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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 06-20-11, 11:08 AM   #76
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Most people don't take me seriously but I honestly could care less what most people think. I ride for myself and for my family...someone needs to stick around and take care of them

There will always be haters no matter how good you look or how far you ride.
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Old 06-20-11, 02:44 PM   #77
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No one I know said anything to me until I'd lost about 40 pounds. That seemed to be the threshold of noticing, or commenting anyway, at least for someone my size (5'-10" male, starting around 270 or so). And everyone has been uniformly supportive, though I'm getting now to the point where they're starting to say things like they can't imagine me losing another 25 or 30, which I still need to do. I just smile at them and say, "you haven't seen me naked." That usually shuts them up.
That is good to know CraigB. I started around 267 and dropped 24 and no comments yet. I think you are correct it will require a noticeable change. My wife notices so I guess that is all that counts anyway. I am not fishing for feedback as this is a ME thing. I really could care less what others say to be honest.
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Old 06-20-11, 03:39 PM   #78
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
I got my ass kicked yesterday by 4 relatively small hills; had to put my bike into the absolute lowest gear for the first time ever, and even that wasn't enough imo. Granted, this was at the end of a 57 mile ride, so my energy level was not as high as it probably should have been... but I definitely want to believe that one day I'll be able to kick the hills asses...

Heeeel ya you will!...When I started I'd almost puke after a 1/2 mile hill. Now it's a bump in the road!

But like too many big guys, I didn't shy away from the hills.
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Old 06-22-11, 01:06 AM   #79
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I guess now's a good time to point out that my bike + gear weighed 58 pounds as well?
Dayum! Keep it up!
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Old 06-22-11, 08:57 AM   #80
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Did people make rude, but well-meaning comments when you were starting? Did they stop as you stuck with it?
Nobody I know or care about has EVER said anything to discourage me. I think that pretty much everyone I know subscribes to the philosophy of 'If you cannot say anything nice, don't say anything at all.' But even if they didn't, nothing shuts up critics like success.

When I climbed on the trainer last winter and set the goal of riding the century route of the 2011 MN Ironman Bike Ride, nobody outside my house knew about it. My wife raised an eyebrow but nothing was said. When I DNF'd the ride and was moping at home that night, it was my wife who came to me and said that she was proud of me for trying & to not give up just because of one setback (). When I began commuting to work my secret was 'out.' Eyebrows raised at work, but nothing said.

As of right now I have lost 30 pounds since I started riding in February (50 since my peak weight in April 2009). Like I said, nobody has ever said anything to discourage me, I have had more than a few encouraging words from friends and family members, and at least three people have come to me for advice on buying bikes.

Re: idiots who yell stuff at you from cars: Those people yell at everybody. Plus who cares about the opinion of anyone moronic enough to yell at you from their car?
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Yes and THAT was the damn problem.
When you successfully competed (regionally and nationally)as a young man somehow your accomplishments preceed you.
I left cycling in the mid 80s
By the time I returned I had the emphysemic version of COPD, had mild CHF (which a double bypass in 2007 corrected) and weighed in at 252 pounds.
I wasn't going to be doing "A" rides with the 25 mph crowd
It took several years of swallowing pride and swallowing LESS food and becomming involved in daily cardio exercise to get back to 17/18 and then it's 30 mile max.
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