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    Some people continue to yell at me from trucks mainly. I used to get mad but now I wave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigrrr View Post
    No one should be imbarrassed, I wear a helmet , weigh 320 pounds, use Oxygen, wear funny bike shorts and off color shirts, and have long hair and a beard ..people say I look like manson hahaha I dont see it but oh well. I can imagine what goes through their minds, but you know no one has ever said a rude comment to me. ( might be the manson look-a-like) that stops that. But just get out there and ride.
    Do you think the use of oxygen mask will cure it's self over time or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoobert View Post
    So here it goes. I'm 27 years old, 6'2 and 265lbs. Been embarrass of my weight for a few years now. Back in my young teens I was really into mountain biking and was probably around 150lbs. I am looking at a Bianchi Volpe for doing some trails and commuting around town. I am hoping to get into good enough shape to do a century at the end of August. I'm just really looking forward to getting out on the road again and hopefully lose a few pounds in the process. This thread is really inspiring, keep those pedals turning!!

    I started riding at 480 pounds and wore bicycle spandex. I'm sure I didn't make any friends that had to look at me

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Justdon:

    Welcome to the fold. Getting a bike is a great first step (and for $45, it looks to me like you got a steal). Remember, the key is not how far you can go today, it's going that far today, and getting back out tomorrow to do it again. It really is a "one day at a time" proposition. Keep your goals realistic - if you can ride a block today, make your goal riding two blocks, then three, etc. As others have said, it can amazing how soon you will be counting miles, not blocks.

    Most important - you are doing this for you. It is simply irrelevent how far or fast anyone else can go. If you are enjoying the rides, and they are making you feel better and healthier, then you are a success story. Congratulations in advance on your success story.
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    No, will never cure me. I have to use the 02 24/7 due to a bad heart and lung so I have to use it, no if ands or buts I am sure people look at me funny but ya know I could give one rats butt about them.

    oh, it really is not a mask but nasal canula

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    Wow. Thank you all for this (and other) threads.

    New here, 5' 11" 302lbs. I too have the embarassment thing going on. I've gone to the gym only to leave without doing anything worthwhile.

    I am going to start commuting by bike soon. Well at least bike to and from the train stations. The railroad lets folding bikes on without a permit so I ordered a Montague Paratrooper Pro. Seemed like the sturdiest folder I could find. Hopefully it hold up to my weight.

    I always hesitated getting back into bikes for the very reason of "Oh look! Fat guy on a bike!" After reading this thread, I've come to the realization that I need to stop being a neomaxizoomdweebie. Gonna get in the saddle, screw the haters, and ride for my life.

    Again thank you all for the inspiration. Truly amazing stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Justdon:
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    Most important - you are doing this for you. It is simply irrelevent how far or fast anyone else can go. If you are enjoying the rides, and they are making you feel better and healthier, then you are a success story. Congratulations in advance on your success story.
    I call this running your race. If you run someone else's race you'll probably fail.

    When I started running, it was really hard at first. So I was looking for information on running and found a website where a marathon runner had put up an article on pacing yourself. He ran one marathon, tried to keep up with the lead runners, and ended up walking the last several miles. In the next race he paced himself better by running slower at first and slowing down throughout the race. His overall time went down considerably because he finished the race running instead of walking.

    I've applied that to all sorts of cardio exercises and it works. If you pay attention to your body, you'll know how fast to push. Slow down throughout the workout, and go further. You'll end up not only going further, but faster overall. Run your race and don't pay attention to someone else's pace.
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    Don't think about what other people say. If you enjoy riding and are having fun it shouldn't bother you what other people are thinking. They may be jealous because you are outside having fun, getting healthy and they aren't. I'm 6'2" and 301 pounds and I wear the black spandex pants. I don't care what anyone else thinks I'm getting healthy for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pub View Post
    Does anyone or did anyone feel embarrassed at first when riding around on a bike?
    To be honest I am and that comes from a few reasons.

    1st, I知 paranoid that people are watching me because to see a Clyde on a bike is not the norm here, at least I have never seen it.

