Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

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.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-21-13, 01:37 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
BionicChris's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: UK
Bikes: 2012 Specialized Tarmac Comp, 2015 Merida Reacto 5000, 2015 Giant Trinity Composite
Posts: 212
2014 soon, what do you have planned?

I would love to see a few targets set in this thread and perhaps we could revisit them when the year is almost over?

Miles: 4000
Feet Climbing: 150,000
Weight: 178lbs
Complete four 100 mile rides

Looking to raise 1000 for charity as I'm riding from London to Paris next June, this is where the extra miles are going to come from. I'm on for 2000 but spent 5 months off the bike.

What about everybody else?
BionicChris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 02:39 PM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Augusta, GA
Bikes: 13 Trek Gary Fisher Marlin 29'er
Posts: 35
Miles: 3000
Weight: 200lbs
At least one century and start bicycle commuting to work.
bs63366 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 02:43 PM   #3
Getting older and slower!
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Bikes: Trek Domane 6 series Project One, Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, Trek XO1
Posts: 384
3,000 plus miles.

First Century since by five bypass surgery.

Get below 200 lbs.
Cychologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 03:13 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: West Virginia
Bikes: 2012 Cinelli Xperience
Posts: 201
Mileage goal 1500 miles
Weight goal 200 pounds

I plan to do a supported ride a month from May to October. Tour de Cure and a couple of local rides. Also going to try to do a weekly club ride too, never done one before so I'll see how I like it.
LabRat2k3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 03:15 PM   #5
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
10 Wheels's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 28,980
Early March 2014:

Houston TX to El Paso TX 1120 miles in 18 days.
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
10 Wheels is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 05:32 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 8,693
I don't really count miles. Quality over quantity.

Some plans: Annual 3-day spring tour from Port Jervis, NY to Philly. A tour across PA, likely Youngstown. OH to Philly. Maybe a week or two at a "cycle camp" in Italy. If not, maybe 9 days of touring in Montana. Annual New Hope to Brooklyn ride.
indyfabz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-13, 08:56 PM   #7
the fly
Senior Member
the fly's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: the wall
Posts: 144
Miles: 10,000
Weight: 225, then reevaluate.
Ride 20 miles in 1 hour solo.

Currently @ 250, and not sure I can get down to 200 w/o losing alot of muscle. I'm going to have to ride a bunch to get back to 225. Really have to start watching diet. Also can't let myself get behind on mileage goal like I did this year.

Last edited by the fly; 12-21-13 at 09:02 PM.
the fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 05:11 AM   #8
jeepseahawk's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Posts: 739
Not like my lazy 2013....
4000 miles
200,000 elevation gain
210 lbs from 240
at least 5 bucket list rides checked off (to be determined)
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 07:15 AM   #9
Senior Member
rumrunn6's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 13,809
new job and lose some weight
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 08:32 AM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 94
My riding sucked in 2013, i looked at my garmin numbers and was only at 500 miles. I signed up for the death ride this year, i plan on riding 4000 miles this year and losing 30 pounds . Death ride in July, Levi Leipheimers ride in Oct. Should be my best year every on the bicycles
Roadrash3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 09:23 AM   #11
Senior Member
WebFootFreak's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Marion, AR (Memphis)
Bikes: Felt Z100, Modified Denali
Posts: 337
I didn't start riding and tracking my saddle and foot times until 9/15. That being said as of today, I have 237mi in the saddle, and 70mi on foot and 172 minutes on my recently acquired POS exercycle that I am trying to run the bearings off of, lol! I have gone farther, but this is the data I have from tracking. I will get more miles before the end of the year, plus I have my first organized event (4k) since 2000. I've dropped from 279lb to 256.5 as of my weigh in this morning. I've been considering my yearly goals for next year, wanting to keep it challenging without being impossible.

1800 miles in the saddle (no spin time). I figure 150 miles a month avg is a good goal. Oct was 134mi (my best).
360 miles on foot (walk and run). 30 miles a month.
Drop to 225 lbs. Like a poster above, I already have a good bit of muscle mass that I do not want to lose.

