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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 06-06-10, 07:41 PM   #1
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My longest ride yet!

Ok, in comparison to some of you here, this is peanuts, but today I rode the farthest since I've gotten back in the saddle. Today's ride was 8.6 miles, most of which is on the Pacific Electric Bike Trail, one of the trails that Rails to Trails Conservancy has helped to create.

Currently the trail ends less than a mile from my home, so I rode the trail from the end to the opposite end of the trail (at least for now). The trail is still being constructed, so it's not done, but the part I rode is just about done and made for an enjoyable ride. I'm hoping as the trail is expanded upon that my fitness level will go up proportionately.

I do need to get a couple items to make my rides more enjoyable: shoes and shorts. :|

Right now I'm working on doing double digits.

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Old 06-06-10, 07:43 PM   #2
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Good job! It's gets easier every time out. Nice bike too!
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Old 06-06-10, 07:52 PM   #3
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Not bad! When I started, I did loops, 10 miles was a big thang!

Fontana? Dude, go to the Santa Ana River Trail. Start in Anaheim, near the stadium (Rampart/Orangewood). To the coast and back (Huntington Beach) is 25 miles roundtrip. Usually a headwind to the coast but a nice tailwind on the return. Nice startedgy with a little help on the way back.

The wife and I wre there today (42 miles) and let me tell you, the beach on the warm days is some kind of reward for the ride...Ohh, today there were som Pamela Anderson types, but better . (Don't tell my wife I said that! I told her I didn't see them)

Plus it's cooler at the coast. You'll be doing 25-40 in no time.

Shorts first, comfort has a ton to do with distance!

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Old 06-06-10, 08:16 PM   #4
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Nice ride, nice bike. Get some shorts - the shoes are fine for the sort of riding you are doing.
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Old 06-06-10, 09:13 PM   #5
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Thanks for the kind words. I used to do road racing back about 20 years ago, but got away from the sport until this year. I even worked a summer during high school in the LBS as a mechanic. It's so great to be back in the saddle.

I live in Fontana and like I said it's less than a mile to the PET's end point at Maple Ave. I enjoy the PET because I don't have to drive anywhere to get to the trail. I just hop on the bike at home and hit the road. Right on budget. I have ridden on the Santa Ana River Trail in Riverside. My friend Tim (who's a member here) lives near the trail, so he toke me for my maiden voyage on the SART. Very cool trail but the hills are a bit much right now for me right now.

I haven't gotten the shorts or the shoes yet because money has been VERY tight this year. Another good friend of mine even bought me a helmet, so the budget has been a big issue. I finally got my tax refund, so I'm probably going to get a pair of shorts from Aerotech. As for the shoes, my Pulse has SPD pedals and the old tennis shoes are making me feel the pedal. (Ouch!!) I'm looking for a Shimano pair, size 47. I've found a few on Ebay that hopefully will work fine.

gitarzan, thanks for the kind words on the bike. I still have my Klein Quantum road bike I built up while working at the LBS. I've been a Klein fan since high school and found this Pulse Pro about six years ago on Ebay. It's been a great bike and I'm looking forward to when I'm fit enough to ride the Quantum again.

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Ok, in comparison to some of you here, this is peanuts, but today I rode the farthest since I've gotten back in the saddle. Today's ride was 8.6 miles

Right now I'm working on doing double digits.
Go go go. I remember hitting the wall at 8 miles. I'm up to 100 miles per week and down 45 pounds.

You'll appreciate this bike I bought a week ago since you also have one:

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I used to do road racing back about 20 years ago, but got away from the sport until this year.
Then your legs will eventually come out. I was never a fast rider, but I always had decent power when I needed it. When I first started riding, I didn't have it anymore, but it came back pretty quickly. When you start in on hills it comes back fast. But the first few climbs make you wonder if you're gonna die and/or it sounds like an attractive option. But you won't and the next time out the hills will get easier.

Anyway, tally-ho! Good start, and good luck on continued improvement.
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Old 06-14-10, 05:23 PM   #8
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Thanks to all for the words of encouragement! It's difficult at times but it's getting more fun everyday. I'm also working on reworking my diet to get rid of the bad eating habits and gain some good ones.

Sequimite, I love the Quantum! It looks to be of a similar vintage. I'd like to hear the details of your Quantum. The first I saw was in a Bicycling magazine ('85-'86?) on the non-ferrous frame bikes. The Klein Quantum in that issue was red (like mine) and had the shifters on a pedastal above the downtube. It was that bike that put me in love with the Kleins. I had to have one of my own.

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Sequimite, I love the Quantum! It looks to be of a similar vintage. I'd like to hear the details of your Quantum. The first I saw was in a Bicycling magazine ('85-'86?) on the non-ferrous frame bikes. The Klein Quantum in that issue was red (like mine) and had the shifters on a pedastal above the downtube. It was that bike that put me in love with the Kleins. I had to have one of my own.

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Well, my 1990 Quantum and I went 100 kilometers on Friday, my longest ride yet. Plan to do the Seattle to Portland ride in 2011 and ride my Klein through its home town of Chehalis.

Later Quantums had the internal cable routing. The fire engine green color, history from original owner and excellent condition sold me on this particular bike. 6 speed Uniglide hub, all Dura Ace except for Shimano 600 brakes and Campy front derailer. Love the bike.

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