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    Any Ultra-Clydsdales? (300+lb)

    Truthfully I've wondered this but today I'm extra bored at work (its dead....) and thought I'd post this up.

    Me, I'm about 310lb, and commute daily on my bike 12mi round trip to work. I was doing pilates workouts too but haven't had time unfortunately. I started riding for my health though.

    So who else can share their experience as an ultra-clydsdale?

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    I was in your weight class, but I'm down to 275 and ride almost daily. I used to commute, but had to move where commuting is impractical. I ride a Cannondale R500 with 36 spoke wheels.
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    I was in the 310 range about 18 months ago and started riding for my health. An amazing thing happened, I remembered how much I enjoyed riding bikes. Funny the things you forget as you grow older. I started out doing a 40 km round trip commute to work, but have since moved and the trip is now only about 14 km round trip. I moved for the sole purpose of being able to use my bike as my main source of transport and exercise.

    Long story short, I now weigh in the 210 range and feel like cycling has saved my life. It has made me more physically healthy, and much more so mentally.

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    was 285, now 265... will be at 245 soon. i commute 26 miles round trip 4 times a week, and usually do a 40 mile ride on saturdays. have a new wheelset on the way, rhinolite rims laced to xt hubs 32 spoke

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    Wow some really good stories here. Sounds like you guys don't last long at the high weight once you start cycling hard. Thanks for the inspiration, its much needed. I do my commute as often as possible (11-12mi 4 or 5 times a week) but my diet still sucks, I'm trying to make that better.

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    rykoala! Dude. Eating habbits are a HUGE part of not only weight loss, but performance on the bike as well.

    Not so long ago I was 340lbs. This spring I was 240lbs. Today I'm 215lbs. I ride a simular commute distance as you. 13 miles round trip 5 times a week. I normally extend the trip home to a 20 mile loop making 26 or so miles daily. I'm attaching a before (March) and after (August) photo. This photo is roughly 2000 miles between the before and the after. (My wife thought I should share it) Cycling will transform your body and your mind. I really love it. The more you ride, the more enjoyable it becomes. Stick with it my friend . It is freedom on 2 wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    rykoala! Dude. Eating habbits are a HUGE part of not only weight loss, but performance on the bike as well.

    Not so long ago I was 340lbs. This spring I was 240lbs. Today I'm 215lbs. I ride a simular commute distance as you. 13 miles round trip 5 times a week. I normally extend the trip home to a 20 mile loop making 26 or so miles daily. I'm attaching a before (March) and after (August) photo. This photo is roughly 2000 miles between the before and the after. (My wife thought I should share it) Cycling will transform your body and your mind. I really love it. The more you ride, the more enjoyable it becomes. Stick with it my friend . It is freedom on 2 wheels!
    If thats not inspiration then I must be dead. Thank you for sharing that. I'll keep at it and work harder on my diet, and get it under better control. Breakfast and lunch are easy (2 eggs, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, lunch beans and rice) but dinner and evening is what kills me!

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    RyKo,

    Dinner is the hardest for me too. I tend to plan ahead. Set up portions etc well in advance. Also, I have a hard fast rule of NO EATING AFTER 8:00PM. I also keep a food log. I write it all down. I also have Type II diabetes so this is more than just an attempt to loose weight. Its and attempt to reverse or slow the effects of the diabetes.

    Join us in the Weight Loss Club here on BikeForums.

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    I was 290 when I started riding last October - I'm now at 235 and continue to lose weekly. As you suggested, diet is a very big part of it as well. I've been doing low-carb for about a year and it's worked well for me - plenty of energy for the mountain biking and road cycling I do. Anyway, I wish you the best in your continued riding and however you choose to make your diet healthier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    rykoala! Dude. Eating habbits are a HUGE part of not only weight loss, but performance on the bike as well.

    Not so long ago I was 340lbs. This spring I was 240lbs. Today I'm 215lbs. I ride a simular commute distance as you. 13 miles round trip 5 times a week. I normally extend the trip home to a 20 mile loop making 26 or so miles daily. I'm attaching a before (March) and after (August) photo. This photo is roughly 2000 miles between the before and the after. (My wife thought I should share it) Cycling will transform your body and your mind. I really love it. The more you ride, the more enjoyable it becomes. Stick with it my friend . It is freedom on 2 wheels!
    I've tooted you horn before N7CZ (de N0LWA). That is incredible. I generally hate when people post pictures of themselves on bikeforums. Usually they are trying to show off what God gave them. You on the other hand are showing off what you busted your ARSE to look like. That is great. THose of us that ride know what you have done.

    I am naturally skinny, so my pics will not be very meaningful. However, i went from nearly 200 lbs to my now 145. I also am 6'2". My biggest struggle now is to keep weight on. I get tired of people telling me that i look like i am getting ready to die.

    It is time this country wakes up and gets rid of the fat. Even though i am naturally thin, i used to be fat for my body. I went on a low fat diet 2 years ago and haven't eaten a fast food meal in that time. THat is why even though i am skinny, i know that it takes discipline.

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    BTW, the guy on your left (as you stand in the picture) looks like your Dad. They never mention how weight loss can make you look younger.
    Last edited by Portis; 09-08-04 at 06:40 PM.

