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 08-06-18, 05:10 PM
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Hello, started here about 5 years ago and dropped 100 pounds to 270. Havenít ridden in three years and back up about 35 pounds. Started back last week. Did a 20 mile on Saturday and feel great. Ride a Trek 7.2 and just put a
Giant Talon 3 on layaway till next month! Thanks for having me back.
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Old 08-11-18, 04:57 PM
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Well not new here.. I have always been a member but due to life situations I stopped riding. When I first started here I was barely a Clyde.. Now 8 yrs later I am a full force Clyde...lol
I Hit my max weight at 305lbs then little by little through dieting I am back down to a svelte 245 lbs.. (I'm 6'-2" btw)
So now the long and wonderful journey on the bike continues.. Glad to be back.
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Old 08-16-18, 07:35 AM
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Afternoon All,

I am new to this forum, and indeed to road cycling. At 21stone, 300lbs, it was about time I did something about it. Having had several knee injuries over the years I had to stop playing rugby and cannot run, I have taken up road cycling, as of one month ago.
Thoroughly enjoying the time so far, I need to get some wet weather gear in order to continue to enjoy it... I have a Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc 2018, so a reasonable bike to begin with.. I was hoping the discs would give me decent stopping power but it appears with my weight, it is not as great as I wanted. Anyway, I digress...
It appears a lot fo people have taken to cycle to aid in their weight loss journey with some massive/incredible successes. Well done!
Any tips for a newbie? Anything... in terms of cycling tips, equipment, diet, etc. One thing I am particularly keen to understand is required nutrition on longer rides...

Thanks for reading.

Oh, I have a blog if you're interested, in which I aim to document my journey although it seems I cannot yet post URL - see my signature instead

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Old 08-23-18, 05:30 AM
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Hello everyone. I’m new to the forum and weighed in at a slim 291lbs yesterday. I recently purchased new Trek Checkpoint ALR5 and began commuting to work on it. I have a 23 mile round trip commute and I’m hoping that the increased activity will trigger weight loss. I did training rides for the first couple months and I averaged 270 miles a month.

August 12th I finally decided that I had built the endurance to make it to and from work, so I started using the bike to commute. I gave myself a break last weekend and I’ve missed a couple days due to weather, but I’ve already biked 321 miles in August. I’m easily on track to break my 400 mile goal for the month and plan to set my September goal for 500 miles. With all the biking that I’ve been doing I’ve yet to lose a pound. My diet isn’t the best, but I haven’t been stuffing cheeseburgers down my face either. I guess it’s time to watch my diet a little closer and keep putting in the miles. As much as the bike is about weight loss for me, I’m trying not to view my rides as strictly a source of exercise. I want my bike to remain a source of enjoyment, not a sadistic torture device that I need to ride 50 miles a day as punishment for being larger than the average American.

I’ve appreciated this forum in the week or so since joining as a source of inspiration and advice. I think I’ll always be a Clydesdale, because even when I was running 55 to 60 miles a week I weighed 220lbs and I’d be ecstatic if I could get back down to that weight. Thanks for having me!
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Old 08-26-18, 06:38 PM
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Old 08-31-18, 01:59 PM
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Thought I'd drop in with an introduction. I'm 52 years old and haven't ridden since I was about 20. I just started riding again this past May for exercise and weight loss. I'd started dieting in March and have to date have lost 55 pounds. I was expecting my body to dislike the riding position on a road bike, so I started riding on a Trek X-Calber 7 mountain bike that slowly morphed into a heavy, flat-bar road bike with 33mm road tires and low gears. Yesterday I upgraded to a Specialized Diverge Comp. Much lighter than the X-Cal and geared much more like a road bike (48/32 11-32). I've only got 20 miles on the bike, but I'm loving it so far. I'm about 5'11" and currently weigh 234 pounds, so I've got another 55 pounds to lose.

I've been riding about 600 miles per month. I'm going to try to bump it up a notch to about 1,000 per month.


