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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 03-25-09, 10:19 PM   #26
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with will, diet, and the power of bicycles weight can be lost fellow comrades. 2 years ago I weighed close to 320lb but then I became fed up and started to rebound on a Needak trampoline and bicycle on a trek hybrid 7100. now I am 190lb and I am about to start riding a kilo tt.
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Old 03-26-09, 11:14 AM   #27
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Dlester and Pipes,

how much of a difference do you notice? I mean have you been cycling all that time and do you notice being able to ride faster? You are both heading where I want to be.

For me just now is getting my diet right. I am doing a lower carb diet (not atkins about 40g of carbs on non bike ride days, if I ride I will bump it up 10-20g of carbs) and the problem I have had especially this week is that I cant eat enough calories. (I am eating leaner meats like chicken and fish) 2 days ago I eat plenty to satiate me and it only clocked in about 1200 calories, yesterday I have about 30 net carbs (50 gross) and I only clocked in at abpout 14-1500 calories. I picked this style of diet as it seemed to work best for me of all the diets I ever did, at my heaviest 323 I went on the atkins and got to 280 but I quit it and over time I gradually rose back to what I was just after christmas (309). So far it seems to be working though (293 as of last sunday)
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Old 03-26-09, 11:50 AM   #28
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Hey Guys, Cycle like hell and watch what you eat, Do the right thing, Im 180lbs at 5' 10"
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Old 03-26-09, 01:14 PM   #29
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I am around 340 and hoping to stop working at weight loss in little spurts and really commit to it as soon as I settle down in one place. I love the clyde forum but having a over 300lb thread would be great.

Hey Justiceman, how did you like the rebounder and did it hold up under your weight? I was thinking of getting one for morning cardio for myself and wondered if they were any good.
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Old 03-26-09, 02:08 PM   #30
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Dlester and Pipes,

how much of a difference do you notice? I mean have you been cycling all that time and do you notice being able to ride faster? You are both heading where I want to be.

For me just now is getting my diet right. I am doing a lower carb diet (not atkins about 40g of carbs on non bike ride days, if I ride I will bump it up 10-20g of carbs) and the problem I have had especially this week is that I cant eat enough calories. (I am eating leaner meats like chicken and fish) 2 days ago I eat plenty to satiate me and it only clocked in about 1200 calories, yesterday I have about 30 net carbs (50 gross) and I only clocked in at abpout 14-1500 calories. I picked this style of diet as it seemed to work best for me of all the diets I ever did, at my heaviest 323 I went on the atkins and got to 280 but I quit it and over time I gradually rose back to what I was just after christmas (309). So far it seems to be working though (293 as of last sunday)
OMG yes Iam faster I can stand up on the pedals going over bumps almost like I was a kid now ! I feel much better and I fell better about myself . Yes I started the change in my life the day I got my bike last year on fathers day . IMO I could just not lose the weight without my bike ! Thou my wife just went over the 100 # lost mark and she don"t ride go figure .

This is just my 2 cents but I never eat just to eat now if your NOT hungry and eating enough to satisfy you then thats fine IMHO . I got stupid and was doing 1000 calories a day for 6 months . I had to bump that up it got me !!! Iam now eating about 1400 to 1800 calories a day avg 1550 . and I lost 3 lbs last 8 days so ya you can eat more depending on your activy level and need to .

It also helped me BIG TIME to start tracking what I eat on livestrong.com the daily plate section its fantastic IMO anyway .

It a feel great when you gotta go buy all new clothes I have droped from a 58 waist to a 44 or 46 depending on the maker .

Your off to a great start and I know it seems like you will never get there BUT YOU CAN . Just change your life not just your diet . Iam not on a diet I hate the word I am on a life changing mission .

Good luck its worth it belive me and YOU can do it .

