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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 07-31-08, 07:10 PM   #1
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/unlurk - hello!

I guess I'm feeling sassy, because I've made two posts in as many days.

I've been lurking here for just over a month or so, so I thought I would introduce myself to the gang.

Hi! I'm Steve, and 345 pound Clyde (or at least trying to be one!).

After about 15 years of being in game development and doing ridiculous work hours, I've "grown" to be the man I am today, but I have lately been feeling the need to become a little smaller in stature, so I have taken up cycling as both a hobby and means to lose weight.

Over the course of the last 6 or 7 years, I've been a semi regular gym guy, who tends to gravitate towards lifting really heavy things, and when laziness or crazy work schedules throw me off track, the pounds start to go up, and never really go back down when I take up the lifting mantle again.

So now I'm in a new town, and decided that living just around 4 miles to work is plenty of reason to leave the car keys behind and use a little "man" power to pedal my carcass to work, so here I am, reading these fine forums trying to learn a thing or two about bikes, fitting, equipment, ect...

Moving from San Diego to Seattle is quite a change for me in not only weather but terrain. My electra cruiser was perfectly acceptable out there, but near useless on the hills between my apartment and my work, so I decided to get the most upright bike that I could in order for me to be comfortable and bought a Specialized Globe hybrid. So far, I've been very happy with the bike, and have made quite a few adjustments in my multiple trips to and fro.

You might gather that I feel like sharing, so this whole post is kindof a mental dump of sorts. I've gone from not being able to get up the first hill from my work on my cruiser to riding the entire distance home without stopping after two weeks on the Globe.

So here is my list of mini milestones since i've started riding again.
  • I officially started wearing a bike helmet, I didn't have to in San Diego and thought it was stupid. I've gotten over my temporary insanity though.
  • I've bought bike shorts, and actually wear them. Lord knows I never thought that was going to happen.
  • I shaved off 15 minutes from my commute time in the past 2 weeks.
  • I've lost 7 pounds so far.
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Old 07-31-08, 07:11 PM   #2
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Outstanding, and welcome to the herd!
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Old 07-31-08, 07:17 PM   #3
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Good work, in fact, excellent work so far! The Globe is a nice build, I want one of the internal geared ones for.. well.. I'm not sure why. But they sure look sweet!

Then again, the list of bikes I want is.. well.. long .
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Old 07-31-08, 07:52 PM   #4
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welcome. It won't be long before you take those 15 minutes you have cut off your commute and add them back by taking the longer route home. I think commuting is one of the best ways to get in shape and lose weight that is understated. You burn calories twice a day and raise your metabolism twice a day. (yeah, for the skeptics if you do long rides, you burn more), but the commute is low key and consistent.

Having spent sometime in Seattle over the years, I can appreciate the challenge of the hills there. Well, enjoy your bike, and save some coins for fenders and rain gear.
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Old 08-01-08, 06:32 AM   #5
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You forgot to close your tag, </unlurk> FTFY though I don't think it should have been closed at all, we don't bite all that hard so stick around

Great work on your progress, before you know it you'll be looking up charity rides and metrics!

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Ah Seatlle.....

Used to hop the Ferry over from Bremerton and blast off out of Pioneer Square on my Cannondale Black Lightening back in my Skinny Minnie Navy days when we were going through overhaul.

I hated those hills on a 12 speed Criterium bike, but loved the town. You will have to score a bike rack and explore your area. It's an awsome place once you acclimate, and there is a lot of good riding to be had if you don't mind the drizzle that can set in.

I highly recommend getting over to Port Orchard and scouting out the ride areas there.
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Old 08-01-08, 09:52 AM   #7
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w00t! welcome to the herd!
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Old 08-01-08, 11:04 AM   #8
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I'm a metric junkie in everything else I do, so it's only a matter of time.

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You forgot to close your tag, </unlurk> FTFY though I don't think it should have been closed at all, we don't bite all that hard so stick around

Great work on your progress, before you know it you'll be looking up charity rides and metrics!

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Thanks for the suggestions! I actually have a bike rack, but need to sell it and try and get another. I have a Saris bones which fit on my wife's car, but we've since gotten a new car for her, and the rack doesn't fit either cars now =(.


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Ah Seatlle.....

Used to hop the Ferry over from Bremerton and blast off out of Pioneer Square on my Cannondale Black Lightening back in my Skinny Minnie Navy days when we were going through overhaul.

I hated those hills on a 12 speed Criterium bike, but loved the town. You will have to score a bike rack and explore your area. It's an awsome place once you acclimate, and there is a lot of good riding to be had if you don't mind the drizzle that can set in.

I highly recommend getting over to Port Orchard and scouting out the ride areas there.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I actually have a bike rack, but need to sell it and try and get another. I have a Saris bones which fit on my wife's car, but we've since gotten a new car for her, and the rack doesn't fit either cars now =(.

Try your local Goodwill store. Just scored a nice Trek car rack for the scorching price of $2.99 this week. Lot's of left over garage sale items getting donated this time of year.
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Welcome to the clyde forum and the NW...lots of good road and MTB riding around!
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