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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 06-10-14, 03:42 PM   #1
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Making a change.

Hello all, people told me to check out the Clyde section after I went to the new intro page. Scored a fuji gran tourer se 12 spd the other day I think it's an 80 or 81. Dropped it off at the shop the other day and hopefully it will be up and running before next monday. They had to order the tires for me. Getting a little long winded here so I'll get to the point. Being close to 400 lbs and having not seen under 300 since I was 14 I've pretty much come to grips that I will always be huge, on the bright side I'm 6'9" so I don't look nearly as heavy as I am. Anyways, I'm here to talk with people about their experiences in this and hopefully get some motivation to get back in shape and pass the physical exam for corrections academy in 3 months. I'm not in awful shape it's just the weight is rough on my knees. Sorry if I'm rambling here just excited to start and share in the experience with everyone. I'd share a pic of the bike but my phone us not cooperating with me.
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Welcome to BF, Nthnynvk!

As long as you cycle about 3 times per week, at least an hour each time, you should be acclimated in no time!

After about a couple of weeks, start pushing your limits about an extra mile or so every other week ...

Always obey messages that come from your body.

Don't attempt to push beyond your physical limits! Any pain felt means stop doing whatever you're doing...

Good Luck!

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I started cycling a month ago and I feel great and look better! Have fun and welcome!
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Welcome to BF, Nthnynvk!

As long as you cycle about 3 times per week, at least an hour each time, you should be acclimated in no time!

After about a couple of weeks, start pushing your limits about an extra mile or so every other week ...

Always obey messages that come from your body.

Don't attempt to push beyond your physical limits! Any pain felt means stop doing whatever you're doing...

Good Luck!
WestPablo is spot on as far as pain goes! Push but LISTEN to your body...IT WILL SHUT DOWN! I was killing myself and not seeing results several months ago. Then I started listening, scheduling rides & workouts, and RESTING. Now I'm riding more and progressing pretty good. Get a riding and workout schedule that will allow you QUALITY workouts, REST...results will come!
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Hello all, people told me to check out the Clyde section after I went to the new intro page. Scored a fuji gran tourer se 12 spd the other day I think it's an 80 or 81. Dropped it off at the shop the other day and hopefully it will be up and running before next monday. They had to order the tires for me. Getting a little long winded here so I'll get to the point. Being close to 400 lbs and having not seen under 300 since I was 14 I've pretty much come to grips that I will always be huge, on the bright side I'm 6'9" so I don't look nearly as heavy as I am. Anyways, I'm here to talk with people about their experiences in this and hopefully get some motivation to get back in shape and pass the physical exam for corrections academy in 3 months. I'm not in awful shape it's just the weight is rough on my knees. Sorry if I'm rambling here just excited to start and share in the experience with everyone. I'd share a pic of the bike but my phone us not cooperating with me.
When I started cycling I was somewhere over 280. I don't know just how much because I never weighed myself, but the highest I ever saw was (I think) 287. I probably went higher but can't say for sure. The first time I took my then brand new bike out I did a bit under five miles and that left me pretty well exhausted.

Four years on I still weigh about 240-250 so in terms of weight loss it hasn't been huge. But the difference now is that I ride further than I ever thought possible. I've done a few 200km brevets, earlier this year I did my first 300km ride and had it not been for some major positioning issues that came to light during a 200 after I had made some adjustments I'd have done a 400 in the last month or so. I still hope to do a 400 and maybe a 600 this year, whereas when I started riding I'd have laughed if anyone had suggested I'd be doing anything like that.

I still don't care much for big hills. Short sharp climbs are OK because I can use brute force to get over them but hills that are long and steep require more finesse (and more fitness) than I can always bring to bear.
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Thank you guys for all the support and helpful hints. I can't wait until I can get out there when the lbs gets my new tires on. Keep an eye out for updates when I do hopefully I can build up to a commute by bicycle seeing as how my job is only 10 minutes away by car.
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welcome,

your are on your way...you have started, the rest is consistency and adding (or taking away small things)

remember when riding you don't want to be in a high gear (hard to push) and pushing hard with slow rotations, you want a lower gear (easier) and faster pedalling....much easier on the knees

Commuting is a great way to start.... you say 10 minutes by car...how far is that in miles on the roads/streets you would ride? you might be surprised at what you can do now if you go slow. to start you can do mon = drive in, ride home, tues= ride in drive home, wed drive both ways, thurs drive in , ride home, Friday ride in , drive home. Leave clothes and shoes at work if you can.


