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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 09-09-13, 10:53 AM   #1
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I took on the road

Well I went for it. I took that path that I said was a bit scary. I only had one moment that really concerned me, a truck tried to beat me to a turn. Yes I made my signal and all but he was determined. I noticed during my ride there are several (Share the road) bike signs along that path I took. Today's ride was 7.5 miles which is my longest ride so far. I have to say I was a bit disappointed that my kids school and the park were so close! I extended my ride through my neighborhood to make up for mileage and time. I have ridden 17.4 miles in the past 7 days (3 rides). Strava is an awesome app.

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Old 09-09-13, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-13, 12:47 PM   #4
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Congrats. Being an EMS type doesn't help here - too much experience with what happens when things go wrong.

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Old 09-09-13, 04:03 PM   #5
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Matt you are absolutely right about that!
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Old 09-09-13, 04:28 PM   #6
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Good stuff! And look alert out there--there's always some knucklehead that will "show you" for being on a bike. I'm (slowly) learning to let them go... LOL!
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Pretty soon you'll be posting that you rode 17.5 miles in a day!
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Pretty soon you'll be posting that you rode 17.5 miles in a day!
Lets hope! I wasn't over exhausted on this ride and could have done more but do not want to do too much too fast. Tomorrow I am shooting for 10 miles.
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Lets hope! I wasn't over exhausted on this ride and could have done more but do not want to do too much too fast. Tomorrow I am shooting for 10 miles.
I was being conservative. What I really meant is pretty soon you'll be posting that yuo rode 50 miles in a day! Trust me, it will come faster than you think! Keep at it!
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I was amazed just quickly I gained stamina when I first started riding (at 50 yrs. / 300 lbs) a few months ago. The first few rides of 3-5 miles were a great source pride and now - 5 months later / about 3 rides per wk. - I am doing 15-20 miles each time and still maintain that same source of pride at each new distance attained. Good Luck (stamina will come quicker than you might imagine!)
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Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. I also drive a tractor trailer and use the same attitude.
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I was being conservative. What I really meant is pretty soon you'll be posting that yuo rode 50 miles in a day! Trust me, it will come faster than you think! Keep at it!
As the kids theses days say..... TruDat

Won't be long before you'll be saying to someone in the family.. "Back in fifty miles or so." and they will look at you like you've lost it.
Now when you do say that and get back in 2 1/2 hrs you've had a great training ride
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When I got my first "back into biking" bike back in 1999 I weighed 305 lb and was pretty out of shape. I walked to the bike shop to pick it up and ride it home. That first ride was 3 1/2 miles at a shallow, but steady, grade. I was wrecked afterwards. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3327510

I'll be riding my first Century in a month. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2622468

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Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. I also drive a tractor trailer and use the same attitude.
Words of wisdom.

And OP, congratulations! Most drivers are considerate and courteous, but we tend to remember the asshats, just as non-cyclists tend to remember the asshat cyclists.
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I had a first yesterday. A driver approaching from the rear used his turn signal to indicate that he was changing lanes to pass me.
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Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. .
Good advice... I always assume the driver 1) does not see me and 2) does not care (even if he did see me) if we have to share the road. If it means I stop and let them proceed, so be it. Better safe then injured and sorry... or worse.

Congrats! Keep at it...
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