    2nd, I知 not a fast rider, in fact I am anything but. I just like to take my time while others go at the speed of sound. And that makes me more paranoid because I keep thinking people are laughing at me going slower than them because I知 a Clyde.

    3rd, I知 going through the learning process of getting the gears right for what I want to do. So when I come to an incline, I am sometimes not in the right gear and by the time I have figured it out its too late and I can稚 pedal so have to get off. Another reason for being paranoid and looking a fool.

    4th, I知 not confident that a bike will hold up to my weight (310) and the last thing I want is to have to get off because of a broken something or other and have to push it home. More paranoia Clyde pushing a bike because he broke it!!

    Am I being totally stupid here?
    It doesn't matter how slow you go- you are still running laps around those sitting on the couch.

    Or on this case- peddling miles around them.

    Any good, mature cyclist would be proud I think to see you doing something!

    It would only be the immature whi would say/think something horrible. In that case- I find it best to try & remember that 1) their perception of how the world & you should be is just that- perceptions, likely tainted by preconceived notions and beliefs on what beauty really is.
    2) Even if something were to happen, just know that in the end you DONT have to take their perception of you home.Hard ti do sometimes but completely possible. You KNOW you are out there doing the right thing. You are brave. Each one of us discovers our own truth on our own path. This one is yours- own it. Don't let anyone-- not even your ownself- get in the way.
    3) sometimes our fears are bigger than others thoughts. Let go. Ride like your bike was stolen. Try each day to pay more attention to your own self & not what others may be thinking.
    4) Believe in yourself- a little more each day. You can do this. You WILL do this.

    I believe you can do it!

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    Cycling is a world of spandex and dork helmets. You are a dork to many...its just the way it is and has nothing to with weight. Well maybe a little but if I see a clyde on a bike I admire that person because they made the decision to do something about their health.

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    kudos to all us Clydes! currently ive been a couch potato. crummy weather, and lack of motavation, and being tired 24/7. gotta see my doc to find out why im so tired, but again my hats off to all of you! as its been said over and over here. YA WE ARE BIG PEEPS, BUT WE ARE SO MUCH BIGGER THAN THE FOOLS THAT PICK ON US!

    stepping down off my soap box.

    keep up the effort my friends. every mile i ride i ride for everyone here. remember your riding for you. not the haters. next time someone says something rude and you can make a reply challange them to a ride longer than your norm. 10 to 1 you beat them.

    i love going to the amherst trail. its a 10.5ish mile round trip. i always enjoy getting there, and see someone start there ride. except rodies. have no hope in he** of catching them. i unload, and start the chase. 25% of the time i catch them by the turn around point, and sometimes not, but dog gone it im always racing someone. even if it just to pass the bike in front of me. HEHEHE

    its been awhile since i posted, so im 6'4 370 lbs, both knees are screwed, and got a bad back. last season i rode 531 miles. 31 more than my goal. this year im shooting for 700 miles. only got a little over 100 due to possibly a bit o depression, weather, and being a stupid couch potato. i rode to work 1 day. 8 mile ride. took my trailer. wont do that again. the extra 20+ lbs was a bit much. ill use my saddle bags next time.

    ok peeps keep the wind in your face, helmet on your head, and hit the roads. screw the hatters because thet are the fools not us. keep your legs pumping like your life depends on it. because it probably does. america is full of over weight peeps, and by god im tired of being FAT!

    my brothers and sisters be happy. we are doing the right thing, plus at least we are enjoying being part of life instead of watching it pass us by!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALC_4_me View Post
    I'm a fairly big rider - 5'8 and nearly 300lbs -
    Most mornings I bike to the gym and do olympic lifting or boxing. .
    HARDCORE!

    Doing this, in time, you may still be HUUUGE... But you won't have much fat...

    Me:
    I'm 6', 275 lbs +/-.
    I lift heavy. Bordering on Power lifting heavy. Probably in the low 20% BF range and trending lower. Not great, but healthy.

