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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-23-04, 07:27 PM   #1
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Okay, just as the title says, i am going to open up to everyone and tell you about my life. Everyday, i wake up, and i do the same thing, i eat the same government bagel washed down with the gov't milk and coffee(state school). I get on my bike and ride it to and from class, which is usually a 2 way total of a mile, and i have three classes a day. Due to my long distance relationship, i have very little here to fill in the massive void that i feel when i am not with my girlfriend. Before, this void was just sitting there, unused, unfilled. This was last year, same time as now, when i was a freshman. At around this time, i weighed about a cool 270 pounds, and literally sat in my room on saturday nights and cried(yeah, yeah, shut up, men are sensitive too). At the end of the school year, i was 300 pounds(May 2003). I would be out of breath walking from my living room to the kitchen. Over this past summer, i worked with a guy who rides a mountain bike and races, and lost a lot of weight doing it. So, with a little bank account drainage, i bought my first real bike, my beloved Trek 820. Throughout the summer, i lost about 30-40 pounds, so i started school at about 260. During the summer, i was able to be with my girl, so my void was filled, and i was happy. Beginning this year, i had my crappy old bike to get to and from classes(i had to weld the cranks to the friggin BB spindle!). After that wore out, i paid about 20 bucks for a Roadmaster MTclimber, POS. I was starting to get sick of that, and the feeling of a void started to return(must be the spring semester...), so i poked around on my main web site, www.spokejunkies.com , and a guy on the site offered me my new love, my beloved single speed Concord road bike. So, with a little waiting around, and some elbow grease, i put it all together. Amazingly, the bike filled my void, i no longer feel sad, i love riding it, it is the center of my day, my favorite thing to wake up to(unless my girlfriend is here )! I never, ever would have thought that riding this single speed would give me such an excellent work out and such a zen like connection to the road, and the thing freewheels! im looking forward to riding it fixed, so that great feel is even more so. Meanwhile, my weight, through careful dieting and riding my bike(s) has leveled off at about 210 pounds, and while im still trying to lose, i am absolutely loving the new life i created for my self.

So, when you go out and look at your fixie/singlespeed tomorrow, hold this little story in your head, and think of how much my singlespeed has helped my life while being in the terrible grip of a long distance relationship!
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You leave your bike outside? Seriously though, congratulations...I wish I could lose 30 pounds.
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You leave your bike outside? Seriously though, congratulations...I wish I could lose 30 pounds.
My new bike is not left outside, except when im in a class. At night, my baby sleeps not five feet away from me!
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Nice job. I can't imagine acheiving that goal, let alone 15 pounds. Or then again, maybe I could if I get off my lazy ass. Nevertheless, enjoy the ride! Always enjoy the ride.
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One can only imagine how much lighter that cat is
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[QUOTE=trekkie820]Okay, just as the title says, i am going to open up to everyone and tell you about my life.
I was 220 lbs a number of years ago after laying around after early retirement and getting fat, when I decided to to something about it. I started to ride f/g and within the first season of riding I dropped my weight down to 180 lbs and have kept it there or lower during the riding season and winter. It does take a commitment but it is well worth it. Congrats to you.