So far I have a 5K, Duathlon (2mi, 15mi, 2mi), and Sprint Tri (.25, 12mi, 3mi) planned for next year. I'm kind of ticked that Tour de Cure Memphis is right after the Tri. The Tri is a goal, whereas TDC is a want. My calendar is open after May. I'll see how I like the Du and Tri since I don't really like running. I'd love to find a 40-50 mile bike event relatively near, plus something in Florida in October since we're planning a family vacation there next year.

Last edited by WebFootFreak; 12-22-13 at 09:32 AM.
WebFootFreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 12:37 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 284
I'm right at 2500 miles for the year and hoped for 3k. There's lots of reasons but I have no one to blame but myself for not making the last 500 miles. I've lost about 60lbs and have got myself into decent "starter" shape. I still have a long way to go but feel like this year I did pretty good. I did manage several accomplishments but also had a few goals not met. First ride of the year was 7 miles and I thought I was going to die lol. Longest ride of the year was 88 miles. I had to drop out of two rides. Both were heat related exhaustion but one of them was the MS150 and I was really devastated to have not finished the MS.

For 2014 I hope to
ride 5k(4k is probably more realistic)
signed up for a 5 day tour
this year complete the MS150
at a WI rally to be able to handle the long rides
I'm at 225lbs now. I would really like to see me below 200lbs.
leeinmemphis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 01:37 PM   #13
fietsbob's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 18,087
Making it to my 67th birthday.. (Likely still, hovering around just under 200, 30 more than when I was 30)
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 05:09 PM   #14
Senior Member
JackoDandy's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: PNW - USA
Posts: 265
I plan to re-find my "Eye of the Tiger" . I have/had been riding solidly since 2010 and lost 30lbs and loved the riding, tech and social aspects of riding. Then in 2013 things kind of fell apart. Redundancy at work, legal issues, and it seems sickness over and over again - I am almost 50 after all. Ive been solidly fighting a miserable cold since late October, It finally started leaving and this AM I awoke to a sore throat. Of course the first thing that went out the window was my 3-4 bike rides per week. I haven't ridden in over a month and before that very, very erratically through 2013 and of no great distance.

So as I bid good riddance to the particularly bad year of 2013 (at least for me), I really hope to get back to where I was. Im not talking about weight, I have kept the weight off for the most part, Im talking about re-finding the passion that I had for riding. I rode back to back centuries and just loved riding.

Here's to better years and especially 2014.
JackoDandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 05:30 PM   #15
Senior Member
rideorglide's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Long Island
Bikes: Leader 780-R; Rockhopper FSR;Trek 660; Kona Blast Hardtail
Posts: 505
Recover from a herniated neck; just be well enough to ride.

Maybe invest in a bike with a much taller stem or switch my already high stem to an even taller adjustable.
Something so I can ride longer in more comfort.
rideorglide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 07:57 PM   #16
Senior Member
1242Vintage's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: No. CA
Posts: 772
Originally Posted by Roadrash3 View Post
I signed up for the death ride this year
Me too. This will be my third year and is the only organized ride I'll do all year. If you start out early from Turtle Rock (4 a.m.), the sunrise at the top of Monitor Pass a couple hours later is a quite a sight.

My goals for 2014:

Race mtn bike for the first time ever
Finish Death Ride in under 10 hours
Move up in CX racing from the entry level C to the B group (one hour races)
10,000 miles and 400,000 ft of climbing
Drop another 30 lbs to get down to 170.
1242Vintage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 08:53 PM   #17
Sayre Kulp 
Bulky Bullet
Sayre Kulp's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Bikes: Burley Koosah / RANS Zenetik Pro / Catrike Expedition
Posts: 1,103
I want to get back into running. I was actually getting pretty quick, ESPECIALLY for a big guy, but then I let life get in the way of training.

I want to be more consistent with my riding and training in general. I have too many peaks and valleys.

I want to do a good long tour. Thinking maybe East to West across the state or possibly South to North from Key West if I'm feeling particularly ambitious.

