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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 09-02-09, 09:24 PM   #176
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Thanks... but tonight the dinosaur got me... fell about 8 ft down off the side of a bridge...

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Old 09-03-09, 01:16 AM   #177
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I am just starting back to bicycling after about 15 years of complete inactivity. I am 5'5" and 236. Kind of a round little person! My problem is that I am very embarrassed to go out on my bike. I really love riding but I am afraid some creep will yell something at me or someone will laugh. And wearing bike shorts---FORGET THAT! Does anybody else feel that way or is it just me?
I know this is from awhile back and you've probably gotten more comfortable with yourself but I was worried about the same thing. I just jumped right in with full jersey/shorts/geekiness and got used to it right away. The worst that's happened to me (besides road side flats) was someone ironically yelling out of a truck "YEAH!!" with a fist out their window and laughing as they went by. And honestly I think they were the dumber between the two of us .

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Old 09-09-09, 05:59 PM   #178
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I have only been cycling for 9 weeks, but I started out not caring what anyone said or thought. I am almost 50 years old, seved 13 years in the military, been shot and stabbed. I have had two heart attacks, triple bypass, I am diabetic and still need to lose 100 lbs. Who cares what some jack ass says? As long as they keep on going they are safe. I carry pepper spray for the dogs and M&P 9mm for troublemakers. Keep on riding, get healthy and don't worry about the sheeple.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:33 PM   #179
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I volunteered as a photog on the Pelotonia ride. After seeing people bigger than me in Lycra riding 180 miles, I had no compunction anymore in wearing the stretchy stuff.

It feels better and makes my ride more comfortable. I never realized how much you can sweat in a cotton shirt until I started riding. In Lycra you dont even notice it.
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Old 09-10-09, 11:06 AM   #180
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At the moment I am working my way back in to cycling, and am cycling around the back-roads of North Carolina. I've sort of noticed that all cyclists get stared at (whether they are rail-thin roadies on $2000 road bikes, or tubby fellows like me trundling along on my Schwinn tourer). To be honest, with the kind of roads I'm cycling on, anyone not in a pick-up truck with a dog in the back gets stared at... Happily, I haven't been mocked by upper-class college students, yet...(although Duke is just down the road, so perhaps I should be careful!)

Squeezing myself back into lycra was totally embarrassing, but what the heck? I'm having fun and improving my fitness. There are plenty of folks around here who dress "funny" without the excuse of being an overweight cyclist to explain it away. I wear proper cycling clothes because there's no joy exercising in the North Carolina heat in a cotton T-Shirt. Sometimes I come inside after working in my yard and I can just wring the sweat out of one of those...
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Old 05-23-14, 03:26 AM   #181
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I had that feeling, but I just went for it, had a great bike ride,then the following day I went again,the ride was pleasant again, until a couple of other bikers creepy up on me, scared me,they we're sarcastic and ignorant, but it won't put me off, as I need to loose weight and to that I will carry on cycling, so no more to being intimidating, just go for it.
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Old 05-23-14, 06:05 AM   #182
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Hang in there angeleyes. You have a family here that cares about you.

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Old 05-23-14, 06:17 AM   #183
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I had that feeling, but I just went for it, had a great bike ride,then the following day I went again,the ride was pleasant again, until a couple of other bikers creepy up on me, scared me,they we're sarcastic and ignorant, but it won't put me off, as I need to loose weight and to that I will carry on cycling, so no more to being intimidating, just go for it.
Send those creepy, ignorant imbeciles my way. This older, short, chubby, diabetic and asthmatic rider will teach them a couple of lessons in manners.

Angeleyes, keep riding and enjoy your time on the bike. Ignore the idiots, they are not worthy of your attention.

Have fun...be safe!
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I didn't read the thread, since I see that it started long ago, but I think my sig says it all. If anyone jeers at you, or derides you, it is their issue, not yours. Just enjoy your ride, and ignore them. I know it isn't always easy to do, but make it your objective.

Trust me, it is even worse when someone you care about brings up the subject that you are fat in EVERY argument regardless of what the argument is about... it makes it harder to ignore, but it is still the right thing. I won't bore you with how I know, but I know.
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Old 05-23-14, 02:08 PM   #185
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Thank you Charlie for your support, it means a lot
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Old 05-23-14, 02:14 PM   #186
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I absolutely care nothing about what others think of me so getting on a bike and riding doesn't bother me at all Then again, I can get on a stage and talk to thousands of strangers without any fear

As far as biking apparel, my friends make fun of me all the time for it... My response? Non-black colors lol, I wear some of the most colorful shorts haha... just to show people how much I don't care
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Old 05-24-14, 12:26 PM   #187
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Reading everyones post gives me more confidence and motovation to get out there, thank you to you all.
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Old 05-24-14, 01:52 PM   #188
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Who cares??????? Get out and enjoy................
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