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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 07-22-13, 05:55 PM   #1
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First Decade

I know it may not seem like a lot compared to what some of you guys ride, but I did my first 10 mile ride this morning. What a great feeling. I should smash 100 miles for the month and end up closer to 150. That first ride when I though my legs were going to burst into flames at 1.5 miles I would have never thought I would be able to do it in less than a month, but I did.

All that got me to thinking. If I am going to keep all this road riding up maybe I should get some road tires for the old mountain bike. I would like to get an extra set of rims so I can keep my knobby tires for trail riding. Looking at what that will cost I could probably get a used road bike off of Craigslist. So I'm not sure what to do. I need to stay low budget say under $500 or so, most of my fun money goes to things I can do with my 3 year old.

Would a good bike shop tell me what size bike I need to look for even if I'm not buying it from them? What are some things I should look out for when looking at a used bike? I know next to nothing about bikes so any help would be appreciated, even if it is to tell me my expectations and budget are unrealistic.
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Old 07-22-13, 06:31 PM   #2
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Congrats on the 10 miles. What is that saying...."a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step". I was around 290lbs when I hit 40. I remember that first real bike ride. I did 10 miles. I went 5 miles out and back. I think I stopped 3 times to rest. It's been about 6 years since. I have lost well over 100lbs. I ride a couple hundred miles a week these days. I've even done a few multi-day tours. Just keep pedaling.

Remember that your health is one of the best investments you can make. If a nicer bike will keep you riding, then go for it. You can't put a dollar figure on getting healthy!
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Old 07-22-13, 07:41 PM   #3
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Way to go on knocking down the first 10! I remember mine well, great feeling.

Go talk to your LBS, you never know they might be able to put you on a trade in within your budget. Either way I bet they help you.
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Old 07-23-13, 03:32 AM   #4
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First , nice job on the 10 miles.

For under $50, you can get these with tubes. 10 or 15 minutes to switch from knobby tires to these or back.

You will feel like your flying on these.



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Hey, Congratulations! Reaching milestones along the way always feels great.

I like the idea of looking for a road bike on CL.
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Old 07-23-13, 06:03 AM   #6
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I thought about this last night at work and I think I will do both. The tires only on my bike for now, changing them out for street or trail use will be good practice for fixing flats. I'll save some money up over the winter, try to learn more about bikes, what size I need and what to look out for when buying used. Then try to find a good deal on a used road bike this spring. I'm only about an hour from Virginia Tech and around graduation time you can find all kinds of stuff on CL. Maybe I'll find me a good low mile bike that has just been used around campus for a couple of years.
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Been at it for little over a month and I too just did my first 10 miles...well Sunday i did 15 then today i did 12 it's hard... when i see some people doing 20,30, 100 miles...it makes my legs twitch just thinking about it....LOL.... Congrats...It is a big deal...Don't let anybody tell you otherwise...Next thing you know you will be telling us about your first 20 etc.....
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Awesome Job!! Keep it up and you'll be amazed at how fast you move forward.
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Old 07-23-13, 12:11 PM   #9
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Congrats OP on your first 10! Brings back memories of only three months ago when I first started riding, I started with separate 1, 3, 5 and 10 mile rides. Keep it up and you'll be riding a quarter of a century in no time.
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Congrats on the ten miles!
If you were to get a road bike, you'd probably be able to do 15 miles and it'd feel like 10 miles
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Congrats on the first 10. Wont be long till you click off a Century.
I also started on a mountain bike and found that, for on the road, they just suck for getting someplace quick but they do help with fitness. As the saying goes... Train heavy, race light.
Look for an in-expensive road bike on Craigs list this fall. You'll then know what you dislike about the bike and can do some better shopping later.
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Old 07-23-13, 01:49 PM   #12
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Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite rims on Deore Hubs ~$130 at jenson or nashbar, and nashbar streetwise mtb tires for ~$10 ea. $150 and a perfectly serviceable spare wheel set.
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Old 07-23-13, 02:27 PM   #13
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Congrats on your first big milestone. I'm chasing you with that goal in my mind over the next few weeks!
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Old 07-24-13, 05:52 AM   #14
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Did 10 miles this AM before work... this is my 5th time or 6th... getting easier and quicker...I need a double water bottle rack before i go further... i want to be very hydrated...my legs are surely getting stronger....Don't matter what you ride as long as you ride...
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Old 07-24-13, 06:41 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for the information, the encouragement, and also the private messages, I tried to reply to those but I can't yet because my post count is too low. I have made my mind up to get a road bike next spring, and I'll just ride my box store MTB with a set of road tires until then, or as long as it holds up. It's kind of funny to me because I never had any interest in road riding and only started it to get in good enough shape to ride MTB trails without having to push my bike back. The crazy part is once I started riding in the right gear I really began to enjoy it, and now find myself wanting to ride farther and farther. I really hope to get a good road bike, that fits me properly because I think it will help me move forward with my riding. I'm looking at it more as in investment in my health now and less of a gamble, so I'm willing to put more money in a quality bike. I originally went with a cheaper bike because I wasn't sure if I could or even would ride very much and didn't want to waste my money if I gave up on it. I'm pretty sure that I am going to stick with this, I have already rode 90+ miles this month, I feel much better and have even lost 5 pounds. Again thanks so much for your replies, I most likely would have not stuck with it if I hadn't found this sight, but it is a great help knowing I'm not going at this by myself.
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48. 245 lBS, Diabetic, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cholesterol .... this is what keeps me going... i have no choice but to get healthier....the cost of Rx drugs is killing me... I have betterplaces to put that money, like chrome for my harley... or some nice A$$less leather chaps...LOL...
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Congratulations. Make your next goal 13.1 and call it half-marathon distance!

I'm becoming convinced that all you do when you build stamina is make it take longer for your legs to warm up so you have to suffer longer to get to the fun part.
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I am planning on doing my forst 20 miles this weekend...I am stopping by the LBS to get a double bottle cage holder Friday and i will be set for hydration...
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Congrats on the milestone. I was right there back in February when is started biking. I was 275 lbs. when I started and would ride about 4 miles a day. I also started out one an old big box store Mt. Bike. My wife bought me a very nice Stumpjumper for 41 birthday in March. I put 1,500 miles on the Stumpjumper on the road and then bought myself a Roubaix. Since I started in February I have lost 55 pounds and put over 2,500 miles on my two bikes. I now average 25+ miles per day on the road and longer when I have the time. I rode 40 miles on Tuesday with 1,600 ft of climbing. My mt. bike rides are averaging about 15-20 miles a trip on the weekends. Getting fit just makes you want to ride farther and faster!

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Old 07-26-13, 06:30 AM   #20
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Thanks for sharing you success story with me. I find it very motivating because our starting numbers are very similar, I'm 39 and weighed 270 at the first of this month(down to 262 this morning though). I sure hope I can get close to matching your mileage and weight lose numbers, for that matter, I hope I can match you bike numbers as well .
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I remember taking a bus to pick up my bike in 2000. It had been six years and eighty pounds since my last bike. The four mile ride home, up a very gradual hill, just about killed me. I did 32 yesterday with about 1200 ft of climbing at over 14 mph average. You'll get there.
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