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Old 06-18-2009, 12:45 PM   #11161
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:46 PM   #11162
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:58 PM   #11163
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Biggest Loser Contest at work. I've gained 50 lbs since starting an IT job 7 years ago, getting divorced, getting married again, turning 35, and having kids to stay home and take care of. It was time and the contest provided that little bit of incentive ($650 cash to winner). Plus I just have to live long enough to see my daughters grow up.

Day 1 I weighed 250 lbs at 5'10", most I've ever weighed or ever will. I limited myself to 1000 calories a day. I have a slow metabolism...most people would probably be happier with 1200. I eat the healthiest 1000 calories I can and it's a mix of protein, fat, carbs, a balance, not a fad diet, whole veggies are the staple, lots of water. I have not cheated on the diet once.

I started at first on an exercise bike, 5 miles a day. I worked my way up to burning 500-700 calories a day on that ex bike. I got bored of that and took my father in law's old bike (Miyata) down off the wall in his garage where it has been untouched for 20 years. New tubes and tires and I hit the road, often at night when the kids are asleep, some tunes in the MP3 player, little red blinky to try not be ran over. I signed up for 6 mos. gym membership but I hardly have time to go. I'd rather bicycle. I'll use that membership for strength training starting when I get back from vacation next week.

Now I'm cycling more than motorcycling and it really saves money on tires, lol. I'm mountain biking with a group a couple times a week and they are fairly extreme and I'm almost able to keep up, even with the crappy old rigid suspension bike.

Added benefits..
no heartburn or acid reflux ever.
can wear off the shelf leathers so time for some track days.
going to learn to ski this winter since my knees won't be under so much stress and I can actually breath.
mtb in Moab on "business trip" in two weeks.
the wife is happy about it, use your imagination

Next step is to build up my own touring bike and try that out.

The contest is over this week. I'm in second place (199 lbs today) and I can't catch the winner, and I don't care. The real prize is getting control over my life again.

Sorry for the long winded reply.

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Well done James

I started at about 285 and I did go down as far as 225 but I bounced back up to 250 and I am down to 240 at the moment. Cycling really helped me - I don't count calories and still drink like a fish on a Friday (beer night eh ?) but I do try to get 100 miles in every week if not more. I needed to lose the weight and I bought a dirt-bike and I figured that lasting more than 2 hours before passing out would be a good thing - I can do day-long intense dirt-rides pretty easy now. OK, well maybe not easy but I can do them.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:07 PM   #11164
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Stoopid bike n00btard question.


I broke the front brake cable on my bicycle. Is this a manufacturer only part or would a local bike shop be able to match it up for me?


It is some sort of a Trek mountain type thing.


Any bike shop can get you a new cable. There aer even some odd upgrades I bet, some sort of carbon-boron-teflon-double-dark-chocolate-expensive stuff..
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:19 PM   #11165
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... and now I have to count calories? Rats!

Yeah, I'm slowly sneaking toward 200 pounds.

I think the big fat-pills are:
1. wine
2. crackers/cheese
3. occational hamburger at the local cafe, (Mmmm so good with fresh diced onion, tomato, and pickles )
4. wine...
5. probably the single malt too...


And the big fat-pill is the TV + couch combo I tend to gravitate toward all too often...

During the four weeks I ratched up to my high mileage average of 140, I was slowly eeking away at the squishy bit around my middle.

I really need to drop 20 pounds and up the push-bike mileage. Well here goes. I'm holding out on my final decision on the Iowa thing until the last damn minute. I figure I have two more weeks to make the call either way. I'll have to order the fancy box to ship the bike in since shipping is cheaper than the airlines, and probably safer.
This weekend I'm going to try and do a couple of long hard rides. On the knobbies. I figure I can use the work. Tonight I am goin to tweak my riding position a bit. I noticed my seat was way the hell back from where it looked like it should be.
two and a hlf more hours of play time here then run home and get tired again.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:19 PM   #11166
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Stoopid bike n00btard question.


I broke the front brake cable on my bicycle. Is this a manufacturer only part or would a local bike shop be able to match it up for me?


It is some sort of a Trek mountain type thing.


