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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 07-26-13, 09:42 AM   #1
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New Clydesdale, saying hello

New here and I wanted to stop by and say hello. I'm a 6'3" rider and just weighed myself at 287 lbs. I recently picked up a new bike to help with the weight loss, and I hope to use this thread to track my progress.

The bike I got is a Trek Madone 4.5 road bike, replacing my 8-year old Trek 7500 hybrid. I haven't ridden a road bike in probably 30 years, and back then they where called twelve speeds!

I got the bike for several reasons, but the main one being that I wanted a road bike and I got it on sale. The other reasons being that the hybrid is too small and the ride less the enjoyable. Over the past two weeks I rode the old aluminum bike several days for about 10-12 miles each. After the first day my fingers began tingling and my hands would become numb. So I'm hoping that the combination of a CF frame and proper fitting will alleviate that.

The plan is to post here with my progress every few days. Hopefully I can stick with it!
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Old 07-26-13, 09:53 AM   #2
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Welcome and good luck

I'm just about 12 pounds lighter, same height, and ride a Trek 1.2 with CF fork, and my new baby, a 2012 Kona Jake for commuting/cyclocross (hopefully). Make sure you get a cursory "fitting" from your bike shop forthe Madone. And consider padded gloves for long road rides.
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In high school I had a Nishiki ten speed. Does that date me? Congrats and stick with it.
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Just took my new bike out for a quick spin. Definitely going to take some getting use to. I almost feel like I'm too big for it. The seat has some tilt to it that gave me a jump when I put my full weight on it. I can tilt it by hand with a good amount of muscle.

I'm slightly terrified that I'll have a carbon failure in short order.
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Tighten that seat up
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You need to tighten the saddle bolts.
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Welcome! Hand numbness can be hard to eliminate because it can be caused by a multitude of items. Reducing weight on hands and keeping hands, arms and shoulders relaxed helps.
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Done, much better now
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Welcome aboard! You will be surprised how fast you gain strength and start to slim down. Set a two month minimum.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/santa-c...-test-lab.html

the link above is a frame failure test comparing an aluminum Mountain bike frame with a carbon fiber frame. CF is very strong and surpassed what common "logic" had reasoned. Ride that CF bike with confidence my friend. Ride it like you stole it.
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Welcome. I go 190 these days but was once 235. Thank you cycling.
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Welcome aboard. I truly hope you meet your goals. Madone is a darn nice bike, I'm planning a road bike purchase when I hit 200lbs. 25 to go!!
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Thanks everyone,

I took my Madone for a proper ride today, the last two days in Boston have been wash outs and I have been itching to go out. Twenty miles, and man this bike is fast. I was surprised when I was done how quickly I completed. Oh, after the first mile all doubts disappeared, and I felt like the bike was an extension of myself.

This morning, before the ride, I stopped by the LBS and picked up a bib after reading about it here. I was shocked that I fit into a XL, and good thing as that was the biggest they had. Definitely made a big difference in terms of comfort. But considering that before today I was riding a hybrid with street clothes I wasn't surprised.

Any tips on pre/post food for a ride?
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Welcome aboard! You will be surprised how fast you gain strength and start to slim down. Set a two month minimum.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/santa-c...-test-lab.html

the link above is a frame failure test comparing an aluminum Mountain bike frame with a carbon fiber frame. CF is very strong and surpassed what common "logic" had reasoned. Ride that CF bike with confidence my friend. Ride it like you stole it.
Thanks for the vid
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Welcome! I also tried a cross trainer, and went back to a road bike. No regreats. Keep riding!
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I have a 2013 Madone 4.5 and my rear wheel has been the only issue after 1,700 miles since I bought it last April.

Ride that bike and ride it hard! My only suggestion is that if you start getting a lot of flats switch out to hard case tires like the Bontrager AW1. It has been worth the peace of mind for me.

The carbon frame is a non issue.

I am 6' and 280lbs and I love my madone!
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For rides 2-50 miles in length I eat about 300-500 calories about 2 hours prior to ride (low fat - low fiber, think chicken and rice or potatoes) and water all day.

After the ride is a simple protein shake and more water.
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One week and 72 miles later I weighed in at 283 so 4.5 pounds lost. I kind of hoped for more, but that's not too shabby. I also find myself oddly wishing my work was more than four miles away. First time that has happened.

i've been eating healthy, with a lot of veggies and fruits. I also spend a 1/2 hour at the gym lifting weights before the ride.

It's raining out today so I'm going to skip the ride. I know some people still bike in the rain, but I fear I'll fall on my ass.
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One week and 72 miles later I weighed in at 283 so 4.5 pounds lost. I kind of hoped for more, but that's not too shabby. I also find myself oddly wishing my work was more than four miles away. First time that has happened.

i've been eating healthy, with a lot of veggies and fruits. I also spend a 1/2 hour at the gym lifting weights before the ride.

It's raining out today so I'm going to skip the ride. I know some people still bike in the rain, but I fear I'll fall on my ass.
There are no commuting laws against adding on a few miles.
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Welcome to BF and congrats on the bike and getting going!

Here's an interesting article on tire pressures and weight, has implications for us big guys.

Oh I know you're new here but we really need pics of your new bike One reason is it keeps the fire burning for N+1.

Enjoy your ride!
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Welcome aboard! You will be surprised how fast you gain strength and start to slim down. Set a two month minimum.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/santa-c...-test-lab.html

the link above is a frame failure test comparing an aluminum Mountain bike frame with a carbon fiber frame. CF is very strong and surpassed what common "logic" had reasoned. Ride that CF bike with confidence my friend. Ride it like you stole it.
thanks for the vid... that was neat... I was even supprised at the way the failure looked... much less spectacular then I would have expected for the CF
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One week and 72 miles later I weighed in at 283 so 4.5 pounds lost. I kind of hoped for more, but that's not too shabby. I also find myself oddly wishing my work was more than four miles away. First time that has happened.

i've been eating healthy, with a lot of veggies and fruits. I also spend a 1/2 hour at the gym lifting weights before the ride.

It's raining out today so I'm going to skip the ride. I know some people still bike in the rain, but I fear I'll fall on my ass.
Multiply that times 52 (a year of riding) and you have all but disappeared.

All progress is good! Enjoy the journey.
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90 miles last week. 278lbs (5 lbs lost).

1/2 way through last week I got sick of sharing the road while commuting to work. I find riding my bike with traffic to be very unpleasant in the burbs of Boston. So, I've chosen to take a longer more scenic ride along the Charles river. I'm not killing two birds with one stone anymore, but the ride is longer and vastly superior.

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Another hint, stop weighing yourself so frequently. Make it a monthly thing. To keep weight off it has to be gradual and a result of lifestyle changes. Activity level out running consumption and a gradual drop will go along with it. Focus more on enjoying the activity and making smarter food choices instead.
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