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Old 07-19-10, 10:43 AM
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Clyde in Alabama

Newbie here. I am 42, 6'2" and 330 lbs. I'm fairly healthy, except for the weight. I want to get into cycling to help my overall health and fitness. I've lurked here for a few days and it looks like you guys are a pretty good bunch. So I hope this will keep me motivated.
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Good Luck! Ride more, eat less. It will work eventually. Be patient and remember that every turn of the crank is getting you closer to your goal.
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Old 07-19-10, 02:28 PM
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Thanks!! Patience isn't an easy thing for me, but I've got to get over that before I can really lose the weight. At least I've come to that realization, lol.
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Old 07-19-10, 03:20 PM
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Welcome, Just get on your bike and enjoy it. Spin the cranks, look around, enjoy the ride.

If you will ride, then it takes less watching what you eat.

Good luck!
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Patience is very important. What works for some people might not work for you but my current tactic is to stay off the scale. I know that by increasing my exercise and eating healthier - not counting every calorie but eating more fruits, vegetables and lower fat forms of protein (more chicken less eggs and dairy, more baked less fried, etc.) - I will lose weight. I expect this to be a long-term process. There are several of my friend who have gone on fad diets and lost lots of weight in two to three months only to put the weight back on a few months later. I'm shooting for a year to lose the 50 lbs. I need to lose and I figure that exercise and diet will take care of it. I look at it this way, nobody rides a century like they ride a sprint and I'm in it for the long term.
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Old 07-20-10, 07:06 AM
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Yeah, I've done the fad diet thing too. Lost lots of weight too. But, unless you make a lifestyle change, it'll all come back eventually. Thats why I figured I'd give cycling a try. I hope it becomes as addictive for me as it seems to have become for lots of the people on here.
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Old 07-24-10, 09:20 AM
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I just got my bike. Its tough starting out in the 100 degree heat we are having down here. I have made a couple short rides to make sure the bike is set up right. Man is it rough on a fat guy, lol.
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Just keep getting out there, and bump it up a little each week.
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Old 07-24-10, 02:30 PM
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I did about 5 miles today. I didn't start until 1:00 or so, so it was very hot!! I just about over did it. I had to stop and push up a couple of hills. But I did better than I thought I would. I've got the rub
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Old 07-24-10, 02:31 PM
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I've got rubber legs is what I was trying to type. I must have rubber fingers too, lol.
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Old 07-25-10, 03:13 PM
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Just managed 3 miles this morning. My tail is a little tender from yesterday, lol.
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Good luck cotton, and hang in there. Any time you may be coming up towards Decatur, drop me a note. I can ride slow and complain about the 'bama heat with the best of 'em! You'll get used to the seat and the legs will feel stronger soon. As for weight loss, I just seem to eat more the more I exercise! Still trying though.
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Originally Posted by cottonjw View Post
Just managed 3 miles this morning. My tail is a little tender from yesterday, lol.
Great job getting out there and riding!

I've found my tail takes about 2 weeks of riding to get used to sitting on the bike...
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Hey, nice to find someone close by. I've been researching all the bike trails and other place to ride in the area. I might be able to head to the Decatur area soon. Are there any good, flat trails over there? I think some good flat riding would help me get used to this alot quicker.
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What bike do you have? In the hot weather your clothing and water provisions become very important. synthetic fabrics are much more comfortable than cotton. If you cant reach down to a water bottle on the frame downtube, buy cages that fit on the handlebars. Big people heat up much faster when exercising than the little people. Dont just drink the water as you are riding, pour it over your head and shoulders. Well done.
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I just got a Motobecane Elite FS Hybrid. I don't have any of the cycling clothes yet, but I have been researching them. I need some shorts for sure!! I don't have a bottle and cage yet either. That is what I need the most right now though. I'll be getting one very soon.
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You can get good soccer jerseys from Target or Walmart for a good price. I wear bib shorts as they dont slide down below the beer belly.
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You can get good soccer jerseys from Target or Walmart for a good price. I wear bib shorts as they dont slide down below the beer belly.
I also noticed Dick's Sports had some larger cycling clothing, as opposed to the LBS... Picked up a fairly nice 2XL Canari jersey for $30... and it was a TRUE 2XL!
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+1 on bibs. Nothing's more irritating than fighting waistband rollover. There are a number of sources for good, reasonably priced bibs. I think there's even a thread about it here in our section. And don't misconstrue AndrewP's post about the water - it's vitally important to drink it. It's just that pouring some over your head (and I also find on top of my thighs) can help cool you down, too. Just don't under any circumstances save it all for dousing yourself.

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Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
What bike do you have? In the hot weather your clothing and water provisions become very important. synthetic fabrics are much more comfortable than cotton. If you cant reach down to a water bottle on the frame downtube, buy cages that fit on the handlebars. Big people heat up much faster when exercising than the little people. Dont just drink the water as you are riding, pour it over your head and shoulders. Well done.
+1 on the clothing... up until this last weekend I had been wearing just plain old cotton t-shirts... found they were just to hot and heavy. Last week I found a nice cool cycling jersey and wore it this last weekend... BIG DIFFERENCE! Kept me much cooler and didn't hold on to my sweat so it didn't feel so heavy! Well worth the money!
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Thanks for all of the advise guys!! I've been looking at the shorts and bibs too. I might try the shorts first and see how they work for me.
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You can get good soccer jerseys from Target or Walmart for a good price. I wear bib shorts as they dont slide down below the beer belly.
All the World Cup stuff is on sale now, unless your team is Spain, maybe..... Funny to be in Canada, buying a Team Germany Shirt, for an event in South Africa, made in China....

I find runners jerseys are about half the cost of cycling jerseys and the only thing missing is the back pocket. Larger sizes are also more common in the runners stuff.

One thing I find funny with clothing sizes, the average North American wears a size L, so why do stores get 12 in XS, 12 in Small, 12 in Medium, 2 Large and 1 Xl, yu then wonder why the store gets fresh stock as 12:00 and the Large and XL are sold out by 12:10.

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Thanks for all of the advise guys!! I've been looking at the shorts and bibs too. I might try the shorts first and see how they work for me.
I did the same thing - that's why my advice is to try the bibs first! I resisted everything about cycling specific clothing at first. Heck, there's a REASON for all that stuff! Anyway, now the only time I'll wear the shorts is if the bibs are all in the wash.
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I'll take that into consideration for sure, lol. I have a question about trainers. Do they really work that well? I was thinking about getting one so that I could use it when I'm not able to actually get out and ride for real.
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Trainers work reasonably well, at least as far as keeping your saddle time up and getting a jump start on building base mileage before the season starts. Resistance can be user-adjusted on some models, but how easily that's done, I don't know. You'd have to look at the individual trainer in question. Mine is an old, old Specialized with the ducted squirrel cage fans that are supposed to increase resistance with higher wheel speed. It works reasonably well.

In the end though it comes down to your own will power and discipline to make it effective. It's very easy (though incredibly boring) to just sit there and spin without any higher-intensity work thrown in. That kind of simple spinning is fine, and can contribute to your baseline fitness, and general saddle time. But it takes a little more than that to make the kinds of improvements you need in order to do better against hills and headwinds, or to ride faster in general.
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