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Hi all. I am 6ft 2ins and weighed 327lbs when i first started riding again almost two weeks ago. I've always been overweight but have put on loads more since becoming a train driver in 2001 and since stopping smoking xmas 2005. Time to do something about it. I have started a healthy eating regime, and plan to cycle for both fun and exercise. I travel home by train each night from work, but have been getting off one stop earlier than i should and riding the rest. It is only 3 miles but i have to start off gently - it's been a long time since i have done any exercise. After a week or so of that journey i was finding it surprisingly easy so i started getting off 2 stops early - that's a journey of 5.5 miles. I have done that 3 times now and still finding it quite hard so will stick at that distance for now. Eventually i hope to be fit enough to cycle the entire journey which is around 11 miles. I am so glad to have found cycling after all these years and am kicking myself that i didnt find it earlier. I weigh in each Monday, and will post my results here as i go along. Needless to say, I will be in this clydesdale post for quite some time ...
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Old 06-09-07, 02:58 PM
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Hi all. I am 6ft 2ins and weighed 327lbs when i first started riding again almost two weeks ago. I've always been overweight but have put on loads more since becoming a train driver in 2001 and since stopping smoking xmas 2005. Time to do something about it. I have started a healthy eating regime, and plan to cycle for both fun and exercise. I travel home by train each night from work, but have been getting off one stop earlier than i should and riding the rest. It is only 3 miles but i have to start off gently - it's been a long time since i have done any exercise. After a week or so of that journey i was finding it surprisingly easy so i started getting off 2 stops early - that's a journey of 5.5 miles. I have done that 3 times now and still finding it quite hard so will stick at that distance for now. Eventually i hope to be fit enough to cycle the entire journey which is around 11 miles. I am so glad to have found cycling after all these years and am kicking myself that i didnt find it earlier. I weigh in each Monday, and will post my results here as i go along. Needless to say, I will be in this clydesdale post for quite some time ...
Welcome to Clydes and if you'd like, PM me your email address and I'll add you to the Clyde Weightloss database, it graphs your progress as well. You'll also get a link to the DB with the invite I'll be sending you.
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hit the big 40

just got back into cycling. New member to the site and I found out I'm considered a clydesdale. 6'2", 230 lbs. Last summer I picked up a schwinn century at a yard sale for $20.00. Didn't get a lot of cycling in last summer. This summer dedicated myself to it. My wife asked me what I wanted for my 40th b-day. Of all things I said I wanted cycling gear. She got it for me. Shoes, shorts, shirt. I had to pick up some clips for my shoes. Got some egg beater pedals/clips from a local bike shop. This past week I finally got out. My profession is a jr. high school teacher, so school is out for the summer. I took my 11 yr old son out with me on some of the rides. We were able to log in about 48 miles this week. I live in Tooele, Utah and its really hilly here. Half of your ride is hard- heading up hill. The other half is easy. I've been logging in my info on a software called cyclistats. We're using is on a 30 day free trial basis. Are there other ones out there that don't cost as much or are free? As a school teacher, I have to go cheap.
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Originally Posted by PistachioAddict
just realised I no longer fall in this category as I lost loads of muscle riding
Lost Muscle? As in your Molson Muscle?
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Old 06-10-07, 10:20 AM
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Lost Muscle? As in your Molson Muscle?
You actually can lose muscle mass cycling. You wind up with a similar build to a runner, with Big oak tree legs and noodles for biceps
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Hello fellow Clydes. I just started cycling about 2.5 months ago. And I hit the ground running. I love this and can't get enough of it. Each time I ride I feel I have accomplished something. I am 22 years old and I have struggled with being obese my entire life. I was at my heaviest about 2 years ago, 450+ lbs. Now I am at 260 lbs. Yay me! I picked up cycling as part of a weightloss activity but in the short amount of time I have been doing it I have fallin' in love with the sport.

I currently ride a Schwinn Prelude, yeah yeah a Target special. I have logged over 200 miles with the bike since I purchased it. I love it. I just sold some stuff so I plan to get a nicer bike (If you have any ideas on a good setup for about $500, PM me please). My goal is to do a century ride by next summer if not sooner.

Here is me on my Tour de Cure ride.


