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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 08-18-12, 09:32 PM   #1
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ouch ouch

Rode light Friday night, only 20 minutes so I could handle the ride today 6 miles to the shop for a BG Pro Fit, and then make it back too. Turns out my seat was a lot too low, we raised my handlebars about 2 CM and my legs are different lengths by like a centimeter! Okay actually my handlebars didn't get raised, they didn't have a stem in the right size for me, so they ordered one.

Then by the time I got home my lower back is *SO* sore! I realized this evening that I didn't get the usual 23 hour break between rides, it was only like 15 hours and today was twice as long as my normal ride. Maybe by Sunday at my normal afternoon ride time my back will have recovered, if it's not solid, I might take a Sunday rest day.
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Old 08-18-12, 11:16 PM   #2
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Check back in a few days after the soreness wears off and let us know how your next ride goes now that you have your new fit.
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How did the changed fit work out?
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Old 09-06-12, 04:02 PM   #4
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So immediately Grady put some inserts in my shoes, moved my cleats around a bit, and raised my seat several CM.

It took about a week before the new stem showed up, but I got that put in and subsequently managed to do 55 miles in 2 days, with only minor back soreness while riding, and no lingering back soreness post-ride. Overall an amazing comfort difference! I know I'm still working on breaking in my sit bones, but he liked the stock saddle on my Allez Compact based on my size, and I bet that once I manage to get down a few lbs it will help me handle more seat time as well.

Overall I can't recommend getting a pro fit enough, I had a good time while there, and feel like I can put in more time on the bike.
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Awesome. Glad it worked out for you. I fight lower back pain after tough rides, but it's diminishing with each ride. I'll do a fit someday, but for now I just use Tylenol .
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Awesome. Glad it worked out for you. I fight lower back pain after tough rides, but it's diminishing with each ride. I'll do a fit someday, but for now I just use Tylenol .
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I have some issues that I'm not sure will be helped with a pro fit but I hope to some day get one....but as PJ does...I battle my issues with gobs of OTC meds and stretching. I also think that the more weight I lose, the less I will be bothered... **crossing fingers**
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Thanks for the reminder, I stood up and stretched in my cubicle. With our low walls, no one noticed or looked at me weird.
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For you guys fighting back pain, as do I, I can't tell you how much weight loss and increased flexibility have improved my condition. A decent fit is still important. But, once you've achieve that, the effects of the aforementioned are not to be underestimated. Hamstrings in particular, in my case, make a huge difference. I wake up stiff in the morning and throughout the day perform hamstring streches. By the end of the day I'm touching my toes, when in the morning I am lucky to be mid shin. Add in a bit of core strengthening and voila!
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