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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 05-23-09, 02:11 PM   #1
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A few more questions for the experts

Well today i went for a ride down the Cambridge to Paris trail after work (only part of it). I actually managed 20kms round trip and am quite pleased. I used to ride 20kms on the humber trail offten before i quite cycling 11 years ago (its been just shy of a month now being back on a bike). I forced myself to keep a pretty easy steady pace rather than wear myself out going as fast as i can witch is what i think played the biggest factor in me actually making it.

At the same time i kind wish i went a bit further as when i got back to the truck i felt i still had a bit left (but its hard to judge how tired/sore i was gona be on the return trip). But theirs always next weekend gona try starting from the other end. And during the week i just gona keep doing my short local rides every day. None the less i expect i will be feeling this tommorow LOL but it was fun and worth it. (Kinda wishi brought my camera but dont know how i would.

Anyways after todays ride though i have a few questions and came once again to lean on your guys expertice.

-How hard should i push myself. I know thats a hard question to aswer but generally do you guys ride every day or just a few times a week. And if every day do you really push yourself every day.

-I transported my bike to the trail in the back of my truck (Little Ford Ranger Short Box). All i did was lie the bike down in the back with the left bar leaning on the wheel well. Is their a better way to secure the bike in the truck should i take the front wheel off and strap it in or is lieing the bike down good enuff (their was no damage i can see done to the bike but dont want any damage in the future either).

-I have a pretty badly damaged right hand (work injury i keep putting the surgery off for) and it was really hurtin by the time i got back to my truck. I noticed some mountine bikes had vertical bars on the ends of the handle bars and i was thinking that help by removing some of the weight off my wrists when on longer sections of trail.

-And lastly i am starting to think it be cool to have a odometer/speedo on the bike are their any built that can take the abuse of the occashional semi ruff trail ride as eventually thats what i want to aim for.

Anyways thanx for the all ready sound advice and for puttting up with my slogging of questions once again. I ask now as next week i plan to take the bike in for its complimentry first service and would probly just get the add ons then if it can be done and dont cost too much.
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Old 05-23-09, 07:11 PM   #2
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Bike racks:2x4 across the bed of the truck and some of these from Thule Or you can go with these from Thule

Bar ends could help. I love these from Ergon

Most computers should be able to take the abuse. I ride as much as my body will put up with. Not as young as I used to be, so sometimes I need to rest a couple of days in which case I will swim and just lift weights.
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Old 05-23-09, 10:12 PM   #3
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...I forced myself to keep a pretty easy steady pace rather than wear myself out going as fast as i can witch is what i think played the biggest factor in me actually making it.
is key.

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-How hard should i push myself. I know thats a hard question to aswer
There are so many variables in this, it is hard to answer. Very generally speaking, "go hard" no more than 2x per week.

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but generally do you guys ride every day or just a few times a week.
6 days a week.

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And if every day do you really push yourself every day.
No. Rest/recovery is an integral and very important part of any training.

My typical week (YMMV):
Monday -- Off
Tuesday -- Long, steady ride (50-mi), zone 1-2
Wednesday -- Long, steady ride (50-mi), zone 1-2
Thursday -- Very hard, interval ride (30-mi), zone 4-5
Friday -- Very easy, recovery ride (20-mi) focus on spinning legs in an easy gear, zone 1
Saturday -- Easy ride (25-mi) zone 1, with 1-2 short (1-minute), hard efforts, zone 3-4
Sunday -- Weekly Target: 1-hour race (25+ miles), zone 4-5

(I train in 5 zones: <1 is easiest, 5+ is maximum.)

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Old 05-23-09, 10:35 PM   #4
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Any cardio exercise is done better with a heart rate monitor. They are not expensive anymore. You can get a Garmin 50 HRM that will also work with a cadence sensor - that is a great thing to have - even if you are just starting out.

Maybe have a read of the book "Younger Next Year" I am 42 and got a lot of value out of no nonsense book about working towards a healthier lifestyle.

Have Fun, good luck
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