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 04-08-18, 04:01 PM
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“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” (popular quote, but applicable)


In other words --- put the fear aside and just do it while you still can



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Old 05-14-18, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by efatras View Post
Hi I'm Elizabeth. I'm 5'4" and weigh in at 255. I dropped 15 lbs recently. Just purchased a cannondale Althea 2 and am looking to lose at least 100 lbs. I'm uncomfortable in my own skin and am terrified of getting made fun of while trying to improve my health. I'm embarrassed because the gear shows my flab but I'm excited to take better care of myself and get fit.
Hi Elizabeth. Understand totally what you are saying. I was 24 stone, 336lbs, when I started cycling last year - Not even been cycling for a year yet.

Like you, I was embarrassed to wear clothes that were, shall we say, tight. Very self conscious.

After a few weeks, I began to think, "F**k it!", if people look, then they look. If they point and laugh, so what! I am on my own journey. They mean nothing to me. My friends, family and colleagues supported me. encouraged me. then very quickly, other cyclist were offering advice - never criticism. Never!

10 months on....

I wear lycra, dropped 4 stone. Regularly cycle 30 to 40 miles. Feel brilliant.

Yes, there have been moments. Times where I struggled. but, I had a destination to go to. Never took my eye off of the prize. If I fell(metaphorically and physically) off the bike, I got back on it. It's a long journey. And with every long journey, there will be problems along the way.

I don't know you, but I know you(if that makes sense??). Don't let ANYONE deter you from what you want to do.

I applaud you and support you....

Go GIRL!!!



This is the difference in 10 months....I am half way through my journey.

Very proud of you!
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Old 05-26-18, 04:47 PM
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I'm 330 lbs. I started riding 5 years ago and I was close to 400 lbs. I bought a Surly LHT, a great bike for a heavy rider. I started out riding 3 mile loops. I wore jeans and a t-shirt. I worked up to longer rides, bought a Specialized Roubaix, got a proper lycra kit, and I put 7000 miles on it. I dropped 100lbs, put 30 back on, and so on. I haven't ridden much this year due to an injury, and I don't have the Roubaix anymore, but I rode an old Moser steel road bike today on a quick 12 mile ride with a couple sharp climbs over 8% and I was surprised that I didn't totally suck. I'll never climb 3000m in a day, but it's perfectly possible to be heavy and ride around for a few hours and thoroughly enjoy yourself. Will you get the occasional rude comment? Sure. But it's better than staying inside and fretting about yourself.
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Old 05-28-18, 08:48 AM
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I'll reiterate what several have said, including me: I have never heard a snide comment from a rider, not on the road, not in any of the events we ride that include thousands of others. If some toad in a battered F-150 cruising down to the local Piggly Wiggly to buy more wife-beaters shouts something, be thankful the fates have put your fat ass on a bike and that it is his bottom-dwelling ass in that truck.
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Old 06-20-18, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
A little oversensitive, perhaps. Personally, I never cared, and for what it's worth, I was q serious attemntion grabber, since I initially had to litrally use oxygen to be able to ride.



Fell a little less sensitive?
I love this! True determination...

Always keep your vision ahead of you, keep it big and meditate on it throughout the day... your concern of what others think will become very small because you will be so excited about the future.

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Old 09-08-18, 05:12 PM
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New rider helped

I was able to go from 340lbs to 180lbs on my bike. I sold that one to a fellow who is currently 360lbs and wants a life change. I hope it helps, I gave him a sweet deal on a Treck 1200 with mavic custom wheels from my old days. I am very glad that I had this thread to look at when I got started, no judging or laughing. Thanks
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Old 09-08-18, 08:20 PM
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I love seeing riders in all differ shapes and sizes. Keep up the amazing work everyone.
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Old 09-26-18, 12:44 AM
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Old 09-26-18, 12:50 AM
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Old 09-26-18, 12:53 AM
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Old 09-26-18, 12:54 AM
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Old 09-26-18, 04:01 AM
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Hey, is OP even still around? In any event, to anyone that feels the way he does, it is as stated, being oversensitive. However, he and anyone else should keep in mind that its not cycling that makes your thin, but it is a catalyst that helps speed thing up.

Your weight loss, just as it was to your weight gain, is predominately the product of your diet. That should be the true focus and the foundation behind any weight loss.
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Old 10-05-18, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Pub View Post
Does anyone or did anyone feel embarrassed at first when riding around on a bike?
To be honest I am and that comes from a few reasons.

1st, I知 paranoid that people are watching me because to see a Clyde on a bike is not the norm here, at least I have never seen it.

2nd, I知 not a fast rider, in fact I am anything but. I just like to take my time while others go at the speed of sound. And that makes me more paranoid because I keep thinking people are laughing at me going slower than them because I知 a Clyde.

