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    Just getting started

    So after a couple weeks of lurking around here, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Trek 7.2 FX yesterday. Budget constraints kept me from getting anything higher up the bicycle food chain, but I'm planning on living through the mantra of a good bike being one that gets ridden regularly.

    I'm 6'2 315# so I definitely fit in here, and I just wanted to thank you guys for being an inspiration. I was concerned that I was too big to do this right, and you've shown me otherwise. I took the new wheels out for a spin today and only got a little less than a mile, in about 10 minutes of riding. I'm going to bump myself up each time I go out, but I'm still a little disappointed in how easily I got winded/sore. The plus side is that even that little bit of exercise DID make me feel a lot better for the rest of the evening.

    Anyway, I figured I'd speak up in here and introduce myself. Thanks again.

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    Congrats and WELCOME to the fray . Just keep at it and 20 miles a seem like a walk in the park and you will feel better every day . I was at 371 lbs when I started last time I weighed myself I had lost 90lbs ! If I can do it anyone can . Its the most fun I ever had losing weight and getting healthy.

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    Welcome to the group! My sentiments echo pipes-- consistency is the key. Keep at it, a little bit each day, and you'll surprise yourself!
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    Welcome to the madness. don't worry about how far you go, the important thing is to just ride. Everytime you ride you will have gone farther than if you didn't. (Profound, I know)

    Distance, endurance, and speed come with time.

    Enjoy!

    BTW, we need pics of all new bikes. It's a rule, lol.

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    Yea man, this site, and the fellas that post here are full of info. 2 weeks ago I thought I was too big to ride a bike (6'3" 300). Since then I've bought my self a used starter bike and ride everyday since.

    Thanks again to the posters on here.

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    excellent. Enjoy it.
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    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.

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    I have a Gary Fisher Path bike that is pretty close to the same as yours. They are sweet rides and will hold up great. Years ago, a close friend of mine, his father was a Olympic and World record weight lifter. He has a saying "Its all money in the bank" Meaning it doesn't matter, whether you do 10 mins and thats your best or 30. You did it!! And its a step closer to your goal!!! Congratulations, and remember we are here to support you.

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    Welcome. Get on the bike a set number of days a week. I ride 4 days a week. It does not matter how far or how long. The life style change for me was to make the time to go out riding a set number of days.
    Have fun!
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    Congrats and welcome!

    Before further advice can be rendered we are going to require some pictures of this bicycle, bonus points for scenery or action shots! Sorry, I don't make the rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk632 View Post
    So after a couple weeks of lurking around here, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Trek 7.2 FX yesterday. Budget constraints kept me from getting anything higher up the bicycle food chain, but I'm planning on living through the mantra of a good bike being one that gets ridden regularly.

    I'm 6'2 315# so I definitely fit in here, and I just wanted to thank you guys for being an inspiration. I was concerned that I was too big to do this right, and you've shown me otherwise. I took the new wheels out for a spin today and only got a little less than a mile, in about 10 minutes of riding. I'm going to bump myself up each time I go out, but I'm still a little disappointed in how easily I got winded/sore. The plus side is that even that little bit of exercise DID make me feel a lot better for the rest of the evening.

    Anyway, I figured I'd speak up in here and introduce myself. Thanks again.
    There's nothing wrong with your bike, so there's no need to defend your decision.

    You went further than my first time on a bike.... 2.5 years ago.

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    WTG and welcome to the addiction, they told you that bikes are addictive right? Everything I do now in life is all in the name of the bike. As you become stroger and build endurance you will always be striving for more. Give it a few years and you'll be showing us a picture of the new roadbike...lol
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk632 View Post
    I was concerned that I was too big to do this right....
    Not a chance. As can be seen here, there really is no such thing as either too big or doing it right. We're all a bit...big, here. And, just getting on the bike and pedalling is already doing it right. That's the beauty of it.

    Those first few miles are the hardest. Once you get used to it, you will enjoy it more and more. Pretty soon you will be all smiles and find yourself riding in the rain, sleet and snow.

    Welcome aboard! And say hello to your new obsession.

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    Welcome! I'd also love to see pics. Bikepr0n!
    Tour Journals, Blog, ride pix

    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

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    Welcome! One step at a time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk632 View Post
    ...... the mantra of a good bike being one that gets ridden regularly.
    1st of all Welcome. I still consider myself fairly new here and find lots of inspiration and camaraderie.

    2nd -- You hit the nail on the head !! IMHO, the best bike in the world is the one that you enjoy riding. A "garage queen" serves no purpose.

    3rd -- just keep riding. You will be amazed at how rapidly your abilities will improve.
    You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. - Robin Williams

    Never be frightenend to walk out of step with others because you will walk on ground no one else touches

    Remember, hard work pays off later but procastination pays off now!

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