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Originally Posted by joshdavis
Hello fellow Clydes. I just started cycling about 2.5 months ago. And I hit the ground running. I love this and can't get enough of it. Each time I ride I feel I have accomplished something. I am 22 years old and I have struggled with being obese my entire life. I was at my heaviest about 2 years ago, 450+ lbs. Now I am at 260 lbs. Yay me! I picked up cycling as part of a weightloss activity but in the short amount of time I have been doing it I have fallin' in love with the sport.

I currently ride a Schwinn Prelude, yeah yeah a Target special. I have logged over 200 miles with the bike since I purchased it. I love it. I just sold some stuff so I plan to get a nicer bike (If you have any ideas on a good setup for about $500, PM me please). My goal is to do a century ride by next summer if not sooner.

Here is me on my Tour de Cure ride.


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Hey, Josh! Welcome to CLydes!


Murfreesborough, huh? You ever meet Andre Norton before she passed away?
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Hey, Josh! Welcome to CLydes!


Murfreesborough, huh? You ever meet Andre Norton before she passed away?
sure didn't
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Originally Posted by joshdavis
Hello fellow Clydes. I just started cycling about 2.5 months ago. And I hit the ground running. I love this and can't get enough of it. Each time I ride I feel I have accomplished something. I am 22 years old and I have struggled with being obese my entire life. I was at my heaviest about 2 years ago, 450+ lbs. Now I am at 260 lbs. Yay me! I picked up cycling as part of a weightloss activity but in the short amount of time I have been doing it I have fallin' in love with the sport.

I currently ride a Schwinn Prelude, yeah yeah a Target special. I have logged over 200 miles with the bike since I purchased it. I love it. I just sold some stuff so I plan to get a nicer bike (If you have any ideas on a good setup for about $500, PM me please). My goal is to do a century ride by next summer if not sooner.
Congrats on the weight loss and for discovering cycling! Century rides are a lot of fun and once you get the first one in, they are much easier. It's all about overcoming the mental block.

Regarding your desired bicycle purchase..... My suggestion would be to wait and save. While a $500 road bike would certainly be a step up from your current ride, it won't be a quantum leap and you will certainly find yourself desiring the next level before long. My suggestion would be, if you are not already involved with a local recreational cycling club, to do so. It's like a built in support group, educational institution and health club all rolled into one. See what the high mileage guys and gals are riding, try a few bikes out. There is a huge difference between a $500 bike and a $1200 bike. Trust me, as you get more and more involved with cycling, you could very likely find yourself riding 200 miles a week. That's where it pays to have a better bike to start with and avoid the next upgrade. Just my opinion.

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Originally Posted by BeerBiker
Congrats on the weight loss and for discovering cycling! Century rides are a lot of fun and once you get the first one in, they are much easier. It's all about overcoming the mental block.

Regarding your desired bicycle purchase..... My suggestion would be to wait and save. While a $500 road bike would certainly be a step up from your current ride, it won't be a quantum leap and you will certainly find yourself desiring the next level before long. My suggestion would be, if you are not already involved with a local recreational cycling club, to do so. It's like a built in support group, educational institution and health club all rolled into one. See what the high mileage guys and gals are riding, try a few bikes out. There is a huge difference between a $500 bike and a $1200 bike. Trust me, as you get more and more involved with cycling, you could very likely find yourself riding 200 miles a week. That's where it pays to have a better bike to start with and avoid the next upgrade. Just my opinion.

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Good thought on waiting on a bike. It seems hard for me to pay that much for a bicycle, but I used to play paintball, and people would say I was crazy for spening $1200+ on a marker. I currently ride with the Murfreesboro Bike Club (this reminds me to send my dues in to join). Which I will say they are some of the nicest people I have been able to ride with. My goal is 100 miles a week here soon. Now I just need to save some cash and get a nicer bike. I think my biggest fear is something happening to the Target special bike I have now and it wont be fixable. I guess my next purchase will some riding clothes and nutrition for the longer rides I am about to take part in. Thanks for the help.
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Originally Posted by joshdavis
Good thought on waiting on a bike. It seems hard for me to pay that much for a bicycle, but I used to play paintball, and people would say I was crazy for spening $1200+ on a marker. I currently ride with the Murfreesboro Bike Club (this reminds me to send my dues in to join). Which I will say they are some of the nicest people I have been able to ride with. My goal is 100 miles a week here soon. Now I just need to save some cash and get a nicer bike. I think my biggest fear is something happening to the Target special bike I have now and it wont be fixable. I guess my next purchase will some riding clothes and nutrition for the longer rides I am about to take part in. Thanks for the help.
IN actuality, $1200.00 isn't that much for the benefits you get from a true quality bike. They get a LOT more expensive, by the way with customs averaging $4500 and up from the big name custom shops like Gilmour or Rivendell.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
IN actuality, $1200.00 isn't that much for the benefits you get from a true quality bike. They get a LOT more expensive, by the way with customs averaging $4500 and up from the big name custom shops like Gilmour or Rivendell.
True, you do get what you pay for.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
IN actuality, $1200.00 isn't that much for the benefits you get from a true quality bike. They get a LOT more expensive, by the way with customs averaging $4500 and up from the big name custom shops like Gilmour or Rivendell.
I'll heartily endorse what Tom said. That's one area that the better half never ever even questions, in fact she encourages my spending on bikes. Heck, she technically bought my Trek FX for me . She points out that my cycling is saving us money in fuel and healthcare costs, so whatever I want I'm good to get.