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    Any of you guys read "Heft on Wheels"? I'm almost done, started it a couple days ago. Great book, making me want to ride more. Myself, I'm about 205 at 5-10, I need to lose about 25 lbs...maybe can afford a little more without losing weight I don't want to lose, we'll see when I get to 180.

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    Three years ago when I started cycling I was over 305lb.. I'm not sure how much over cause my scale would only go up to 305..
    100lb lighter today, due to cycling, weight lifting and diet (Atkins)..
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    Here's my before and after....
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    Hey, thanks Ranger. I was not going to post the photo, but my wife thought I should. She thinks seeing is believing. I guess she was right. I still have a long way to go. The only way I can see the change is through photographic evidence such as I have posted here. When I look in a mirror, I don't see the difference.

    As you know, I'm not trying to show off. I really have nothing to show off. I just want everyone who is struggleing with the same battle to know that their efforts will make a difference.

    We'll have to hook up on the air some time. I'm on 160M - 70cm all modes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpohl
    Here's my before and after....
    You lost 180 pounds in 1 year??? Assuming I'm reading and doing my math correctly, that's incredible!!! Besides cycling, what did you do as far as lifestyle/diet changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    Hey, thanks Ranger. I was not going to post the photo, but my wife thought I should. She thinks seeing is believing. I guess she was right. I still have a long way to go. The only way I can see the change is through photographic evidence such as I have posted here. When I look in a mirror, I don't see the difference.

    As you know, I'm not trying to show off. I really have nothing to show off. I just want everyone who is struggleing with the same battle to know that their efforts will make a difference.

    We'll have to hook up on the air some time. I'm on 160M - 70cm all modes.

    73, Bob ...-.-
    Bob, even if you're not trying to do so, you have evrey right to show off. You've accomplished something that millions in this country try all the time, but don't seem to be able to do. Congrats!!!
    Don't waste your breath to save your face when you have done your best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twahl
    Any of you guys read "Heft on Wheels"? I'm almost done, started it a couple days ago. Great book, making me want to ride more. Myself, I'm about 205 at 5-10, I need to lose about 25 lbs...maybe can afford a little more without losing weight I don't want to lose, we'll see when I get to 180.
    No, I have not read it, YET! It is on my list for winter reading. Its actually number one on that list.


    Quote Originally Posted by bpohl
    Bob, even if you're not trying to do so, you have evrey right to show off. You've accomplished something that millions in this country try all the time, but don't seem to be able to do. Congrats!!!
    Thanks bpohl. I'm far from done. I'm 5'11". I think I need to get down to around 170-175 or so. You have generated quite the stir over on the Road Cycling forum too.


    I guess we hy-jacked this thread pretty bad. Sorry RyKo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    I guess we hy-jacked this thread pretty bad. Sorry RyKo!
    I think this is the BEST thread hijacking I've seen in a long time. I was not prepared for what came of it and I am glad I posted it. Next week I'm on a stricter diet, and doing Pilates workouts 20 min every day, and as much riding as possible. Bye Bye, 100lbs.....

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    Just don't go nuts on the diet thing. I have found that I have to make small adjustments over time. If I were to attempt some radical shift, the result would not be favorable. For me, I change my lifestyle, not "diet." You can do it, but don't be disappointed if you do not have results like bpohl has had. I've been changing myself for several years now. Just now getting close to my goals. I guess it took a while for figure it out.

    Just keep at it. It will change you.

    (ps-I am now smaller than when I was in the 7th grade in Junior High!) I was always a fat kid.

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    Well, if I don't do something I'm not gonna get smaller. I was doing the bicycling + Pilatess + diet thing earlier this year. Don't see why I can't do it more consistently. Sure makes life better, and I feel better. I lost 30lbs on that and I need to lose 100 more.

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    Thats great! I just caution against getting burnt out. By all means, you need to do what works for you.

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    Hello from a female Clydesdale!! I just wanted to hop on and say this has been a very inspiring thread for me. Even at my healthy weight I'm considered a 'clydesdale' (I'm 5'11", and the weight limit for women is 150 pounds!) but I recently gained 15 pounds thanks to my qualifying exam in grad school. (Well, not the exam itself, obviously, but the fact that I ate junk food and didn't exercise while studying for it!) I thought, oh well, that's life. But after reading this thread and seeing N7CZinMT before/after pictures, I'm newly inspired. I commute 14 miles daily, I just need to clean up my diet. Look for me on the weight-loss forum!

    -GradStudent

    P.S. The good news is I did pass my qualifier, so at least I don't have to go through that again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT

    (ps-I am now smaller than when I was in the 7th grade in Junior High!) I was always a fat kid.
    Fat kids unite!!! Ironically though, I am now skinnier than pretty much anyone I know.

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    Hey GradStudent! Welcome! Thank you for the kind words.

    You can do it. 14 miles is a nice distance. Get that diet in check and you'll be well on your way to your own before/after pics! And by the way, we want to see them!

    Catch you in the Weight Loss Club. !

    EDIT: Congrats on passing your exam!

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