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    Hi,

    Generally speaking getting into riding a bike will
    cause weight loss for most people but not all people.

    The people who lose the most react to the exercise
    by changing their diet, not by only just exercising.

    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 07-26-13 at 04:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    The people who lose the most react to the exercise
    by changing their diet, not by only just exercising.

    rgds, sreten.
    True

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    I tried to stay away from this thread - I really did.
    At 50, mid-50, whatever, we aren't senile. We've lived and we have earned the right to make our own decisions - right or wrong. Anyone who thinks a 50-year old Clyde doesn't know the risks he runs with his lifestyle choices is living in a dream world.

    He was a rider. He knows what is possible and what he has done.
    You've offered. He's waffling if not declining.

    Leave the man alone.

    He's an adult. He's earned the RIGHT to not be annoyed, guilt-tripped or whatever by you - however well-meaning your concern and comments might be.

    Sorry to be this blunt. But that's the way I see it.

    If you don't like this view, wait til you're his age and YOUR Son-in-Law tells you you're not what you should be. Then come back and post about how that feels and what you did about it.

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    Wow. I really couldn't read some of the posts because I have labile hypertension and my cardiologist says its not good for me.

    Back to the OP point, I think.

    I have converted around a dozen people from dedicated couch potatoes to cycling. There have been a few relapses, but in general they are having fun.

    I really should be getting a commission from the LBSs.

    This is in spite of the facts that I have unimpressive biometrics (5'10", 205#), am slower than Christmas, and frankly am pretty stupid looking.

    I never guilt or shame anyone. I don't tell them they need to reduce their carbon footprint or save rain forests, or promote Community or refute Capitalism.

    I don't tell them they're lazy lazy lazy slobs if they don't ride, or that they will die slow miserable deaths if they don't take better care of themselves.

    I just tell them how much fun it is, and interject stories, occasionally somewhat embellished, about my own experiences.

    It works. Try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    Personally I think the participation thing is a very big red herring.

    Its bonus for sure, but to be brutally honest pootling around on
    a bike behind a five year old (where you should be) is not my
    idea of a bike ride that would stir any sort of reminiscence.

    In fact I'd say go out in a bike ride with him and give it some,
    for a bit, "unintentionally", leading out. I'm sure he knows
    about drafting, and probably knows in decent shape for his
    age, as a pair with you up front, he would be able to keep
    up quite easily, except for big hills of course.

    What your after is he rides a lot full stop as his habit again,
    and the daily commute is clearly the main opportunity to
    address that issue, and an electric bike would ease that.

    (snip)

    You can take it easy, without being painfully slow.
    You can push hard pedalling if you want to.

    rgds, sreten.
    I see where you're going with this, however, I would expect most overweight people, if asked by a skinny cyclist to go ride with them, would be concerned about being too slow, holding up the pace, boring the other rider, etc. To ride with a 5y/o may remove that pressure and help him be comfortable in going.
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

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    Moved from 50+ to Clydes/Athenas. I think the OP will get more support in this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Moved from 50+ to Clydes/Athenas. I think the OP will get more support in this forum.
    Maybe the OP's father in law will get more support.

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