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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 04-01-13, 07:29 PM   #1
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30 days of biking starts TODAY.

At the urging of a couple friends, I decided that I'm going to commit to riding some amount every day of this month. I started today with two miles up and down hills in the neighborhood.

Cons:
Found out how much both my lungs and my sit-bones are out of shape

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Remembered how much I love my 1996 Trek MultiTrack flatbar hybrid. It really is a joy to ride.

Here's to a great month! Hoping to end it in better shape and with a broken-in Brooks saddle!

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Old 04-01-13, 07:57 PM   #2
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looks like the perfect bike for this sort of thing... I need to commit to something similar... my rides have been far to sparatic so far
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Old 04-01-13, 07:58 PM   #3
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Put a calendar on the wall and cross off each day as you ride. Maybe include the mileage each day.
It will keep you motivated and honest.

You and I both need to get out and ride more. And the good weather has arrived so I have no excuses.
The good news is today I biked with my girlfriend to a favorite coffee shop. In 2011 I was doing it alone 3 or 4 times per week. I got to really like their coffee.

Remember it is only a month! And when you're done, you will want to do another month.
Keep on truckin.
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Old 04-02-13, 06:52 PM   #4
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Two days in, still going! I bet I've already beat the mark set on some of my previous fitness attempts
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Awesome deal, keep up the good work. Nive bike too!
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Nice bike, keep us updated on your progress. You should track your rides on RunKeeper or other similar GPS app on your phone so you can see your progress and gradual improvement. I've noticed my commutes get a few minutes faster every month.
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Thanks for the support, everyone

It's freezing today, so I did a tiny little lap around the neighborhood, just so I could mark the box on the calendar.
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Thanks for the support, everyone

It's freezing today, so I did a tiny little lap around the neighborhood, just so I could mark the box on the calendar.

Don't let the weather discourage you. It gets easier, I rode to work this morning in the rain...after I promised myself not to do that anymore. If I wake up and not ride to work now, I get guilty, although now I have a rain jacket, and some fenders for wet days. Put on some light layers, you'll be surprised how fast you warm up.
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Still going strong (well, sorta). Haven't missed a day yet. Mashed up one good hill today, and then spun up another. The lungs feel like they're on fire. I'm only up to 7 miles total so far, but it's getting warmer now, so it should get easier.
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Took my 11 year old son out today and decided we were going to try some hills in the neighborhood. We only went a little over 3 miles, but we went up some pretty long hills. For the first time in my life, I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of spinning in lower gears instead of standing up and using my body weight to mash the pedals in a higher gear. I feel like I'm getting better already!

On that note, I really love the mountain-style gearing on this Trek hybrid bike. I'm working on building up a road bike with a triple crankset. I hope I enjoy riding it as much as this Trek.
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Awesome job!

Next month, sign up for 100 miles club. Great way to get the miles in.
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Sounds like you are having some fun along with your challenge, great work!
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spinning has always been important for me... even out on the trail i could tell if I didn't keep myself "on top of the gear" and when I built my road bike up a triple helped with that... granted I went from an old school double to the triple and skipped trying the compact double, now that i'm in flat TX I may just go with a double when I build my next road bike :-/

anyway good work... you've inspired me a bit, when I run out to check the mail I hop on the bike instead of walking (1/2 mile round trip is all) but gets me on a short ride for the day
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spinning has always been important for me... even out on the trail i could tell if I didn't keep myself "on top of the gear" and when I built my road bike up a triple helped with that... granted I went from an old school double to the triple and skipped trying the compact double, now that i'm in flat TX I may just go with a double when I build my next road bike :-/

anyway good work... you've inspired me a bit, when I run out to check the mail I hop on the bike instead of walking (1/2 mile round trip is all) but gets me on a short ride for the day
Awesome!
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That's a nice looking bike. Looks to be in really good condition for its vintage. I think mine is a '94 or '95 930, or something like that. It is the green one. Back then, they were sold as mountain bikes. They do ride sweet. I know what I'm going to do with my old Brooks now. Thanks for the tip.

Good luck with your goal.
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