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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 10-11-09, 09:36 AM   #1
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I've got the Bike, am losing weight, but now what?

OK - I picked up my new wonderful 2010 Giant Suede DX with all my custom options yesterday, and got it home!

This morning when I weighed myself, I weighed 360, which is the weight I wanted to be before my knee surgery. So that is great!

I am taking my stop-smoking pill (that worked before) so I expect to quit before the surgery, so that's out of the way.

Now, today is Sunday, it's sunny, it's 55 degrees out, am not hurting too bad, and I sorta want to ride the bike, but to be honest am scared to do so?

I do not yet have the actual surgical date - just the pre-surgical "conference" (this is when they will set the date for the surgery) - on the 23rd of this month. So I feel like I am just waiting now...

I am afraid to get on the bike before the surgery, for fear of creating more pain - then I will start connecting the bike with pain... Bicycle = pain And I do not want that. I know this is all dumb! Simply start out slow, ride a bit close to home, ride easy...

I guess I want to hear how many think I should wait to ride at all until after the surgery, VS how many think I should start riding now as long as I take it easy? (yes, the knee will not be damaged any more than it already is, and the heart DR has approved any/all exercise)

Thoughts Please? Call me scared and Paranoid...
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Old 10-11-09, 09:51 AM   #2
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This is a bike forum. You have a New Bike.
You should have posted what the ride was like yesterday.
Get going Peter.....
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Old 10-11-09, 10:05 AM   #3
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I would continue to ride. Pick a easy route that you know well and enjoy the day.

You will feel better.

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Old 10-11-09, 10:13 AM   #4
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Ride, and ride and ride. If it will not damage the knee anymore, just take it easy and see the outside world. You can also take a camera along with you and then post a ride report later. Pictures always help. Too bad I never do that and now I am inside on the rollers, because it snowed yesterday and is not warm today. Mother Nature brought winter too dang early this year for me. Time to move to the south east part of the US.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:04 AM   #5
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picture of your bike?

Ride ride ride, and good luck on your surgery

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Old 10-11-09, 11:13 AM   #6
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Thoughts Please? Call me scared and Paranoid...
OK Scared and Paranoid, here's what you should do:

1. Put your butt on the saddle.
2. Place your dominant foot on the appropriate pedal.
3. Press down and follow through with your other foot on the other pedal.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as often as you like.

I think you can figure out stopping on your own.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:14 AM   #7
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Get on the bike and ride.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:19 AM   #8
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Old 10-11-09, 11:23 AM   #9
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If you're afraid to ride...

Take a walk.
Mow the lawn.
Do some chores.
Do some crunches.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:23 AM   #10
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Old 10-11-09, 11:43 AM   #11
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Just take a little easy ride. Ride around the block, if you feel like going for more, then go for more, if you don't, then don't. Take your time, get to know the bike.
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Old 10-11-09, 12:16 PM   #12
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You should get some singing lesson cds. It doesn't matter if you can't sing.

I was smoking for 5.5 years. I just quit. I still occasionally crave a smoke, but they just banned what I liked (cloves). Changing my environment isn't something other people can do, but it helps to not be doing the same things that you did while smoking. I changed jobs, location, and marital status.

If you can't afford ( or are leery about buying) the CDs and want them, I could hook you up with some copies. I'll go a long ways to help a smoker quit.
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Old 10-11-09, 01:37 PM   #13
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Go to your brand new bike, look at it, study it, grab the grips and try and stop yourself from riding. At least around the block 2,3, or 25 times.
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Old 10-11-09, 02:11 PM   #14
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The better your fitness level going into the surgery, the faster you recovery will be. Honestly, go out and enjoy your bike. Like most have said here, a short ride will do you some good.
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Old 10-11-09, 02:27 PM   #15
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Pretty much sums it up. "Just go out and ride".

Remember to build your time on your bike little by little. Forget about miles, just work on your time on the bike. Spin in low gearing and you will see massive improvements in your cardio.

Good Luck!
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Old 10-11-09, 02:32 PM   #16
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Well, the bike didn't blow up, nor did I get hit by a car, or get stranded far from home, having to call my wife to come and get me.

Average speed for the 1.76 miles I rode was 7.2

I think I need to act as if I have never ridden a bike before, as it is very much different than it was 30yrs ago with my Le Tour 10SP!

The only reason I didn't ride longer was my hands were going numb (too cold) - may have to invest in some gloves?

Perhaps my memory is very faulty, but I remember riding along in one gear, and I would (most of the time) go up or down one gear from that *main* gear - the other gears were for just starting out, hill pulling, and the like...is my memory wrong?

Lastly, how does one shift a 21-SP?

Anyhow, if the knee hasn't fallen off by morning, it looks like I can start riding (carefully) before the surgery...
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Old 10-11-09, 05:11 PM   #17
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A bike ride is not a big production, it shouldn't require so much thinking and weighing pros and cons. Just hop on, pedal for a bit, go back home. Then rinse & repeat.
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...Perhaps my memory is very faulty, but I remember riding along in one gear, and I would (most of the time) go up or down one gear from that *main* gear - the other gears were for just starting out, hill pulling, and the like...is my memory wrong?

Lastly, how does one shift a 21-SP?...
You're thinking too much. It isn't rocket science, it's just gears and pulleys. Generally speaking, the smallest chainring ("granny gear") is used with the three or four biggest freewheel cogs for very steep hills. The middle chainring is used for most of the cogs, perhaps with the exception of the very biggest or very smallest. The large outer chainring is used with all but the biggest, and perhaps next biggest cog, for downhills and tailwinds.
But really, you just go by feel. When you are riding up a hill, keep shifting down until you find one easy enough. Going down the hill and onto the flats, shift back up until you find one that requires just a little pedal pressure, but not so much that you're grinding slowly and heaving your shoulders from side to side to push it. (Especially with your knee problems.) Just go to an empty parking lot and practice until you've found out what you need to do to get harder or easier gears.

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Old 10-11-09, 05:29 PM   #19
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You did good.
Don't, even think about speed. Just ride safe and slow.
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Go ride tomorrow. And the day after. And the day after. Shifting will come.
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Splendid bike ride! That's about the length of my first rides and you're pulling 80 more pounds than I was!!!! I'm impressed. seriously, I'm not joking because I know how hard those first rides are. I rode 9-miles today... ccccc-cold and that ride was nowhere near as tough as the first rides I did starting out. Keep at it, go slow, and don't worry about how fast/far you're going. You'll be surprised how fast you'll improve.
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Old 10-11-09, 07:36 PM   #22
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You're getting good advice here Peter. Just let it ride.

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Old 10-11-09, 07:48 PM   #23
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Keep it up Peter. Like others have said, don't over think it (even though that's clearly your nature, which is ok).

Right now, all your rides should be short and fun, and leave you wanting more.
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You've thought more about one bike ride than you ever have to.

Such good advice given by the peeps here - just ride. You'll figure it all out....in the meantime, enjoy the scenery.

Not a clyde and can't really relate, but reading the the threads starting with Peter trying to choose a bike right through to the first ride has made for a really nice story. Good luck and enjoy, Peter.
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Nicely done. Don't get caught up in distance or speed, just the fact you are out there is more than you were doing.

If you are having knee pain, try staying in the smallest chain ring up front and the largest couple or three in the back. At some point the middle front ring will be your friend and the smallest will be an occaisional drop in.
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