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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 04-10-14, 04:54 PM   #1
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Getting back on a bike

Seven or eight years ago I blew out one if my knees. I was doing most urban fixie riding then, and a little mountain biking. Because of ****ty insurance I had to wait several months between killing my knee and getting surgery, and then I had way too much fun with painkillers after the surgery... So I never really got back on the bikes.
When I was in good shape I was around 215 or so. About 290 now and been wanting to get back on a bike for a while. Well I finally got one



I've had it about a week and I'm up to 10 mile rides with a beer break. Feeling pretty good about it although it's real different than it used to be.
The extra weight and momentum is... different.
The knee I had repaired doesn't quite fully extend so I'm running the saddle a little bit lower than what feels proper, but I think I've settled into it.
About a year after the surgery on my right knee I tore the ACL in my left knee in a motorcycle accident. This one did not require surgery but I am finding now have a slight hiccup when my left leg gets to 6:00 on the stroke. I'm working it out, it's just weird.

I actually used to post here before the injury, mostly in the fixed/SS forum, but I don't remember my screen name. I don't think this forum was here then. I'm looking forward to getting to know some more big folks on bikes.
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Old 04-10-14, 05:14 PM   #2
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Same story about the knee here. Think insurance was bad then, they don't cover eye surgery and other electives.

GL on your return. Mine calcified up.
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Old 04-10-14, 05:41 PM   #3
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I do walk 5 to 20 miles a day, so both knees are in decent shape. A little pain after a long day or when the weather gets screwy, but they actually feel better than they did a few years ago.
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