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Good job! Keep it up.
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riding my bikes is my anti-depressant. cycling made me gain 10 pounds. hahaha i now weigh 155. woo hoo! i was 145 for the last few years. i'm 6'4", so it's a good thing i gained a bit of weight...
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riding my bikes is my anti-depressant. cycling made me gain 10 pounds. hahaha i now weigh 155. woo hoo! i was 145 for the last few years. i'm 6'4", so it's a good thing i gained a bit of weight...
6'4", 155? Good god man lay off the crystal meth!!!
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6'4", 155? Good god man lay off the crystal meth!!!
hahaha, i am a strict vegetarian with an extremely high metabolism.
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Doing something positive for yourself when life seems dreary is the best medicine. Good job on accomplishing your goals.
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My name is Jae and I am fatter, oh, wrong forum! 155lbs is nuts, I am also 6'4" and weigh in at 235lbs, BIKING EVERY STINKING DAY! Someone get me the crank!
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So I gotta ask, where are your parents with the weight problems, and the lonliness?
Where are school mentors, and motivators with the issues you have?
Sure you and the bike solved some of it, but is there no one out there attempting to help?
How old are you?
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Good job man. I'm at a steady 240ish, without cycling nearly enough. If you're anything to go by, I will hopefully be down to 200ish by the end of the summer now if I could just stop eating all the chocolate...
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So I gotta ask, where are your parents with the weight problems, and the lonliness?
Where are school mentors, and motivators with the issues you have?
Sure you and the bike solved some of it, but is there no one out there attempting to help?
How old are you?
Im 20. My parents were there for me, offering suggestions, supporting as always(my mom put the bike on her credit card until i could pay her back), so i DO NOT blame them for anything. People who blame their parents for everything have issues way deeper than mine. It was an awkward situation where i felt that my body would all of a sudden change through some act of god and i would become healthy again(crazy, yes, but thats how i felt, and its called denial). School mentors...yeah, right. It was a downward spiral, i didn't want to go out, because that would mean walking, which i hated, so i started to hate it more and more and down, down it went. Sure i had my friends, but they were too machismo to even attempt to talk to about personal issues with, and the girls i knew were all sl*ts who didn't know anything about my kind of long distance relationship. My parents are incredible proud of me now that i did everything on my own, even my ice cold dad(divorced)is impressed.
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Great job, losing a total of 90lbs is awesome. Keep it up. If there's a void, and you can't be with the bike or the GF, there's always BF (Bike Forums that is).
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Great job, losing a total of 90lbs is awesome. Keep it up. If there's a void, and you can't be with the bike or the GF, there's always BF (Bike Forums that is).
I am thankful for the bike forums!
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Where else can you learn to turn crap into gold? Besides Sheldon's site and all the other fixie conversion sites. OK well maybe this place ain't so special after all, but I like it anyway. Even if this forum is frequented by a bunch of Ba$*&%$# oops I mean nice people.
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as a big boned guy, im close to my optimal weight according to my doctor. he was amazed to see me change so much. Im still dieting, or should i say, eating right, and i am engaged in full out sprinting for about a half hour a day on my SS. the weight loss has slowed down dramaticly though, i only lose about 2-3 pounds every two weeks or so
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I only lose about 2-3 pounds every two weeks or so
Only? If I could lose 2 or 3 pounds every week I'd be on cloud 9 Oh wait, I could, I'm just too lazy
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Ive also gone from a 42 inch waist XXL shirt size to a 34 inch waist and a L size shirt. My riding shorts are L, and im getting an XL jersey(i hate those skin tight jerseys, i need freedom, man)
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I started riding (after a 15+ year hiatus) to recover from a motorcycle wreck. I got hit by a pickup truck, and broke both wrists, my right ankle, and a few ribs. I was in a full body cast for all of last summer. I lost ~25 pounds (from 175 to 150, basically all of my muscle mass) in 4 months. I had wasted away. 6 months later, I'm up to ~300 miles per week, am considering entering some MTB races this spring, and am in the best shape of my life. I'm still only about 160, but it's all muscle, and my resting heart rate is down to 42. We all get into cycling for different reasons, but the rewards are much the same...
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Good for you is all I can say.

But as for me, I have to do some bragging too. Summer 2002 into autumn, I managed to do a little biking and lose a little weight... Mind you, that was getting from 310# down to about 290#. Winter set in, bad mojo and all, and by March 2003, I was back up to a whopping 320#. So I started to ride in the evenings when I got home, but quickly that was taking too much of a bite out of family time. So I started riding in the mornings. By the time it got too dark and too cold for me to be interested in morning riding, I had made it down to 260#. I knew I had to keep doing SOMETHING else, so I started swimming. Man was I BAD at swimming, but it kept me moving, and it has allowed me to keep the weight edging down. So in January, I was down to 250#. Now I started to get serious and said "What can I do to continue to motivate myself" (as if dropping 4 pant sizes and going from XXL to XL shirts wasn't enough). So I started training for a Triathlon. The swimming continues, biking will get going here shortly (especially with gas prices doing what they are doing and my fixed gear project nearing completion), and the running has kicked in pretty hard. Now, I'm down to 235#. My Tri race is in September, and with any luck, I'll be at 210# for the race.

The biggest problem with this whole thing??? Trying to justify new bike stuff (or even a new bike) when I have HAD to spend so much on new clothes so I don't look like I'm swimming in them!

Bottom line... anybody can do it. Most people need a kick in the shorts, some support along the way, and something that they can LEARN to enjoy doing. Of course, a good dose of nutritional education helps (you mean an orange is as bad as a candy bar?!?!??).

Good health to all,
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Okay, just as the title says, i am going to open up to everyone and tell you about my life. ......
......At the end of the school year, i was 300 pounds(May 2003). I would be out of breath walking from my living room to the kitchen. Over this past summer, i worked with a guy who rides a mountain bike and races, and lost a lot of weight doing it. So, with a little bank account drainage, i bought my first real bike, my beloved Trek 820. Throughout the summer, i lost about 30-40 pounds, so i started school at about 260. During the summer, i was able to be with my girl, so my void was filled, and i was happy. Beginning this year, i had my crappy old bike to get to and from classes(i had to weld the cranks to the ......
..... Meanwhile, my weight, through careful dieting and riding my bike(s) has leveled off at about 210 pounds, and while im still trying to lose, i am absolutely loving the new life i created for my self.
relationship!
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