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Old 12-30-07, 11:31 AM
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OK, I've always considered 200+ to be a temporary condition like the flu or something, but considering that I haven't seen sub-200 since the new millenium, it's time to fess up.
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One more story...

Reading through the Clydesdale thread I came to the realization that I was not alone...

Last May I had a kidney infection and went to the Dr. In the course of the blood work I had a blood sugar level of 228, pretty high when they consider a level of 140 2 hours after meals the high normal. Two weeks later I went in for followup and fasting blood glucose was 135, high again when 110 fasting is normal. The Dr. starts writing prescriptions and I walk out being told that I have type II diabetes, my weight was too high (at 6'4" and 324 that was not a surprise). After discussing the prescriptions with the local pharmacist I decided that perhaps I should look at another path.

After hours of research I came upon an US Air Forces program for pilots in the 130 blood glucose levels that specified diet and exercise. The diet was easy. low carbs lots of protein and suppliments. Exercise was a little tougher since it specified 1 hour per day.

I decided to get back on a bike. Started off with a stationary bike that I got at a 2nd hand shop and after a month (and 15 lbs. weight loss) l moved onto a Schwinn MTB from K-mart. Since I had been doing 45 to 60 minutes on the stationary I found out that I could do 7 to 8 miles right out of the gate. Only problem was the stock seat was not designed for my butt.

I got a new seat, fenders, rack, pannier, lights, and pump and July 5th started commuting 14 miles to work 5 days a week. Rain or shine, hot or cold I am out there.

I broke about half of the spokes on the rear wheel, it's a 36 spoke wheel, and decided to replace the stock rims with a little heavier rims and new spokes. Spoke problem gone. I

I'm currently at 250 lbs. That's 74 lbs. in 7 months. Not bad, eh? I've set my goal at 197 lbs. (I haven't been at that weight since college 30 years ago) when I get there I'm buying a true road bike. Until then I bought a '94 Trek 700 multitrak to restore. It rides nice (well, it did...it's in pieces in the garage, stripped and primed for new paint) and is faster and lighter than the MTB, but still strong and has 36 spoke wheels.

As far as health, my blood glucose is averaging low 90's, my blood pressure is 120's over low 80's, my triglicerides are 40's (that's right! 40's) and my cholesterol dropped 70 points to 204. The Dr. says that I should be at 170 "here take these pills"...not likely, I'll keep up the exercise and diet, thank you very much. I'm not taking any medication other than vitamins.

This spring I plan to ride to in-laws 124 miles away and in the fall to my folks 486 miles away. I'll keep y'all posted on that one.
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I am a 240 pound 6'1" guy, I haven't really gotten started riding yet and am really hoping that the pounds will shed to sub-200 once I start commuting 20 miles rt to school and back this spring... I have never been under 200 pounds since I was in 7th grade and I am really looking forward to the new me... I am really hoping that my weight doesn't destroy my bike though b/c I just got a new Carbon Fiber frame/fork and am building it up, I really hope it works out...
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I just gotta say that I ride with a smaller guy and I just feel cheated knowing that he can glide off my slip-stream and enjoy a free ride with me pulling him along... and the climbing is pretty embarrassing considering he climbs like a bat out of hell leaving me in his dust and no chance of competition. I'm only 19 but have only ridden for about 2 years and haven't developed any strengths.. but a few weaknesses. Well.. perfect practice makes perfect.
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Hello fellow genetic misfits!! I'm new to the site and have looking at the "alt bike" forum. I'm 43, a large guy, 6'4" and 280 lbs. I ride an Electra Rockabilly Boogie all over town. I'm building a "My Sized Musclebike". I used to ride a Nishiki Colorado. Loved it because it was available with a 23" frame. Hanging in my attic is my old road bike a Schwinn I got in 1989,12 speed, mint green, 27" frame. I got it after I wore out my even older 1978 Ralaigh Record 10 speed, which still hangs in my parents garage next to my mom's 1949 Rudge that I just cleaned up for her to ride.

You can see pics of my current bikes in the alt bike forum. thanks for listening!!
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Stop Pulling him on the flats! I don't mean take turns either. I mean let him pull you all the time until the hills. Do your spin routine on the hill then pedal like a bat out of hell on the descents. What you lack in being small can be made up for with perpetual motion.