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Old 09-01-18, 08:13 AM
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Thought I'd drop in with an introduction. I'm 52 years old and haven't ridden since I was about 20. I just started riding again this past May for exercise and weight loss. I'd started dieting in March and have to date have lost 55 pounds. I was expecting my body to dislike the riding position on a road bike, so I started riding on a Trek X-Calber 7 mountain bike that slowly morphed into a heavy, flat-bar road bike with 33mm road tires and low gears. Yesterday I upgraded to a Specialized Diverge Comp. Much lighter than the X-Cal and geared much more like a road bike (48/32 11-32). I've only got 20 miles on the bike, but I'm loving it so far. I'm about 5'11" and currently weigh 234 pounds, so I've got another 55 pounds to lose.

I've been riding about 600 miles per month. I'm going to try to bump it up a notch to about 1,000 per month.


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I have a Diverge too, older model so 50/34. You will love that bike!
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Old 09-06-18, 02:53 PM
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Hi All! I've been lurking around the forums for a while, but I'm trying to get more involved now. I've been cycling for years, but didn't really get into it for more than just riding around town until the beginning of this year. I've been up and down in weight since I've been riding, and I'm currently down from 360 lbs to 300 riding an 1995 Trek 520 and Montague Allston full size folder. I wish I had spent more time looking things over here before I started riding, because I could have saved myself a lot of time and money. Thanks for all the awesome information here, and I hope I'll be able to contribute with some of the stuff I've learned the hard way.
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Old 09-10-18, 10:20 AM
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Hello al! Joined in 2012 but been away for a while.

I rode bikes all the time as a kid, but for some reason stopped completely when I went to college. I also found that as I got older (I turn 56 on Friday) I couldn't eat as much as I could at younger ages and so picked up a lot of weight. I'm 6'5" and reached a high of 380 last fall. Since then I've been working on losing it by counting calories through the "Lose It" app and am down to 292. I'd like to get down to at least 230.


I rode a Fuji Cross 3.0 cyclocross bike for a year or so in 2012-2013. It was a bad choice as it was really too small (60 cm) and the gearing was not the best for a fat newbie (36/46, 11-25). I never really got comfortable on the bike and got tired of riding (and pushing) alone. My brother recently got a Trek Verve 3 as 30 year work anniversary gift, so I began thinking about riding again.


I've been doing my research and have pretty much decided on a 2018 Fuji Absolute 2.1 (last year's model on sale at Performance Bicycles for $100 off). I have rather short legs (34" pant inseam) and a longer torso, so reach and effective top tube length are important to me. The 23"Absolute has the most stretched out geometry of any hybrid I've looked at (43.2 cm of reach and a 62.5 cm ETTL compared to 40.4 and 59.0 on the Cross 3.0 I used to ride).


I would really like to get a drop bar road bike (to do group rides), but I'd probably have to go big bucks to get a 64 cm (Trek Emonda?) and it's hard enough talking my better half into spending the $349 for the Absolute after taking a good size loss when I sold the Cross after a year. I hope to get fit on this bike and find some "little old lady" group rides, and then if things work out better this time around, maybe invest in a road bike in a few years.

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Old 09-14-18, 08:15 AM
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Yeah, I'm fat.....but i'm working on it!

I was 290 @ 5'9 last summer.

Got back into riding late last summer and have made an effort to go at least 3 days a week for 10 miles regardless of pace. That along with better eating (meaning I don't eat directly from the KFC bucket anymore) I'm down to 245 and am hoping to continue. I'm having fun now! I am happy to have rediscovered an enjoyable exercise activity. One more treadmill session and I'd have lost my mind.

