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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 08-31-11, 02:15 AM   #1
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New Clydesdale to the forum saying Hi

Been reading a bunch of the wonderfully informative threads here and I figured I'd jump into the deep end of the pool and say heya.

6'1" 260ish, riding mostly for fitness at first... but sometimes I have to restrain myself from jumping on so I don't overdo it. Not in great shape as I have pretty bad asthma but I think its getting better as I lose the poundage. Started out 2 years ago at 296 walking and going through the Naturally Slim program (Its awesome BTW), and that dropped me to 260ish. Put 15 back on during a bit of stress and took it back off down to 248 about a year ago. Put some back on, and I'm working now to take it back off.

My ride after a bath and a lube:

2010 Diamondback Sorrento sitting on an indoor trainer as 105 degree summers don't make for good riding

In any event... Hi!
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Old 08-31-11, 04:25 AM   #2
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Hey welcome to the forums. I agree with you witht he heat. The week I started commuting to work was the hottest week of the summer 106 degrees made for a miserable ride.
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At least its a dry heat. Its a lot easier to go out and ride than it is to go out and walk. Cycling has a built in crosswind

A 70oz camelbak loaded with icewater is a godsend
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There is no such thing as a dry heat here in Upstate NY...
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Good to be here So much info to absorb.
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clyde: do you really notice the cold coming through on your camelback?

Do you like your trainer?
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clyde: do you really notice the cold coming through on your camelback?

Do you like your trainer?
Call me Moose

The cold doesn't come through the camelbak as its pretty well insulated. It is nice when I stop for a break and douse my arms and head though. As well as having cold water easily accessible. I tried with just a bottle, but I'm not coordinated enough to grab, drink, replace at speed. Plus its a nice place for my wallet, keys and cell phone.

I love my trainer. Its a cheapy one I got from sears (like 60 bucks). It lets me get my spin on when its dark or really stupid hot outside.
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mooseL is it loud?
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Its not silent. But I can hear my TV over it, and it doesn't wake people up down the hall. When I got it it made quite a racket, but after a bit of wrenching (The interior bits were loose and rattling) and lubing (and a change of tires from nubbly MTB tires to more roady tires) and its actually pretty good.
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moose: ned to get one so I can ride during winter.
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Its good. But its no substitute for getting outside under the daystar.
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