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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 08-06-08, 03:15 PM   #1
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Commuter clyde

16.5mile one way journey - 45lbs lost, 70lbs to go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCnrKnbSKz0

Stop me if you either know the guy or you've seen it before.
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Old 08-06-08, 04:37 PM   #2
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Very cool and I can totally relate to the less motivated in the afternoon. lol
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Old 08-06-08, 05:25 PM   #3
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I generally feel more motivated for my ride home. I'm glad to be heading home to my wife and dogs, though sometimes I dread the hills.

I'm using the six pounds i've lost in the last month of commuting to and from work to help motivate me too =)
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Nice work getting the message out about bike commuting.

Do you really take the lane every day like that in the video? That would scare the sh*t out of me. I also bike commute 2-3 days/week (32 mi RT) and it's helped me get control over my weight.
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Nice work getting the message out about bike commuting.

Do you really take the lane every day like that in the video? That would scare the sh*t out of me. I also bike commute 2-3 days/week (32 mi RT) and it's helped me get control over my weight.
That would be area specific, and also depend on how used the rider is to traffic, and the traffic in question. For example, today I played leap frog with the 104 bus, first at a light, he was in the bus bay, I came up beside him, I motioned for him to go first, he waved as he took off. Man those Orion Hybrid buses can move, I think their 0-100km/h must be under 10 seconds, not bad for a 15,000kg bus.... I passed him (on the left) at the next stop, then he passed me, gave me a good 2m of space too, funny how a guy in a 2m wide Yaris can give you barely m, but a 3m wide bus can give you 2 full metres on the same road, with the same traffic... So, the bus would pass me, then stop, then I would pass him, until he turned off, unlike the 3 cager idiots who just had to pass the bus, when he was trying to get over to make his turn, I stayed behind the bus, until he got out of my way.....
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That's fantastic. Before we moved, I would drive from Louisville to Charlestown, IN every day for work. Part of his ride is rather dicey; 4 lane road with a 55 mph speed limit and Louisville traffic. That is definitely one determined person. Good on him.

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good for him! I actually find that I am more motivated in the afternoon, though, since I get to leave work
Personally, though, I can't see myself riding that far to work and not taking a shower, but 'to each his/her own', I guess. As for the weight, I find that it can be motivation enough. I am down just about 20lbs (I think-last weighed in a week ago at 233) from 250, and I am on my way to 210. Once there, I will re-evaluate my situation. Most likely, I will continue to head toward the sub-clyde territory, but we'll see.

I am glad to see that bike commuting is getting more news, too. I think awareness will bring more people in the fold.
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Old 08-07-08, 04:16 PM   #8
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Anyone's bike commute take less time then commuting in a car?
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