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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 01-19-13, 12:28 PM   #1
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another clyde getting ready to saddle up...

Hey everyone,

It looks like tomorrow is the day. I'm a returning clyde that weighs in somewhere around 275lbs area(will check tomorrow for sure). Last fall I purchased two bikes with intentions of returning to riding bikes(Surly cross check and Big Dummy cargo bike) but I had a disc rupture bilaterally in my back and had to have emergency surgery. This week marks the 12 week mark where I can start back to exercising. As a Christmas present my wife gave me a certificate for a bike fitting and I just made the arrangements for mid week this week. I have a few bikes but I am going to get fitted on my Surly Cross Check because it is the one I anticipate riding more often than the others.

I will weigh in tomorrow to get a firm starting point. I'm going to start out 3-4 rides a week say an hour or so long and hopefully expand from there.I've been looking at my bikes since my surgery just dying to get out on them but I have followed doc's orders because I didn't want to risk going through the back ordeal again.(I can't even explain how traumatic it is to all of sudden not be able to move your legs). With that being said I will try to keep this as my workout thread to track my progress.

My goals are probably a little different than most but I plan on using my bikes for running errands and exercise. If I need to go to home depot I'll just take the bike since I'm going anyway I may as well get some exercise. Ultimately me getting down to the 220lb range would be where I would like to get to and my first mileage goal is to be able to ride 50 miles in a day. I know it will be several months of hard work until I get there but hopefully I will.

Tomorrow I will post a pic and my starting weight.
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Old 01-19-13, 02:03 PM   #2
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awww good luck man! have you been walking?
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Those are two fine steeds to start your journey on. You may end up going carfree. Good luck.
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I would anticipate you'll be far less than an hour initially. You're coming off major surgery so do not push too hard. Nice, relaxed rides in the beginning and if you feel any back pain, STOP. If you have numbness or tingling in your legs, STOP. That's not normal and it could indicate a problem. Be sure your fitter knows about your surgery and you'll need a relaxed, endurance fit, not a race fit.
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I would anticipate you'll be far less than an hour initially. You're coming off major surgery so do not push too hard. Nice, relaxed rides in the beginning and if you feel any back pain, STOP. If you have numbness or tingling in your legs, STOP. That's not normal and it could indicate a problem. Be sure your fitter knows about your surgery and you'll need a relaxed, endurance fit, not a race fit.
+2. +1 for talking to the fitter about your current condition and +1 for taking it easy and listening to your body. Your wife gave you a brilliant gift.

As far as what bike anybody should ride, I think it's always the same one: whichever one makes you happy. Most likely, with the fit, you're going to be golden. If however, you find that you can't get comfortable on the bikes you have, think about recumbent bicycles. They can often be ridden by people who can not ride regular diamond frame bikes comfortably.

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I actually have a tadpole trike and have thought I may end up using it some. I'm just not as comfortable on it on some of the roads I have to use to get to. Traffic is kinda heavy on a few streets and I just don't feel as if I can be seen as well sitting so low to the ground. I discussed with the fitter in depth today about my surgery and I explained that I'm probably not one of their normal customers(much heavier than most and special needs with my back).

I just got the frame pack put on the crosscheck, aired up the tires and put the spare tube/tire levers/pump in the bike. I plan on getting out for a while tomorrow after church. I'm not going to push it hard at all. You guys can trust me in that I never want to experience the pain that I did in my back. I promised myself while I was in the hospital that once I got released I would get serious about my weight and health. I use to be a fairly active roady and mtb'er but now I'm mainly looking for enjoyment/running errands/weight loss and all around fun.

2012/13 is full of major life changes. I closed my business and went back to school to do something I actually enjoy, my back issues, other personal stuff etc and I wanted cycling to become part of that as well. Probably the beginning of mid life crisis.

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+2. +1 for talking to the fitter about your current condition and +1 for taking it easy and listening to your body. Your wife gave you a brilliant gift.

As far as what bike anybody should ride, I think it's always the same one: whichever one makes you happy. Most likely, with the fit, you're going to be golden. If however, you find that you can't get comfortable on the bikes you have, think about recumbent bicycles. They can often be ridden by people who can not ride regular diamond frame bikes comfortably.

