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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 02-03-14, 08:26 PM   #1
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Mountains and Clydes...

just a little rant/vent:

I've been struggling a bit with my motivation to get some road riding in ever since I lost my job in early December (no worries, I'm employed again... --I used to commute there regularly, charting at least 15 miles a day (9.5 miles each way, but some mornings I'd ride the bus half way in order to avoid being sweaty/sticky for early meetings). So I figured I would put my mountain bikes to good use--and get out for some "real" trail riding. Saturday morning was my second time out this year on the MTB--and it was HARD! Holy smokes--sure, the commuting conditioned me a bit for the cardio side of things, but obviously nowhere near enough! I had to get off and do the walk of shame a few times, and it was very humbling/humiliating (though the group of guys I ride with are very gracious/understanding). And it isn't as if I'm on some massive/technical trail (it was Monroe Truck Trail in the Glendora area, to the top of Mystic). Sheesh.

So now, the obvious--I need to ride more. I need to ride uphill more. I need to ride steep uphills more, and learn to pace myself better. The view from the top, and the ride down, made all the suffering going up worth while. But I have to remember to remind myself of that as I'm panting near the nausea threshold on the way up It isn't just about having cool bikes for me anymore (it was that for far too long). Now I have to earn their keep. That new-to-me Trek 9.9 Remedy? What a waste for it to sit in storage. So it was the steed I was suffering on this weekend.

And my goals for 2014: at least 100 miles in the first quarter, on the mountain bike. Re-starting my road bike commuting routine (new employer is amenable to it, so just have to do it..). And re-capture my motivation.
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Old 02-03-14, 08:29 PM   #2
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I want to try mountian biking but I only have my hybrid.
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I feel your pain brother, take chunks in bite size pieces and work your way back into shape, your body will respond, I'm a Clyde and started tackling the local tough-guy road climb on my MTB, I'm not the fastest but I'm getting better each time I do it. I like doing it alone so it's just me, the bike and the road so I can keep pacing myself and keep moving. Got 2000ft up the other day, put the Beast into the rack at the ranger station next to a Scott and some other CF and overheard one of the guys saying how he averaged 7 mph up the climb, my second try last night I did 6.5, i feel really stoked to even be in the low end ballpark of guys on roadbikes. Of course I've been putting down 150-200 miles a week on mostly flat stuff but I was sure this mountain was gonna be the death of me and it's not. Take it slow and don't blow yourself up.
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seriously don't beat your self up on walking up a long graded hill, I have to walk up crap too

MTB is ALLOT different then them skinny road tires and will see allot steep grades then ever paved. Pended where you ride it can be short hilly style intervals or huge truck trail that keeps pointed up. Also keep in mind that you have a hard tail race bike, and geared such as that. I'd vote to change the gearing so you ride more hike less, but you already have the 11-36 cassette. Other option will be to change out the small chain ring on your doubles to something smaller hen 39x26.....something like 38x24 "might" be enough but find rings might be hard or you can swap cranks

This would be a nice upgrade but darn expensive http://www.jensonusa.com/Cranksets/F...B30-Crankset-1

Another option and I'm leaning towards this my self is the 42t oneup cog, $100 for a single gear. Removed the 17t and spacer from your current cassatte then add the 42t behind the 36t. This allows you to get the famous SRAM XX1 gear range for a small upgrade. Downside I see in this would be the extra TQ generated might grenade the wheel's freehub if cheaply made. Reason why the XX1 group requires a new designed/reinforced freehub.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/12/10/...pter-sprocket/
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I want to try mountian biking but I only have my hybrid.
There are a couple guys in our group with mid-80's MTBs that are basically hybrids (one was pure rigid steel) and they do great. Get some Knobbies and go for it

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I feel your pain brother, take chunks in bite size pieces and work your way back into shape, your body will respond, I'm a Clyde and started tackling the local tough-guy road climb on my MTB, I'm not the fastest but I'm getting better each time I do it. I like doing it alone so it's just me, the bike and the road so I can keep pacing myself and keep moving. Got 2000ft up the other day, put the Beast into the rack at the ranger station next to a Scott and some other CF and overheard one of the guys saying how he averaged 7 mph up the climb, my second try last night I did 6.5, i feel really stoked to even be in the low end ballpark of guys on roadbikes. Of course I've been putting down 150-200 miles a week on mostly flat stuff but I was sure this mountain was gonna be the death of me and it's not. Take it slow and don't blow yourself up.
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seriously don't beat your self up on walking up a long graded hill, I have to walk up crap too

MTB is ALLOT different then them skinny road tires and will see allot steep grades then ever paved. Pended where you ride it can be short hilly style intervals or huge truck trail that keeps pointed up. Also keep in mind that you have a hard tail race bike, and geared such as that. I'd vote to change the gearing so you ride more hike less, but you already have the 11-36 cassette. Other option will be to change out the small chain ring on your doubles to something smaller hen 39x26.....something like 38x24 "might" be enough but find rings might be hard or you can swap cranks

This would be a nice upgrade but darn expensive http://www.jensonusa.com/Cranksets/F...B30-Crankset-1

Another option and I'm leaning towards this my self is the 42t oneup cog, $100 for a single gear. Removed the 17t and spacer from your current cassatte then add the 42t behind the 36t. This allows you to get the famous SRAM XX1 gear range for a small upgrade. Downside I see in this would be the extra TQ generated might grenade the wheel's freehub if cheaply made. Reason why the XX1 group requires a new designed/reinforced freehub.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/12/10/...pter-sprocket/
Jsig, as always, thanks for the tips! Heck, if you walk sometimes, I can't possibly feel that badly about it. Lol! Seriously, though, I need to get offy lazy rear and just do it more. It isn't really the gearing that's holding me back but seriously, my lack of fitness. It feels as though my heart is going to pound through my chest on those longish steep climbs. No better way to get true interval training on a bike though...
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Jsig, as always, thanks for the tips! Heck, if you walk sometimes, I can't possibly feel that badly about it. Lol! Seriously, though, I need to get offy lazy rear and just do it more. It isn't really the gearing that's holding me back but seriously, my lack of fitness. It feels as though my heart is going to pound through my chest on those longish steep climbs. No better way to get true interval training on a bike though...
riding more will really help, try to get on a schedule to ride on the dirt at least once a week and stick to it no matter how cold the start is it is (you warm up faster on MTB then road anyways). For me it's every thrusday night after work, if it rains, the ride group meets at the local brewery instead but still out w/ the guys and scheduled time away from the fam. Once you get used to it, it's like clockwork most weeks + daylight saving is soon. Remember one hr on socal dirt is like = too 2 hrs on the road.

And post more pics of that bike!!!
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I only have one bike, and it is setup for more road riding: 28mm, bar ends, rear rack. I do want to get a mt bike though in the future.
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...I had to get off and do the walk of shame a few times
It's not(!) walking, it's cross-training.
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I like the way you think
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Ditto! Lol! I am a serious cross trainer!

and Jsig, that's a good, safe goal. I'm committing to at least one day a week, no matter how cold. More ride pics coming.
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