I too ride with a skinny and I'll ask him to wait for me at the top of the hill, then I pedal up to 25mph and coast then watch him try to spin the 53/11 just to stay somewhere close to me. At 19 I guess there's too much testosterone for you to not push to attack when he's just riding medium strength, but psychological warfare is at least 35% of the game.

The last ride of the season I rode w/ my buddy and we finished fairly evenly. The next day I said I was hurting a little and he said he was fine. A couple days later I met his girlfriend/roommate and said I was hurting after that ride and she let me know he was complaining quite a bit for the next few days after that ride.

You are better than you know, because no-one else will tell you. Spin this winter and ride as much as the weather will allow. Next season try some psychological techniques on your friend and don't let him know how much you've trained over the winter.
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I just gotta say that I ride with a smaller guy and I just feel cheated knowing that he can glide off my slip-stream and enjoy a free ride with me pulling him along... and the climbing is pretty embarrassing considering he climbs like a bat out of hell leaving me in his dust and no chance of competition. I'm only 19 but have only ridden for about 2 years and haven't developed any strengths.. but a few weaknesses. Well.. perfect practice makes perfect.
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Hi everyone, I am going to join you for a while, currently at 260#, but working my way to 180.
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Smaller but still pretty big

Hi All:

I am a newbie ... just found this web site and I am enjoying the different threads here ... I am a 59 year old 6'-4" guy who has lost over 140 pounds in the last year and a half ... partly by exercising regularily as well as doing as much long distance biking as possible!! At the age of 57 I felt like an 87 year old man and weighed about 410 lb, at 59 I am 270 lb and feel like I am 39 years old (just like Jack Benny). It has been a great time travel journey.

In the last year I have put over 3000+ miles onto a new 2007 model T-800 Cannondale Touring bike. With one of my neighbors and good friends we did a hundred mile ride from Lakewood to Princeton, NJ and back in about 7-1/2 hours riding time in July this last summer. We regularily go on 40 to 80 mile rides and try for 3 to 5 times per week. Always looking for others to join us if in the NJ area. We have a nice group of 4 to 6 riders that go averaging 15 to 17 mph.

I have arthritis in my knees and biking is the one exercise that I can do with low impact and help build up my strength. I currently have "bike lust" and am looking at the new Cervello R-3 which is some great bike! I am also looking to hear what the others here feel would be good bikes for big guys.

In the winter time I try to get out as long as its 40 deg or above and I do a spin class at Brielle Cyclery on Thursday evenings for 90 minutes to keep it going in the cold weather.

I hope to hear from some of you on suggestions for a sturdy but fast road bike.

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Hey everybody, I'll introduce myself as the latest addition to the stables...

I'm 27, 5'8" and probably approaching 260 pounds. I haven't been below 220 since my teen years when I was a college yell leader (girl-thrower). When I was 18 I was 180 and, too poor for a car in college, rode my huffy everywhere. In the intervening years I became an IT guy, started sitting behind a desk eating crap all day, and quickly ballooned to around 250 pounds by age 22. I lived in Scotland from 03 to 06 and went down to 220-ish by being car-free (walking a couple miles a day) and eating a little more sensibly (had it not been for the beer and chip shops, I might have hit 200 again!).

This didn't start as a "New Years Resolution" - but the Christmas money enabled me to pick up a lightly used commuter bike to start working with. It's 5-6 miles into work and I may just begin riding in (it's all uphill home) and taking the bike home. I'm planning on doing my first long-distance ride in the Summer (the Seattle-to-Portland 2-day ride).

I have done the fad dieting thing, I've done the "go to a gym and exercise" thing, and didn't particularly like either of them - and neither were really sustainable for me. I know that I need to watch my portions and all the protein/GI stuff, but I want a "sustainable" exercise option. Waking up early, getting in my car, driving to the gym, showering, coming home in my car and then going to work just doesn't make sense to me. Waking up and riding my bike to work does.

I'm 27, my father is just over 50 and has lost most of one eye to Type 2 diabetes already. I have a 22 month old daughter and want to be able to play and run with her, teach her to love biking and walking and balance in life. Diabetes and heart disease are going to make that difficult.

Look for my pictures in the before and after thread this time next year.
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You have the secret.

One must love the physical activities one does or it will never last. Congratulations on trying cycling, and I hope it is the exercise for you. Keep it up and keep us informed.
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In the intervening years I became an IT guy, started sitting behind a desk eating crap all day,
I so understand this...