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and don't forget to look at the eating side also. lots of ideas an threads on this, not drinking soda (pop, soda pop depending on where you live) is a huge start and keeping a food log (map my fitness has one i like for free, web and phone app) Many swear by weight watchers.... look around.

and have fun on the bike
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welcome,

your are on your way...you have started, the rest is consistency and adding (or taking away small things)

remember when riding you don't want to be in a high gear (hard to push) and pushing hard with slow rotations, you want a lower gear (easier) and faster pedalling....much easier on the knees

Commuting is a great way to start.... you say 10 minutes by car...how far is that in miles on the roads/streets you would ride? you might be surprised at what you can do now if you go slow. to start you can do mon = drive in, ride home, tues= ride in drive home, wed drive both ways, thurs drive in , ride home, Friday ride in , drive home. Leave clothes and shoes at work if you can.


learn to work on your bike Park Tool Co. ╗ ParkTool Blog

and don't forget to look at the eating side also. lots of ideas an threads on this, not drinking soda (pop, soda pop depending on where you live) is a huge start and keeping a food log (map my fitness has one i like for free, web and phone app) Many swear by weight watchers.... look around.

and have fun on the bike
Thanks for the great advice I work about 5 miles from home and I know I'm not going to jump right in to commuting. The fiancÚ is pretty reluctant about me commuting, doesn't want me to get hit by a car in the middle of the night. I spoke with a doctor yesterday and she told me that a healthy weight for someone my height is close to 225 and I think that's entirely too skinny especially when the most physically fit time of my life I weighed 330. But I'm gonna try and take it one day at a time gotta cut out soda again I did it for a year and started again recently so that needs to stop. And the eating healthy is gonna take some work but it's happening. So stoked for my bike to get back from the shop so I can get started.
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Thanks for the great advice I work about 5 miles from home and I know I'm not going to jump right in to commuting. The fiancÚ is pretty reluctant about me commuting, doesn't want me to get hit by a car in the middle of the night. I spoke with a doctor yesterday and she told me that a healthy weight for someone my height is close to 225 and I think that's entirely too skinny especially when the most physically fit time of my life I weighed 330. But I'm gonna try and take it one day at a time gotta cut out soda again I did it for a year and started again recently so that needs to stop. And the eating healthy is gonna take some work but it's happening. So stoked for my bike to get back from the shop so I can get started.
5 miles is a pretty nice distance for a commute...long enough to get some exercise but not so long that is becomes a barrier.

thing about 30-35 minutes of bicycling time initially at a 9 to 10 mph avg, total commuted time depends on how many stop lights there are.

so by commuting your are building an hour of exercise into you life.

if the most direct way is not city streets, you can look for alternate routes.

and always try riding the commute on a weekend to get a feel for it.



For visibility: rear flashing red light and front flashing white light (day and night) add a solid light for night. also a simple hi-vis (bright green) reflective vest like you can get at hardware stores adds a ton of visbility. Light up like a christmas tree and show your fiance
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5 miles is a pretty nice distance for a commute...long enough to get some exercise but not so long that is becomes a barrier.

thing about 30-35 minutes of bicycling time initially at a 9 to 10 mph avg, total commuted time depends on how many stop lights there are.

so by commuting your are building an hour of exercise into you life.

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and always try riding the commute on a weekend to get a feel for it.



For visibility: rear flashing red light and front flashing white light (day and night) add a solid light for night. also a simple hi-vis (bright green) reflective vest like you can get at hardware stores adds a ton of visbility. Light up like a christmas tree and show your fiance
I've been looking into lights and luckily her father just gave me a rain coat from the airport hangars so that thing is the brightest piece of material I've ever seen. All I need is a helmet and I should be good to go lol
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So I've been looking at helmets and this one stands out to me in the matte glowing red what do you guys think?http://www.giro.com/us_en/products/m...s/surface.html
Forgot to link it lol

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