Of course she adds the "within reason" there .

But really, spending on high quality out of the gate is better than wanting it down the road. I'm happy with my Trek FX, but if I did it over I would go with a Surly Cross-Check or Bianchi Volpe. In fact, I've toyed with the idea of making the FX a permanent "trainer bike" over the winter, then talking myself into a new commuter come spring time. If I do, I'm going to be looking in the $1000-1500 range.

However, if you want to spend $500 to upgrade right now, I say go for it. The Trek 1000, Trek FX series, and many others can be found in that price range. I saw a '06 Trek 1000 at the LBS yesterday for $579, and I'm sure if I waited until the '08s hit the floor and offered $500, I'd ride it home. In my world, there is never such a thing as too many bikes
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True, you do get what you pay for.
Unless you get a good second-hand bike, then you get more than you paid for.

Also, I can't agree about a 500 buck bike not being "a quantum leap" above a bicycle-shaped object from Target. I've complained about my Trek Navigator, but it will outperform and outlast any x-martcycle around.
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
Unless you get a good second-hand bike, then you get more than you paid for.

Also, I can't agree about a 500 buck bike not being "a quantum leap" above a bicycle-shaped object from Target. I've complained about my Trek Navigator, but it will outperform and outlast any x-martcycle around.
True, but an extra month or two of saving and I can have a nicer bike instead of the initial purchase of the low-end and wanting to upgrade a few months later. if that makes and sense. I think it would be better for me, financially, to save and spend a little more on a nicer bike than I can afford now.
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Originally Posted by joshdavis
True, but an extra month or two of saving and I can have a nicer bike instead of the initial purchase of the low-end and wanting to upgrade a few months later. if that makes and sense. I think it would be better for me, financially, to save and spend a little more on a nicer bike than I can afford now.
Now you're thinking. In the $500 range, you will likely get a Sora equipped bike and I can tell you from experience, Sora is only a small step from the stamped quality x-mart bike parts. Shimano components, in order of best to worst, go Dura-Ace, Ultegra, 105, Tiagra and Sora. They used to say you don't want a road bike with anything less than 105 components. I believe that some of the Tiagra parts are pretty well made and servicable. The most important component to look for is shifters. You can find bikes in the 1000-1200 range with Ultegra or 105 shifters. You can expect, in this pricerange, to find a mixture of components all over the bike. No matter, but try to avoid Sora rear derailleurs. They're junk, plain and simple. Front derailleur isn't such a big deal. In the brake realm, you will likely encounter Tektro dual pivots and those are a quality brake. If you get 105s or better, all the better, but Tektros will get the job done. Avoid bikes with the low spoke count wheels for all the obvious reasons. A couple of decent, less expensive brands to check into are Marin and Diamondback. I've seen some nice, inexpensive offerings from both of them.

As for your current ride.... Everything is fixable, it's just a matter of how much money you want to spend on it. Keep in mind, it's always a good idea to keep a "mudder" or wet weather bike around for rainy days when you might not want to take your good bike out. So what it's heavier, or cheaper? It's good enough to spare your good bike!

Good on you for getting involved with a cycling club. I was in Murfreesboro a few years ago and know you have some pretty country to pedal through. You are also correct in that cycling folks are some of the nicest people you can meet. I think it has to do with the amount of sunlight you get and the fitness.

