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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 09-05-08, 08:18 AM   #1
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Crappy Lungs, Bad Knee, New DR. & Clipless

I'm Back Been off the bike for 7 weeks with, first Pneumonia, and then and now excess fluid around my right knee. I have made 6 trips to the Dr., 4 trips to the Rx. and 1 weekend in the hospital.

This week, I fired my old Dr. (long story), got a new one who does crazy novel stuff like "TESTS!" My lungs are clear again (though a cough nags), from Tom Stormcrowe's RICE advice, I have gotten my knee back to a point where I feel comfortable and my new Doc feels good about me getting back on the bike.

So, I tell you that to really get to the good stuff. While I was down, I started researching and shopping for Mtn Bike shoes and Clipless Pedals, as a reward to myself for surviving

I ended up getting a pair of Shimano MT-31 shoes on eBay. I could not tell that they were not new. Paid $26.99 + $8.00 shipping. Ordered and received a pair of Nashbar Highlander Off-Road Pedals. On sale 50% @ $34.95 + Shipping. Clip on one side, platform on the other. Shoes + Pedals $77.69 in total SWEET!

So, I have never used clipless in my life. Put the new pedals on at 10:30 last night. Laced up the shoes, went out in the dark, hopped on and took off. These pedals seem to float to the clip side up. I clipped in and took off. Clipped in and out about 25 times and actually had a couple of "had to unclip" circumstances (jackass on a cell phone ran a stop sign at an intersection where I did not have to stop).

So far I am delighted with clipless. I am sure I will get distracted and go through the initiation. I was so stoked by the difference that clipless makes on an up hill spin, that I came in at 11:30 pm and called my local riding buddy and woke him up (night before a masters program exam) to gush about my new found clipless lifestyle.

Thanks for letting me share. I owe a lot of the success to this forum and the chatter that goes back and forth about the good bad and ugly of topics like "clipless".

Should be back to riding this weekend.

Jay

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Old 09-05-08, 08:33 AM   #2
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I also just bought clipless pedals and shoes yesterday. I tried them for the first time last night. I found that it was haredr clipping in than out but I'm sure I will get used to it. Almost fell 2x when trying to get unclipped though.
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Old 09-05-08, 08:54 AM   #3
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Clipless roolz.
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I normally ride clipless but the last couple of days I've gone back to platform pedals and enjoy the wide variety of foot positions I can use instead of just one. When pedaling on the ball of my foot gets tiring, I can pedal for a while with the arch. People don't clip their hands to the handlebars, they enjoy a variety of hand positions, right now I'm enjoying my platform pedals...
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Glad to here your still around Jay!

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Well, I'm Back

I gotta say, I was really worried. The last couple of weeks, I have been short of breath just walking through the house. My Xrays on Thursday showed clear, and the new Dr. said to give it a go this weekend to see if I was ready to start riding again.

Last night about 11pm I took a short 4 mile around town and was surprised how well the lungs acted, so this morning I took off and laid down 13 miles in an hour (that is actually as good as, and on many rides faster then my average. I live in a VERY hilly area). I did stop 3 times to drink and to check myself, and I was very pleased with the short recovery time.

The knee behaved too. It is a little sore, but I have it iced right now and I think this is gonna be back to normal in short order.

The new clipless were WONDERFUL. I wonder if they had anything to do with my avg. speed? All I know is it seemed that on the longer hills it made the spin easier. I'll take that

I missed the half the darned summer and am stoked to be back on the saddle (Bottom Hatchet 3000 as I like to call it )

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Jay

You didn't miss anything but humidity, sweat, and heat for the last six weeks. Now is the time to ride.

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