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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 06-08-14, 12:06 PM   #1
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New Cyldedale to the group.

I've been reading posts on here for a week or so. I figured I might as well join. I guess I'd be a ultra cyldesdale (306lbs at this weeks weigh in, down from 348. I've been averaging about 70 miles a week, I've been making the 32 mile total commute to work at least 1 time a week. My goal is to get down to around the 240lb range. I enjoy reading all the inspirational posts on here.
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Old 06-08-14, 12:21 PM   #2
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Old 06-08-14, 01:14 PM   #3
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Welcome, 70 miles a week is pretty good. I wish I could commute to work as it would really help with racking up the miles.
Happy riding!
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Old 06-08-14, 01:15 PM   #4
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Marvelous!
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Old 06-08-14, 01:57 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I'm lucky in commuting in that I have a employer that allows me to keep my bike inside our secure facility, we also have showers and lockers. I have 2 goals this year, 1 is to commute everyday for a full week the other is to be able to break the 1 hour mark getting there (so far my best is 1:15 for the 18 mile trip)
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Old 06-08-14, 03:18 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I'm lucky in commuting in that I have a employer that allows me to keep my bike inside our secure facility, we also have showers and lockers. I have 2 goals this year, 1 is to commute everyday for a full week the other is to be able to break the 1 hour mark getting there (so far my best is 1:15 for the 18 mile trip)
That's about what I do and I'm 100lbs less than you.
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man that's great!!!
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Welcome to BF!

Looks like you're off to a great start. Best advice I got here: "You can't outride a bad diet"

I often remind myself that fitness is earned on the bike, weight control at the dinner table.
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Old 06-08-14, 08:39 PM   #9
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Welcome to BF!

Looks like you're off to a great start. Best advice I got here: "You can't outride a bad diet"

I often remind myself that fitness is earned on the bike, weight control at the dinner table.
I am slowly learning this, my diet that got me to 348lbs was not healthy in any way shape or form. Changing my diet had a bigger effect than riding. I still slip up from time to time but now that warmer weather is here I'm riding more and I'm reminded to eat better when I ride.
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Congrats on the weight loss! Welcome to the forum! My goal is to commute a few days a week. I'm down to 317 from 400 lbs and getting stronger and riding shape!
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And I thought I did god by getting in 44 miles last week. That's great, and welcome!
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One strategy some folks with longish commutes employ is to split it up.

Drive to work with the bike in car. Ride bike home and back to work the next day. Now you're at work with both bike and car. You can take days off the bike or repeat.
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Looks like you're well on your way!! With the weight loss you've already completed you are inspiring others!!!
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Thanks everyone. I'm lucky in commuting in that I have a employer that allows me to keep my bike inside our secure facility, we also have showers and lockers. I have 2 goals this year, 1 is to commute everyday for a full week the other is to be able to break the 1 hour mark getting there (so far my best is 1:15 for the 18 mile trip)
Welcome to the group! And welcome to commuting! I too commute. Have a 24 mile round trip and I ride generally three to four days a week. I'm lucky like you because I can store my bike indoors and have a shower nearby too. Have commuted 510 miles this year so far. I love it.

If you haven't already, the commuting forum has a ton of useful information too.
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Great job on the weight loss! I started commuting to work last year, but really stepped it up this year. I'm so sluggish when I wake up and I often think about going back to bed and driving to work. It never fails though, after about 10 minutes on the bike I'm glad I'm riding. I've upped my commute this year, and when I ride usually take the long way, around 20 miles each way. Diet is a huge part of losing weight too. You're doing fantastic; keep it up!
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