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    Would like to introduce myself...

    Hey All,

    I spent most of my workday trolling around this forum, and I must say, you've all inspired me.

    I'm currently 251.6, down from 271 Sept 1st, at 5'7". I'm doing this not only for myself, but for my father who may be on the verge of hip replacement, somewhere in his mid to high 300's at 57 years old. Every time I think of him not being able to walk, not being about to deal with the pain, I promise to do my best to inspire him with my progress.

    My fiancee is also in the same boat, so we're trying to do this together.

    So where was I. I've lately become obsessed with cycling, although my first ride a few weeks ago reminded me just how bad of shape I'm in, as I got about a mile away from home and felt faint to the point that I laid down in someone's yard until the wife came to pick me up.. Along that ride I realized that this is going to be a hard journey, but I'm not deterred. We picked her up a bike from a friend so we can do this together, and start our healthy lives together.

    Unfortunately, both bikes were in dire need of tune-ups, so I'm waiting to pick them up from the LBS later this week.

    I think that's about all as far as introductions go. Don't have any pictures of the rides, but hers is a 97 Trek Volkswagen edition (the one that came with the Jetta Trek), mine is (I believe) a 1999 GT Tequesta hardtail. I'm desperately interested in road biking, and after I get comfortable putting some more miles in on the mountain bike, I believe a road bike will be in my (post-winter) future.

    Drew (but you can call me Nooch)

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    Welcome Nooch, you have a plan and bikes in the hopper as well as goals.
    VERY STRONG

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    Welcome.
    Just stay with it.
    You will have problems.
    Take them one at a time as they come up.
    You can master riding if you stay with it.
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    Just a quick noob question... Can you use an indoor trainer with a mountain bike? I'd imagine if yes, then it would most certainly need a slick on the rear, right?

    Nooch

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    You CAN use a mountain bike with an indoor trainer but its awfully noisy. A slick would probably be a good idea.


    I started riding again about 4 years ago after about a decade hiatus. After my first ride, I thought that my 305 pounds (at the time) was going to bar me from riding a bicycle because my butt hurt so bad!

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    Welcome Nooch! yep, no probs with an MTB and a trainer as long as you use a street tire. Other wise the noise and rubber dust from the knobbies will drive you nuts.

    I see you are in West Nyack. You are close to the infamous P-CAD. Visit the Roadie forum sometime, it's resaonably entertaining in a locker roomish sort of way.

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    Welcome to the Club! You will find a large number of us here for the same reasons. We may all label it differently, but it all boils down to the same basic issues. Always remember, you are not alone!
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    Hi Nooch,

    Welcome to the forum. I was about your weight three months ago and had an old mountain bike. It worked great and I think you've got a good start. I quickly progressed to a fitness bike and then to a road bike. You will find biking to be a great way to get fit. We just bought my wife a road bike and we are having fun riding together. I would advise you to take your time, don't push too much. Soon, if you're like myself and my wife, you'll find you are gaining strength as well as loosing weight. I love the way biking is easy on all my old joints. The only problem I find is finding the time to do as much biking as I want to do. Addicting - yes it is. But, it the best addiction I've ever done.

    Enjoy and let us know your progress. This is an inspiring forum.

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    The only problem with using a mountain bike on a trainer is that you will shred a knobby tire in no time at all. It will also be dusty and noisy, as others have suggested, buy a cheap slick tire. Don't spend much money on it because trainers tend to chew up tires. A 10 dollar tire will last as long as a 50 dollar tire on a trainer. If noise is a concern then make sure you set your trainer up on the ground level of your house, basement or first floor if you have a crawl space. Using a trainer in an apartment is a good way to PO the neighbors.

    Welcome to the forum Nooch, stick with it and before you know it you will be riding 10, 20, 60, then 100 miles at a stretch. Don't believe me? Bookmark this thread then next November come back and post your longest ride. You won't believe the progress you can make if you are determined.

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    Welcome, you will be doing long rides in no time! Keep at it, you can do it.

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    welcome.we're all in the same boat as you.just keep plugging!
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    got the bikes back last night and my mom bought the fiancee and i a Thule roof set-up for an early x-mas present...

    looking forward to taking em to Rockland Lake, a fairly flat, 3-mile bike path, on sunday.

    and thus starts conditioning

    (down to 248.8 this morning on diet alone, for the most part. first time i've been closer to 200 than 300 in a long while, and i'm looking forward to never seeing the other side again.)

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    Ahem.

    Pics or it didn't happen.

