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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 04-25-12, 08:23 AM   #1
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Who wants to help me with my time off?

I am in a fortunate position this Summer. Due to Uncle Sam's unusual restrictions, I get to take this Summer off from university and am looking for something to do that I can work around the tasks of packing up a house, moving, and unpacking same house. I can't really take days and tour, but really want to spend some real quality time in the saddle. Anybody have any suggestions? I live in NE Ohio and am open to trying new bike related things.
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Old 04-25-12, 08:25 AM   #2
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...for what its worth, I'm not real interested in mowing anybody's lawn, painting, or any other friendly "chores" that might be offered.
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Old 04-25-12, 08:26 AM   #3
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Wow, that's pretty awesome. I'd say to just pick something you've always wanted to do and go for it. Let your imagination be your guide and enjoy!
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Old 04-25-12, 08:34 AM   #4
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Old 04-25-12, 09:03 AM   #5
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Chase random people, demanding that they owe you two dollars.
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Old 04-25-12, 09:18 AM   #6
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Isn't there a bunch of wineries in you area? I drove from Cleaveland to Niagara Falls once and remembered passing a bunch of wineries when we took some of the backroads. Take a day in the saddle and do a winery tour, you may need someone to pick you up by the time you finish but from what I remember you would see some nice county side.
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And call it interval training
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Old 04-25-12, 10:25 AM   #8
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Take up Ninjitsu so, the next time somebody starts a thread about Stealth Cyclists, you can shed an entirely unexpected light on the subject.
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Unfortunately, this is the summer he can't practice his snow riding.
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Old 04-25-12, 11:07 AM   #10
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Well...If you can't take any time to do a tour (either supported or unsupported), I guess you are stuck riding relatively close to home. You should know more about the opportunities in that regard than most of us.
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Old 04-25-12, 11:37 AM   #11
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A friend and I will be coming through there in late June/early July with our bikes if you feel the need to take a couple of RAAM veterans out for Sunday social?
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Become a part-time bike messenger? Start your own tour service? Pedicab? Cleveland seems to already have plenty of these, but I'm sure you can put an interesting spin on it.
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What do you like to do outdoors besides biking? I like to mix road riding up with riding trails. I am a birder and on my trail ride days I often bring binoculars, use my ears, and stop and watch the birdies.
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You could host a Clyde with two knee replacements. He's coming out to the Akron area in late July.
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Are you going to be up for riding your bike a little ways when we come through to see you? Don't say yes if you're not.
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Are you going to be up for riding your bike a little ways when we come through to see you? Don't say yes if you're not.
I should. Since I have an organized ride in mid-May, I should be ready for a short ride with you. However, if you come on a weekday, I might need to be at work later. Sooner or later I need to go back to my job.
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Are you going to be up for riding your bike a little ways when we come through to see you? Don't say yes if you're not.
I should. Since I have an organized ride in mid-May, I should be ready for a short ride with you. However, if you come on a weekday, I might need to be at work later. Sooner or later I need to go back to my job.
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I should. Since I have an organized ride in mid-May, I should be ready for a short ride with you. However, if you come on a weekday, I might need to be at work later. Sooner or later I need to go back to my job.
Cool, of our schedule won't be set until the end of the race so it'll be hit and miss. We'll figure out a schedule as the time gets nearer.
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Bike camp. Not for long periods of time due to your other demands but over nighters. Get a hammock and a tarp, some other items, and ride somewhere in the morning, setup and relax (read, etc) and then ride back the next day.
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Bike camp. Not for long periods of time due to your other demands but over nighters. Get a hammock and a tarp, some other items, and ride somewhere in the morning, setup and relax (read, etc) and then ride back the next day.
That nearly killed Stoutie last year. Don't kill Stoutie.
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Neil, you are of course welcome to land at my place if you wish? Or at the very least, I am hoping we could actually ride together? I'm as slow as always, but riding is hopefully my primary focus this summer.
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I think he'd be better off dead than doing that...
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I think he'd be better off dead than doing that...

Haha, I'm glad a couple of people got that reference.

It's a line my goofy friends and I use whenever we're chasing one another on a ride.
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Neil, you are of course welcome to land at my place if you wish? Or at the very least, I am hoping we could actually ride together? I'm as slow as always, but riding is hopefully my primary focus this summer.
The plan was to ride with iforgetmename in a charity ride, but I can't do it and the sponsor won't accept me as a volunteer since I live ten hours away. Anyway if I do make it out I'll ride with you Peter_C. Just don't kill Stoutie, please, when you ride together.
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