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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 08-08-08, 07:43 PM   #1
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Another Clyde is out of the gate & running.

Hello all!… I’ve been telling myself I was going to get a real bike, get riding, and get in a little better shape. I keep reading on here about you guys doing it, and I thought, “Why not me too?”

Well, today I did it. I had not found a bike that I REALLY liked, so I was just going to buy what I considered the best choice and make do… Perhaps change the seat, grips etc.

I drove to the LBS to buy it and found a note on the door that said, “Be back at 4:15”. Just to kill some time, I decided to drive a little ways to another shop and met my match. A Raleigh Detour 3.5 with a 23” frame. At 6’4” I liked the way it fit.

I’m sure some of you have taken that test ride and the bike just “Clicked”… Well this one did.

Add the water bottles and a Sigma bike computer and put it in the truck! The best part… it was a hundred bucks cheaper than the bike I fully intended to buy (and was going to settle for) today. Ya gotta love Karma.

The guys at the shop were so good I actually brought my wife back and bought her a bike too.

For our first ride we did 2.7 miles together. Then I dropped her off at home and did another 2 miles alone.

Today’s weight: 295. We shall see what we can do.
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Old 08-08-08, 07:51 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. It's an addicting activity you've gotten into. Good luck with your weight loss.
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Old 08-08-08, 08:05 PM   #3
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good move !!! get on that thing and ride stick with it
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Old 08-08-08, 08:15 PM   #4
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Excellent! You found the bike that "clicked" and a good LBS. Saving $100 is a nice bonus too, but not as nice as getting your wife a bike and riding together.

Now it's time to ride, and ride, and ride.
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Old 08-09-08, 05:08 AM   #5
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Awesome! Hopefully you will get out there every day and enjoy the outdoors.
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Old 08-09-08, 08:23 AM   #6
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Welcome to the herd, both of ya!
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Old 08-09-08, 08:56 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new bike!

Your story is a little like mine in that I went to the store expecting to buy a Trek FX 7.2 but "clicked" on a Giant Cypress DX. Mrs. Zoxe similarly "clicked" on a Giant Revive, even though we were technically shopping for me that day.

Now I need to avoid "clicking" on anything else until these have some miles on them.
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Old 08-09-08, 09:09 AM   #8
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Welcome! Keep at it. Great that your wife is riding. I can't get mine to do it.
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