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WILLBDUNN
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Keep taking those pictures. You'll enjoy them more and more as you progress... I found the photos to be a great motivator - I just wish I'd had the guts to take some more "telling" before photos.

And don't worry about the lycra ridicule (yeah, right)... The lycra will help you avoid, umm... well... sensitive area rawness, but it only works well if there's nothing else in the way. Only becomes crucial when you start riding for an hour plus, usually, but I found that I had to do everything I could to avoid injury to stay on the bike in the early going. All it took was a little saddle sore to knock me out and set back progress.

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I was a baaaad, baaaad, person last week, apparently.

Was not meticulous about keeping my food diary and had several days that I didn't manage to squeeze in my rides. Found all 4 of those pounds that I managed to lose last week.
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Now that that is behind me (literally)I'll just have to carry on from here.
Went to the gym. I had to drive as I was meeting a friend there and it is just down the street from where I drop my daughter at school...Just pulled in...then get the call that he is not going to show. (grrr!)
Did my gym thing and hit the LBS on the way home since its just accross the street from the gym. (I live nearly 2 or 3 miles from most of the important stuff) Didn't need much...Picked up a water bottle holder for my handlebars and a new rack for the back of the bike, and ordered my fenders.

Its going to be another hectic day...but I'll get a couple sort rides in and I have Thursday and Friday off.

Oh Yeah...I've decided to ride in the Tour Dallas (choices of 8, 20, or 30 miles)
http://www.tourdallas.org/home.html
Maybe I'll be able to handle 20 Miles by then. If I'm not feeling it...I can always just do the 8 mile route.

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Thanks KJ

That Helps alot!

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Now I get to worry about getting back on the scale today.

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Good for MAKOTODFW!!
I am impressed that you took your picture and posted it. I just didnít have the guts to do that. Now, after loosing several pounds I wish I had done it. Give it some time and keep trudging ahead. Before you know it, youíll look back at the picture, then at your NEW picture of 350 pounds and be proud of your accomplishment! Then youíll move onto 320, then 290 then 275! Goal reached!

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What in the WORLD was I THINKING Sunday.
I did my ride as planned and posted earlier. Then for some masochistic reason I decided I needed a "before picture" of me with my bike to put on my page so I could document my weight loss as I progressed.

Then, of course, I had to look reality in the face.
They say the truth hurts. "They" are correct.
I really feel(and am) more athletic than I look in the pic. My enthusiasm flew out the window and I thought, "I must look absolutely ridiculous riding that bike around...I mean I DWARF the darned thing!"
Worse yet...I was coming up on a weigh in today.

Then the bike shorts I ordered came in the mail today. They fit ok, but I'll be wearing them UNDER regular shorts or sweatpants. (As an ex-dancer I am no stranger to lycra/spandex...so that part is the problem) I just don't want to be a target of ridicule.

Wound up forcing myself out of the house and to the gym (drove there. boo! hiss!) and gave the shorts a trial run on the exercise bike (under sweat shorts and much more comfy than without bike shorts.

Turned out to be a good day after all as I'd lost 4 lbs this week.

and I'll probably order another pair of shorts too.

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Won't riding Counter Clockwise in the inside lane have me riding against traffic (the wrong way)?

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Be careful now... That office park has trained at least one 7 time Tour de France winner... We've found that cars are the least worry if you ride counter-clockwise on the inside lane. Your mileage may vary.

A group from our club usually congregates there on Wednesday nights during the winter starting at 5 and sometimes going as late as 8. Say hi if you're in the neighborhood.

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Ooooookaaay....

That wonderful little oval at the business park....good work out....but had to stop at 4 laps because i didn't really want to kill the fat guy on the bike. [new pictures on my Spark Page]
Actually, the third lap felt much better than the previous two; but I've learned the hard way to start small and build from there.
Today's top speed was 27mph (down hill of course)
and a blazing 4.5mph on the long uphill stretch
Anyway the average was 14 something mph.
I'll never complain about the slight incline on the way to the gym again.

Now I have a regular place to build stamina on hills.

I'll be trying some of the other trails (Spring Creek may be my next one) looking to see about getting some mileage built up.

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Thanks for the maps!

The palisades park is actually not too far from the house. (I'll still drive there...this time. Definitely want to put together a tire fixing kit before getting too far from home)
Probably ride in circles until I have to be human again and fetch the daughter home from her friend's house.

3 days not riding = blah!

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Heh. Once you've spent more on accessories than the bike, you're on the road to... well... something...

The business park...

It's the oval piece on the far right of this map.

trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/48820
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The next caffeine cruise will be the first Sunday in March. Here's the route we take.
trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/49044
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There's rumor a bunch of us tandem owners will be joining the ride in March, so there might be better than average attendance.

