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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 06-20-11, 03:45 PM   #1
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Video of ride that contributed to 4 lb weight loss last week

After Saturday's sufferfest on Snows Road, I went up to Nevada City yesterday to watch and record the Nevada City Bicycle Classic criterium. I brought my heavy, low-end Trek 7000 WSD hybrid with rack, rack trunk, lights, and kickstand so I could carry my extra cameras, stuff I bought, and swag. I climbed about 720' just riding around trying to map out the course and find the best spot to record from.

Since I had another 2 hours before the start of the first race, I decided to explore Nevada City's climbs. Right away I found Red Dog Road, which was a long climb with grades up to 17%. It was a real sufferfest due to the bike I was riding.

After watching and recording the Masters men 35+/45+ 1,2,3,4 and Women's Pro 1,2,3 races, I was motivated to do another 1,200' of climbing. This time I found Willow Valley Road, which is another long climb with grades up to 15%. It also turned into a sufferfest near the end. Since I didn't know how long the road was, I turned around when the road leveled out right before another steep section. When I got home and looked at the map on my Garmin Connect page, I found out I was near the top. Damn!

Total amount of climbing recorded was 3,471'. It would be higher, but I forgot to start the timer for a while after watching the races. When I discovered that at the top of Nevada Street, I turned around and climbed back up to the same spot to fix that.

Here's the Garmin Connect data. Note the abysmally low average speed, partly due to time spent riding around the course trying to map it out: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/93643130

Here's the video of the sufferfest climbs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJH2aBrxiWI
[video=youtube;xJH2aBrxiWI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJH2aBrxiWI[/video]

Here's the bike I rode:


Trek 7000 WSD at top of Red Dog Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Old 06-21-11, 01:08 PM   #2
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FTU,

first off way to go on those climbs! Looks like you've gotten a lot better at pedaling up steep hills since you first started posting those videos.

Second, losing 4 lbs. in one week is fantastic! I guess I need to go back out to what passes for hills here in North Texas to help with my weight loss.
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Old 06-21-11, 02:07 PM   #3
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Not saying your bike isn't heavy but I was just thinking, what is it about mixte's that just makes them look slower than the average bike? Mine's a mixte and I know it's heavy as lead because I've lifted it more than a few times. But there's something about the frame geometry that just doesn't LOOK fast no matter how light it really is.
Good job on the climbing. Someday I want to climb like that. I know. . .practice, practice, practice!!!!!
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FTU,

first off way to go on those climbs! Looks like you've gotten a lot better at pedaling up steep hills since you first started posting those videos.

Second, losing 4 lbs. in one week is fantastic! I guess I need to go back out to what passes for hills here in North Texas to help with my weight loss.
Thanks! I really need to do those climbs with my road bike, as I could tell I was going quite a bit slower on this bike. I was fueled by 3 Clif Shot Bloks, an Otter Pop, a stale cookie, and a small cup of lemonade. Everything but the Shot Bloks were freebies people were giving out on the side of the road. I was so glad to eat real food when I got back to town!

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Not saying your bike isn't heavy but I was just thinking, what is it about mixte's that just makes them look slower than the average bike? Mine's a mixte and I know it's heavy as lead because I've lifted it more than a few times. But there's something about the frame geometry that just doesn't LOOK fast no matter how light it really is.
Good job on the climbing. Someday I want to climb like that. I know. . .practice, practice, practice!!!!!
Thank you. I've often wondered if any pedaling power is lost on mixte frames. Years ago I thought I heard people say they flex. I probably should've bought the men's version of this bike, but I thought the "WSD" version would be more comfortable.
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Congrats on the ride, looks like a real tough one.
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Congrats on the ride, looks like a real tough one.
Thank you. It was one hell of a workout on that bike. I'm curious if other people do long climbs on low-end hybrids. If they do and they also own a light road bike or high-end hybrid with road wheels, I bet they fly when they get on the lighter bike! Heavy bikes are great strength training.
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You're crazy! Well we are going on an MTB ride tomorrow up in Baldy. 7000+ level. Supposed to be some real steep stuff, but short I hope.
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You're crazy! Well we are going on an MTB ride tomorrow up in Baldy. 7000+ level. Supposed to be some real steep stuff, but short I hope.
Cool! Perfect weather for a high altitude climb, at least up here with our triple-digit temps. Be sure to give us a good sufferfest vid!
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you sure do love to climb! nice job
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you sure do love to climb! nice job
Thanks! Yup, I do. In fact, check out my username on forums.teamestrogen.com. I couldn't use the one I have here because they wouldn't let me register with that username as it's too long.

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Not at 3,600' I ain't!
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You climbers are suffering from lack of oxygen.
I forgot something. I was suffering, but not from lack of oxygen.
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I'm jealous of your climbing ability, but I don't share your enthusiasm for it.
I understand. Not everybody likes to suffer. It probably takes a bit of masochism and/or a twisted mind to like climbing, but there's a rhythm to it that's kind of cool too. For some reason it's fun to work hard on a climb.

I'm sure there are other people on here who enjoy climbing who can explain this better than I can.
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freighttraininguphill, On the subject about why some bikes are just better climbers than others? I think depends it on more than just the obvious items such as weight, tire size/pressure and low gearing. Hand hold positioning, crankarm length and a fit that allows for a smooth, comfortable and effective transition between on and off the saddle can make or break a climbing bike, along with those obvious items.

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freighttraininguphill, On the subject about why some bikes are just better climbers than others? I think depends it on more than just the obvious items such as weight, tire size/pressure and low gearing. Hand hold positioning, crankarm length and a fit that allows for a smooth, comfortable and effective transition between on and off the saddle can make or break a climbing bike, along with those obvious items.

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You are absolutely right! My Sirrus, which is basically a flat-bar road bike, is a better climber than my drop-bar road bike. I think this is due to the wider bars and bar ends. Wider bars allow for better breathing, and the bar ends give additional leverage on climbs, especially while out of the saddle.

When I had a Hardrock with 175 mm crankarms, I had more leverage on steep climbs than I did on my road bike with 170 mm crankarms.
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Congrats on the 4lbs and thanks for the heavy breathing

Funny thing happened two weeks ago on a ride, I was called the freight train by one of my companion riders. Made me think of you and I am NO Freight
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Congrats on the 4lbs and thanks for the heavy breathing

Funny thing happened two weeks ago on a ride, I was called the freight train by one of my companion riders. Made me think of you and I am NO Freight
Welcome back! I missed you around here!

Were you "freight training uphill" when your riding partner said that?

Here's some of my best heavy breathing yet! :
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...yet?highlight=

And last months single-speed folding bike sufferfest:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...id)?highlight=

I have a few others, but those are the best!
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