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I actually have a tadpole trike and have thought I may end up using it some. I'm just not as comfortable on it on some of the roads I have to use to get to. Traffic is kinda heavy on a few streets and I just don't feel as if I can be seen as well sitting so low to the ground. I discussed with the fitter in depth today about my surgery and I explained that I'm probably not one of their normal customers(much heavier than most and special needs with my back).

I just got the frame pack put on the crosscheck, aired up the tires and put the spare tube/tire levers/pump in the bike. I plan on getting out for a while tomorrow after church. I'm not going to push it hard at all. You guys can trust me in that I never want to experience the pain that I did in my back. I promised myself while I was in the hospital that once I got released I would get serious about my weight and health. I use to be a fairly active roady and mtb'er but now I'm mainly looking for enjoyment/running errands/weight loss and all around fun.

2012/13 is full of major life changes. I closed my business and went back to school to do something I actually enjoy, my back issues, other personal stuff etc and I wanted cycling to become part of that as well. Probably the beginning of mid life crisis.
Probably better than a mistress
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Probably better than a mistress
definitely cheaper in the long run
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Old 01-20-13, 01:16 PM   #9
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weighed this morning and was 262lbs by the home scale.
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Always good to see another join the peleton.
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I actually have a tadpole trike and have thought I may end up using it some. I'm just not as comfortable on it on some of the roads I have to use to get to. Traffic is kinda heavy on a few streets and I just don't feel as if I can be seen as well sitting so low to the ground. I discussed with the fitter in depth today about my surgery and I explained that I'm probably not one of their normal customers(much heavier than most and special needs with my back).

I just got the frame pack put on the crosscheck, aired up the tires and put the spare tube/tire levers/pump in the bike. I plan on getting out for a while tomorrow after church. I'm not going to push it hard at all. You guys can trust me in that I never want to experience the pain that I did in my back. I promised myself while I was in the hospital that once I got released I would get serious about my weight and health. I use to be a fairly active roady and mtb'er but now I'm mainly looking for enjoyment/running errands/weight loss and all around fun.

2012/13 is full of major life changes. I closed my business and went back to school to do something I actually enjoy, my back issues, other personal stuff etc and I wanted cycling to become part of that as well. Probably the beginning of mid life crisis.
Sounds like you have things well in hand.

I've never ridden a trike, but I understand it being much lower to the ground. A flag and a flashing light in the back (on your helmet, for example) goes a long way to making yourself more visible. As somebody who has ridden both recumbent and regular bikes, I find that I get much more notice riding recumbents because they are weird
and not what drivers are used to seeing.

Your idea of riding both the road bikes and the trike is a good one. The last thing i'll point out is that recumbents and uprights use different muscles. So being good on one doesn't completely translate to being good on another. Being in better cardiovascular shape does translate very well between the two.

And +1 on no mistress. Your wife bought you a professional bike fitting. It's hard to find wives like that. Don't blow it.

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well I just got in from my first ride. Before my back surgery I had gotten up to riding 25 miles at a time on my Big Dummy. I purchased the cross check just a few days before I got hurt so I haven't even had a chance to ride it. Temps today are in the 50's and probably a 5-7 mph wind. I was only able to ride 7 miles in about 40 minutes of riding. Man I'm in terrible shape. It's going to be a LONG recovery.




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well I just got in from my first ride. Before my back surgery I had gotten up to riding 25 miles at a time on my Big Dummy. I purchased the cross check just a few days before I got hurt so I haven't even had a chance to ride it. Temps today are in the 50's and probably a 5-7 mph wind. I was only able to ride 7 miles in about 40 minutes of riding. Man I'm in terrible shape. It's going to be a LONG recovery.
Just remember, it isn't where you are, it's where you're going. Especially with your back, take it easy and work back up to it slowly.
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That frame bag probably didn't help with the wind. That's a big sail
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tomorrow is my fitting so hopefully I'll be ready to go after that. The weather is kinda cold and I don't have the stuff to ride in less than 50* so I will probably need to order a few things for riding in colder weather.
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well the fitting went well today. He spent some time going over alot of adjustments. My seat was way too high and far back. He also pointed out that my ultegra shifter/brakes were not even. The one on the left was probably an inch or so higher. He is going to re-wrap my bars and put some gel under the bar tape. He wasn't a big fan of my brooks saddle but suggested I try the changes and if down the road I'm still having some saddle sore issues I may need to look at another saddle. I am still VERY saddle sore from Sunday's ride but it felt quite a bit better once the seat was adjusted it felt better. I hope to pick it up tomorrow and get a few miles in the next few days. I am going to carry my big dummy to him next week because these are the two bikes I will be riding the most. If I get back into riding a mtg offroad I may see about fitting my fat bike as well.
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went for a nice ride today. We had 60* temps so I couldn't turn it down. Wind was up a little 12 mph but weather like this in January is hard to come by around here. I was able to go about 10.5 miles. This was my first ride since the fitting and I felt MUCH more comfortable on the bike.

