1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Been a little white.. Life got crazy over the holidays with three little ones under 4 but i stayed on track.

    I am glad to say that as of this weeks follow up with my doctor i am down to 309 down from almost 330 before Christmas.

    I am still using my trainer daily, and have taken my rides from 2-5KM a day to now 12-15km per day.. still not a ton as i know guys doing 100km ride on there trainers but its much more than i ever through i would ever be able to do!

    Its just nice to be able to walk into my closet now and know that every thing in there fits me.. actually if anything im still holding out to loss alittle more before i buy new cloths as i have gone form a 6XL to fitting into a 4XL tight in a 3XL so things are coming along!



    Great news, keep up the excellent work!

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    Keep it up brother, you're an inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_spec View Post
    Keep it up brother, you're an inspiration!
    agreed!

    keep up the good work.

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    Awesome job! What an inspiration Keep up the good work!!

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    Keep it up!. I'm getting into mountain biking as well for the same reason as you are.

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    I just wanted to pay my respects. I read this entire thread last night, and it is quite the inspiration. Just this past weekend I started riding again after a 17 year break, it feels so good to be riding again, although being completely out of shape. Keep up the great work, I'm rootin' for ya!

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    Keep it up. nice legs too.

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    Re: Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Been a little white.. Life got crazy over the holidays with three little ones under 4 but i stayed on track.

    I am glad to say that as of this weeks follow up with my doctor i am down to 309 down from almost 330 before Christmas.

    I am still using my trainer daily, and have taken my rides from 2-5KM a day to now 12-15km per day.. still not a ton as i know guys doing 100km ride on there trainers but its much more than i ever through i would ever be able to do!

    Its just nice to be able to walk into my closet now and know that every thing in there fits me.. actually if anything im still holding out to loss alittle more before i buy new cloths as i have gone form a 6XL to fitting into a 4XL tight in a 3XL so things are coming along!
    You started this thread saying in march 2012 you were 410 so you've now dropped 100! Congrats. Spring will be Here soon and you can get back outside and off the trainer

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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the kind words..

    Got out this week for my first ride back on the trails and was shocked.. i know when i fished last season i would do about 4-6KM in about an hour and really struggle at the end.. Got on this week and was pleasantly surprised to actually be able to use my front suspension.. able to unlock and sit on the bike with out totally compressing it.

    Anyways got riding and my riding partner same as last year who tends to talk my ear off through out our ride while i lead he would just follow at my pace.. started to become tight lipped.. lol Turns out my riding ability was starting to push him to a point where he was actually required to work Ended our ride 35 mins later i had worked up sweat but was not struggling infact if i did not have to go get the kids i would have gone for another quick ride.. lol

    Once i finished i looked and was shocked to see my bike computer showed 7.1Km.. i checked my buddies computer to make sure i did not forget to reset my computer and his was 7.14 SO i was VERY VERY pleased..

    Medically all is good, and getting better this week they have started me on Testosterone injections as my Bio-Availble has dropped yet again so they are becoming more aggressive.

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    Good work! Your story inspired me to be a lot healthier this year. Been riding a ton and eating better. Down 10 pounds already! Keep it up my friend..

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    Thanks for the update and good job!!
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    Keep it up! As you get stronger, the pain of a hard ride will become a lot more tolerable and your recovery time will diminish dramatically (perhaps, you're already seeing this). The more you push, the stronger you get ... and the more you can push!

    Thanks for the update. It's a great story.
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    Big props to you ML! Amazingly inspiring story. It was refreshing to read this thread! I've always been slim, but I have a baby sister that's jumbo sized and it's always tormented me the crap she's had to go through with douche bags and D-heads the things people say. So I know the other side too- Guess that's why I love that show biggest looser- I keep praying that some day my little sis can know how those people feel.
    You are an inspiration!..... Now, who can I get to email this thread to my sis? LOL! ... cause I can't even hint at ...well...ya know....LOL! ... Keep it up brother!

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    Way to go Michael!

    You are one persistent cuss. I'd be out riding now, but the remains of Andrea are raining down on my dark city streets. I don't have the fortitude to go out riding in the wet and dark. Maybe tomorrow.

    Glad to see you posting.
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    Mike, you are an inspiration. You have gotten a lot of great advice, I will try not to repeat. My own story-when I married my wife in 2009, I was 232 lbs. on a 5'11" frame. I am broad shouldered and large chested, and I carried it fairly well, but the truth is I was fat and out of shape. I was suffering from gout, and had developed diverticulitis as well. My doc told me that if I didn't change my ways, I was on my way to a sedentary lifestyle, full of medical procedures, and a possible heart attack. My wife, lord bless her, is into healthy eating and exercise, and like you, I started little by little. Initially, I started walking, just doing a mile took forever, and I really did not want to continue. My wife pushed me, and I just kept going. That led me to mountain biking, trail riding, and street riding, and made an investment in a decent bike. I now ride a minimum of 50 miles a week, and do my best to make it 60-70 miles a week and more if I can. I now weigh 182 pounds, and my doctor says that my fitness level has really improved, passed my last stress test with flying colors. It can be done! A few words about diet, as I see you suffer from gout.