    Olympic lifting is serious stuff! But boxing too! Add to that cycling!
    WOW! Inspiring!

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    Hills are natures intervals...

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    Brand new member. Male, 6'2", 270 pounds. Right at 55 years old.

    A couple of years ago I bought a "new" 2009 Scott P4 - XXL. I have a favorite riding place - a local wildlife area w/ very little traffic most days. I suffer from depression, have most of my life, so spend a good decade on the couch.

    Have only ridden it a couple dozen times after work - maxed out at about six-eight miles. Last time I rode it was last summer in 108 degree F weather - about five miles.

    Just traded the Scott in on an L Cannondale CX 5 - I hope it's a little easier to ride. Am right now undergoing PT for arthritis in my left knee.

    I'm trying! I hope to get up to maybe twenty miles or so at a ride, participate in a couple of fun organized rides here.

    But, yes, am still very embarrassed at having to walk the bike up seemingly minor hills - and it seems that all my chosen starting points are at higher elevations that when I turn around "Can this POSSIBLY be uphill both ways?!!?"

    Take care, all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pub View Post
    Does anyone or did anyone feel embarrassed at first when riding around on a bike?
    To be honest I am and that comes from a few reasons.

    1st, I知 paranoid that people are watching me because to see a Clyde on a bike is not the norm here, at least I have never seen it.

    2nd, I知 not a fast rider, in fact I am anything but. I just like to take my time while others go at the speed of sound. And that makes me more paranoid because I keep thinking people are laughing at me going slower than them because I知 a Clyde.

    3rd, I知 going through the learning process of getting the gears right for what I want to do. So when I come to an incline, I am sometimes not in the right gear and by the time I have figured it out its too late and I can稚 pedal so have to get off. Another reason for being paranoid and looking a fool.

    4th, I知 not confident that a bike will hold up to my weight (310) and the last thing I want is to have to get off because of a broken something or other and have to push it home. More paranoia Clyde pushing a bike because he broke it!!

    Am I being totally stupid here?
    RIDE YOUR RIDE> Pub, everyone here has been inspiring to me while reading thru this thread. Thank YOU for posting such a question/concern, thank you to everyone else who has sent their suggestions and stories! Do we have any updates on you Pub and your progress? This thread was started in 2011, just curious?? Hope I didn't miss them while going thru all the pages.

    Dh and I have recently started riding again, for better health. I'm 235lbs (was 256) & I took up biking again because I get bored very easily & though we have finally been able to acquire used gym equipment, I still get bored. I have to change things up regularly.

    Dh and I bought two new bikes and I love it SO MUCH! Being a terrible introvert, I'm always embarrassed/reserved around people. Not because I'm fat, I've just always preferred animals to people. I've been yelled at, cat called, called names. Guess what? I'm fat, I'm fluffy, I'm overweight...I'm whatever people want to call it but they don't know I have Lupus, or 4 herniated cervical discs or Fibromyalgia. They don't know my weight is largely due in part to those challenges and medications.
    AND they don't know that despite those challenges I'm still out riding!
    I don't give a damn what people in their cages scream at me anymore.
    This threads reinforces that attitude!
    It's MY BODY, MY HEALTH, MY RIDE, MY CHOICE.

    RIDE YOUR RIDE> (I apply that to the motorcycle too!)

    You ALL ROCK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    A little oversensitive, perhaps. Personally, I never cared, and for what it's worth, I was q serious attemntion grabber, since I initially had to litrally use oxygen to be able to ride.



    Fell a little less sensitive?

    You sir (along with everyone else here) are truly an inspiration. I was reading thru the thread, saw your photo updates and THANK YOU!
    -Find what you love and let it kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOF1 View Post
    Brand new member. Male, 6'2", 270 pounds. Right at 55 years old.

    A couple of years ago I bought a "new" 2009 Scott P4 - XXL. I have a favorite riding place - a local wildlife area w/ very little traffic most days. I suffer from depression, have most of my life, so spend a good decade on the couch.

