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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 09-12-12, 02:44 PM   #1
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Iíve been lurking here for a couple of months and finally registered a few weeks ago so I guess itís time to introduce myself. Iím old (55) and fat (274 down from 298 a year ago) and am planning to get back on a bike after nearly twenty yearsí absence. As a child of the small-town fifties, I grew up on a bike. We went everywhere on them! I continued to ride in high school moving up to a ten speed ďEnglish racerĒ and regularly rode twenty to thirty mile loops in the rural areas around my home town. In college I used my bike to commute to campus and around town so I could find a place to park. After college my wife and I rode in Germany around our town and along the bike paths beside the Nidda river. After moving to Augusta Georgia we would take the whole family on rides along the old levee and would take our bikes on vacations with us. In 1993 we moved back to my hometown in Alabama and I continued to ride for about a year. Then the kids got big enough to have their own schedules with music lessons and soccer practices and scouts and everything else. I was coaching and helping with the scout troop and somehow the bike just got shoved in the corner of the garage. I put on nearly a hundred pounds and developed heart disease.

Last August my cardiologist found that I had developed a mild ascending aortic aneurism and that inspired me to actually do something about it. The doctor firmly believes that if I lose weight and improve my fitness thereís a very real chance that weíll never have to do anything about the aneurism. Iíve eliminated almost all white stuff from my diet. No white bread, white rice, potatoes, sugar, etc., basically nothing high on the glycemic index. It seems to be working, Iíve lost twenty four pounds in twelve months. Iím comfortable with that rate and hope to continue it for the next couple of years. My goal is to end up somewhere south of two hundred. I also slowly started increasing my physical activity. About three months ago I started getting up early three days a week and walking briskly for a couple of miles. The brisk walking has turned into a mixture of walking and jogging and the distance is increasing by a couple of blocks every few weeks. Iím at the point where I need to add more activity to keep pushing my fitness level but Iím afraid to add days of walking/jogging because I have a nasty history of shin splints so Iím planning to get back on the bike. Iíve been riding an exercise bike a couple of times a week to try to prepare.

My middle son borrowed my bike a few years ago and used it as a commuter in Nashville for four years until he replaced it with a fixed gear a couple of years ago. Since then it has been stored. Iím almost afraid to see what kind of shape itís in but Iím going to drag it home this weekend and see if it is salvageable. I really hope it is because I loved that bike. It is a 1990 Schwinn Crosscut and fit me really well.

Iíve enjoyed going back through some of the posts both on the Clydes and the Fifty+ forums and finding lots of folks with similar issues. Many of them have been truly inspirational. For the next little while I will probably be a consumer of the wisdom of the group. Hopefully, with time, I can become a contributor.

Happy Hump Day!

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Congrats on taking the next step and no longer just lurking! I hope you find this forum as helpful, fun and inspirational as I do.

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Welcome Bill.
Make sure to update us on the condition of the bike (pictures always appreciated) and your first few rides.
We are with you on the journey.
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Old 09-12-12, 04:13 PM   #4
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WELCOME BILL!!!!! We're happy to have you aboard and we're with you on your journey. Keep us updated, and also share with us things you learn that can keep us encouraged also. Again, welcome!
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Hey Bill,

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Hi Bill!
Old? At 55, say it isn't so.
You've found the right place, lots of knowledge and inspiration here. The one piece of advice that I got over and over here was "you can't out ride a bad diet". Once I took ownership of that pearl things changed fast. Good luck on your goals!
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Welcome and good luck getting old faithful back on the road.
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Good to hear your story and hear about your enjoying bike riding. Same here. We all rode everywhere in my end of south Phoenix. We all ran away from home one summer day on our bikes. But it got hot, we didn't have any water and we all rode home. Our moms never knew we ran away. Enjoy that Schwinn. I bet most of us had one before we hit 20.
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Welcome Bill. Here you are not old or fat...I hope you enjoy riding that bike as much as the rest of us do.
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