Today I rode to a road that is being cut through to where I will be able to ride from my house to the green line without having to go around the world to get there. I think next ride I'll ride the mountain bike to see just how far from the house it will be to get to the green line. It's suppose to be in the 70's tomorrow but some rain. If I can get a ride in tomorrow between the rain drops I will ride the recumbent. I've spent the last couple of days replacing some hardware and getting the bike back into "road worthy" shape.

Couple pics I snapped while out. I can't wait until this road is finished(they are already a year behind schedule).





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well I decided to set a couple goals for myself. I am going to do a two day ride with the BRAT(bicycle ride across TN) crew in April on a two day ride of 160 miles. Not sure which bike I will be on but guess either the cross check or recumbent. I also have signed up for a recumbent rally in May in East Tn(ie lots of hills). I figure that was probably a good idea to set a couple of "realistic" goals. I am going to try to ride most days between now and mid March(taking off days under 50* or rain....which will be a few times a week). I have ordered a couple things that will hopefully help me ride down to 40* but it's not going to be here until the end of the week.
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Woke up this morning and put a new flag on my recumbent trike. My old one was literally falling apart.


This week I was fitted on my cargo bike by a LBS and today will be my first ride on it since before my surgery. i installed a set of pogies on the handlebars. I know most will say that I do not need them in the area where I live but I have nueropathy(nerve pain) in my hands and cold weather seems to magnify it.



Weather is suppose to be nice today so I hope to get out for a while this afternoon.
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Keep on Pedaling. Looks like a nice set up on the Cross Check too.
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well I hate to admit it but I didn't ride yesterday. I don't know why but I just had an overwhelming amount of laziness in me yesterday. I did get out today with 15 mph winds trying to get my ride in before some rain comes in. I took the recumbent out and did 11.2 miles today. I can tell I haven't been on the trike in a while. I thought my legs were going to fall off.



I have also joined the February 100 mile thread and committed to do 100 miles in February(even though many people are doing a ton more than that). I hope to do more but being Feb I just don't know the weather and me just returning to riding. I didn't want to finish my first month and not reach my goal.

2/4/13 11.2
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I got out today for a great ride. Weather is above avg temps here and today it was in the lower 60's with 10mph winds. I rode just a hair over 20 miles. The last 3-4 miles were tough as nails but I kept on going. For now I think I am going to limit myself to 20 miles or less and try to improve on my avg speed. Today it was 13.5 mph but alot of my riding was along a greenway with lots of foot traffic and a few bikes.

2/6/13 20.07 miles
year to date 48.7
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I would not worry a bit about speed at this point. time on the bike is whats going to help. Keep pushing out those miles, and keep doing longer rides once a week. Speed will come.
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Took the past couple days off because my legs were pretty spent from Wednesdays ride. While being off I messed with my cross check and found the rear fender was rubbing the tire and I had a brake pad barely dragging on the rim. I chose to remove the fenders and put a mirricycle mirror/bell on the bike. Today I took the big dummy out for a ride to run a couple errands. One of the stops was the pet shop and I hauled a 40lb bag of dog food home. I was pretty worried about having all of the weight on one side but the bike behaved just like it did when it was empty. I also spent some time working on my recumbent. It's suppose to rain tomorrow but hopefully I will be able to get out for a short ride on t he trike.

2/9/13 11.51 miles
year to date 60.28

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