Information on the ride is here (and could be updated at any time...)

www.planobicycle.org/pba/index.php?option=
com_events&task=view_detail&agid=100&y
ear=2008&month=03&day=02&Itemid=27


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WILLBDUNN

My perception of speed was apparently off....
I checked my bike computer and it seems I cycle faster than I thought.
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That makes me a BIT less apprehensive of actual road travel.

I'd like to join you for one of the caffeine cruises and am interested in the loop around the business park if you have the particulars. I'd like to get some feeling for my limits, distance wise, w/o getting too far from my parking. (painful memories of ages ago....making it half way on my Whiterock ride...and the looong painful walk back. That was not my favorite saddle)
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Got the bike back from the shop this afternoon. What a difference! Not only is it nice and shiny, but with the new chain, it shifts MUCH better. And having everything lubed makes riding so much nicer. (Didn't know how bad it was until I got to feel how its supposed to be)

Also got a Computer that keeps track of cadence and speed (among other things). I think the temperature display may prove to be disheartening in the Spring and Summer here though.

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I have my doubts about speedometer accuracy...It said that I cruised between 10-15mph this afternoon....I'll have to get my wife to follow me in the car to see if I'm really going that fast.

Now I've officially spent more on accessories than for my bike.

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Bike is in the shop for a tune-up/cleaning, (the first since I bought it used in Nov.) so I have no wheels today and most of tomorrow.
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The good news is that it will probably work so much better.
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I miss it already.

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Thanks for the info.
Don't know if I've even averaged 10mph yet. (OK...maybe down slight incline)
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I'll have a look at the link you gave tonight...have to bundle up for the ride to work now.


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Hmmm... For paved trails, it's coals to Newcastle, as you have a better trail network in Richardson.
www.cor.net/PublicServices/PDF/Parks_Recre
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My favorite is the Spring Creek trail. The Plano trails have a lot of "less than great" street crossings. I prefer riding on the street.

A great fitness "trail" that we roadies use is the Palisades business park. It's a .8 mile loop with a moderate hill. Minimal traffic after 5:30 pm (or during most of the day, for that matter). No stop signs. Plenty of visibility.

The first Sunday of each month, we also do the "Caffeine Cruise" from the Starbucks at Legacy & the Tollway. It's about 16 miles at 10-12 mph through the neighborhoods.

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Thanks for the invite.
Unfortunately I have a Wacky work schedule (MTW 5-9pm, Sat 9am-1pm, and Sun 1-6pm) I'm also a Massage Therapist and see clients Tuesday throughout the day.
(frustration)
I heard that there are some good bike trails around some parks in Plano though...
Any suggestions?

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Toe clips can work great for commuting. BTW... We have a GREAT road cycling club in Plano... If you'd like to try a group ride, come visit us some Saturday morning!

www.planobicycle.org/pba/

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Yeah, sorry about that...never could pass up a straight line.

As for going clip less...I often have to rush to work and don't have time to change shoes. The clips seem to work ok with reg shoes.

Did get and use my clips and bar ends yesterday though.

The ends made it MUCH more comfortable on the wrists and the clips worked great...as long as you keep them loose enough to pull out of them.

May consider going clip less later in the spring, when I'll have to change clothes when I get to work anyway. (was sweaty enough when I got to work yesterday...80F in Dallas...rode home in short sleeves and pants at 9pm. And they say there's no global warming.)emoticon

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Boy, that was a bag joke!

Toe Clips. . .hummm. I have heard of them. How about using SPDs instead?? There always fun to be had using a clipless system. Check out the thread.


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Must have something to do with all the potatoes we eat.
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I'll be looking at some toe clips...shoes were slippery on the platforms yesterday with only a little moisture.


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Yeah! You MT bikers do love to mash donít ya?

Not only are you getting loads of exercise youíre also being a good citizen of the planet by not adding to the ozone layer! Well done.


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Ok...With a herculean effort...I managed to pry my wide self off the couch to ride, instead of drive, to the gym ("c'mon its only a 4mi round trip...besides you wont have to do cardio when you get there") Hit some circuit training and ride home. That along with my commute to the library will give me 7 miles today.
Yeah I know...but it's better than 3 miles.
Oh yeah, It also helps that it will be pushing 70 F today. (hee)
I'm really making an effort to ride to anything within 2 miles of my house...It's surprising just how many places I go regularly are within that radius.

Now I need to work on keeping my cadence up around 80 and not "mashing" my way back and forth.

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Well I came to the decision that, even though I am still looking and dreaming of a recumbent or a road bike, I must rise to the challenge of using my MTB consistently for the rest of the year an seeing about racking up some actual Higher mileage rides (my round trip commute to/from work is 3 miles)now that I have some tires meant for pavement.