    In accordance with clydesdale & athena forums rules, by posting a thread which even hints at the prospect of acquiring a new (or used) bicycle you are thus obligated to post pictures of the bicycle(s). Bonus points for pictures of said bicycle against a white garage door. Sorry Nooch, I didn't make the rules

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    well they're not new, technically, just back from a full tune-up.. Vicki's actually, is new to her, but alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nooch View Post
    well they're not new, technically, just back from a full tune-up.. Vicki's actually, is new to her, but alright.

    Thule Rack, 97 Trek VW Edition, 99 (or so) GT Tequesta, 2006 VW Jetta.
    Dude, someone stole both of your front wheels!

    Hey, a bike doesn't have to be new. Note my screen name, I don't have anything under about 20 years old, lol.

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    I think that the mountain bike on the trainer is better than a road bike on the trainer. the wider tires will distribute the weight better. with older trainers on my road bike I would wear out the side wall of the tire. Definitely get a slick tire for use on the trainer. I have replaced my knobbies on my mountain bike with near baldies, I don't really ride off road and the noise and resistance was terrible with the knobbies.

    Oh, welcome.

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    Felt the need to stop in....

    Hit rockland lake today, did two laps (six miles) with a few breaks here and there to rest our sore rears... absolutely had the time of my life, and wish i brought my camera, the foliage was beautiful, the path covered in fallen leaves from two days of rain, a nice mid 50 day....

    we both think new saddles are probably in the cards, mine is a WTB SST/K that is just a bit narrow on my sit-bones, hers is the stock saddle that came with the Trek (with a nice VW logo on it i'm a huge VW nut, spot three VW related tattoos, etc... my friend giving us this bike just fed into the addiction, but i've known him in the VW scene for years )

    any advice for measuring out your sit-bones? some proper shorts/bibs are in order first, i'm not opposed to thinking that i just need to get used to the saddle in the first place, but eventually we'll see what's in the cards.

    but thank you all, for your input and advice, your inspiration... i'm so stoked to have done 6 today (having only set out for 3), feeling extremely accomplished, and down to 247.6 as of this morning

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    Congratulations on your ride! I think someone here pointed out that if you can do one block, the next time you can do two blocks. If you can do one mile, the next time you can do two miles. Leaping from one mile to 6 is a really good start!

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    Your story sounds like many of ours...I know it's pretty similar to my own. Remember about your loaded roof rack if you park in the garage. I've heard many horror stories about breaking the bikes and the house because the driver forgot about the bikes on the roof.

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    Next ride maybe you'll make it one more house till your wife has to pick you up. Ride after that maybe one more house until before you know it, you're riding a century. Don't give up.

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    I would hold off on buying new seats right away. You need to give your rear end some time to adjust to yee old ass hatchet. Contraire to popular belief, a huge cushy saddle will actually be less comfortable than a narrow saddle. This is due to the gel in the lazy-boy saddles flowing and squishing into areas in your...anatomy...that it shouldn't be. Sure they are comfy for a wander down the board walk or around the block, but once you get into the 20 mile range (which won't be long) you'll be wishing you were back on the narrow saddle.

    Now that is not to say that all narrow saddles are created equally. If you really want your sit bones measured, find yourself a Specialized dealer and ask if they have an ass-o-meter (seriously), which is a device you sit on to measure your sit bones. The measurements will then be used to find an appropriately sized saddle.

    Do you have a pair of cycling shorts yet? These will do wonders to improve your comfort on bike. If you have issues with modesty you can buy mountain bike shorts which have an outer shell over the regular cycling shorts which look like cargo shorts. Or you can wear gym shorts over the cycling shorts. We won’t tell on you.

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    Riding is going to put on a bit of muscle. So the weight loss may slow down for a bit as your body changes. Don't forget to measure things by how your clothes fit as well as the scales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    Do you have a pair of cycling shorts yet? These will do wonders to improve your comfort on bike. If you have issues with modesty you can buy mountain bike shorts which have an outer shell over the regular cycling shorts which look like cargo shorts. Or you can wear gym shorts over the cycling shorts. We won’t tell on you.
    I haven't bought shorts yet, no, and i'm not too concerned about the modesty of it all... just don't know where to go, what to look for, or what's in my price range (which is low...) i picked up a twin six xxl jersey off ebay for not too much, but it's a little on the small side, so i haven't worn it riding yet..

    as far as ebay goes and bibs/shorts/etc... it seems that there's a lot of fake stuff out there, lots of stuff shipping from taiwan/china... while i know that they're probably stealing use of imagery and trademark, is there anything that can be said about the quality of the product (ie comfort, chamois, etc..?)

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    XXL on sale:
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    XXL on sale:
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    Well damn I bought two! I'd have bought more, but I figure I better try them out, lol. Thanks a bunch, 10 Wheels!
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