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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 03-19-11, 02:14 PM   #1
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Loving this biking thing

Just got home from an 8 mile ride today. I went on a nice multi-use path near my house. It's built on an old railroad line so it's wide, relatively flat and pretty smooth. The 8 miles just flew by and I was nowhere near as tired as I was riding the hills around my neighborhood. I think I'll just try to push it a little further each time.

This sure beats the heck out of walking. Riding bikes is actually pretty fun. Who knew?

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Old 03-19-11, 02:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club.

I have commuted to work, gone on cycling vacations,
even picked up the groceries on my bike.

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Old 03-19-11, 03:44 PM   #3
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Bicycling is the world's most efficient vehicle, keep pedaling and always have fun!
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When I've ridden a bike that fits I find that I smile almost the whole time - except for when I'm climbing a hill, when I'm busy trying to breathe. I was surprised at how much I like it because it'd been a loooong time since I'd ridden a bike when we tried it again recently.
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Old 03-19-11, 09:28 PM   #5
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it's addictive
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You'll find that the miles come together, when you're running on beanpower... 8]
Hills will invite you to truly grasp your gearing, and the size of your wheel will take on a new signifigance. Happy Travels!
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Old 03-19-11, 09:59 PM   #7
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When I've ridden a bike that fits I find that I smile almost the whole time - except for when I'm climbing a hill, when I'm busy trying to breathe. I was surprised at how much I like it because it'd been a loooong time since I'd ridden a bike when we tried it again recently.
I totally agree about the bike fit being a huge factor in enjoying riding. I had an el cheapo department store mountain bike that I bought probably 15 years ago. It spent most of its life on my garage wall. When I decided to try cycling again, I took it down, aired up the tires, gave it a once over tune-up/lube/adjustment and took it for a ride down the street and back. It sucked! The frame was too small for me (always had been I guess). The seat and handlebar positioning just wasn't comfortable at all. By contrast, my Trek feels like it was made just for me it's so comfortable. I love it.
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Old 03-19-11, 10:02 PM   #8
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You'll find that the miles come together, when you're running on beanpower...
I don't think the people behind me like it when I'm running on bean power.
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Old 03-20-11, 06:56 AM   #9
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Great to hear it. Always good when you finish a ride and feel great about it.
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