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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 07-24-13, 07:30 AM   #1
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First commute

I did it

OMG what a way to start the day. Was sunny and 60, not much wind, streets were kind and virtually empty. Took me about an hour for 11.99 miles. Slower than my roadie for sure, but respectable for my first day.

So far just one minor issue ... FORGOT MY WATER BOTTLE! LOL

Had to stop at a gas station for a squeeze bottle of water
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Old 07-24-13, 07:32 AM   #2
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Great job!
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That's great!

There's something about commuting that's special, maybe it's using a bike for utility rather than recreation. Not sure what it is but it sure feels good.
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Old 07-24-13, 08:06 AM   #5
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I feel fantastic ... the way I used to feel when I'd workout in the mornings before the rest of the day.

And it was kind of cool getting a "surprised" good morning from the receptionist who asked me about my ride, how far, etc.
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Congrats!

I work from home, so that means I just ride my bike from my bed to my desk
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Great job, now bounce over to the commuting forum once and a while.
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Nice job! I like it for the reasons you have mentioned.
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Great job, now bounce over to the commuting forum once and a while.
I do ... I cross posted this same thing there, in my thread "Pulling the trigger" ... got a LOT of good, helpful tips in that forum
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Great job. If oh preload and post load on water during the week you won't need to drink on the commute. I do still take a fll bottle with me but rarely use it on the commute.
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Congrats! i miss commuting to work.
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Great job. If oh preload and post load on water during the week you won't need to drink on the commute. I do still take a fll bottle with me but rarely use it on the commute.
For whatever reason I'm a heavy water drinker when on the bike ... not sure if I do it to hydrate or to alter my hand position or what. I do tend to sweat a lot too, so I'll definitely always have water with me
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that time is perfect
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Congratulations!

Bicycle commuting is rewarding, and if you find it works for you, you will miss it whenever you don't ride in to work. Last year when I started, I knew almost immediately that I would be ditching the car and going 100% bicycle commuting. It took a while to build the confidence to let go of the car and do it, but I did it.

You can open up virtually the whole calendar to bicycle commuting, regardless of weather, with a small assortment of outdoor athletic gear, some waterproof panniers, and a little determination. Good luck, I hope you like it and do more. Definitely check out the Commuting sub-forum for lots of helpful tips and advice.
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For whatever reason I'm a heavy water drinker when on the bike ... not sure if I do it to hydrate or to alter my hand position or what. I do tend to sweat a lot too, so I'll definitely always have water with me

I'm the same... just doing light work in my garage I will pour sweat so when I ride I tend to drink a lot even if I've been drinking ample water throughout the day... granted I'm in a fairly humid area so that doesn't help.
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