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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 11-09-08, 11:36 PM   #1
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First 30 mile ride today!! Woohoo!! *pics*

Well, I know 30 miles is just a warmup ride for some, but for me it's the longest I've ever ridden non-stop.

I've been setting some distance goals during the past few weeks since the weather is still tolerable here in CO, and although my goal was only 20 miles, I decided to put the hammer down for 10 more on Saturday! I did a mixture of bike path, country two-lane road and some hills as well.

I felt great, and probably could have done another 20 if the sun hadn't disappeared. When I got back into cycling back in June, I couldn't go 5 miles without kicking my own ass, now 30 is a breeze.

Y E S !!!

Here's a few pics of my route, and one of my sexy clyde self...






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Old 11-09-08, 11:48 PM   #2
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30 a warmup ride? Pfft. There are only two distances, 30 and a hundred. 100 comes after the 30! Maybe another 2 weeks, you're there!

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I downloaded your pic and zoomed in on it and saw that your bike is a Giant but can't make out the particular model. What is it?

I fancy myself a very amateur photographer. Your first shot is awesome with the bike on the left.

30 miles is a good distance even if it's a short ride. I do a lot of errands and commuting stuff but once or twice a week I break out my road bike and I usually ride in the neighborhood of 40-50 kilometers. It's a workout.
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Old 11-10-08, 12:17 AM   #4
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Congratulations! 30 miles is a respectable distance and those distance accomplishments always feel great.

Beautiful area too.
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Old 11-10-08, 12:49 AM   #5
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Did you make the run out to Chatfield? That trail looks familiar...You might possibly be also, if you were out on Bear Creek/Platte headed back into town about 4-430pm. I commute on Platte/Bear Creek for whatever thats worth...
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I downloaded your pic and zoomed in on it and saw that your bike is a Giant but can't make out the particular model. What is it?
It's a 2008 FCR2. I picked it up at the beginning of the summer, I love it.
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Old 11-10-08, 02:07 AM   #7
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Did you make the run out to Chatfield? That trail looks familiar...You might possibly be also, if you were out on Bear Creek/Platte headed back into town about 4-430pm. I commute on Platte/Bear Creek for whatever thats worth...
I have ridden the Chatfield trail, but my pics are of the Poudre River trail in Fort Collins. We are blessed with an awesome trail system...I love this town.
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my sister lives in fort collins, i'm gonna bring my bike when i go out there now for sure.
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Congratulations on your accomplishment. Now go down to the New Belgium brewery and have yourself a Fat Tire!
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Congratulations on your ride, but please don't slip into the mindset that miles are important. It's far better than you had a good time than you matched some other poster's mileage.

Nice bike, BTW.
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30 Miles is awesome!! Just think of what a pain it is to drive 30 miles. And great photo of your Clyde self. Handsome devil..Oh and the bike looks good too! way to go!!

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Thats a good distance you made there. Hey, in metric it is almost 50 km, nothing to take lightly.

What is that luggage you have on the back of the bike? Looks pretty cool to me.
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Good Ride, Great Photos. Wow.
Enjoy your miles and time on the bike. I do.
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Congratulations on your accomplishment. Now go down to the New Belgium brewery and have yourself a Fat Tire!

I love New Belgium, those guys are great....and the brewery is only 6 miles from my house! Yum.
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Very cool man, Glad to hear! There is a lot of great biking here in CO, weather is slowly chaning now.. time for snow rides woo hoo


BTW Congrats!
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Thats a good distance you made there. Hey, in metric it is almost 50 km, nothing to take lightly.

What is that luggage you have on the back of the bike? Looks pretty cool to me.
Thanks for all the feedback, guys!!

Its a Topeak Dynapack. I love it. It holds all my necessities whether I'm commuting or out for a longer ride, and it's got a clip for my blinkie and a quick release for when I park my bike somewhere unsavory.

It holds my gun, phone, wallet and a snack just perfectly, and I have room for a tube and a flat kit also. It wieghs essentially nothing when it's empty.
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my sister lives in fort collins, i'm gonna bring my bike when i go out there now for sure.
Dooo eeeet. Let me know when you're coming!
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I go up there about every 3 weeks to babysit, don't get much bike time in.... here in a few months I will though, I will start to cart the little guy around in a trailer.... then I will need help on trails/where to go. So any ideas let me know.. I'd be willing to ride with others also!
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Thanks for all the feedback, guys!!

Its a Topeak Dynapack. I love it. It holds all my necessities whether I'm commuting or out for a longer ride, and it's got a clip for my blinkie and a quick release for when I park my bike somewhere unsavory.

It holds my gun, phone, wallet and a snack just perfectly, and I have room for a tube and a flat kit also. It wieghs essentially nothing when it's empty.
Thank you.
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Bolt on another water bottle cage and go for 60 miles! And throw some snow studs on for some fun winter riding.
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I go up there about every 3 weeks to babysit, don't get much bike time in.... here in a few months I will though, I will start to cart the little guy around in a trailer.... then I will need help on trails/where to go. So any ideas let me know.. I'd be willing to ride with others also!

The trail system is awesome, with a TON of different routes, different scenery and different destinations. Most of the city has bike lanes as well, so you can cut / paste your rides depending on where you want to end up.

Here's the link to where you can download the trail map.

http://www.fcgov.com/bicycling/bike-maps.php

One of my favorite rides is to start at Cottonwood Glen Park near Horsetooth and Taft Hill, and ride the Spring Creek trail all the way through Campus to the Riverbend Ponds Natural Area. From there, you can double back, or go northwest all the way to the Poudre Valley Trailhead and on to the Watson Lake / Horsetooth Reservoir area. That loop would end up being about 40 miles, but you can also do much, much smaller chunks and still see a buch of cool scenery.


Let me know if you want some company, we can plan a decent ride depending on the weather.

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Bolt on another water bottle cage and go for 60 miles! And throw some snow studs on for some fun winter riding.

I was just thinking about that...I do need to throw my other cage on there.
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I was just thinking about that...I do need to throw my other cage on there.
Congrats on a ride well done

Just a suggestion for when ya throw the other cage on. Fill one bottle with water, and fill the other with some sort of sports drink. Alternate drinking from both, and you'll be hydrated and have some electrolytes added for those you lose while riding.

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Congrats on a ride well done

Just a suggestion for when ya throw the other cage on. Fill one bottle with water, and fill the other with some sort of sports drink. Alternate drinking from both, and you'll be hydrated and have some electrolytes added for those you lose while riding.

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Thanks and thanks! That's a good idea...

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Looked like a great day for cycling. Congrats on the 30 miles.
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