    Have only ridden it a couple dozen times after work - maxed out at about six-eight miles. Last time I rode it was last summer in 108 degree F weather - about five miles.

    Just traded the Scott in on an L Cannondale CX 5 - I hope it's a little easier to ride. Am right now undergoing PT for arthritis in my left knee.

    I'm trying! I hope to get up to maybe twenty miles or so at a ride, participate in a couple of fun organized rides here.

    But, yes, am still very embarrassed at having to walk the bike up seemingly minor hills - and it seems that all my chosen starting points are at higher elevations that when I turn around "Can this POSSIBLY be uphill both ways?!!?"

    Take care, all!
    Just want to say keep it up. I've had depression for years. Getting out on the bike in the quiet areas and seeing the animals/birds is great. There's some great reads here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangerineowl View Post
    Just want to say keep it up. I've had depression for years. Getting out on the bike in the quiet areas and seeing the animals/birds is great. There's some great reads here.
    Thanks for the encouragement. It comes and goes, but I do enjoy getting out.

    Take care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOF1 View Post
    Brand new member. Male, 6'2", 270 pounds. Right at 55 years old.

    A couple of years ago I bought a "new" 2009 Scott P4 - XXL. I have a favorite riding place - a local wildlife area w/ very little traffic most days. I suffer from depression, have most of my life, so spend a good decade on the couch.

    Have only ridden it a couple dozen times after work - maxed out at about six-eight miles. Last time I rode it was last summer in 108 degree F weather - about five miles.

    Just traded the Scott in on an L Cannondale CX 5 - I hope it's a little easier to ride. Am right now undergoing PT for arthritis in my left knee.

    I'm trying! I hope to get up to maybe twenty miles or so at a ride, participate in a couple of fun organized rides here.

    But, yes, am still very embarrassed at having to walk the bike up seemingly minor hills - and it seems that all my chosen starting points are at higher elevations that when I turn around "Can this POSSIBLY be uphill both ways?!!?"

    Take care, all!
    You have a nice bike.

    I started when I was 65 y/o. A friend suggested lower gearing for the hills.

    You could change your small chain ring from a 28 Tooth to a 24 Tooth.

    Should that not do it for you (with the bad Knees) Go to a cassette with a 11-34 cogs.
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    Thanks, 10 Wheels!

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    New embarrassed rider

    Great thread guys! The fact idiots are so rude towards other people for their size etc.is ridiculous. I say grow a big bushy beard, I tend to scare people more than anything.
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    small steps m8, you should be proud of your self.
    you are on your bike not on the sofa.
    set your self small goals... and focus on them, wen you complete your goal you will feel very proud and on to the next b4 long you will be injoying your self,
    ps keep a record of what you do
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    I have to admit that I felt a little self conscious at 355 wearing a cycling jersey and cycling shorts struggling to get up a couple different hills today. But then I remembered I could care less about what strangers think of me. Seriously though, I've been self conscious about my weight my entire life. It doesn't help anything or anyone to worry about what other people think. I'm actually impressed when I see a Clyde out there run I g or riding. It means they've made a decision to better them self and aren't vegging out on the couch at home.
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    Well...embarrassed should be a skinny guy pushing bike up a little hill, or a 200+ couch potato watching TV all day long...
    THERE IS NOTHING TO BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT WHEN YOU OVERWEIGHT AND ACTIVELY SPENDING YOUR TIME ON NOT SO EASY TASK /AT FIRST/ OF RIDING A BICYCLE TO IMPROVE YOU HEALTH AND QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE.
    I'm 6.3 at 280+ at this moment. I look pretty good for my weight. I gain a lot when I quit smoking and then when I broke my back soon after that. Anyway, I always respected overweight riders more than "skinny butt" ones. Skinny butts doesn't have to work so hard... Don't be embarrassed...there is really no need for that.
    If you don't feel comfortable in your area - just take your bike to some park and ride there. Its also a safer place to ride than on city streets or sidewalks, and you may meet pretty cool people there that share your cycling passion.
    Keep riding guys!
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