Well I said I would get on the bike last Wednesday, didn't happen -went to the gym instead. Did 3 days in the gym, will be prepping the bike today, so will ride tomorrow - commuting again yeah!!


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You gotta do it.

Originally Posted by rykard
I so understand this...

Well I said I would get on the bike last Wednesday, didn't happen -went to the gym instead. Did 3 days in the gym, will be prepping the bike today, so will ride tomorrow - commuting again yeah!!


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It's difficult at times, I know, but you just have to drag yourself onto the bike and get underway. After the first mile or so your muscles start warming up and it feels good. By the time you get to work you feel great.

The worst thing you can do is to give your self reasons to not ride. I know, I've done it. It becomes too easy to skip the next day then too. Now I just get up and go do it. If it's raining I just make up my mind I'm going to be wet. Cold is harder, but if you layer properly it's manageable as well.

You just have to make up your mind to do it!

Keep it up.
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I'm not a clydesdale but in the past I was a small clyde. I've been biking off and on since the mid 1970's and had laid off since about 2002. got my current ride the middle of last year and commute daily. Even if you don't loose the weight the mental/emotional/psychological/health aspects are immeasurable. Consider this, what would be worse, not losing the weight or giving up? Personally, I could tolerate not losing the weight but not giving up. BTW, my stats: 55yo (as of December 11) male, 6'00". Was 215lbs, now 150lbs. Hang in there and remember if you spend time thinking about doing something you are not doing it. Or, as the advertisement says, JUST DO IT! Best wishes folks.
Edit: My long term goal: bike from Houston to Seattle. We can ride together then I get there Athanasius.

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Originally Posted by Athanasius
Hey everybody, I'll introduce myself as the latest addition to the stables...

I'm 27, 5'8" and probably approaching 260 pounds. I haven't been below 220 since my teen years when I was a college yell leader (girl-thrower). When I was 18 I was 180 and, too poor for a car in college, rode my huffy everywhere. In the intervening years I became an IT guy, started sitting behind a desk eating crap all day, and quickly ballooned to around 250 pounds by age 22. I lived in Scotland from 03 to 06 and went down to 220-ish by being car-free (walking a couple miles a day) and eating a little more sensibly (had it not been for the beer and chip shops, I might have hit 200 again!).

This didn't start as a "New Years Resolution" - but the Christmas money enabled me to pick up a lightly used commuter bike to start working with. It's 5-6 miles into work and I may just begin riding in (it's all uphill home) and taking the bike home. I'm planning on doing my first long-distance ride in the Summer (the Seattle-to-Portland 2-day ride).

I have done the fad dieting thing, I've done the "go to a gym and exercise" thing, and didn't particularly like either of them - and neither were really sustainable for me. I know that I need to watch my portions and all the protein/GI stuff, but I want a "sustainable" exercise option. Waking up early, getting in my car, driving to the gym, showering, coming home in my car and then going to work just doesn't make sense to me. Waking up and riding my bike to work does.

I'm 27, my father is just over 50 and has lost most of one eye to Type 2 diabetes already. I have a 22 month old daughter and want to be able to play and run with her, teach her to love biking and walking and balance in life. Diabetes and heart disease are going to make that difficult.

Look for my pictures in the before and after thread this time next year.
I started to trim out some of your post because I thought only the "IT Guy" part applied to me, but so much else there does as well (uh, but not so much the 'girl-thrower' part).

A Large Part of my weight gain was the trade-off I made for the IT industry, and what you say about 'sitting behind a desk and eating crap all day' is a chapter right out of my story. There are plenty in this business who can maintain the healthy lifestyle, but it wasn't easy for me. Living in an area where cycling was a major challenge didn't help either, altho I'd lost track of the number of times I tried to get it going. Tried a Spinning program and was depressed about the conditions it was held under (in the basement, poor ventilation).

FWIW, the key for me (aside from relocating) was just forgetting about the pressure of health, weight loss, BP, cholesterol, etc, and just getting back on the bike and enjoying the simple act of riding a bicycle. No pressure to train, no structure to discipline myself to. Just pump up the tires and get out there and play. For me, then there was a natural desire to start riding with intention; to start changing my lifestyle to accommodate the exercise, to start riding a couple times a week, to start thinking about getting a bit more serious about it. But first it was about grabbing some personal time for myself and having some fun.