For God's sake Man, Have you learned nothing? Don't even touch that front brake, yer gonna flip right over yer bars then you'll be in a hell of a fix!
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:21 PM   #11167
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Hmm, even my poor WVU education allows me to see a connection here!




Been a long month with my lead generator dood on vacation.

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That was cool feature on Independent Fab. Wouldn't mind having one myself.


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Old 06-18-2009, 01:27 PM   #11168
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I lived in southern WV (closer to Hokie country than Touchdown City) for 12 years. Great town and set up nicely for bicycling unlike Morgantown. I still get to BBurg once in a while on a work trip. I don't miss watching us lose to you guys in football, lol.

I'm going to start really searching out good bicycle friendly road routes in the area, I'm sure the LBS is the place to start.

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I weighed 155 when I graduated from Tech. Its a GOOD 30-45min of climbing to get back into town whichever way you went... I HATE climbing, but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.

S'why I raced track for so many years. No hills at the velodrome!

Ya gotta be careful out in the sticks. BUT having said that, its the yuppies ya gotta watch for. USUALLY the 'rednecks' are some of the more polite people when they're passing (cause they drive tractors on that road?!) but there's exceptions to every rule. Every once in a while, I have a problem with some dood in a pickup, but the SUVs are the worst offenders.

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Old 06-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #11169
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... I'll have to order the fancy box to ship the bike in since shipping is cheaper than the airlines, and probably safer.
Ship it hell, ride the bike to Iowa then you'll be in shape for the RAG!

If you can fog a mirror and your heart don't explode walking out to the mail box you can do the ride.

Forward crank at 3:00, patella over the pedal axle, make sure the seat ain't too low!

What flavor cleats/pedals ya using?
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:33 PM   #11170
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... and now I have to count calories? Rats!

Yeah, I'm slowly sneaking toward 200 pounds.

I think the big fat-pills are:
1. wine
2. crackers/cheese
3. occational hamburger at the local cafe, (Mmmm so good with fresh diced onion, tomato, and pickles )
4. wine...
5. probably the single malt too...


And the big fat-pill is the TV + couch combo I tend to gravitate toward all too often...

During the four weeks I ratched up to my high mileage average of 140, I was slowly eeking away at the squishy bit around my middle.

I really need to drop 20 pounds and up the push-bike mileage. Well here goes. I'm holding out on my final decision on the Iowa thing until the last damn minute. I figure I have two more weeks to make the call either way. I'll have to order the fancy box to ship the bike in since shipping is cheaper than the airlines, and probably safer.
This weekend I'm going to try and do a couple of long hard rides. On the knobbies. I figure I can use the work. Tonight I am goin to tweak my riding position a bit. I noticed my seat was way the hell back from where it looked like it should be.
two and a hlf more hours of play time here then run home and get tired again.
Head down to the LBS and get a box from a bike that they're building. Get all the packing stuff free with it too. Add to that: pack yer spare clothing around it but bring shoes/pedals and helmet with you 'just in case.' You can get away with buying new shorts, etc but ya can't get away with tryin to set up cleats last min before a huge ride.

re: seat pos.: KOPS. Have someone help. (hint: if you don't know what KOPS is, google it) On a mtn bike, maybe a cm back is OK. Forward?

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #11171
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I have the front brake on the right lever

Exactly where god intended all front brake levers should be.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:53 PM   #11172
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Dude, keep up!

Rutt's a good shot, for sure
Cool.

In Denver, I knew Rich Gangl, he did really nice lugged frames that were art, and nice to ride.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:10 PM   #11173
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Dude, keep up!

Rutt's a good shot, for sure
I'm about as quick on a bicycle as I am in this thread.

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Old 06-18-2009, 03:47 PM   #11174
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I'll take it off and try to find a bike shop somewhere and just buy a new cable instead of a whole new bike
Bring the housing too - it might be the cause of your broken cable (just guessing). Even if you buy a new cable AND housing, you'll be out $10, so just do it anyway.

Or support your local LBS and buy a new bike, that's the spirit!
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #11175
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Hey Oznerol: you registered for D2R2 yet? you doing the 100k or the 100mi?

I don't think I'm in good enough shape for the big one.
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