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Originally Posted by BeerBiker
Now you're thinking. In the $500 range, you will likely get a Sora equipped bike and I can tell you from experience, Sora is only a small step from the stamped quality x-mart bike parts. Shimano components, in order of best to worst, go Dura-Ace, Ultegra, 105, Tiagra and Sora. They used to say you don't want a road bike with anything less than 105 components. I believe that some of the Tiagra parts are pretty well made and servicable. The most important component to look for is shifters. You can find bikes in the 1000-1200 range with Ultegra or 105 shifters. You can expect, in this pricerange, to find a mixture of components all over the bike. No matter, but try to avoid Sora rear derailleurs. They're junk, plain and simple. Front derailleur isn't such a big deal. In the brake realm, you will likely encounter Tektro dual pivots and those are a quality brake. If you get 105s or better, all the better, but Tektros will get the job done. Avoid bikes with the low spoke count wheels for all the obvious reasons. A couple of decent, less expensive brands to check into are Marin and Diamondback. I've seen some nice, inexpensive offerings from both of them.

As for your current ride.... Everything is fixable, it's just a matter of how much money you want to spend on it. Keep in mind, it's always a good idea to keep a "mudder" or wet weather bike around for rainy days when you might not want to take your good bike out. So what it's heavier, or cheaper? It's good enough to spare your good bike!

Good on you for getting involved with a cycling club. I was in Murfreesboro a few years ago and know you have some pretty country to pedal through. You are also correct in that cycling folks are some of the nicest people you can meet. I think it has to do with the amount of sunlight you get and the fitness.

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let me ask you this. would it be a wise investment to upgrade the pedals? I am using normal flat pedals. I have had issues with my foot slipping off. I have talked to a few people but I couldnt get any solid advice from them. If it is a good investment, because I can take the pedals from bike to bike what would be a good choice?
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let me ask you this. would it be a wise investment to upgrade the pedals? I am using normal flat pedals. I have had issues with my foot slipping off. I have talked to a few people but I couldnt get any solid advice from them. If it is a good investment, because I can take the pedals from bike to bike what would be a good choice?
Personally, I would go clipless. IMHO, flat pedals are just not good. Toe clips and straps are only slightly better. To get any real benifit, you have to reach down and cinch the straps down tight, which means you also have to reach down to loosen them.... Which is the reason they invented clipless pedals. With clipless pedals, you can learn the technique of spinning; powering the pedal in the complete rotation, which helps you ride longer and faster. Yes, there is a learning curve. Yes, you will likely tip over at least once. The payoff is huge, though. I suffer everytime I try to ride a bike where I can't clip in.

The types of pedals available boil down to personal preferance. Of those I have used, there is a lot to be said for SPD's. They are cheap, easy to maintain, easy to get in and out of and cleats are very durable. The downside is; to get a decent shoe that recesses the cleat, you have to go with a mountain bike shoe. They're a little heavier and clunkier than road shoes. Most road shoes are no longer compatible with SPDs. Eggbeaters are a fairly new type of pedal and they make a model that is workable with road shoes. Otherwise, it's the mountain bike shoe thing again. Speedplay X pedals are probably the most user friendly road pedal there is. The cleat actually snaps over the pedal instead of into it. The downside is; the cleat sucks to walk on, they wear out and are not cheap to replace. Also, if you miss the pedal with the cleat, you miss big-time! So a lot depends on what you are going to be doing. If you are going to be walking in the shoes, you want either SPDs/Eggbeaters with a mountain bike shoe. If you are only going to be riding... Speedplays are, in my mind, the way to go.

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Personally, I would go clipless. IMHO, flat pedals are just not good. Toe clips and straps are only slightly better. To get any real benifit, you have to reach down and cinch the straps down tight, which means you also have to reach down to loosen them.... Which is the reason they invented clipless pedals. With clipless pedals, you can learn the technique of spinning; powering the pedal in the complete rotation, which helps you ride longer and faster. Yes, there is a learning curve. Yes, you will likely tip over at least once. The payoff is huge, though. I suffer everytime I try to ride a bike where I can't clip in.