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Old 03-26-09, 02:17 PM   #31
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gladly i'm not over 300 yet...hoping not to get that high. at 260lbs now.
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Old 03-26-09, 03:50 PM   #32
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hello.
was 490 now 330 and just ubder 7 feet tall...riding 23 inch frame giant terrago with specialised armadillo tyres
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Old 03-26-09, 06:10 PM   #33
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You know it's great to see we're not alone. And it's great to see that the bikes are strong enough to hold up to our heafty postures!
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It is good to see Cycle enthusiests here who are alot like me in size. I usually don't see large people riding. Anyway, I weigh in between 310-315 and stand 5'11". Pretty round for my height. My problem is I need to be more active. I bought my bike in order to help with weight loss. I just need to ride more often. This is a good start. Finding people my size and larger are loosing poundage by active cycling. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 03-27-09, 06:47 PM   #35
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6'5" and 325...just picked up my brand new bike today and rode it to work!
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Old 03-27-09, 09:52 PM   #36
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gladly i'm not over 300 yet...hoping not to get that high.
I bet none of us did either. Glad you got a jump on it.

Nocturnal - congrats on the new ride, shes a beauty.


Its great to see a thread like this, I think it should be a sticky so others that come by can see there are other people their size safely riding bikes and taking control of there health AND having FUN.

Congrats to everyone for riding.
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Old 03-27-09, 10:28 PM   #37
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Was at my highest in fall '06 = 440. Had medical intervention that got me to 325 and to the point where I started biking in spring '07. Started on a dept. store Schwinn cruiser, thinking I'd need a tougher, thicker frame to handle things. Was a good investment - sturdy and cheap, but the more I rode, the better I handled things and moved on to a road bike, then a folder.

Fast forward past two biking seasons, a few 5k runs, and an 18-mile-one-way commute to work occasionally, and I'm 265, just bought a new "toy" - a Lime with pink detailing, just for fun.

It's all in how you approach it. Last summer I did a LOT of riding - put nearly 500 miles on my Raleigh. But ate a regular (not overdone) diet and maintained. The bike definitely kept me from gaining, so it was a victory for me.

My ideal weight is somewhere between 180-200 (I'm a tall girl) - so my focus this summer is to try and do even more by bike and cut back on my daily calories a tad and see where that takes me.

Most of all, just have fun with what you're doing. I didn't get on the bike expecting it to be my weight loss tool - I just woke up one day and felt like trying it again and got hooked . The day I missed my bus connection and had to finish the 18 miles to work on my pink Schwinn - across a highway bridge and serious hills - was the day that completely changed the way I look at what's possible. I was in the 280's at the time. And I rode 18 miles consecutively in an hour and half without keeling over. Was a pretty cool moment.
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Right now I am between 305 and 310 pounds. I will start riding as of this week as I just got my bike and I hoping to be in the 260 range by the end of summer. No sure if that is realistic but I will shoot for that with riding bike and lifting weights.
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I am around 340 and hoping to stop working at weight loss in little spurts and really commit to it as soon as I settle down in one place. I love the clyde forum but having a over 300lb thread would be great.

Hey Justiceman, how did you like the rebounder and did it hold up under your weight? I was thinking of getting one for morning cardio for myself and wondered if they were any good.
I am so glad you asked. Most people don't realize how effective rebounding is. It is one of the few exercises that works out your whole body, and it stimulates your lymphatic system. It is one of the key components in my exercise regiment and I attribute tons of weight loss to it. It certainly helps with cardio and improves your endurance, and balance. In fact I am addicted to it. I literally have to rebound everyday because it makes me feel so good. It is also really good to use for warm ups and warm downs before and after a heavy bicycle ride. If I were you I would get the hard bounce(but keep in mind its fairly hard) because you might touch the ground with the soft bounce(based on my own experience when I weighed that much). Make sure not to cheap out on a crappy rebounder because you don't want it to break on you. Make sure the rebounder is made to withstand people over 300lb. Try to rebound for atleast 10 minutes a day if not more. Rebounding to electronica music is what I do haha.
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Old 03-30-09, 06:27 PM   #40
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I was 341 at my heaviest, currently 279. I will be riding my arse off (literally) this year!
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2/01/2005 - I was at a high of 452.
5/04/2005 - 352
8/25/2005 - 310
3/01/2009 - 390
3/31/2009 - 379

