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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 01-16-14, 08:58 PM   #1
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Initial Weight Goal met.

Way back on on Oct 1st, 2010, I had a goal, lose a lot more weight. I was 337 lbs and had gained back 42 of the original 80 I had lost the prior 15 months. So I told my wife I had a goal.....225 lbs. Well it is 2014, but on Jan 1st, I weighed myself at the gym, 224.6. , but knowing that it could be a goofy scale, one time thing or what ever, I did not celebrate. I just kept at it. Today is Jan 16th and I am still under 225, so I can officially claim I made my goal of 225.

So since I already bought a new bike in November, I'm going to buy some new wheels as my prize.

Now I have a new goal, 200 within the next 12-15 months. I am not out to light the world on fire and have to get there tomorrow or anything like that...slow and steady wins the race in my book.


So if I can do it, you can do it, just keep working at it and don't get discouraged.

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Old 01-16-14, 09:15 PM   #2
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congrats on hitting your numbers I'm sure you'll get down to the new goal with that new bike in the sable sooner
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Congrats indeed. I've also met my initial goal after dropping 90lb. I'd like to drop 10 more but seem to be at a reasonable plateau and my doc suggested I didn't need to lose anything more. Congrats again.
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Congratulations on your loss. Hope you enjoy your new ride as you aim for your next goal.
I am at the start of my journey and know it's consistency everyday that will get me to my goal of 155.
So how much did your riding position change over time with the weight loss.
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In my case losing the weigt has changed my riding position quite a bit and may result in a new bike. In fact I'm doing a retul fitting in a month for that very thing. When I got my road bike in 2010 I could have fit on a 56 or 58cm bike but because of my size and some other issues I could not use the drops very well on the 56. I got the 58 but needed a very short stem. It fits me OK and I have done a 130mi ride with it. Now, however, I am exploring the possibility that a 56 might be a better fit. I doubt it has to do with the urge to get a new bike....that couldn't be it at all...

In spinning classes I'm the only one with the handlebars "slammed". It helps me keep my lower back accustomed to riding on the drops. Previously my legs would hit my gut with every pedal stroke, even when I was on the hoods. Now I can ride the drops with reasonable effectiveness and climbing....well... I couldn't get up a 300ft 5% grade when I first got back to cycling at 285lb. I was unable to cycle standing for more than 5 or 10 revolutions of the pedals. Now I can climb 7-8% grades for long periods of time and struggle up even steeper grades. At 62 I will never, ever, be fast by any standard but it's quite the odd thing that after a relatively recent heart attack I am now faster than I was before the heart attack and probably healthier than I was simply due to my weight loss. I'm vegan too, on dr's orders. I loathe it but I'm doing it.
I lost half of my weight before becoming vegan by simply eating a bit better and cycling a lot of miles. I could not have done it if I had still been working full time. Perhaps if I had become a vegan and added some exercise I could have done it but having the time to ride 2 or 3 hundred miles a week was really the key in my case.
I bought a triple and I still like it and I find one or two rides each year where I use my lowest gear but only when I get to 10% or steeper grades. If I bought a new bike it might well be a compact. I also have a set of 32/36 hole wheels I built that I am going to try to sell. I simply don't need them.
So to the OP....congrats again. It's a great feeling, eh?
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Thanks all.

My riding position has changed quite a bit since the very beginning. I don't have as much gut to work around now...so as I lost my gut, I was able to get a lot more aerodynamic which really helps when the wind is blowing. I also found that I tended to ride with my legs slightly apart and ended up with my feet on the edge of my pedals, so I had lots of hot spot issues. I am able to bring my legs a lot more vertical now and am able to generate a lot more power and have not had nary a foot issue in a long time. It also helps that I pulled the trigger a few years back and bought some Sidi shoes, which while expensive, I absolutely love them and can not see riding in anything else.

I also don't fear the climbing anymore...although, I am pretty limited to bridges in very flat NE Florida. My only climbing are bridges over the St. Johns River and inter-coastal waterway. I can reasonably climb 10% grade for a short distance, but most of the bridges are of the 5-6% grade. While I had a 53/39, I did shift to a 50/34 a few years back and like it much better with a 12-25 or 12-27 where I live. Gives me the speed gears for the flats and the ability to cross the bridges when I need to.

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