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    Great work, keep up, you're doing great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey guys,

    So long story as short as i can make it, 34 years old 5'10 and back in March i was 410 pounds!!! Due to health issues my doctor demanded i get off my lazy butt and do something about my health or he was just going to stop seeing me. Married with three kids i agreed!

    Decided back in March i wanted to ride, simple low impact exercise i can do.. atleast think i can .. So i bought a bike.. talked to the bike shop and we decided on a KHS Aguila.. In my budget, some quality parts.. however due to the weight i can not use the front fork.. Just sitting on the bike fully compresses the fork.. So I bought the bike knowing i would be riding it ridged with no suspension..

    So rode it around town a bit, got bored of that found out we have some local trails so the shop owner took me out several times now and having a blast... But I really really really need to get more cardio and riding around here in ontario has limited warm and dry riding times.. and i am not exactly stable on the bike so riding in the wet and slippery trails is not something i choose to do just yet..

    So 5 months later, i am down to 365 pounds.. getting better on the bike but still not the greatest and trying to find time to get more time on the bike and increase my cardio.. So i have been looking at buying a trainer for it.. With a spare rim and training tire.. So the days i want to ride i can just jump on it and go.. I have been doing the gym and tired of waiting for a stationary bike to come free and when they do it just does not feel or ride the same.

    My questions is, I can't find weight limits for the trainers.. I am looking at buying a cycleops Fluid 2 trainer, read some where that they have been tested to like 300 pounds.. So i think if i ride it with caution ( Sitting down ) then it should not be an issue.

    So questions.. And yes i have been told at the trail "Some people should just stay home and ride the couch" so if you feel that way by all means move along..

    1) Will i have issues with the trainer??

    2) Anyone care to share suggestions one what targets ( Heart rate? ) i should be aiming for to burn fat... while i have lost weight i have lost most of it on my legs, i have nice looking legs and calfs (So my wife says) but i have not lost in the upper body.

    3) Anyone know where i can find a 6 or a 7XL cycing shirt.. lol I found a 5XL at Love2Pedal which i wear 5XL T-Shirts and they are slightly baggy so i figured a 5XL cycling shirt would be snug but work out.. As wearing regular ****s they get heavy when wet, catch on trees easy and don't breath soo well.. however the 5XL cycling shirt was like trying to squeese into a 3XL tshirt for me

    Anyways, When i get my 10 post i will post up a video of my local ride.
    I was in a simlar boat to you man, same age. Remember you will burn way more calories than someone 150lbs... that always made me feel better about almost killing myself on a bike out there. I found that I had personal heart rate zones that were pretty consistant even as my fitness and weight came off. Up to 150 bpm was just annoying, 160 was seriously the worst zone for me and always made me want to stop, 170 got really easy, 180 was my sweet spot and was hard enough I couldn't sit in it very long, 190 was just past the point I thought I was going to puke, 200+ is where I started to get light headed mainly due to not having the lungs for hard riding, and anything 30 seconds or more at 210 would take an hour or two to recover from... my system just hated it.

    For clothes, a friend of mine gave me a pair of "liners" that have a crotch cushion in them that were too big for him, and I wear a pair of sweatpants that I cut off at the knee over them, and a normal t-shirt. The reason I went with just normal clothes is it makes it easier for me to just walk out the door and ride for 10 minutes... if I had to suit up all the time I'd never go riding... too much hastle. I wore some 5 year old trainer Nike tennis shoes that I'd had forever and they worked perfectly. I've recently picked up some FiveTens, but that was because my Nikes were falling apart.

    The first advise I ever got has been my mantra the whole time... "Just have fun". And that absolutely includes doing what needs to be done to make it easy to have fun. Just get out and spin. Dont worry about computers or gear or hitting that turn just right, just have fun, however and whereever that means to you. I'm on my way to having lost about 60 pounds so far, and last week I had to let some air out of my forks... that was a good feeling.

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    Great thread. I am in the same boat. 40 years old and gained about 100 pounds with my 3 kids. Well, my wife had the kids, I got fat. This is very inspiring. I've tried the gym and work out DVDswith no success, in fact I gained 40lbs after I started working out. Definatley doing something wrong there. LOL. I think I see a bike in my future.

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    I don't have any really good advice for you. The only thing I can say is GREAT WORK and KEEP IT UP. For me it was 1998 when I started to use biking as method to lose weight. I only needed to lose about 40-50lbs, but all I can say is to stick with it.
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    Good work Michael. Keep up the effort and you will see the difference in all other aspects of your life.
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    Been popping in on your thread occasionally and just wanted to say you're awesome. Inspiration isn't really a strong enough word for how much respect I have for you. Definitely keep up the great work and enjoy yourself out there.
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    Keep up the good work OP. No advice on the trainer but its good that you are doing something about your health.