I currently ride a Giant Cypress DX but I have an Escape 1 in layaway at my LBS (finally feel like I've earned the upgrade)
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Old 09-19-18, 12:37 PM
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I have never really introduced myself, so here goes. Ten years ago I bought my first bike since being in school at age 38. It was a Scott Sportster45 ( I still Have ) I rode that Bike for 2 years and went from 238 lbs to 215 in a matter of a couple of months. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I wanted a road bike but not anything racey so I went with a Fuji Gran Fondo 2.1 and off I went. That is until I blew out my L4 and L5 in Late 2015. So, long story short I went from a fighting weight of 215 to a pot bellied weight of 257 ( I'm 5'11" ). I got back on my bike in May and have gotten back down to 225 and still have a goal of 215 before the snow flies.
My biggest obstacle this time around has been getting my average MPH up to 18 to 20. I'm just now back up to a hair over 16 mph avg. I'm currently looking to add a gravel bike to the stable, just doing plenty of research first.
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Old 09-23-18, 08:27 PM
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Hi all,
My name is Adrian, I'm 29, live in Florida, and have live a sedentary lifestyle for the past 5+ years. I'm new to the forums, know little to nothing about bikes other than how to ride one. I hate working out, dieting(has no effect).My ideal weight isn't 200+ lb, but I am about 50 lbs overweight. I haven't ridden a bike in 5+ years, but the last time I rode 5+ miles daily, I had great results. I picked up a dawes atlantis yesterday which I'm in the process of cleaning, replacing cables and tires, and am excited to get started.
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Old 09-23-18, 08:36 PM
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Old 09-24-18, 04:12 PM
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250 lbs here. Back into biking after a few year hiatus. Even at 250, I can keep up with most.
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Old 09-24-18, 04:26 PM
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Just learning a lot of people ride

I'm 5'6" weigh 200, and solid. I have been riding for years. Best exercise next to swimming. I am 60 and in good health. I want to pedal up the east coast from Daytona beach (home) to Boston, Mass. I will get some pics of my bike. It's a mongrel, but good seat, the right gears, keep it lubed well, and it can go fast and feel stable. I am so glad to see the high interest in bikes. Metal to the Pedal !!
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Old 11-01-18, 05:13 AM
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Getting back on the bike after two years off. At 300+I am having serious problems with the knees. So far my rides have been to try to get my knees working again. I figure trying to rehab them by riding is better than going to an Ortho doc. My wife and I have changed our diet and we're doing lots of salads, rice and beans. Just some chicken or fish once a day. The knees have been loosening up and starting to hurt less. I'm in Pennsylvania so I will soon have to start dealing with weather. I've got a long road ahead but I really must keep on this path of my knees are going to be a major problem that limits my ability to lead and active life. Rides are limited so have to about 4 miles but I'm starting to feel like I can go further. Would like to get to the point where I'm consistently riding 6 miles or so 4-5 days a week.
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Old 11-02-18, 07:43 AM
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Clyde looking for carbon track clinchers

Just learned what a Clydesdale is after cycling for 6 years. I am 6'3" 220. Happy with my size/weight. Not happy as I search for a pair of carbon track clinchers that don't have 20 spokes.

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Old 11-28-18, 12:13 AM
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Just getting back to riding after a 30 year layoff. Been working out and doing spin classes over the past few years, but looking forward to putting some miles in to try and crack thru a weight plateau and get under that clydesdale threshold. Only need to lose about 5 pounds to do that, but easier said than done. Would really like to drop about 20. Think I am going to try some sprint and maybe an Olympic triathlon next year, and getting the extra weight off this 56 year old body would help tremendously.
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Old 12-04-18, 11:23 PM
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Hi, I started cycling 5 years ago before 5 years I was 300 pounds and today i.e after 5 years I am just 150 pounds cycling help me to reduce my weight.
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Old 12-07-18, 10:44 AM
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Hello everybody else ^^^^ up there. I'm new to the forums, currently sitting at 203lbs, far from my 170 when I used to ride. Kids, marriage, and a lot of drinking beers on the couch will do that. But I'm trying to get healthy again. Luckily my vintage bike is easily able to handle the extra pounds.
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Old 12-07-18, 09:24 PM
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Newbie hello

Hi all, 6'4", 345 here in Mid-Michigan. Just bought a Specialized Fatboy today. Wow, it's a different world than my other bikes. Have always loved biking, looking to get fit again by doing what I enjoy, riding. Great information on here, and seem like an equally great group of riders.
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Old 12-09-18, 01:29 AM
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6ft 7 320. Ish raced a 64 cm merkx with 180 mm cracks and mountain strm in the 90s some in early 2000s. Opened business put kids through school handsome how I'm 49 and 300 +lbs
sold the business kids are out in the world its time to get back to a bike.

Looking at a KHS 747 or a Zinn or a XXL khs moutain bike.... Or a Zin gravel bike Or lol
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