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    New again.....

    Hello, everyone....I'm new again to cycling as I've decided to attack my 7 mile commute on a bike vs a car now that gas is gouging my wallet.

    A little about me: I'm live on the eastern edge of GA, I'm 34, carrer, family and all. I've always been a bigger guy. I'm 6'4" and currently 280 with 22% body fat. According to those silly charts, I 'm supposed to weigh right at 200 lbs. Last time I weighted 200 I was in middle school. Even when I was in the army and was running less than 10% BF, I was 225. Then I went to college, and ended up playing football on the D line....So 200 is an unreasonable goal for me, but I want to be healthier.....and this is a good start......

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    Welcome!!! Be sure to check out the Commuter forum.
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    Welcome back! A 7 mile commute should be no problem.
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    So the first week was great. Seriously. The ride in is all down hill so I get a chance to just work enough to get the endorphine rush and get sweaty. Once I get to the office downtown and stow the ride, I wander over my health club and take a couple laps in the pool to cool off, shower and get to work. Now on the ride home, that's a little different. the road home is all up hill, but not very steep....Whithering, for sure....once I turn into my road, there's a steeper hill, and that's killing me. I know it will get better. I'm on vacation this week (did that on purpose, in caseI needed time to recoup, but I'm good....) so going to ride into the health club this week to "keep up the pace". Plus, I bought a kid trailer to haul my 2 littlest to preschool (which is on the way and the director's going to let me chain up the trailer there. So that's awesome....No weight loss last week, but I'm sure that will come. I'll keep everyone posted....
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    Welcome back! Yeah, if nothing else, you'll get healthier.
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    So.....first day that I didn't have to walk my ride up the last part of the last hill.....yea, me! didn't run the girls today, though.....had wake up issues after having a week off.....I'm sure you all understand.....I'm going to do the full thing tomorrow. I'm feeling better, but still no weight loss....I know I'm fixating on that, but it is half of why I started riding to work. Also, I think I'm building my leg muscles....which is concerning....I was a defensive lineman. I have scads of lower body mass and strength....I hope this doesn't further overbalance me....anyone know of a good upper body only workout for bike commuters?

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    haven't updated in forever.....I suck......

    so, I've had like 3 days since I started this tread that I didn't ride to or from work....I'm proud of that.....and you never notice exactly how bad drivers are until you start this....

    I've made a couple of addon upgrades, moving to clipless pedals....I'm riding an 08 Giant Rincon, and I'm thinking about putting some streetier tires on it to speed me up a bit on the commute.....also, I'm not digging the front shock, but have no idea what I should be looking at these days.....well, I hope you're all doing well and that Santa's good to you.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclingbrett View Post
    I have scads of lower body mass and strength....I hope this doesn't further overbalance me....anyone know of a good upper body only workout for bike commuters?
    a) don't sweat it, your legs can never be too strong.
    b) Dips and pullups don't use the lower body at all. Add some standing military presses and some ab work to tie everything together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclingbrett View Post
    haven't updated in forever.....I suck......

    so, I've had like 3 days since I started this tread that I didn't ride to or from work....I'm proud of that.....and you never notice exactly how bad drivers are until you start this....

    I've made a couple of addon upgrades, moving to clipless pedals....I'm riding an 08 Giant Rincon, and I'm thinking about putting some streetier tires on it to speed me up a bit on the commute.....also, I'm not digging the front shock, but have no idea what I should be looking at these days.....well, I hope you're all doing well and that Santa's good to you.....


    Street slicks will be like riding an entirely different bike, it's an excellent upgrade if you ride mostly pavement.

    You might ask your LBS about methods to lock out your suspension fork. I'm not very MTB savvy, but I know some folks lock out the frok for street riding.

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