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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 08-04-10, 11:30 PM   #1
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Just Wanted to Brag...

Ok, not really.

Haven't posted in here before, but I should have a long time ago.

A few years ago when gas prices hit $5.00/gal., I stopped driving. I built a cargo trailer for my bike and started doing all of my errands and all of my commuting on my bicycle, including grocery shopping.

Climbed on the scale a couple of days ago, and I'm down to 201 lbs, from 225+. I'm average height and have an average build, so I've got another 20 or 25 lbs. to go, but I'm halfway. Without dieting or giving up beer.

My bike when I started was an '83 Univega Viva Sport. It's currently languishing in the garage in need of a teardown/rebuild with about 5,000 miles on it since I got it in 2001. I bought a "new" (vintage) MTB and converted it to road use in mid-February this year, and I recently rolled over 1,000 miles on it.

I don't care if gas falls to $0.50/gallon, I'm not going back to driving.
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Old 08-05-10, 05:44 AM   #2
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Congrats on your weightloss without giving up beer LOL (that made me smile)


I know a few other people who also dug out their old bikes when the gas prices went crazy and hit the road on two wheels instead of four. Unfortunately, most of them are back in their cars. It's great to hear that you continued with your bike. I'm sure with all that gas money that you saved you could get yourself a nice new bike too.

I'm job searching right now but my goal is to be able to commute by bike also. I've only been back on my bike for a few weeks and I love it. I'm basically just using my car on the weekends.

Keep it up and the rest of those pounds will soon be gone.
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Old 08-05-10, 05:56 AM   #3
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Congrats on the weight loss and your new commuting style! I lost weight, then gained some back( I seem to ride more- eat more), but I'm still riding and commuting on my bikes. I can't imagine NOT riding now!
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Old 08-05-10, 10:45 AM   #4
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+1,000!
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Old 10-15-10, 02:46 AM   #5
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Update:

Lost another 3 lbs., I'm now down to 198. Do I need to stop coming in here?

I've got at least another 18 lbs. to go, and probably more.
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Old 10-15-10, 07:11 AM   #6
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Lost another 3 lbs., I'm now down to 198. Do I need to stop coming in here?

I've got at least another 18 lbs. to go, and probably more.
No, please stay at the rolling party that never ends.
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Old 10-15-10, 07:18 AM   #7
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Update:

Lost another 3 lbs., I'm now down to 198. Do I need to stop coming in here?

I've got at least another 18 lbs. to go, and probably more.
i think it's encouraging to have ex-clydes around and listen to the "how I did it" stories; it makes you feel that you CAN succeed
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Old 10-15-10, 11:06 AM   #8
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That is a great story and please don't stop posting here. That is encouraging. Bike commuting is possible and does improve your heath. You are the new poster boy.
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Old 10-15-10, 11:33 AM   #9
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Lost another 3 lbs., I'm now down to 198. Do I need to stop coming in here?
Nope - just means you've reached emeritus status. You're now only an honorary Clyde.
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