestone. You might consider some padded bike shorts. They really make a difference.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:15 PM   #18
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yeah i think the tire pressure is in the 55 lbs in the rear.If i drop pressure lower would it cause a flat or damage the rim .im going to look if lbs has 2x bike shorts if not ill get them online.
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Congrats on the ride. Me and the wife try to do around 10 miles per ride but I want to start doing 15 in the next month.
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+1 for padded shorts .....that and seat time will probably cure the sore bottom.

I remember last year when I started to get the bike addiction, but the bottom was not quite as enthusiastic, I would stand up or sit down the pain would scream, but there was a kind of sadistic euphoria that came with it. It was a bitter reminder of something I was falling in love with

What? Ok, maybe thats just me.

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just got back from a 6 mile ride and am feeling great
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I got my first bike in 12+ years about 3 months ago. The first day I did my 4.5 mile commute I felt ready to die by the end of it.

This weekend just gone, I did 50 miles on Saturday (and really wanted to go for 62, but I ran out of light) and, all told, I think i've done 100 miles in the last 4 days.

It's easy to add on the miles real quick. If I can do it, anyone can, that's for sure!
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20% increase.

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yeah its feeling good. i think the weight will start to shed off in the next 1-3 weeks
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be sure to drink lots of water, on and off the bike, it will help you digest food better and feel better overall, I carry a liter sigg or water bottle with me wherever i go. if distance is what you want then find a cadence that is good for you to get the best efficiency out of your pedaling, keep your legs feeling good for longer, and keep your heart rate high. good luck on your 40 mile milestone, ride regularly and you'll hit it sooner than you think.
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