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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 11-05-08, 10:32 AM   #1
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New Clyde

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?

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Old 11-05-08, 10:55 AM   #2
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Welcome!

While it's a safe bet that a majority of the folks here started riding a bike to lose weight, it's also more than likely that most find themselves/ourselves riding for enjoyment, and the weight loss is a bonus, after awhile.

Yea, there is a lot of goal setting, calorie counting, mileage tracking, etc, etc, but it will never work with the bike if it isn't fun. It might work for awhile, but not long term.

I guess the best way to answer your question is that yes, it's about weight loss, but it's an unfair generalization to limit it to that. There are challenges being larger than the average cyclist, and answers and support aren't always readily available in other locations.

This is a safe haven where each accomplishment is applauded and each set back is propped up with support. Those accomplishments and set backs can be anything from weight loss to setting a new personal mileage or time record.

With colder weather setting in, the ride report, technical info, and bike schwag threads can be a little slower coming than during warmer weather but make no mistake, we're cyclists first.

Oh yea, it's pretty fun bunch of folks too!

Glad to meet ya!
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Old 11-05-08, 10:55 AM   #3
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First off welcome. I think there are others who are comfortable with their size, I will single out Mr Beanz a regular poster here. He is a little heavier then you and is seems to be fine with it at this point in his life. Others here are in this form because of their TALL stature and not for weight loss.

I think everyone here "enjoys" riding and are having fun. The nice thing about biking is the options you have in bikes, riding style, and terrain. Some days I ride and take time to smell the roses other days it is the "beating myself up and torturing myself" type of ride, but I enjoy both styles of rides.
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Old 11-05-08, 11:30 AM   #4
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Welcome to the clydes Clyde!

Ride for whatever reason best suits you, we don't mind. Be safe and lets see a picture of that townie!
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Old 11-05-08, 11:50 AM   #5
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There is a lot of emphasis on weight loss here, so much so that some posters have left, but the forum isn't about weight loss at all. It's about riding as a larger than average cyclist. That's "riding", not "competing." Yes, the testosterone can be cut with a knife in some threads, but there's more than enough else going on that if you don't want to read them, you don't have to.

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At 6'1" and 230, you probably look good on a bike. I am 5'11" and 115 and don't carry it too poorly. Ride how you like and be happy with yourself.

I ride for fun and to lose weight but that is just me. Riding has gotten easier as I've lost weight so I know that it can only get easier and funner for me.

Glad to see you here.
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Old 11-05-08, 01:18 PM   #7
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Welcome...... I ride for fun, the weight loss is just a side effect. If it wasn't fun I wouldn't do is so much!
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Old 11-05-08, 01:47 PM   #8
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I ride for fun. The weight loss is highly desired, but like one person said, if I didn't enjoy cycling so much, it wouldn't last for the long term. I wouldn't do it half as often, half as long, or half as far. It was pure fun that pushed me to log over 1000 miles this year. Scale going is icing on the cake.
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Welcome aboard Clyde! There's nothing wrong with riding for fun. Because it is fun.
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Welcome, Clyde! Having fun is what it's all about! +1 on pics, please.

Whether or not this is a weight loss forum per se has been the subject of more than one hot thread. It's a major theme of the board, certainly.

There's no "right" kind of riding, and contrary to the sterotypes of roadies, commuters, utility cyclists, etc., I've met almost nobody who feels there is.
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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?

Thanks,
Clyde
Welcome Clyde....

Most people here are trying to get healthier, via some exercise, and since it's low impact (unless you crash), cycling is an ideal exercise for those who are not heavily into sports, the other ideal exercise is swimming. Of course the best place to gain efficiency on a bicycle is the "engine", Providing that engine with the best fuel, for the most efficient riding, often results in weight loss.

The cycling industry is mostly set up for two groups of people, the 6' 65kg racer, and the 6' 65kg mountain biker. This means for the 90kg and higher rider, there can be difficulties. One of the biggest difficulties is the cycling industries being possessed with making wheels with as few spokes as they can get away with, A 16 spoke wheel may be fine if you are 60kg and only ride on glass smooth tracks, it's a little different if your 95kg and ride on cracked, broken, pothole riddled, chipseal infested abominations that many places think pass for streets. In that case the same 16 spoke wheel with self destruct in metres, forget the many thousands of kilometres that we want a wheel to last. So we end up needing to get heavy duty wheels built, which do last.