The types of pedals available boil down to personal preferance. Of those I have used, there is a lot to be said for SPD's. They are cheap, easy to maintain, easy to get in and out of and cleats are very durable. The downside is; to get a decent shoe that recesses the cleat, you have to go with a mountain bike shoe. They're a little heavier and clunkier than road shoes. Most road shoes are no longer compatible with SPDs. Eggbeaters are a fairly new type of pedal and they make a model that is workable with road shoes. Otherwise, it's the mountain bike shoe thing again. Speedplay X pedals are probably the most user friendly road pedal there is. The cleat actually snaps over the pedal instead of into it. The downside is; the cleat sucks to walk on, they wear out and are not cheap to replace. Also, if you miss the pedal with the cleat, you miss big-time! So a lot depends on what you are going to be doing. If you are going to be walking in the shoes, you want either SPDs/Eggbeaters with a mountain bike shoe. If you are only going to be riding... Speedplays are, in my mind, the way to go.

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WOW you guys are filled with information. Thanks a lot! I will be checking out my local shop this weekend. I am going to look at nashbar, I see the add all over the place on here. Thanks again for all your help/
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As my luck would have it, I was about 3 miles into my ride today and the back tire went flat. I tried to pump air into it and it was gushing out. :'( And as my luck would have it, I dont have anything to fix it.

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Originally Posted by joshdavis
As my luck would have it, I was about 3 miles into my ride today and the back tire went flat. I tried to pump air into it and it was gushing out. :'( And as my luck would have it, I dont have anything to fix it.

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No you don't, your just new!

Good lesson:
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  2. Pump
  3. Multitool/tire tools
  4. patch kit


These are ALWAYS good to have!

PS: A cell phone isn't a bad idea either!
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All that baby fat...

Hi All,
First off, thanks for sharing. I really appreciate it. All these testimonials have been of much encouragement to me. I am 5' 9 3/4" and I weigh (according to the devil scale at the doctor's office) 254. I have had a gut since I was a lad. I haven't weighed 190 since being a sophmore in High School, so I can't imagine losing 60 pounds. I'm 36 now. I love cycling, and find that it is the best way for me to exercise without really messing up my legs and shins. I ride a GT Vantara hybrid, which I love, and a mid 80's Raleigh technium that is just a rocket, or at least it feels fast!

Kudos to all who are trying! Stick to your guns and you'll hit your goals. Remember, nobody becomes a big person overnight, and you're not going to lose it overnight. Some, like me, will probably never go below 200, but that's OK too!

Cheers!
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Have now read all this thread, it was great.

Probably should have been sleeping 'cause I've gym tomorrow morning with a new trainer.
I started weight loss seriously in 2004 I then weighed 337lbs and was 45 yrs old, now 48.
I'm now 218lbs. 5' 9" tall (that's a 119 lb loss - you can tell my log-in was from a while ago)

I'd been going to the gym with some good weight loss in 2005 and doing some cycling on a MtB then a friend gave me Heft on Wheels. That inspired me. I emailed Mike Magnusson and he replied.

I now ride approx 100 -110miles on a weekend, currently around 42 on Sat and around 60-70 on a Sun, with extra shorter harder rides on the week days, plus 4 gym sessions a week.
I have done what's known as a '180'.

I love my Trek 7.7fx and I love cycling.

This October my cycling buddy and I have signed up for the 131.5mile Around the Bay in a day in Melbourne which is a heck of a lot flatter than what we do in Sydney but a heck of a lot further too. Currently my longest ride is 77miles but I am building up for the 131.

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I really think that cycling is one of the best ways for us big people (me = 6'6" 285 lbs, down from 300+ 6 weeks ago) to manage our weight and fitness.

I bought my first bike as an adult almost 4 years ago after I stopped smoking. I figured self-inflicted pain was my best way to fight off the pain of quitting cigarettes and it was. I was up around 300 at the time then and probably got down to around 260 in a couple of months, riding 60-70 miles a week and really watching what I ate. I'm still cigarette free, but the weight came back up.

I really liked to ride, but the bike I had wasn't really suited for the riding I wanted to do. 8 weeks ago I bought a Surly Cross-Check complete from the local shop and haven't looked back. For any of you tall guys like me who think you need to go custom to get something to fit, find a Cross-Check and have a look. This bike is huge! I almost wish I bought the 60 cm, but the more I ride it the happier I am. You'll be surprised how big it is.

Anyway, I've been averaging 120 miles a week now for the past 4 weeks, and I have a 150+ miles week in there somewhere. I found a nice 20 mile out and back in town that I can do in about 75 minutes with traffic and the stop lights. I have dropped some weight, most from my gut but I swear it has all transferred to my legs!!!

This forum is a great resource. Thanks for having it.
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