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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 04-30-12, 05:51 PM   #1
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First Ride

Well all I finally made it out for a ride, a real one anyway. I picked up my bike about a month ago and due to weather, schedule (BS excuses I know), I never made it further than just running a few errands on the bike.

Today I loaded up the bike on my car and drove out to a park and just started riding. I don't have a bike computer so I wasn't keeping track of time, cadence, speed or anything like that, I just rode.

Once I got back to the car I felt like I could have gone further. I drove the route in my car and tracked the distance, so my first "official" ride was 11.3 miles. My next purchase will be a computer to track speed and cadence for me, so I'll at least know if I'm improving.

Anyway I just wanted to say how awesome it was, and I can't wait to get out longer and further!!! Next ride I'll go for over 20 miles, and I'll be pushing for 50 miles in no time.

Thanks all for the inspiration!!!

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Old 04-30-12, 06:07 PM   #2
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11 miles is quite an impressive first ride. That's awesome. Congrats!
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Old 04-30-12, 06:10 PM   #3
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Awesome!

Don't ever forget that feeling. And, how it feels to "just ride". I get incredible positive rewards from all those metrics you mentioned. But, sometimes,.....I don't wear the heart rate strap, or, even put the computer on the bike. I just go for "a ride". No training program to complete, no weight loss goals to worry about or how many calories I've burned.

Remember that first ride. Don't forget it. Keep riding.

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Grats, mate that is a great ride and a lovely bike.

If you have any kinda of newish phone there is a few apps you can use that will track via GPS . That will work well enough .

As they said above , remember that feeling because down the track that feeling is why you are still riding oh and don't forget to say weeeeee and you go down hills, at least to your self
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Way to go Bothung. A very impressive first ride. Sometimes those rides that you don't know how fast you're going, or how far you've ridden, are the best kind of rides.

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Do you have a smart phone? You can track your rides on strava, endomundo, mapmyride
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Do you have a smart phone? You can track your rides on strava, endomundo, mapmyride
There is also sports tracker (http://www.sports-tracker.com).
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I've done MapMyRide, but now use Google MyTracks.
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My next purchase will be a computer to track speed and cadence for me, so I'll at least know if I'm improving.

Pics of my Trek DS 8.3 and my new (to me) MINI Cooper!!

I use my smart phone app for longer rides, but like the computer for everyday stuff, and keeping track of total miles. I have inexpensive CatEye Velo5's on both my bikes. Sometimes I wish I had more features, but they work well.

The Avitar is of my Masi Partenza, and my 190.000mi old '03 Pontiac Vibe. The car was donated to a young family member, and I got another one - an '07 with 30 k. The bike fits in back fully assembled.
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