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Old 04-20-08, 10:58 AM
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Off Road Clydes ??

I am a heavy rider and after about a year and a half of regular "back in the saddle" type riding (including winter riding) I am discovering one basic truth about myself.

Although I love to ride, I really hate riding where there are houses and really, REALLY hate riding where there are cars.

I am starting to think that riding out in the woods is the best thing for me, but at 270 lb. (down from 320 when I started) I am worried that this is too ambitious and I'll end up as a Darwin Award recipient. Mind you I am NOT into any extreme riding, just a nice ride out in nature. I am also part of the Schwinn Varsity generation and MTBs as well as off roading would be a new thing to me.

So, can I hear from you Clydes who do most of your riding off road away from traffic and people who stare and laugh at a fat guy on a bike. Can you get the workout, distance for weight loss and exercise where you live? What are your experiences with this type of riding?

Thanks. This forum has a lot of really nice folk on it. You inspire me to get my a** on the bike every day.
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Oh hell ya, IMO off road mountain biking can do a body good. Coordination, stamina, all those things you can get from the road. Just watch out for the trees. My suggestion is to find a well ridden trail and take it slow till you get used to how the bike handles and accustom to the trail, and yes there will probably be some hills. Around my neck of the woods there are plenty of gated logging roads that are great for riding. You might want to check out a book on riding technique, it can be a little different than road riding. A strong front shock is a bonus, it helps from jarring your whole body. Oh and by the way, f' those folks who laugh at us big uns, at least we are on a bike getting exercise!
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The biggest thing is to just take it slow. Depending on where you are look into joining a mountain bike club. I know this will not get you away from people but they will be able to work with yoyu on techniques.

Yes, MTB riding can be more exercise then road riding since it generally takes more effoet to ride on dirt of any kind then on pavement. Look for fire roads or even powerline service roads to start with. They will not be the smoothest but then again they are not twisty fast single track.

The funny thing to me at least is that I am looking to get my first road bike since my other three current bikes are mountain.
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I'll add that you need a good bike. You don't need a heavy bike but you do need a good one. If you want to spend less than $1000 look at hardtails. Over $1000 and you can look at dualies but they won't be very good. The good ones start at around $2000. If you do go dual, get one with a Fox shock and have Push Ind. revalve it. Most of the dual suspension shocks are set up for 150 lb people. The revalve job is worth the money.
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I am in the midst of building up a rigid MTB to ride on some trails near my house... So that when I want to be isolated, I can be away from the road... Of course here I may have to compete with the motorcycles and ATVs that I think are mandatory purchases around here when kids hit about 12... I have even seen people asking for working ATVs on Freecycle... But enough of my whining....

Anway, my real contribution to this is just to affirm that mountain biking is a worthy way to stay active regardless of weight.
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It's EASY to get into mountain biking.

Step 1: Get on your bike.
Step 2: Find any trail.
Step 3: Go slow enough that you're comfortable with your skills. This increases in time.

That's it. If the trail looks too beefcake for you, it might not be, but better not to risk it just yet. Find something a little wider, or a little flatter, or a little less bumpy, and ride it until you want to go back to the first.

Clyde pushing 280 right now and riding on dirt every day. Every day the climbs get faster and the descents get more exciting.
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