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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 12-26-08, 12:36 PM   #1
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What'd you all get for Xmas?

Well.... what did you get for Christmas?

This was my first Christmas as a cyclist so I got a slot of cycling gear.


I'm sporting my new scull cap and cycling tights. It wasn't quite cool enough to need them on my little Christmas morning ride, but I had to try them out.


I also got some winter gloves, a bunch of energy bars, a water bottle, a couple pairs of socks and 2 gift cards which went toward purchasing 2 pairs of cycling shorts and a vest.


Lastly I got a camera to take with me on rides. I was tired of my camera phone pics.

So what kind of cycling gear did you get?
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Old 12-26-08, 03:27 PM   #2
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A new set of handlebars. Here is a pic of the bike with the new bars fitted but without anything installed in my workshop, aka office:

The turquoise neoprene sleeve is to retain the cables. I have to run all new cables since this adds an extra 16" or so of length to shift and brake! If you look close you can see the stock bars hanging down.
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Old 12-26-08, 05:26 PM   #3
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My Christmas Swag:
Terry Fly Gel saddle, Ultegra compact crankset, Cateye Strada computer, inexpensve but I think decent light set, Topeak seatpost travel pack thingie (that I may return to LBS) , along with assorted gels, nutritional aids and personal lubricants!
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Old 12-26-08, 05:52 PM   #4
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Only thing I got was "robbed" by a bunch of little kids!


BUNCH OF BANDITS!

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Old 12-26-08, 06:09 PM   #5
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For those who were dreaming of a white Christmas here you go. We got another 10 inches for Christmas. I heard we are up to 48 inches for the month, which is a record (oh yeah).

Hey, MrBeanz if you put all those bandits in a bag, would you have a "bean bag"? Sorry, I guess I'm getting a little cooped up.
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Old 12-26-08, 06:19 PM   #6
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Old 12-26-08, 06:25 PM   #7
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I got some nice stuff for the bike from my wife and kids - they seem to be fully supporting me in my quest to get slim through biking . A cateye light combo (el220 headlight and the 270R tail light). An airzounds horn. A planet bike dial tire pressure gauge and a Garmin edge 305 plus a mirror.

The cateye headlight replaces a cheap schwinn that I'll keep as a backup. I left a cheap schwinn led flasher on the seatpost and mounted the cateye tail light to my helmet for better rearward coverage.

My extended family does a name out of a bag thing where you only buy/receive one gift but its got a $150 limit. My gift this year was a really nice cashmere sweater and some cashmere socks from Nordstroms - unfortunately it's not my style - I'm more of a jeans and tshirt guy when I'm not in a suit for work. Anyway Nordstroms has a ridiculous return policy and I got back cash so I'll be picking up some Continental Sport Contacts or Richey Tom slicks for my MTB since all of my riding is on the road.

In the meantime with the cash I stopped in Dicks Sporting Goods and found a Northface M Amp Hybrid Jacket in Sunburst Yellow in my size on the clearance rack for $40! It's pretty reflective and is water resistant and is supposed to breathe. I'll find out tomorrow hopefully.

Here's a link to the jacket at cabelas cabelas Northface Amp Jacket if you have a Dicks sporting goods near you it may be worthwhile to check it out. It was on a rack near the camping section marked "clearance" with an oddball assortment of tshirts, button down shirts, pullovers, etc.
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Old 12-26-08, 06:28 PM   #8
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I didn't receive any gifts from others, but I bought something for myself. A Brooks B17 for my Giant Cypress, and a new seatpost to replace the suspension one it came with.
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Old 12-26-08, 07:32 PM   #9
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I got some nice stuff for the bike from my wife and kids - they seem to be fully supporting me in my quest to get slim through biking . A cateye light combo (el220 headlight and the 270R tail light). An airzounds horn. A planet bike dial tire pressure gauge and a Garmin edge 305 plus a mirror.
As a gadget nerd, I absolutely LOVE my Garmin. I can't imagine going back to the computer I had before! I hope you enjoy yours.
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As a gadget nerd, I absolutely LOVE my Garmin. I can't imagine going back to the computer I had before! I hope you enjoy yours.
I spent part of today mounting it along with the cadence sensor and testing the heart rate monitor. I can't wait until tomorrow to capture a ride.

