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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 07-22-12, 05:23 PM   #1
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So, finally made a decision

I posted some time ago asking for advice about a bike purchase. I finally made a decision and on Thursday I brought home my Trek 3500. On the recommendation of the sales lady at the bike shop ( a very nice young woman who didn't even laugh at a fat man wanting to buy a bike) the shop swapped the suspension front fork for a rigid fork, and built a stronger pair of wheels. I also splurged and bought front and rear lights, a bike computer, and, of course, a helmet.
Due to a complicated and busy schedule Friday and Saturday, I didn't get a chance to get the bike on the road until today. First thing I noticed: Riding on the street is MUCH different than riding a stationary bike in the air conditioning.
Second thing I noticed: seeing something other than the four walls, and feeling the air move is a lot of fun.
For the last couple of weeks I've been riding the stationary bike at between 30-45 minutes a day. Today I was only able to ride for about 15 minutes before I was done. Nothing impressive, obviously, but it was a start, and I will be able to do more every day. I'm kind of proud of the fact that I actually made a start.

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Old 07-22-12, 06:15 PM   #2
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Where's the pictures? Congratulations on your new bike. Ride safe.
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Old 07-22-12, 06:25 PM   #3
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Congrats on the new ride!

Post up some pics of that thing!
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Old 07-22-12, 06:57 PM   #4
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Congrats. I agree completely that riding on a trainer indoors is much different than riding outside. Personally I get bored riding in my garage but I ride outside all day. Next thing you know 15 minutes will be a short warm up.
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