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Old 05-16-18, 08:58 AM
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Super Clydes: How many miles did you start with?

Hello all,

This is my first post (woot!). Im 511, 380lbs and the new owner of a Specialized FatBoy. I rode around my hilly neighborhood for 2 miles yesterday in a session with a lot of breaks for standing and catching my breath.

My question for clydes who are or have been above 350lbs: how many miles were you riding to begin with?
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Old 05-16-18, 09:09 AM
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I started cycling before I peaked out at 310 pounds or so, but I could do 3-5 miles. One key is to take it a bit easy; gear down, kick and coast, repeat as required.

Overland Park is a nice area to ride in, from what I remember.
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Old 05-16-18, 12:40 PM
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I'm a lighter Clyde...when I started last year, 6 miles was a stretch. Just pace yourself and keep at it.
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I was never a super Clyde, but at 280 lbs. I started out doing about 3 miles and it totally wore me out, both from being totally out of shape and from a bike that was too small for me. Didn't take too long to build up endurance, though. And with a properly fitting bike both distance and speed increased, especially as weight went down.
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300# here. I do it every day, though I could have done a lot more otherwise. I started with 2 mi a day and have worked up to 4 mi. Now the biggest issue is butt soreness, but I think it will lessen in time and allow me to do longer daily rides.
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Originally Posted by iCanDoIt View Post
Hello all,

This is my first post (woot!). I’m 5’11”, 380lbs and the new owner of a Specialized FatBoy. I rode around my hilly neighborhood for 2 miles yesterday in a session with a lot of breaks for standing and catching my breath.

My question for clydes who are or have been above 350lbs: how many miles were you riding to begin with?
Lots of small rides to begin with, but the two biggest issues are the number of "hills" you encounter(and their steepness) and how suited your saddle is to you.


I had terrible trouble finding a saddle that didn't dig in to me so badly, so that I wouldn't ended up loosing skin/bleeding around my undercarriage.
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Lots of small rides to begin with, but the two biggest issues are the number of "hills" you encounter(and their steepness) and how suited your saddle is to you.


I had terrible trouble finding a saddle that didn't dig in to me so badly, so that I wouldn't ended up loosing skin/bleeding around my undercarriage.
Wow, this truly rings a bell for me. I just finished a 1.25 mile ride just now that wiped me out pretty good. I know I could have kept going, but my sitbones were killing me (even with padded shorts and a seat pad) and, tbh, I took a route with three large hills (or large to me) and was wiped out by the time I got back to the house. Ill probably go out again later tonight, but for the time being, Im toast.

Do you think Id make more progress if I were to drive to a flatter location or should I keep doing as many hills as possible?

edit: Im a terrible phone typist and spelling mistakes bug me.

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Originally Posted by iCanDoIt View Post


Wow, this truly rings a bell for me. I just finished a 1.25 mile ride just now that wiped me out pretty good. I know I could have kept going, but my sitbones were killing me (even with padded shorts and a seat pad) and, tbh, I took a route with three large hills (or large to me) and was wiped out by the time I got back to the house. Ill probably go out again later tonight, but for the time being, Im toast.

Do do you think Id make more progress if I were to drive to a flatter location or should I keep doing as many hills as possible?
You should ride in a way that gives you enjoyment and you will end up going further and further that way.


I like to use my bike for various tasks, so if I am going to a friend's place, provided it is not too far for me, I take my bike there, rather than my car.


I use my bike to go to the cinema and back, no parking hassles or parking costs.
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You should ride in a way that gives you enjoyment and you will end up going further and further that way.

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Never a truer statement has ever been made. What ever the ride,distance,destination,goal just make sure to enjoy the ride!

i started at 336 and could do 7-8 Miles at first. But I kept at it. Years later and down around 60 lbs in the last 10 months now I can do a metric century without issue. Goal by year end out is a true century. Point is just ride and enjoy and the distances and ease will come.
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I would be finding a flat course to start with. Time in the saddle will count for more than distance as it simply takes time for your butt to get used to a bicycle saddle. I wasn't as heavy as you (I was 145kg~320lb), but started out on a Giant Sedona riding around our local velodrome. It's a 400m relatively flat track with shallow banking. The beauty about a track or say a suburban street block loop is you are never far from the end if you run out of puff. I rode for about half an hour, then started pushing the distance I could achieve in that half an hour. From there I started riding loops around town to enjoy the view more. Then I gradually extended those to take in a 15km rural loop. There was a significant hill in that one, but I started riding it by riding down that hill and the latter half was gently undulating. Then when I was getting better, I reversed the loop to finish going up that hill. Once I was doing that well, I graduated to a road bike and was riding an out and back road ride of around 20km. That was the furthest I had been before attempting my first road bunch ride which went for 60km (granted it was on the flattest road around these parts). But I managed it, I didn't die, and now 12 years later I race on road, track and ride mountain bikes occasionally.

It takes time, but you can get there. Get the butt used to the seat and keep extending the ride distance, then increase the difficulty.
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Welcome to the forum and +1 for the screen name.

Like others, my advice is to not worry about your miles or speed, but strive to get out there regularly. If you force yourself to do too much, it won't be fun and you won't want to do it. You will naturally start riding longer/faster in time. Just ride and have fun.
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I was over 300 when I started, Im a lady so thats probably considered super. I rode 18 miles but it was all downhill. I couldnt hardly ride a mile in flat ground. Even after I lost about 100lbs it took me a while to work up to more than a few miles but persistents is key. Cycling here easier a lot faster than running does.
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Just completed a 2.7 mile ride. First week riding. No joke- was VERY nearly run over by a car blowing a red with brakes locked up. It occurred to me that even though I could have done another mile or so, I was definitely done for the day :-D

Thank you all so much for the encouragement and advice. Im already putting it to use!

On on another note, I joined this forum because I saw how clydes of all sizes were treated here and my first thread has not let me down. Its also great to hear all the stories of weight loss. Cycling and dieting seem to work well :-)
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+1 to riding regularly and having fun.

Do not stress out too much about what to wear or how far you go each ride.

Get out and ride as often as you can and do rides you enjoy. Ride like you did when you were a kid. Explore new trails, see new streets, explore, etc.

Riding on a regular basis will toughen up your butt and help you get into a regular riding habit.

The miles will increase with time.
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And if I may suggest, at this point focus on distance rather than speed. As your leg muscles get stronger and your weight decreases, speed will come in time.
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