Ah well...it is to dream.
(sighs)

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Checked out your ride and it looks awsome. There are very few recumbents in my area due to the vast amount of hills we have. What do you do when you get to a 8% grade with like a 1 mile climb? What is your rear gearing?


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Thanks Kitty!

I've been engrossed in all the postings there...I'm a Clydesdale!! WooHoo! It's so nice to here from others in the same boat as me.

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OOPS! My bad:

The Bikeforum is http://www.bikeforums.net

Sorry! I was so happy to share, I totally mashed up the address.

The forum is free and everyone is really nice and helpful!

Hey, look at that fast cyclist!

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2008 I rode 1773 km!:

2007 I rode 1036 km!

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Check out the receumbent thread. . . .

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The fellow who made the bike for me let me try out his bike since we are same height and similar inseam. I borrowed it for 1 day and took it for a ride. I plotted a route where I could make a big loop around my neighborhood with only right hand turns Ė no stops or starts. The loop was about 3 miles. I wore a long sleeve jersey, tights and full gloves because when I fell I didnít want real bad road rash. I took off and road for about 2 miles and began to relax and get the feel for the bike. After completing one loop I started shifting gears. After completed three loops I was ready to try stopping and starting. No falls that day but by the time I returned home I was ready to buy a bike for myself. I returned the bike the next day and ordered a bike fore myself.

BTW: I see lots of overweight folks riding recumbents (as well as regular road bikes). They refer to themselves as FOGs Ė fat old guys.


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Yep it looks like there are some interesting gymnastic maneuvers involved with getting one foot on the ground.

How long did it take you to get comfortable with it?

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Thanks CYCLOKITTY!

I couldn't get the site to come up...says can't find server.
Is there a typo?
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one my size out there on 2 wheels!

Michael

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I'm a member of the www.bikeforum.com and they have a great Clydesdale/Athena section for us meaty riders. They have lots of experience picking out road bikes! It's a great forum. There is one member named Tom Scarecrow who encourages all of us with his amazing changes from weighing 400 lbs down to his current 200 or so pounds! He always has good advice.

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Thanks!
Who said I donít fall?? Just kidding, kinda! When I first started riding the bike I did take a few falls because I didnít get me foot down fast enough when I reached a stop. Or if, when I stopped, my foot would slip out on slick pavement. There is definitely a learning curve with the bike. The good thing is that when you fall, you donít fall very far!

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KJEANNE: That's really a sweet ride...but how do you NOT fall when you're stopping? I think I'd be picking myself up more than riding! I'm also amused at the thought of me trying to reach around my thighs to steer. (hee)
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Michael:
A man after my own heart!! I am a big recumbent fan!! I purchased a Short wheel Base (SWB) under the seat steering (USS) bright yellow custom made recumbent in 2006 and I love it!!! I have 1500 miles on it. Thereís a picture of me riding my recumbent in my picture gallery.


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Thanks for all your help and ideas. Just returned from a visit to the LBS (buying a new mirror for my helmet), and they had the developer of a new line of "semi-recumbent" bikes. They got me test each model. the company is "Day 6 Bicycles" and their mid-range model was around $700, was very sturdy, and FLEW. I thnk I know what I what for Christmas now!
Until then I guess I'll save my pennies and haunt pawn shops and garage sales. :D

the website is: http://www.day6bicycles.com/dream21.html

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I say, if you have the $$ buy the best bike you can. A cheap or inexpensive bike is no fun! Get a good bike and youíll have the tools you need to have a wonderful ride. Iím riding a steel Lemonds ($1200 bike) and test road a carbon Fuji ($4200 bike) and was blown away by the difference between the two!!

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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1/30/08 3:32 P

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Would be a lot more fun to lose it on a "nonclunker". I was shocked at the difference of the ride when I moved up.


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1/30/08 3:30 P

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My advice would be to check out a couple yard sale bikes for $10 / $15 bucks. Use them as throw away bikes til you drop those lbs you are working on. By the way....Good luck on the weight lossssss!!!!

Edited by: DAVIDRATT at: 1/30/2008 (15:30)

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1/30/08 3:22 P

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Check out Airborn. My husband and I both ride one and I believe our model is called carpe diem or something like that. We have a friend in your weight range riding one and we aren't light. Is a great road bike.


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1/30/08 1:48 P

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I used to be an avid cyclist (back in the olden day's) and had a nice road bike.
Now here I am (how did I let myself get this huge)making a return to this noble two wheeled method of transport.
I'm currently riding an older Specialized Hardrock and, its comfy and all...but it ain't no road bike.
Am I stuck with this bike until I lose 100 lbs., or is there a road bike out there robust enough that I won't completely crush? (380 lbs but still athletic)
would it be worth it to see about changing my cassette or should I get a beater Huffy and kill it?

I'm just this GUY, ya know?



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