Hi, my name is Clyde. Really! I've been watching and reading this forum for awhile, but not saying anything. I would take offense at the common usage for BIG bike riders being called "Clyde", except that I too fall into that classification. I'm 6'1" and 230#.
I guess what makes me different from most that I read here is that I'm not really trying to loose any of that weight. In years gone by I've made feeble attempts to loose weight, but never had any success at it. I've beat myself up and tortured myself to loose weight and the result has been beating myself up and torturing myself.
Since I don't like doing that, I decided to not do that. I've accepted my gut and will go on living. Oh, I wouldn't mind getting in a little better cardo shape, but I'm not going to beat myself up to do it.
So, I do ride a bike. I have changed my attitude about it though. I ride for fun. I ride when I have time and when I want to. I don't force myself into a schedule. I don't set distance goals. I don't set any kind of goals - other than to have fun.
I even got a bike that fits that attitude and it helps. I ride an Electra Townie 7D. It's comfortable, relaxing, and fun. It doesn't force me to do any more than I want to. It doesn't force me into positions that are uncomfortable, like bending over and cranking my neck to see where I'm going. It doesn't make my hands numb or my crotch. I don't have to fight with petals that insist I put my feet in "ideal" places. It's a great bike for just riding and having fun.
OK, I do live in the far Western burbs of Chicago where only 7 gears isn't much of a liability. The mostly gentle hills here are just fine with this gearing. Auto traffic is a much bigger problem than the terrain.
I know my vision of bike riding isn't the norm in this forum, but I am wondering if it is shared by anyone here. Are there any others comfortable in their bodies and are just riding for fun? Or is this really a forum for weight loss riders only?