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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 07-27-10, 04:18 PM   #1
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New Clyde from Ohio

Hey folks,

Just wanted to say hi all.

I've been snooping around this forum for a few days, and it seems like there is a lot of positive and mutual support here. I thought I should finally jump into the mix.

My wife's been after me to set down the bacon cheeseburger, and take better care of myself. For some reason nothing has been able to motivate me. That is until I found this place.

I have the typical Clyde story. Used to ride 60-100 miles a week... stopped riding 5 years ago... Got married... moved into a fixer-upper... desk job... lost track of time... ballooned up to +300 lbs... excuses... excuses... excuses... blah blah blah.

For some reason I was reminded how much I missed cycling while watching the Tour de France this year. Then I remembered that the word "clydesdale" is the term to describe a large cyclist. One google search later, and here I am.

I'm completely inspired by you guys! That "before and after pics" thread was the clincher.

I plan on getting back on my bike and working out a food plan before this weekend.

I look forward to interacting with you folks here.

Thanks for the inspiration to relight the fire!

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Old 07-27-10, 04:22 PM   #2
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Hi from another Clyde in Ohio.

I've gained 50+ pounds since I started at my current job, almost 9 years ago. I weigh 230 now...and need to lose weight. I'd be interested in seeing what your food plan is, or where you get your information from.

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Welcome!

Yep... very familiar story!!!

And yes, this place just oozes perspiration... oops, i mean motivation!
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Cuyahoga Falls (next to Akron)

I have a '96 or '97 Trek Mountain bike. I think it's a Mountain Track 800, but I'm not sure. I still have to rescue it from the garage and see what work needs done to it.
I also have a 2005 Diamondback Century road bike that I don't feel comfortable riding untill I'm about 250 pounds.

I'm keeping the meal plan simple right now. Grilled chicken breasts, grilled pork loin, salads, veggies, fruits, cerals, skim milk, whole grains, low cal microwave meals for lunch (I'll burn out on those pretty fast, but for now I just want to get started). I got a wicked sweet tooth, so I'll probably get some of those 100 cal snack packs and 60 cal fudgesickles. I'll see how it goes, and adjust if needed.

Thanks for the welcome.
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Any Buckeye State posters who want to join me for a ride on the Allegheny River Trail August 14, feel free. It's less than two hours from Akron.

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Just weighed myself this morning. I'm at 303 lbs [and stand at 6'0"].

I once did one of those BMI tests and it determined that my ideal weight should be at 178. My wife thicks that would be too skinny, but I reached 198 at my lowest weight before I met her, and I did look like I could lose an extra 20 lbs.
That was over 15 years ago, so I think it should probably be in the mid 180s now. I'd be happy at 200 though.

Historian, I'd love to, but I have to keep my rides local right now. Orders from headquarters.
Are you from Pittsburgh?
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BMI LIES! It says at 6' 4" I should weigh 206.. haha! Thats really funny. 30 years ago, I was a scholarship basket ball player, I was 205 when I went to play in my freshman year, and 225 when I left. 15 years ago I decided I wanted to ride fast, so I watched what I ate... and got down to 265 with 6% body fat! Me at 206 is VERY FUNNY! Besides I'm at 275 now and back to riding.
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Just weighed myself this morning. I'm at 303 lbs [and stand at 6'0"].

I once did one of those BMI tests and it determined that my ideal weight should be at 178. My wife thicks that would be too skinny, but I reached 198 at my lowest weight before I met her, and I did look like I could lose an extra 20 lbs.
That was over 15 years ago, so I think it should probably be in the mid 180s now. I'd be happy at 200 though.

Historian, I'd love to, but I have to keep my rides local right now. Orders from headquarters.
Are you from Pittsburgh?
No, Philadelphia area. I'll be visiting Western PA in a couple of weeks, though.
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Cuyahoga Falls (next to Akron)

I have a '96 or '97 Trek Mountain bike. I think it's a Mountain Track 800, but I'm not sure. I still have to rescue it from the garage and see what work needs done to it.
I also have a 2005 Diamondback Century road bike that I don't feel comfortable riding untill I'm about 250 pounds.

I'm keeping the meal plan simple right now. Grilled chicken breasts, grilled pork loin, salads, veggies, fruits, cerals, skim milk, whole grains, low cal microwave meals for lunch (I'll burn out on those pretty fast, but for now I just want to get started). I got a wicked sweet tooth, so I'll probably get some of those 100 cal snack packs and 60 cal fudgesickles. I'll see how it goes, and adjust if needed.

Thanks for the welcome.
Howdy neighbor...stay tuned to the Clyde and Great Lakes forums, you might want to join some of us for the informal rides we do.
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Welcome to the forums Mr.Ploppy! I know exactly how you feel. I just moved to Stow and am still unpacking. PM me if you want and we should be able to head out for a ride together. Best of luck and welcome again.
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Welcome, from a former ohio clyde (still clyde, just not in Ohio anymore). I had a 96 Trek Antelope 800. Those are awesome bikes. nice and strong. You'll enjoy it.
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I won't mind riding with you guys--just as long as you realize how outta shape I am right now.

I used to ride a lot in the valley. I would usually start at Botzum trailhead and ride on the towpath up to Rockside road and back, or I'd ride on Riverview road from Botzum to the top of that big hill just past Vaughn/Highland rd and back. I hated that hill. It always beat me, and I'd have to get off to walk halfway up.

I'm starting to change my mind about waiting to ride the road bike. I think I was riding it at 270-275... What difference is 25-30 pounds gonna make?
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Welcome, Mr. Ploppy.

I had similar reservations about getting back on my road bike when I was over 250 (I ballooned to 304 on a 5'-11" frame). I'm now a good 15+ pounds less than 250 and found that it had been so long since I rode the road bike that between unfamiliarity and the decreasing back flexibility that comes to some of us with age, it was pretty uncomfortable. I still harbor hopes of getting on another road bike regularly, but it might have to wait until I make my next major goal - under 200 - at which time I think a new one with compact geometry might be the ticket, and it certainly provides inspiration to get to that point.

As far as BMI goes, take it with a grain of salt and use the ranges they list liberally. For me, that range is 129-175 give or take, and while the low end of that range is absurd (I have a pretty broad build), I think 165-170 would be managable and healthy for me. So look over the range they give you and pick a suitable target within it. Even if it proves to be way off in the end, you'll come to realize that well before you get there, and you and your doctor can discuss what a more realistic and sustainable goal might be.
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Mountain bike is in good shape. Last winter I built a couple wooden soap molds for the wife in the garage, so the mtn bike was covered in sawdust. Oops!

It all washed off fine, but I should really clean the cassette, crankset and chain. It wasn't very gunked up, so I rode a little bit around the neighborhood. After I clean the chain and gears I'm going on my first serious ride this evening.

I haven't checked the road bike yet, but it was kept in the house and should be alright [sawdust free at least].
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BMI LIES!
No, it's just misused. It has no bearing on individuals. It's merely a statistical tool: people in the various categories are more or less likely to be overweight, as determined by another measure, such as body fat percentage. People with abnormal musculature will tend out of the central area, even when not fat or thin. It's also got problems at ends of height scale, but for populations of adults within a couple standard deviations of the average height, it's a good predictor of the population's relative obesity.
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