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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 06-10-09, 01:49 PM   #26
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Welcome, Navajo! I'm also in NoVa, but not near any mountains... I live in the relative flatlands of Alexandria...

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I'm new also and starting out on a Wally Special. I was fairly embarrassed to even say what I had at first them realized it doesn't matter in the end.
Hey, I used to feel that way, too, but a bike's a bike, right?! I got my Schwinn hybrid at Target. Do I often wish I'd searched around at local shops and/or Criagslist for a decent used bike? Sure. Do I think that a brand new low-end Trek hybrid, what I would have probably ideally wanted going into my purchase, was not part of my financial reality? Absolutely. I'm riding, and I'm happy about that!

I do love my bike when it works the way a bike is supposed to. Apart from crappy wheels with two few spokes, my bike has actually been good to me. I enjoy my commute, getting out for rides and look forward to getting into better shape and continuing to drop pounds.

As others have pointed out, and as is definitely true in my case, any extra few pounds my bike may weigh pale in comparison to what I could stand to lose. So I'm not too worried about space age materials, unless they're both cheaper and more durable, which they rarely seem to be. For now, I'm happy with my 14 mi. RT commute to work and *very occasionally* being able to pass/drop someone in kit, on a road bike, and much lighter than my ~290-300#...

All in all, I feel better, am healthier, and that's what's important.

Loved the Athena story, too, whoever told that one.
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Old 06-10-09, 02:48 PM   #27
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Woah! That bike weighs 42 pounds!
If you think about it, all bikes weigh 42 pounds.
  • 12 pound racing bike, 30 pound lock to secure it.
  • 30 pound touring bike, 12 pound lock.
  • 42 pound Huffy, no lock needed because no self respecting bike thief will steal it.


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Old 06-10-09, 02:51 PM   #28
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If you think about it, all bikes weigh 42 pounds.
  • 12 pound racing bike, 30 pound lock to secure it.
  • 30 pound touring bike, 12 pound lock.
  • 42 pound Huffy, no lock needed because no self respecting bike thief will steal it.


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Old 06-10-09, 02:59 PM   #29
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Why not, I just stole it from someone else. I can't remember who, but it originated in Advocacy and Safety or Commuting, iIRC.
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Why not, I just stole it from someone else. I can't remember who, but it originated in Advocacy and Safety or Commuting, iIRC.
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If you think about it, all bikes weigh 42 pounds.
  • 12 pound racing bike, 30 pound lock to secure it.
  • 30 pound touring bike, 12 pound lock.
  • 42 pound Huffy, no lock needed because no self respecting bike thief will steal it.


All joking aside I'm actually happy at that perk, not too paranoid about my bike which is nice. I am sure once I upgrade I will be freaked out anytime I leave it somewhere.

As far as the weight I don't doubt its close to 40, I am going to weigh it on our scales at work just for craps and grins. Regrets aside, looking forward to learning as I go so I appreciate the higher end stuff when I finally get it.
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All joking aside I'm actually happy at that perk, not too paranoid about my bike which is nice. I am sure once I upgrade I will be freaked out anytime I leave it somewhere.

As far as the weight I don't doubt its close to 40, I am going to weigh it on our scales at work just for craps and grins. Regrets aside, looking forward to learning as I go so I appreciate the higher end stuff when I finally get it.
Honestly, I don't care if someone rides a Huffy or the most expensive custom built bike on the planet, we all pedal.
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Honestly, I don't care if someone rides a Huffy or the most expensive custom built bike on the planet, we all pedal.

MOST EXCELLENT POST! Everyone should live by this!

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