Finally, I want to get back to racing. I'm very competitive and I feel like the racing was driving my training and kept me ambitious and working hard. Not racing let me get lackadaisical and that has led to some minor weight gain.
"Obstacles don't like me very much. I make them look bad."
Sayre Kulp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 09:06 PM   #18
Senior Member
tiger187126's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Bikes: Specialized 2012 Sectuer Sport
Posts: 76
i want to ride a 35 mile charity ride this spring. got a lot to do to get there.

i don't know how many miles i should expect to ride, this year saw me away from my bike for the majority of it, but i would like to get in at least 1000.
tiger187126 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-13, 11:38 PM   #19
got the climbing bug
jsigone's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Diego
Bikes: one for everything
Posts: 8,369
Mine are pretty simple, don't crash my bike too hard, don't get burnt out, find new road on my new adventure bike and most important is continue enjoying watching my baby girl grow. She'll be one in a couple weeks. Truly amazing how fast time flies by!

Bonus will be able to keep my streak up of 1-2 centuries a month that I've been on since July
Rule #10 // It never gets easier, you just go faster.
jsigone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 12:39 AM   #20
Just Keep Pedaling
Beachgrad05's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lakewood, CA
Bikes: 99 Schwinn Mesa GS MTB, 11 Trek 7.2 FX WSD, 12 Trek 4.5 Madone, 15 Trek Domane 5.9 Dura-Ace
Posts: 2,719
Weight: under 200
miles: 4500-5000 *hoping to reach 4000 in 2013 but may just miss
elevation climbed: 130,000
Get job and hopefully be able to commute by bike
Beachgrad05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 05:55 AM   #21
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: 2012 Rockhopper 29 comp, 2013 Caad10-3
Posts: 29
weight: under 190 ( ideally under 180 )
miles: 3600 ( I should aim for at least 5000 but I don want to set a depressing bar )
a couple of "biking excursion" in colorado.
Ataru074 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 07:21 AM   #22
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: Brompton H6L, DT Mini, DT 9FS, Dahon Ciao P8, Dahon Classic 3(x2), Dahon TR, R20, Raleigh Chopper III, Auto Mini Jr., Mercier Nano, Giant Anyroad2
Posts: 159
1. Retire on 1-31-14
2. Buy Giant Anyroad 2
3. Log 1500+ miles
4. Enjoy all the above
airwulf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 09:23 AM   #23
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
Myosmith's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Posts: 2,548
Weight: < 190 by June 1 and maintain
Miles: > 3,000+
Tour de Cure: 100 mi and $1,000 +
MS 100: 100 mi and $1,000 +

Log at least a century a month from April through November
Complete a century in under 6 hrs rolling time
Complete an organized gravel century (either the Almanzo or the Woodchipper) I had to take a bail out route home last year in my first attempt
Purchase and/or build a hardtail 29er MTB and start riding the single track through the sandhills and lakes region at least a couple of times a month
Eliminate 90+% of the junk food from my diet and increase the amount of vegetables and high quality proteins
Increase cross training to balance lower body strength, increase core and upper body strength, and improve balance, flexibility, coordination, endurance and VO2 Max.
Myosmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 10:27 AM   #24
Senior Member
corwin1968's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,250
I plan to ride more.....a lot more.

Also, I plan to finally give drop-bars a try. I just need to get some V-brake compatible road bar brake levers and I'm good to go. My first test was fat tires and they work for me. Once I decide between MTB and road bars, I'll start planning a custom frameset build.

My test vehicle for fat-tires and in the near future, drop-bars:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_1685.jpg (95.1 KB, 6 views)
corwin1968 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-13, 11:03 AM   #25
Senior Member
IBOHUNT's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Western Maryland - Appalachian Mountains
Bikes: Motobecane Fantom Cross; Cannondale Supersix replaced the Giant TCR which came to an untimely death by truck
Posts: 3,593
Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
most important is continue enjoying watching my baby girl grow. She'll be one in a couple weeks. Truly amazing how fast time flies by!
Cherish the time, it goes way to fast.
You hold and feed them, next thing you know you are walking them to school (not because you are in the same grade!) then comes guys that want to take them out. (Son, I love her to death and I have no issues with going BACK to prison, be home by 9 right?)
IBOHUNT is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:14 PM.