Philly area clyde
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: SE PA
Bikes: Specialized Allez Elite
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Introduction from a fellow Clyde
Just found this group a few weeks ago. Been lurking since then but thought it was about time to delurk and say hi. I've been biking for 6 years now (after a 10 year break from it...) Do about 95% road with some other mixed in occasionally. I'm 6'2" and currently run around 260 lbs. I've always been a big guy (at least since college.) About 12 years ago I lost a lot of weight (went from 280-225) and was in great shape. About 220 is about my lower limit so I will always be a clyde. I always find small little bikers hiding behind me in group rides. I can't see them but I can tell they are there because they make comments like "I don't have to peddle back here" or "Where'd all the air go?".
On large group rides they seem to like having me on the front for some reason. And noone can understand how I can coast past people going downhill that are pedallling as fast as they can go.
Anyway, after lurking here for a while I feel like I'm home. I consider myself an average B road rider and can keep up with most B groups on the downhills and flats. My weakness (isn't it for all of us) is that my weight/momentum tends to dislike going uphill. I tolerate the uphills so I can enjoy the downhills.
Anyway I thought I'd say hi. I'll probably be bugging you all for some advice later as I'm trying to find a better fitting/more comfortable road bike to replace my 6 year old aluminum one.