I have ranged from high 300's to 330 from the end of '05 to now. I have decided that after going to the doctor for the first time in 9 years!! That i dodged a speeding bullet! All my vitals and blood work came back perfect except for my HDL (good cholesterol) which was a little low. My BP is in the 140/75 range so that is alittle high as well. So i was completly worried about sugar and bad cholesterol and High Blood pressure. So i feel like i have been given a second chance! So i have now decided to take it off again and keep it off with a life style change and practice what i used to preach. I have started back at the gym 6 days a week at the begining of the month and plan to get back on the bike this week. I can always loose weight fast and efficently but i wanna do it one last time before i am over 30. I am 25 now and want to do it one last time.
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310 or so at the moment... 6'3ish was down to 285 just before november... stayed under 300 till new years when my wife started a new job which killed nearly all my free time to go ride :-/... was 335+ this time last year though... just started a job (been looking for about 4 months... hope to be commuting to work here very soon... and be hitting the weights again... assuming readjust my diet (it'd gotten pretty bad) I should start trimming down bit by bit.
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Hey Big Lug, seems like we are at the same point. Never got into the 400's but have been close. I am current;y sitting at 364 and my bike comes on Friday. (Thought it was last friday but my broken Korean cost me a trip to my LBS to find out next friday wasn't the one comming up but the one in the following week. I was a bit sad but we have had a cold snap so... maybe it was a god send.

Let's all try and keep ourselves motivated!

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I've had a long history of being overweight, dating back to at least early in high school. I always ate a lot, but also exercised a lot so it wasn't a huge issue until I busted up my leg in '91, then gained about 75 pounds after getting the cast (but not the screws) removed. From there its been pretty much downhill.

I reckon I topped out last September at about 385-ish or so. I started walking at the Y every day, quickly lost 30# the first month, then started working at Wally World and lost another 30 pounds by Thanksgiving.

But since right before Christmas, when I weighed about 305, I've hit a brick wall. Since then I've fluctuated between 305 and 320. When I was losing weight earlier I was seriously dehydrated and having real problems with dehydration, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. Eating more helped that but then....I stopped losing weight. So far I haven't slid backwards yet, still feel good, my endurance at work is better than ever, clothes still fit better, but.....I haven't managed to break out. It's become a bit of a psychological barrier now, that 300# mark. I really want to bust out because I haven't been under 300 since probably 1996 or so, save for a few short months in summer of 2000.

I've got a lot of muscle mass on a relatively small-boned frame, so my ideal weight is probably about 190 lbs give/take. I figure I was at my physical peak my sophomore year in college (1988-89) at about 205-210, could ride the bike nearly forever, ran up/down the basketball court for hours, etc - all this in spite of scarfing down 5-7 thousand calories a day

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I was in the 280's at in January of this year (I know this thread is for 300), now I am down to 245 as of this morning. I started with eating better and lost the first 25 and now I found that I enjoy cycling. I am now contemplating with which model to buy to replace my 1995 Schwinn MTM bike with. Possibly a Trek 7.1 or 7.2? Anyways, I think I have found a good way to burn off these calories.
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Hey Tom, If you say that you were constantly dehydrated, there's your problem! You are not getting enough water. Your body was sending you a message to drink, but we are programmed to confuse the "I'm thirsty" signal with the "I'm hungry" signal. Of course a nice juicy double delys cheese burger is far more satisfying than a glass of water but It's not what we need. Our body will use the relative humidity that it need but as it doesn't need the nutrients it gets stored and we wind up in our situation... +300. Next time you are dehydrated , drink a gallon of water if you need (Just don't give yourself cramps) it solves the dehydration, it fills the tummy and won't pack on the lbs.

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