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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 08-09-08, 09:49 AM   #1
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Here's Some Motivation

From a former, temporary Clyde. At the end of April I got on the scale. Hadn't done more than look at it for 3 years. I was taken aback. I'm only 5'7, so weighing 205 was a shock. Right then I decided to do something out it.

I got out on my bike, which had been gathering dust for nearly 9 years. I also cut back on portions. That's it. Today, I'm at 175. That's 30 pounds gone! I'd love to drop another 20, but don't know if I will or not.

Anyway, that's not the motivation. This is.

Today, my 6 year old son (well, he'll be 7 in a month) and I are going for a ride. We're going to ride 19 flat miles into Old Sacramento, have lunch, and then ride home. I don't expect he'll have much trouble as we're going to pace slow (9 or 10 mph) and break when he wants to. He's got a computer on his bike to help with the pacing. He's ridden 28 slightly hilly miles, and he's done some good climbs. So I think he'll be ok.

I'll report back this afternoon on the results of the enterprise.
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Old 08-09-08, 09:56 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great Saturday ride.
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Congratulations on the weight loss. You're lucky to have a son interested in the sport.
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Well, we're back from the ride. It ended up at 33.31 miles with an average speed of 9.6mph. My son did a great job!

We rode down to Old Sacramento and had lunch, then rode home. I'll post some pictures soon.
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What does JoelS Jr. ride. I can't be believe he rode that far, great job to the both of you.
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That is great!
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What does JoelS Jr. ride. I can't be believe he rode that far, great job to the both of you.
He's on a Specialized HotRock. It's a kid sized, 24 inch wheel, 7 speed, MTB style bike. It's a hair big for him, but he's doing real well on it.

He really enjoys riding, and I don't force it on him. He was wanting to do this ride, so we found a day to do it. We ride when he wants to, not when I want him too. Helps keep him interested.
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