3rd, I知 going through the learning process of getting the gears right for what I want to do. So when I come to an incline, I am sometimes not in the right gear and by the time I have figured it out its too late and I can稚 pedal so have to get off. Another reason for being paranoid and looking a fool.

4th, I知 not confident that a bike will hold up to my weight (310) and the last thing I want is to have to get off because of a broken something or other and have to push it home. More paranoia Clyde pushing a bike because he broke it!!

Am I being totally stupid here?
There may be a few people laughing at your size on a bike. Get over it.. There are people that would laugh at a billionaire because he doesn't know what he's doing.

Most people would appreciate that you're attempting to get your health back and perhaps your weight down to a healthier level.

When I restarted riding I was a physical wreck. I had no endurance from inactivity. I had the gout from various foods but especially from anything that had chocolate in it. I am and EE and my fingers were beginning not to work properly when I was typing. And other things more personal. After I began riding I began to recover from all of that. I can actually eat a chocolate bar again without pain in the area of my left small toe so that I can barely limp. I rode 47 miles yesterday and a high average for city streets with only a single stop for a breakfast sandwich at a GREAT caf washed down with coffee. Today after some 40 years of riding I can say that my health has never been better though of course my performance suffers each year from increasing age. I have watched all of the old deserted country roads disappear over the years and housing projects fill them with roads and cars driving at high speed. I'm not particular fond of that but everyone to their own.

Welcome to the brotherhood of the wheel.
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Old 10-05-18, 02:03 PM
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Hey, is OP even still around? In any event, to anyone that feels the way he does, it is as stated, being oversensitive. However, he and anyone else should keep in mind that its not cycling that makes your thin, but it is a catalyst that helps speed thing up.

Your weight loss, just as it was to your weight gain, is predominately the product of your diet. That should be the true focus and the foundation behind any weight loss.
In many, many cases it IS the riding. Though it can have a catalytic action for most people ANYTHING would be exercise and lead to a healthier and lighter body. We had this one guy that rode with us that started out at 250 lbs. He was big and not fat as you would mean fat. He played and even taught tennis and was pretty good at it. After he started riding with us his weight came down to about 200 lbs. It stayed at about that level which I would estimate to be a healthy level for his body type. Too bad he got a different job which absorbs most of his daylight time. He's now back up to 250 even though he is still playing tennis and teaching it.
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Hey, is OP even still around?
No he passed.
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Old 10-12-18, 10:42 AM
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For me tha answer is no. But i am certain it is a result of my body dismorphic disorder. I cannot see the big belly and feel fast. Sadly i saw recent photo in my cycling regalia and was blown away by what most clearly view as a big fella in tights 💪🏼🤡
just ride. Noone cares
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I'm 5'9" and 214lbs. I used to be a pretty serious gym rat, but my old "V" shape looks more like a "W" now. Back then, whenever I saw someone 300+ lbs in the gym, my sentiment toward them was always one of admiration. Today, when I see someone heavier than me on a bike, I find that has not changed.
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Old 07-09-19, 05:03 PM
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Fellow Clyde working on reform

Find a local group you can ride with or join a club if one is close enough to be convenient. Even the skinniest/ fittest/ fastest cyclist will applaud you riding your bike, and encourage you. Who cares what motorists think of you on your bike, you're working on your fitness, who knows what they're doing. Of you're close to your bikes suggested limit, you may have to spend more time inspecting your bike, getting wheels trued, etc; this is where a good mechanic, possible at an LBS comes in handy. Get a bike fit, you won't believe how much more comfortable your steed is.
Most of all, enjoy it, find an eating plan that works, stay hydrated, and keep pedaling.
Here's to many years of riding.
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Old 07-11-19, 07:53 AM
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When I changed the way I eat I did it for blood sugar control but then guess what? I lost weight. I have nere been an athlete, nor am I now, but I've always returned to cycling for exercise. When I hit 300, down from 355, I bought a used mtb from a friend and started riding again.

I decided to own my appearance on the bike and wore a bright yellow shirt so I could be seen in traffic. I also started to track my progress on Facebook. My hashtags are #fatboyfattires and #imlosingthisgut .

I have received nothing but positive vibes and support about taking charge of my health.

When I got ready for a new bike I hit the embarrassment wall. Because I am a professional Santa Claus, and I try to down play that off season I did not want a red bike. But the one I wanted was available either in matte black with ugly yellow letters or red with white. I eventually decided on a used DS 8.5 that was matte gray so dodged that bullet.

Keep riding my chubby friends and screw them if they are laughing because as you take charge of your health you'll be the one laughing.
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