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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 11-01-09, 06:29 PM   #1
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Getting started with a new bike and a new attitude

this week i get the new bike i ordered off ebay. a surly long haul trucker. i'm definitely a high end clydesdale and it has 36 spoke wheels; i'm not sure if they'll last.

i've been riding my diamondback sherwood for a ten years on and off and lately i've ridden it a lot. its really too small for me. i got some new wheels for it because they other ones popped spokes and and the wheels bent. also, i live in east tennessee where there are hills and then more hills. i'm working in indiana right now and i brought my bike and man i sure do love the flat rides.


1. any words of advice for someone starting out anew? when i say "anew" i mean i am going to try to ride my bicycle everywhere i can. 2. also, i am afraid that i might not be able to bend over for the new handlebars like i used to when i was young. i like the hybrid's handlebar gear shifting now. any thoughts on that? 3. anybody know of any good raingear for big fellas?
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Old 11-01-09, 06:47 PM   #2
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I rode one @ 368, maybe more, scales that ranged were scarce at times; 32 spokes NO problems, tighten 'em if you've a reliable shop. One guy did just that, plucked them to CK, did little else, went unnoticed. I can do it but...a second opinion was in order. As afraid as I was to get back on a skinny tire was as relieved as I was getting on that hybrid (the wife's don't tell 'er) It'll only get easier, core stength etc.
I've waisted enough of your time. Perhaps later. Good Luck, you won't need it.
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1. Enjoy it! Seriously, the problem I have is maybe riding *too much*. Have fun with it, don't turn it some kind of arduous torture.

2. Your local bike shop can help you out with all kinds of steering tube extensions, stems, and different handlebars to dial in your fit.

3. I'm still a fan of the ol' walmart PVC rainsuit. At anything above maybe 60 degrees, there isn't enough ventilation, but at that temperature, I'm usually sweating enough to produce enough of my own moisture. When it starts getting cold and rainy, they work great.
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Oh, just now noticed your photo from before you gained weight.
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The most important part of cycling is to have fun, so have fun
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Have fun! Get a cadence computer and spin like a mofo!
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haha. lost weight. ha. thats 300 lbs standing there.
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