Another thing that motivated me was I sprang for a Garmin Edge 305 which is a great toy, and tool, for tracking my work.

And everything else has fallen into place. I've lost 40 lbs. in 6 months and I like the exercise. Couldn't ask for more!

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I am 6' 200lbs, down from 290 thanks mostly to biking to work
Old ride: Specialized Hard Rock with Michelin city tires (lost first 45 lbs riding that)
Commuter Ride: Scattante R-330 performance hybrid (lost second 45lbs on that one)
New MTB: Trek Fuel Ex-8, which I just got myself as reward for reaching 200lbs weight goal.
Will let you know how that one holds up once it stops raining.
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I'm 5'10 and roughly 280/290ish. I started riding fixed gear about a month ago, and don't know how much I've lost, but I had to put a new hole in my belt, and my pants are getting bigger.
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Howdy Everyone,

I'm 6'1", 197 pounds as of this morning on my way to a goal of <180 (was up over 200 while I was working two jobs and taking classes -- led to lots of time on my rear in front of a computer, as well as skipping breakfasts and lunches and eating a huge dinner). Needed to learn to eat right, and to exercise right. Although I've tried many times over the years, I just could never get to enjoy jogging. Allow me to rephrase. I HATE jogging.

I picked up a hybrid bike at the beginning of last summer when my fiance talked me into training for a duathlon, and after a few months was enjoying biking enough to talk her into allowing me to go get my first road bike. Still hated the jogging part of the training, but at least it was through the woods instead of on the roads. After the duathlon, I kept on biking, though, finishing my longest ride last year at just about 35 miles.

Found a used Cycleops Fluid I trainer which I set up in the basement during the Christmas holiday, along with a Spinervals tape to help me get ready for when the snow clears. Goal for this summer -- to ride a century and continue to trim down. The added challenge -- my fiance wants to do the Tour de Cure, and thought it'd be neat if I could do my century at that time, with her doing a much smaller portion of the event. That's a lot of mileage to build up to between now and then (June 8), so my weekly regimen has been:

Sunday elliptical
Monday bike trainer
Tuesday weights
Wednesday bike trainer (easy)
Thursday elliptical, volleyball league night
Friday bike trainer
Saturday weights

Hoping that at least gives me a head start so I can get out on the road when the weather breaks. Just ordered a pair of thermal biking drawers, jacket, and gloves so I can attempt my first cold-weather rides when the roads clear a bit more.
Already I'm finding myself more energized when I exercise in the evenings.

Biggest challenge so far has been not letting work, classes, or the dreaded "honey-do" list interfere with the routine. Gotta prioritize -- spackling the laundry room can wait a couple days -- getting healthy can't.



Long-Term Goal: ~ 200 miles from my house to my parents' place.

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Good goal! You could do that ride to the parents in a day, you know
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And everything else has fallen into place. I've lost 40 lbs. in 6 months and I like the exercise. Couldn't ask for more!
40 pounds in 6 months?

I'd probably cry.

Anyway, I resonate with a lot of what you are saying there - especially about how cycling just creates an enjoyable space in the day. I haven't ridden since Sunday, but I will do extra miles on Friday and Saturday to make it up.
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newbie...more on me and my interest here :

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...89#post6010789

6ft8 - 290lbs.
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Tom & Crew,

I fell off the wagon hard... I don't mean like before, I mean real hard. I last posted here on BF back in August when my life for some reason seemed to get more complicated. At that time my riding tapered off real fast and my weight started going up again even faster. I have gained back about 45lbs of the 60lbs I lost before over the past 5 or 6 months during my absence. Every bit of good I did has been wiped away.

I want to get back on the wagon and hope to get some motivation if I make myself come here on a daily basis.

Cheers - Hope to see you guys tomorow!
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This is really an inspiring thread and although the most I've every weigh was 167 and I am 5'6" (I am 148 now) -- I have to say that the success people have here is phenomenal.

And this also brings the question, that if heavy people can actually move themselves at the weights listed isn't it they are actually stronger. I mean moving 250 at 15mph vs 130 at 25 -- I think more strength is required for the former!

Kudos to all of you. I think my friend lost 180 lbs in 2 years of cycling everyday. Glad to know that there are a lot like him! Maybe I can convince my mom in law to read this!

Thanks for sharing and the honesty. This is really great to hear!

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