We also make other modifications to bicycles, like raising the bars for more comfort, because heavier people tend to have weak core muscles, which results in putting too much weight on their hands. Heavier people also sometimes have saddle issues, contrary to popular belief a wide stern does not always mean needing a wide saddle.

Larger riders come here, because here, nobody is going to tell you that your too heavy to ride, because there is always someone here who is heavier still, or has been heavier, and was able to ride.
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Welcome Clyde....

Most people here are trying to get healthier, via some exercise, and since it's low impact (unless you crash), cycling is an ideal exercise for those who are not heavily into sports, the other ideal exercise is swimming. Of course the best place to gain efficiency on a bicycle is the "engine", Providing that engine with the best fuel, for the most efficient riding, often results in weight loss.

The cycling industry is mostly set up for two groups of people, the 6' 65kg racer, and the 6' 65kg mountain biker. This means for the 90kg and higher rider, there can be difficulties. One of the biggest difficulties is the cycling industries being possessed with making wheels with as few spokes as they can get away with, A 16 spoke wheel may be fine if you are 60kg and only ride on glass smooth tracks, it's a little different if your 95kg and ride on cracked, broken, pothole riddled, chipseal infested abominations that many places think pass for streets. In that case the same 16 spoke wheel with self destruct in metres, forget the many thousands of kilometres that we want a wheel to last. So we end up needing to get heavy duty wheels built, which do last.

We also make other modifications to bicycles, like raising the bars for more comfort, because heavier people tend to have weak core muscles, which results in putting too much weight on their hands. Heavier people also sometimes have saddle issues, contrary to popular belief a wide stern does not always mean needing a wide saddle.

Larger riders come here, because here, nobody is going to tell you that your too heavy to ride, because there is always someone here who is heavier still, or has been heavier, and was able to ride.
Wogs - must have ridden around here.
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Wogs - must have ridden around here.
Naw, I remember chipseal from when it first came out in the 1970's, and the other problems come from living in a city that is home to the worst road in the province.....
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I just ride to ride. It's my distraction/hobby/fun/whatever. I go to the gym/diet/run to lose weight. I never let the desire to lose weight interfere with my bicycling. I take too much pleasure in cycling to let it get tainted by weight loss.
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Old 11-06-08, 09:13 AM   #15
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Thanks

I am very encouraged by the replies. Thanks. I wasn't trying to discourage riding for weight loss. I was just trying to see if there are clydes and athenas who are primarily riding for fun and not weight loss. It seems that there are plenty in this august group, although that may mean less to talk about.

The wide range of attitudes and riding reasons should make for a healthy place to hang out.

I hadn't taken a picture for a couple of reasons. One is that it is a stock Townie in bright blue with a black rack on the back. It's not unique. However, I forgot that I'm talking with rabid bike fans that like bikes even if they aren't unique. I also do some part time pro photography/videography and often don't want to take pictures unless someone is paying. (A bad attitude that affects pros.) So, I'll crank up the video camera and see what I can get. Well, not in the next few days - it's going to rain.

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Hello.

I like you never really wanted to lose much weight, and I haven't. I'm about 6'3 and around 230.

I ride for three reasons. I'ts good for my mental health, which at times I have struggled with.

It's good for my heart, and I have a very stressful job and I'm approaching middle age.

Finally, I think it's cool. I love being out and riding a self-powered vehicle. I love the chance to be outside, and have people think i"m a little odd.

In 3 years of riding seriously, I have lost virtually no weight -- but it's moved around a lot. My waist is 3 inches smaller and my thighs took most of that. I'm also unbelievably flexible, and i have a ton of energy.
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I am 5'11" and 115 and don't carry it too poorly. .

Thats because you have nothing to carry!?!?! I assume the 115 is a typo, or you are really skinny...

On a serious note, welcome, Clyde. I fall into the Clydesdale category (5'11 and 210), but mostly thats because I weightlift as well as cycle/swim/run (triathlon training) So, no, I am not looking to lose weight either, but I do have the same issues as many of the other clydesdales, that is, road bikes, and tri bikes espeically are just not built to handle a big guy.

We're all here for the love of cycling, so welcome!
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