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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 05-04-14, 07:07 PM   #1
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First ride on our new bikes

My wife and I decided to take up biking as another healthy choice in our weight loss. We both got Giant escapes to start with. Took them out for a ride today, we made it about 5 miles before our butts were hurting enough to stop.

Had a great time,
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Old 05-04-14, 07:35 PM   #2
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Congrats getting started on your new adventure! Five miles is a great beginning. My first ride last year was less than two, did 20 yesterday.
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Great bike to get into the the biking groove! Only spending time on saddle will help you adjust to (and get past) the butt soreness. Just keep on pedaling - You'll be surprised how quickly you can gain stamina and go further distances with much less 'effort'.

Don't discount the use of good quality bike shorts (or bibs) and wearing wicking shirts in warmer climates. A good padded chamois in quality bike shorts will help a great deal with butt soreness issues.

Good luck . . . Have Fun!
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Congrats! I just started riding and my ride was less than 2 miles...butt sore!! That was 2 weeks ago. I'm doing a little under 6 miles a ride now. Having someone to ride with is a BONUS! Keep it up!!
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Old 05-05-14, 04:21 PM   #5
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Thanks all! The first thing we did when we got back was ordering padded underwear. It should help a lot. Might look at a different saddle too but I'm going to try the padded undies first.
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congrats, have fun and the miles will magically increase
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Your bum will also get used to the beating and will stop hurting. When I got back into biking, I could barely make it the 9 miles to work without being unable unable to sit comfortably for the rest of the day. Since then, I've gone on several 100 mile rides in my regular pants without issue. In fact, after 3 years of being back into riding I just purchased my first pair of padded shorts to see what the hubub is about.
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Great bike to get into the the biking groove! Only spending time on saddle will help you adjust to (and get past) the butt soreness. Just keep on pedaling - You'll be surprised how quickly you can gain stamina and go further distances with much less 'effort'.

Don't discount the use of good quality bike shorts (or bibs) and wearing wicking shirts in warmer climates. A good padded chamois in quality bike shorts will help a great deal with butt soreness issues.

Good luck . . . Have Fun!
Ditto what he says. I couldn't believe the difference when switching to padded shorts with a chamois. It makes the ride enjoyable.
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Congratulations, and welcome!

Your bikes sounds like a great start, any pics of them?
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Here red is my new bike.
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Here red is my new bike.
That's a fine bicycle you have there Dan and five miles is nothing to scoff at for a first ride!
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Here red is my new bike.
We bought a pair of these for our son/Daughter, They are great bikes! We have been pretty happy with them and plan on putting some road tires on them this summer. Have Fun with them.
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Here red is my new bike.
Nice choice. 144 miles on mine so far

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I bought a Giant Escape last summer and have put about 1500 miles on it. I never did get used to the stock saddle although it did get better after a while. I have switched to another and am somewhat happier. I bought a road bike in March and haven't rode the Giant much the last few months since I am trying to get used to the road bike and get it set up comfortably. I do still hop on my Escape every once in while and when I do I remember all the things I like about it. I can ride it on roads that I would never attempt on the road bike. I love the shifters, and its just a fun bike to ride. For a hybrid its fast! I also bought some inexpensive biking shorts from Academy and they help, but I finally bought some good bibs with a lot better chamois and they are WAY more comfortable. Enjoy your bikes you made a good choice!
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