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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 02-09-12, 01:51 PM   #1
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What you don't like and how to make it better

--I don't like to exercise except for biking, which is fun. I only do other exercises, like working with weights or doing hated intervals so that I can bike better and be healthier. Classic rock and roll and the follow up chocolate (yummm!) protein shake makes the exercise tolerable.

--I don't like my clipless system and am irritated that I paid a lot for customized Speedplay pedals. They are fine biking and I can engage and disengage without problems. But I hate walking around in those stupid duck feet shoes. So, I got a pair of ballet flats that I can roll up and take with me. (That probably won't work for the guys.)

--I don't like bike jerseys. I only have one that fits moderately well--I am not shaped the way bike jersey's are shaped. And the pockets in the back bug me. I'd rather have a better way of carrying stuff on my bike. I'm thinking about getting a seatpost rack or something like that. I don't have a carbon seat post (moved it to my hybrid) so a rack should work.


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Old 02-09-12, 02:22 PM   #2
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-I hate that the jersey I love that is on sale for a great price, is always sold out in my size.

-Jerseys that have strange rear pocket configurations. 3 pockets in the traditional formation makes it easy to get things in and out while on the bike.

-I can never keep my toes warm enough in the winter.

-I want my wife to quit stealing my cycling socks!

- Cinelli no longer makes their cork bar tape in the Celeste™ & black pattern. Gonna have to make a decision soon, the old stuff isn't holding up much longer.

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I hate the long, dark winters here. Someday I'll figure out how to migrate south of the equator for six months every year. But not yet.
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I hate that I keep breaking my bikes lately. Everything I have is older and showing it's age. Maybe sell off a few to fix the real keepers?
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--snip --I don't like my clipless system and am irritated that I paid a lot for customized Speedplay pedals. They are fine biking and I can engage and disengage without problems. But I hate walking around in those stupid duck feet shoes. So, I got a pair of ballet flats that I can roll up and take with me. (That probably won't work for the guys.)


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I use my speed play on a road bike for extended rides, otherwise am one my utilty bike with regular shoes or spd shoes. If I think i have to walk around a bit I either go barefoot or slip a pair of flip flops (guy equivilant of ballet slippers ) in one of the back pockets of my bike jersey....which I do like

What I don't like is: my scheudule between work, son's school, sports etc has not let me get my exercise and commuting schedule steady.

How I am making it better. Accept the schedule challenge. look for options and no excuses. Example, if I can't bike I prefer to do eliptical or swim at my club. if I miss it I have a used nordic track in the garage, but I was only using that when I could find good tv....solution Netflix.....lot of TV series (Bones, Eureka, Warehouse 13, etc) and dvd in garage. then rather than wait for a show to start at 8 or 9 or ?? I can start a show and knock off 40 some minutes.
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--i don't like anything before 11 am ,

to fix it lets ban mornings . no one gets up before midday

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--i don't like anything before 11 am ,

to fix it lets ban mornings . no one gets up before midday
I second that!!!

While we're at it can we get rid of Monday too, and add another Saturday...

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--I don't like bike jerseys. I only have one that fits moderately well--I am not shaped the way bike jersey's are shaped. And the pockets in the back bug me. I'd rather have a better way of carrying stuff on my bike. I'm thinking about getting a seatpost rack or something like that. I don't have a carbon seat post (moved it to my hybrid) so a rack should work.
Have you considered a saddle bag along the lines of a Carradice Barley http://www.wallbike.com/barley-saddlebag etc.?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallblo...7625368997594/
There are different sizes/models and would eliminate any need for stuffing things in your jersey pockets.
Different options for attaching if your saddle doesn't have bag loops.
http://www.wallbike.com/saddle-acces...yclo-bag-loops
http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/sa...addlebag-clamp
http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/racks/bagman-racks

You have a very nice bike and it would almost be a shame to attach a seat post rack. Although, no doubt it would certainly be less expensive.
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-I can never keep my toes warm enough in the winter.
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I have a pair of neoprene shoe covers that work great. I was out recently in 30 degree weather and my feet were toasty
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I have a pair of neoprene shoe covers that work great. I was out recently in 30 degree weather and my feet were toasty
Oh, I do have a pair of those. Still cold toes. I think I'm just a winter wimp is all it is.
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Have you considered a saddle bag along the lines of a Carradice Barley http://www.wallbike.com/barley-saddlebag etc.?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallblo...7625368997594/
There are different sizes/models and would eliminate any need for stuffing things in your jersey pockets.
Different options for attaching if your saddle doesn't have bag loops.
http://www.wallbike.com/saddle-acces...yclo-bag-loops
http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/sa...addlebag-clamp
http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/racks/bagman-racks

You have a very nice bike and it would almost be a shame to attach a seat post rack. Although, no doubt it would certainly be less expensive.
I never thought about that kind of seat bag. Good idea! That might be just big enough to solve my issue. My seat is a Terry Butterfly with carbon rails. Anything I should be wary of with seat bags and attachments like those on the Wallbike site?

EDIT: I wonder if this attachment would work really well for my set up, with the carbon seat rails combined with the fact that I have a very small bike: http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/ra...bag-sqr-uplift Or maybe it is overkill on size.

I was thinking about this product, kind of a cross between a rack and a bag: http://www.velofred.com/product_info...roducts_id=453

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I never thought about that kind of seat bag. Good idea! That might be just big enough to solve my issue. My seat is a Terry Butterfly with carbon rails. Anything I should be wary of with seat bags and attachments like those on the Wallbike site?

EDIT: I wonder if this attachment would work really well for my set up, with the carbon seat rails combined with the fact that I have a very small bike: http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/ra...bag-sqr-uplift Or maybe it is overkill on size.

I was thinking about this product, kind of a cross between a rack and a bag: http://www.velofred.com/product_info...roducts_id=453
I don't think you would have anything to worry about, although, wallbike is very good to deal with and you could drop them an email if you have any questions.
I have one of the bagman racks which attaches to seat rails and you can quickly attach and detach the bag (I also have had a barley saddlebag for years now). The bagman rack is only really needed if you want to keep the bag a little higher, some support for the bottom and don't have seat loops.

I don't see why the
Carradice Saddlebag SQR Uplift wouldn't work just as well.

The only disadvantage would be that the clamp eliminates the possibility of having a small seat bag for a tube etc.

Just thought I would mention them as a possibility.

I think wiggle has much better prices if you are interested.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/carradice/saddle-bags/
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Carradice Saddlebag SQR Uplift wouldn't work just as well.

The only disadvantage would be that the clamp eliminates the possibility of having a small seat bag for a tube etc.
Ugh. I didn't think of that. There are plenty of rides where I'd only want my small seat bag.
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yo: neoprene socks get me down in the high 20's. Those plus wool get me down into the teens.
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What I don't like: I am 50lbs over what I weighed in highschool (12 years ago) and comparatively, way out of shape.

How I am going to make it better
: ride my butt off this year (literally) and eat healthier, but allow myself to still eat what I want a few times a week (otherwise I WILL fail). My girlfriend and I are going to ride a 44mile charity ride this year (tour de keuka for juvenile diabetes), and while the 44 will be only a light challenge for me, getting HER to be able to do it is going to be the big challenge. Lots of training rides She can do 25 without much trouble, but it wears her down. She has to learn that long rides require some food during them! We both love food, and would rather exercise 2x as much than eat like rabbits, well actually we both love veggies too, so that doesn't work here! But, its the pasta and bread...lol

I was doing good 3 years ago when I had a road bike. Then I sold it. I have a Sirrus now which I enjoy more, but last summer I kept making excuses, none of which I remember even NO MORE!

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