    Quote Originally Posted by wade-19 View Post
    Great thread. I am in the same boat. 40 years old and gained about 100 pounds with my 3 kids. Well, my wife had the kids, I got fat. This is very inspiring. I've tried the gym and work out DVDswith no success, in fact I gained 40lbs after I started working out. Definatley doing something wrong there. LOL. I think I see a bike in my future.
    nutrition is a key component to getting healthy. Losing weight is great but you can be skinny and unhealthy as well. When trying to lose weight, you should definitely focus and calorie restriction and eating items that keep you full...items high in protein and fiber. If you have an Iphone a good app to keep on track is myfitnesspal. I use it constantly when I am either trying to bulk up or cut weight....making sure that I am hitting the calories I need with a balance of protein, carbs and fat.

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    I cant give to much advise at this point, but Im right here with you. Last winterI weighed 360lbs at 6'2" 30 yrs old. Im not doing as well as you at shedding the weight but I just got back into riding a couple months ago for the same reason, GET HEALTHY!!! So far down to 318lbs now. And thnx for being brave enough to post all this here, gave me more determination knowing though Im 1k miles away from you, Im not the only one out there thats too heavy for a bike but doesnt care cause we will be in shape and healthy soon enough, and can having fun doing it!!! THANKS MAN, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

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    Awesome work man. I started at 464, now I'm down to about 375 right now and still plowing away. Riding has been a blessing and a blast with my 3 boys and wife. Nutrition is the most crucial component. I'm not sure how the insurance works up there, here my insurance covers medical treatment for obesity 80%. Once I started seeing a dietician and nutritionist, and having them re-enforce everything I already knew just never applied, things really turned around. I'm huge on keto diets and carb depletion, it's just worked for me and I always get the best blood work results after a keto run. People on the trail have all been awesome down here in Texas, but some people just don't get it, and hold themselves higher for whatever reason. You're doing a great job, keep it up man.

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    awesome work. as for losing weight in your legs, and not your stomach, theres a myth that you can "spot-lose" when it comes to fat. Yes, you can tone the muscles in certain areas, but fat is different. what i mean is, your body and genetics decide where to put on and lose fat. Just like with women, some are apple shaped, and some are pear shaped. A pear shaped women cannot transform herself into a top-heavy apple, and vice versa. Men tend to hold onto fat in the middle, so keep at it. your body will eventually start burning that belly fat
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    oh, and ps. Since getting into riding 4 years ago, i have lost 35 pounds. (from my highest wieght, to lowest weight. i do fluctuate a bit though). Biking helped, but diet was a bigger factor. The great thing about biking though, is i feel it helped maintain what i already did. You can earn yourself a dessert, or undo a dessert

    Good thing biking is fun! i could never do the treadmill thing.
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    Ya same here, I grew up as a teenager riding and remembering how much I enjoyed it now. Whats gong to suck for me is when winter comes...... resistance stand for my bike maybe... lol.
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    Major props to the OP. If you decide to road again, check your local rules about just blocking the whole road. It's what I do on the road when cars can not safely pass. Keep riding

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    Nice job! I went from 247 to 199lbs today mostly from biking. Just keep at it.. ride until it hurts .. keep some music with you and enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    Major props to the OP. If you decide to road again, check your local rules about just blocking the whole road. It's what I do on the road when cars can not safely pass. Keep riding
    hey, was that a fat joke?


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    Hello,

    Congrats on the weight loss! Awesome! I too am a 'clyde' at 270lbs (started at 320lbs in 2010) and went searching for a trainer last winter. See this thread for full details:

    Do I need a better indoor trainer ?

    but I was told in the thread that the cycleops is rated up to 1200lbs !

    I bought the cycleops and have not had an issue with it. It has an awesome 'quick - release' system and you can literally mount and dismount your bike in 30 seconds. Handy if you like to also ride the bike outside and need numerous mount/dismounts. No complicated mounting procedure.

    Keep the tires rolling - your doing great!

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    Hey Michael, good job. I too live up here in the great white north. The trainer is a great idea to keep you spinning through the winter. I also snowshoe some of the local trails, just to get outside, and keep my sanity. Might give it a try, it is just like walking, with huge feet, and you get a great low-impact workout. Keep at it buddy, keep chasing singletrack.

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    I like this story! Props Michael.

