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    Today's Ride Report, with pics!

    Ok, I'm going to make you go look at a different thread as I just don't want to type it all out again. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...87#post8015787

    Loosing weight has made a tremendous difference in my ability to climb. Even though I'm not a Clyde any more, I still identify with Clyde's. I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the loss. Now I'm wondering how much I'm going to lose if I just keep to my plan.

    Ok, enough of that. Thanks to all of you for helping me stay motivated. I so very much appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    Ok, I'm going to make you go look at a different thread as I just don't want to type it all out again. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...87#post8015787

    Loosing weight has made a tremendous difference in my ability to climb. Even though I'm not a Clyde any more, I still identify with Clyde's. I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the loss. Now I'm wondering how much I'm going to lose if I just keep to my plan.

    Ok, enough of that. Thanks to all of you for helping me stay motivated. I so very much appreciate it.
    Clyde isn't size, it's spirit. Of course you are still one of the thundering herd. You've done something most people can't imagine doing.

    About the bike, does too great a "Q" factor mean the pedals are too far apart? Perhaps shorter crankarms would fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Clyde isn't size, it's spirit. Of course you are still one of the thundering herd. You've done something most people can't imagine doing.

    About the bike, does too great a "Q" factor mean the pedals are too far apart? Perhaps shorter crankarms would fix it.
    Yup, that's it exactly. The pedals are too far apart. This then stresses my hip joints (and knees).

    Switching this bike from a triple to a double, with a correspondingly shorter BB spindle would fix it. But I don't ride it often. At some point I'm going to buy a new bike. Then this one will be converted to a SS/FG and the BB/crank will be changed to get to the right width. At least, that's the current plan.
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    Nice ride report Joel!!!

    I too fit into the "Once a Clyde always a Clyde" mentality. At 5' 7" my weight in August "08" was 201 (I've been as heavy as 205 previously). I can remember dreading knowing there was a climb around the next bend at times. I knid of gave up riding earlier this year because of it. Gas was too expensive to justify driving to a rail trail, and the roads around the house have more ups & downs than the stock market.

    Finally in August, I made a decision to get lifes journey back in gear. If I could ride 70 miles during the Tour de Cure last June at 200 lbs with no training, imagine what I could do to the hills around here if I dropped a couple lbs.. Long story, short: These hills don't seem as long as they used to, now that I've lost a bike and a halfs worth of weight.

    Keep up the great work,

    Denny

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