Do you download your workout to the Garmin Training Center or some other application like motionbased?
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Old 12-26-08, 08:16 PM   #12
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Hasn't been a kind year to me.
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Old 12-26-08, 08:36 PM   #13
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^same... well my pops got me a bottle of cologne.

He had asked me what I thought of it in the store "for my brother." I told him "I would never wear this, it smells terrible, but maybe Chris would like it" and so I was pretty surprised when it was under the tree for me lol
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Old 12-26-08, 09:10 PM   #14
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I had a really good Christmas this year.
I got a semi-suprise visit from my Mom.....called on a Sunday...flew out on a Thurs. This was 2 weeks agao, but still a awesome suprise!!! She stayed 4 days!

While she was here, she invented in a Toshiba laptop with wireless router, mini mouse and cooling pad
4gig ram, 320gig HD, Pentium Duo Core II, 14in screen, and the big do-do warranty!



She also paid for my first ever college class and the needed book.....The gift of education. Hopefully this is the start of a "second life" to a Nursing career or beyond.




Also got a digital photo frame, and some decor for the house.

This was truly a extraordinary Christmas for us.
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Old 12-26-08, 09:32 PM   #15
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Got a set of wheels for the single speed I am building.
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Old 12-26-08, 09:39 PM   #16
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Aside from my new road bike that arrived a week or so early

I got a long-sleeve jersey, full-finger gloves, 2 pair of cycling socks, multi-tool, cyclocomputer for my commuter, patch kit and $50 Performance Bicycle gift card.
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Old 12-26-08, 09:42 PM   #17
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Got a nice Polar Jersey, a fleece jacket and a light set from performance, a couple cds a dvd, 30 years of garfield book and a nice warm robe which Im wearing right now!...and more snow..


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Old 12-26-08, 09:43 PM   #18
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The good lady wife gave me a Garmin 305 Edge (lots of fun, first ride with it today showed me 2800ft of climbing and a very scary set of graphs with my heartrate!).

I gave myself (!) all the parts needed to build a new set of wheels AND a wheel truing stand. I'm going to be going insane for the next month learning how to tension spokes...
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Old 12-26-08, 09:46 PM   #19
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New zoom lens for my D40
Air Hogs RC Helicopter (still like getting toys)
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Aside from my new road bike that arrived a week or so early

I got a long-sleeve jersey, full-finger gloves, 2 pair of cycling socks, multi-tool, cyclocomputer for my commuter, patch kit and $50 Performance Bicycle gift card.

What model is that??? My ride partner/neighbor has a Fuji Pro and loves it!!!!
Good Lookin bike!!!
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One of my BFFs decided I needed two tires and tubes for my bike. But they're not what I have on my bike, so we took that stuff back and I came home with a helmet I can put my Washington Capitals stickers on and the rest in a GC I can use later.
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Old 12-26-08, 10:42 PM   #22
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I got myself a Secolo II jacket from Performance and a set of thermal bib tights from Nashbar ( of course it's been warm here ever since). Also some dlipless pedals and shoes.
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I spent part of today mounting it along with the cadence sensor and testing the heart rate monitor. I can't wait until tomorrow to capture a ride.

Do you download your workout to the Garmin Training Center or some other application like motionbased?
I use the Garmin Training Center. I also use trailguru.com because they allow you to embed your rides into web pages. I like to add the maps to my blog. bikeroutetoaster.com is cool because it allows you to map rides and upload them to the garmin. It'll alert you to when you need to turn.
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Old 12-27-08, 12:01 AM   #24
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100 oz Camelbak. Now I can go on longer MTB rides and not worry about running out of fluids. Not sure if I would use it on a road ride.
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Old 12-27-08, 12:16 AM   #25
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Well, the wife decided it was best to sit down with me and let me surf for deals for some gear. I ended up with:

Tights
Rain Jacket
Livestrong Wind Jacket
headset
Sella San Marco seat for the project frameset

From the kids I got:
wool riding socks
winter full finger gloves
multi tool
balacava
lots of energy bars, goo packets, and drink mix

The big score was a Garmin Legend HCx. Not exactly bike specific like a 305 so it doesn't do heart rate or cadence, but it also came with City Maps. I decided the navigation and auto routing was a better feature than a constant beepiong telling me my heart was about to explode!

Pretty much the coolest Chritmas I've had in awhile. I expect the Feb b-day will be minimalist and I'm perfectly ok with that, lol.
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