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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 08-26-09, 09:02 PM   #1
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Just wanted to introduce myself to the group here, I've been lurking in here for a while but haven't chimed in on too many threads. I'm just barely a clyde and hopefully will soon become an emeritus member. I started mountain biking a couple summers ago when I still lived in Tampa, FL and actually road quite a bit while I was stil therel in grad school. Last summer we moved to the Washington, DC area and my riding has been very infrequent/almost non-existant. Couple infrequent riding with a new job in outside sales with a fat expense account = eating out almost every day for lunch and some pretty substantial weight gain. Part of the reason I haven't been riding is I hate dealing with traffic around here to drive somewhere to mountain bike, and while I have a set of spare MTB wheels w/ road slicks on them, I'm not a big fan of riding my MTB on the road. So I just solved that problem and bought me my first ever road bike, I got a 2010 Specialized Roubaix Elite this afternoon. Tomorrow will be the maiden voyage (riding it around the LBS neighborhood doesn't count). Anyways, enough blabbering, I just wanted to say high and share my new bicycle excitement!
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Old 08-26-09, 09:20 PM   #2
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Welcome! Hopefully your first ride will lead to many more for your new road bike!
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This thread is useless without pics

Congrats on the new ride. If I ever go Nouvo Techno a Roubaix is on my short list.
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Well I took it out for my first ride tonight... 10.29 miles in just over 45 minutes. It's definitely going to take me a while to get used to riding the road bike, but I definitely enjoyed it. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow though. Pics to come soon!
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Just think of it as the beginning of a very long relationship. The being sore will go away pretty quickly as you adjust to the different riding position.
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Just wanted to introduce myself to the group here, I've been lurking in here for a while but haven't chimed in on too many threads. I'm just barely a clyde and hopefully will soon become an emeritus member. I started mountain biking a couple summers ago when I still lived in Tampa, FL and actually road quite a bit while I was stil therel in grad school. Last summer we moved to the Washington, DC area and my riding has been very infrequent/almost non-existant. Couple infrequent riding with a new job in outside sales with a fat expense account = eating out almost every day for lunch and some pretty substantial weight gain. Part of the reason I haven't been riding is I hate dealing with traffic around here to drive somewhere to mountain bike, and while I have a set of spare MTB wheels w/ road slicks on them, I'm not a big fan of riding my MTB on the road. So I just solved that problem and bought me my first ever road bike, I got a 2010 Specialized Roubaix Elite this afternoon. Tomorrow will be the maiden voyage (riding it around the LBS neighborhood doesn't count). Anyways, enough blabbering, I just wanted to say high and share my new bicycle excitement!
I weigh 253 pounds and got a 09 Specialized Roubaix Expert last November and LOVE IT!! I am sure you will come to love yours.
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Welcome, I have the same ride and I have been happy with it. Keep the rubber side down. ECB1
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Old 08-29-09, 11:54 AM   #14
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I finally got around to taking a photo of the new bike... Here she is, sorry for all the clutter in the background.

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