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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 08-12-12, 06:10 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm Idak (Mike) and I'm a Clyde. 20 years ago, I got into cycling and used that to drop from 260 to 210. Changed jobs, decided (Incorrectly) that I had no time to ride/run/swim. After 10 years of computer games, I am 320. I just bought a Felt, with a triple, and my wife will kill me if I spend that much money and don't ride it.

I used to ride 21mm tires. I am so happy I have 25's on the Felt. The bike just wants to run and 25's mean more time riding and less time fixing flats. More comfortable too.

BTW, I am 55 and live near Portland Oregon. Did the Bridge Pedal today with a gang from work.

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Old 08-12-12, 06:18 PM   #2
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Welcome, and good on you for getting back into biking. There is lots of good advice and support to be had on this Forum.

What has really worked for me is committing to using my bike to commute to work. That guarantees that I get lots of miles. Not racing or going for distance, just getting from home to work and back carrying all my clothes and stuff in panniers. I've lost 40 pounds and controlled my cholesterol with the bike commuting and eating better.

Others here enjoy distance rides in beautiful locations, or group rides for support and interaction. Hopefully you will find what you like and what makes you want to keep after it.
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Old 08-12-12, 06:37 PM   #3
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I am 20 mile each way to work. No showers available at the site. Could get real stinky.
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I am 20 mile each way to work. No showers available at the site. Could get real stinky.
Welcome!

Thats been my problem in the past too. Even if there were showers, by the time I get to and from works and shower, it adds 3 hours to the work day. Not reasonable IMHO - at least not for me.

You should aim for the STP next year. The 202 mile ride ends in your fair city. I did it last year and hope to do it again next year. Its a fun double century and quite pretty
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STP is on my bucket list. I should have done it 15 years ago when I lived near Seattle and was in good enough shape to have done it in one day.
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STP is on my bucket list. I should have done it 15 years ago when I lived near Seattle and was in good enough shape to have done it in one day.
Its an awesome ride. You have an advantage on when I did it in 2010 - you have time to train. I hadnt ridden in 20 yrs (Im 48) and weighed in at 320lb when I started again in February of 2010. I took a crack at the STP that following July 2010. I did it but it wasnt pretty... However, what a feeling crossing that finsh line (after two days) - almost magical
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Welcome Mike!!

Sounds like you're a bit stronger than some of us, I could go longer than 20 minutes if my behind didn't hurt so much. I'm even keeping an eye on the road and standing for bumps if I catch them in time. I have a pro fitting this coming Saturday, so I hope that helps too. Keep riding though, I'm committed to going out every day until my seat is comfortable, then I'll take a rest day... Well except it's like 6 miles to ride to the shop where I'm getting fitted, that'll be an intense day.
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I am 20 mile each way to work. No showers available at the site. Could get real stinky.
to start off I'd suggest drive to work in the morning, leave the car there and ride home and ride the next morning and drive home... ect. Its hard on the body& mind to do 40 a day after day.
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Welcome to the forum.

STP is also on my bucket list as I am originally from Washington state. Had a cousin do it this year.
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Welcome Mile, if you start working towards it now you'll be in fine shape for STP next year. It was great this year with near perfect weather.
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