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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 10-28-07, 08:57 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage

I got my bike yesterday afternoon as planned - thanks everyone for the advice on gear. This afternoon I went out for a quick ride just to work on getting things adjusted. I went on the gravel road right around the house, about 1 3/4 miles total, broken up into 1/4 - 1/2 mile segments as I adjusted the seat in small increments.

Wow, am I out of shape. I have been lifting weights pretty hard for the past year and thought that I'd have just a little more endurance than I did. But I guess that's just one more reason to hit the bike. My butt is a little sore, but not as bad as I thought it might be. I haven't ridden a bike since probably junior high.

I found out just how much "fun" fresh gravel can be. I never lost contact with the bike, but a hit a stretch of new gravel that hadn't been packed down by traffic yet and felt myself get jerked around a couple of times.

All in all, the whole afternoon was very encouraging that this is really going to help me lose the weight I need to lose. And best of all, I even got my wife talking about getting a bike for herself and a pull-behind trailer for the kids next spring so we can all ride together.

Hopefully there will be many more positive ride reports in the future.
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Old 10-28-07, 09:58 PM   #2
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Cool! Start watching Craigs List now though for a trailer or Ebay. This is the time of year to get deals on them In the Spring, everyone will be looking You can pick up a lightly used, good shape trailer for ~$50 that was a high dollar GOOD trailer, vs getting a $99 POS Walmart Trailer.
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