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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 07-25-10, 08:19 AM   #1
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Sharing a critical point in my clyde cycling progress

I think that for bigger guys road bikes can be really disappointing at first. I actually rode a lot less after I got mine. If you have a lot of belly weight and flexibility issues it can be hard to find advantages to riding a road bike. For me it's been difficult. 6 months before I could properly wrap my hands over and around the hoods, 9 months before I started using "the big gear".

I lost a little weight this week. This morning I decided to ride my bike to a nice bike path that runs the Han river in Seoul Korea. I only lost like 3lbs but when I was riding to Seoul I discovered that it was just enough to comfortably ride in the drops for the first time ever. So for the first time I felt what all the aerodynamic hype is about. My back isn't used to it so I can only hold it for like 5-10 minutes at a time but it made such a big difference. I had no idea how much faster you could ride hunched over like that. I wore my body out sprinting and trying to draft, I'm in so much pain but very happy about today
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Old 07-25-10, 09:42 AM   #2
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I could relate to what you are saying, I dont own a road bike but I have ridden my front doors neighbors second bike with him and you can definelty ride faster and longer than I can on my hybrid by not having the ability to tuck nicely. My goal is that once I get to 200 pounds I am getting me a road bike as a present for acomplishing my goal.
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Old 07-25-10, 09:54 AM   #3
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Congrats, it is a big transition going to a road bike. I feel like I am flying when I am in the tuck.
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Old 07-26-10, 12:15 AM   #4
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Well done!

Maybe you know all this already but...

If you get a chance, go riding in Gangwon Province in the area around Gapyeong, Gangchon, Chuncheon, Hwacheon, and Hongcheon. The climbing can be daunting but the roads are great and the landscape is spectacular. I did a lot of riding in this area in 1996-1998.
There's even a velodrome in Chuncheon! When I was there a high school in Gapyeong had a cycling team and I'd see them training all the time. Sometimes guys from Seoul would ride out our way as well.

In general there are a lot of good roads in rural Korea. The quality of the pavement is excellent and not so much traffic. Do you ride with any Korean bike clubs?
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