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Observations from a novice road biker

Old 05-01-03, 02:03 PM
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Observations from a novice road biker

Bike riding observations from an overweight bicycle novice . . .

1/4th of a mile is the maximum distance that I can ride before I peel off the dead bug that splattered on the bridge of my nose right between my eyes while wearing no glasses

You might be an overweight bike rider if . . .
-You have the tires at 120 psi (max 130 psi) and you still are riding on the rims
-Your seatpost has suspension even though you don't have a suspension seat post
-Your tummy is resting on the top tube while you are riding in the hoods
-You apply maximum pressure to the front brake only, and you flip over backwards

When riding just after it rains and you get off of your bike, that stripe of dirt/mud that goes right up the back of your saddle bag and the back of your seat more than likely continues up the back of your shirt and possibly your head/helmet. That explains some of the looks one gets while at Wal-Mart just after riding.

The bike shop owner needs to speak in complete sentences. He told me that when I need to stop, to unclip my left shoe and stop while being supported with my left foot down on the ground while the right shoe is still clipped in so I'll be ready to go. Seems like good advice. The part of the sentence that he left off is, "if something gets your attention back over your right shoulder and you turn to look, don't get too much weight over on that side of the bike because you will take a nose dive". How I kept from falling over is beyond me as I turned to look. Being overweight has it's advantages I guess.

I really appreciate the suggestions of renting my back out as advertising space while I ride my bike

Some of the above may have been based on a true story.
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YES....but your riding!!!!!!!!!!

btw....from one BBR (big beautiful rider) to another...a tire will nomally inflate safely to near twice there rated pressure....pump that sucker up...120psi rated tires should be pumped to 150...trust all 250+# of me. (run my 650x23's at 160)

use a camelback..it breaks up the back view
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Originally posted by mkwdrs

When riding just after it rains and you get off of your bike, that stripe of dirt/mud that goes right up the back of your saddle bag and the back of your seat more than likely continues up the back of your shirt and possibly your head/helmet. That explains some of the looks one gets while at Wal-Mart just after riding.
Thats what fenders are for.
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Old 05-02-03, 06:44 AM
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***(run my 650x23's at 160)***

HOLY S!

That must be one rough ride - isn't that really stiff riding at such a high pressure?
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BTW, I ran into a guy riding the other day, the guy was an amazing rider in perfect shape. I couldn't believe it when he told me that he weighed 350 pounds when he started riding. Believe me ride enough and you will lose the billboard.

So far I am down from 209 to 183. Still working on it, hoping to lose another 8 pounds in the next month.
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Keep cranking....the more you do it the faster it comes off. I know from direct experience, went from 260 LBS to 180 LBS last summer on weight watchers diet and a new road bike. Biking can become an obsession!!!!

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