    One, talk to your doctor, and see if he agrees with you going to a nutritionist. Given your health issues, a professional consult and advice may be the way to go.
    Two, ditch all processed foods-cakes, cookies, breads, chips, frozen foods (except frozen veggies), soda, syrups, etc.
    Three, if you drink booze, stop for one month-alcohol is a major contributor to gout.
    Four, eat "clean", meaning home cooked foods with an emphasis on vegetables. Whole grains only.
    Five, drink water, as much as you can, and cut down or eliminate caffeine, which also contributes to gout attacks.
    Six, anyone who puts you down for trying to make yourself fit and healthy is an "a-----e", plain and simple. I started riding with a group twice a week, and some of the guys are really great, friendly and encouraging. Some are snooty. The snooty guys aren't so snooty now as now I am starting to pass them on our 25 mile rides. You should be proud of yourself and your efforts. Keep up the good work!

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    Amazing, congratulations and thank you.

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    Thanks guys,

    Things are going well.. I am down to 300 pounds.. i have put on about 10 pounds of muscle which im really happy about.

    Finally after 7 months of hell a new specialist is not messing around.. They had me on Androgel then patches then oral meds and my Bio Available testosterone has been way too low off the charts.. the new doc knows im determined and have proven it so two weeks ago he started me on testosterone injections.. 200mg injections every two weeks so while its not enough to really do much we are hoping it will atleast show some sort of a reading as nothing else has helped.

    As for the riding.. Man im really feeling good!!! When we finished last year i was pretty excited to get in 5-6KM trail rides.. This week I rode Tuesday 7.8km Wed 10.2Km and then today my buddy i always ride with we did 8km however if you know coulsons hill there is a larger climb in the middle long gradual incline.. something i could not do last year with out the need to stop and catch my breath.. today we did it three times.. the third time i jumped into my big ring and we just hammered it.. it was the last push of the day and i wanted to give it all i had.. needless to say half way up my riding partner dropped back into his seat and down in the gears and that just pushed me harder.. got up and over the hill feeling it now but man i gotta say i never ever thought i would get a ride like that done!!

    Previously one loop would take me an hour and i would be stopping often.. today we did a few loops and zigzags all non stop!!

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    Very Cool! Keep it up!
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    Well Michael, it seems you're getting in shape quite well!! Keep it going dude!!!!
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    Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    That awesome to see your progress!!!! I'm a big guy too, I started at 368 pounds on March, and I'm down to 349, riding about 40 miles a week, all on the road though. I'm also going to a crossfit gym 3 days a week, and today I finished my fundamentals class, so I get to work out with the big dogs now. . My eating of late has been crap, and after reading this I am going to redouble my efforts to eat better again. Thanks for including us in your journey!


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    Awesome progress Michael. You are an inspiration. I am hoping to have similar results as you did but I am looking to get back under 200 lbs I'm currently 285. I want to drop the weight before my cousins wedding next year. Keep it up.

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    Re: Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    I started reading at page 1 and I couldn't put it down. Props!!! I wish you could talk to my in-laws. One has type 2 from weight gain and her husband is not any better. They could lose 100 each and still have some to spare sadly. My wife and I have tried all kinds of stuff but I think it boils down to determination and self will. I just want them around for our kids (one on the way) and so they can enjoy life.

    Enough about my trials though. You are on a very exciting challenge. Keep it up and I'm going to suggest the biking idea to the in laws....maybe they will listen this time.

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    Thanks guys!!

    Today was a nice suprise!!!

    Went into pick up my bike as it went in for some service new pad ect and left with a deal I could not turn away.. Always joked with my wife that when I lost 100 pounds riding it was proof enough I was commited to riding and was going to buy a new trail bike.. Something that would last, good components, adjustable and upgradable.

    So today I show up and the wife and I left with a 2013 Scott genius 730.. My wife put in the leg work, and everyone agreed it was the ultimate bike for me so we spent the morning with the shop down at our trails trying the different frame sizes and 27.5 and 29 size tires and I gotta say I likes the 27.5 felt to me soo much more stable going trough out trees and stuff and really did not miss the 29er in the climbing.

    I'm very happy and really think it will work very well for me... A nice comfy ride.. Tried the 29er spark but it seemed really edgy for me.

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