    Don't know if you have the trainer yet but I think that is a great idea for your wet weather spinning. I think one should hold up okay. Never know until you try it.
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    Thanks guys!!!

    Got out today and did the biggest ride of my life so far and while it may not seem like much to most man i really really pushed to do it.. a few moments i had spaghetti legs, and on one of the bigger climbs i almost passed out from not being able to catch my breath.. but i had a freaking blast!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisaz82 View Post
    Nice job! I went from 247 to 199lbs today mostly from biking. Just keep at it.. ride until it hurts .. keep some music with you and enjoy the ride!
    Dam dude that must of been a busy day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    hey, was that a fat joke?


    No, meant to say lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisaz82 View Post
    I went from 247 to 199lbs today mostly from biking.
    Wow, that must have been one busy day!

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    Mike keep up the good work! If you ever make a trip to Hawaii you are more than welcomed to come and ride with the crew down here.

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    These are a couple of local events that really got me hooked on riding, not just MTB but would love a road bike too

    The 24hour race locally
    Home | 2012 Summer Solstice 24hr MTB Race

    and then a ontario championship onroad race
    Home | Ontario Championship Race ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    These are a couple of local events that really got me hooked on riding, not just MTB but would love a road bike too

    The 24hour race locally
    Home | 2012 Summer Solstice 24hr MTB Race

    and then a ontario championship onroad race
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    Michael,

    Since you are in the (sometimes) frozen north, have you considered a fatbike? If I lived where it snowed very much, I would have a Pugsley or a Mukluk. Just a thought to get you through the winter.

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    Davy,

    It was a consideration as i had seen one at the local trails.. however when speaking with the owner he did say that he would not suggest it for someone in my condition locally.. as we have alot of uneven ground around here lots of downhills and climbings and he did suggest be being unfit, over weight nad lacking any cardio at all the the bikes weight and agility would hinder me and cause me frustrations and possibly would end up giving up riding.. he suggested going with a 29er and so did the hsop so thats what i ended up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Davy,

    It was a consideration as i had seen one at the local trails.. however when speaking with the owner he did say that he would not suggest it for someone in my condition locally.. as we have alot of uneven ground around here lots of downhills and climbings and he did suggest be being unfit, over weight nad lacking any cardio at all the the bikes weight and agility would hinder me and cause me frustrations and possibly would end up giving up riding.. he suggested going with a 29er and so did the hsop so thats what i ended up with
    Well, he's a spoilsport.

    Your 29er is just fine. I do think you may try a Pugs in the future. You are making progress in the cardio realm. Heck, I did a new trail this weekend, and thought I sounded like a steam engine. I don't mind lying down in the poison ivy to rest once in a while.

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    yea but honesty... and it sucks and is pretty embarrassing to admit it.. i get winded just gear up for the ride ( changing shoes, pulling the bike down ect.. ) yes i know its sad!!!

    I rode recently with a friend who is larger but much better fit than i am and we rode the same trails.. at the end of the ride both our computers said we rode 10.4KM however my total ride time was 1 hour 20 mins and his was 45 mins.. same computer. I know for a fact he was riding up what he suggested where simple climbs using his big gears.. while i did the same climbs in the granny gear and needing to stop and walk often

    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..

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    Completing a couple of races next year is a good goal. Especially the 24-hour race, especially if you do it as a part of a team. I did a 6-hour solo recently... very difficult day on a bike. Especially since the weather sucked and I blew up my drivetrain about halfway through the first lap. MTB endurance races have a really fun vibe, and they're a bit like a mullet - up front, where the fast guys are, it's all business. But there's a party at the back.

    The road race, I'm a bit less enthusiastic about. It's great that they added a sportif category, but if that's people who are already about ready to buy their racing license, train with racers, etc., they'll probably chew you up and spit you out. I think centuries make good goals because a lot of people do them, with some discipline, they're highly achievable, and while some people still try to "win" century rides (not me, of course ) the general vibe is a lot less competitive.

    I think part of the growth of MTB endurance races, gran fondos on- and off-road, and century rides is that people spend hours a week for periods of years getting to the fitness levels in the faster categories, and even 5 on the road is pretty fast. A good winter and a good build cycle are enough to finish an endurance event and feel good about it. But it feels pretty crappy, although it happens to almost everybody at some point, to get dumped off the back of a shorter race. When it's a distance that most most riders exceed in their training rides, training becomes about doing that distance faster and racing becomes about beating people. Longer distances have a different attitude, and since there's no drafting off-road, you also don't have the possibility of getting dumped by the pack and pulled from the race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    yea but honesty... and it sucks and is pretty embarrassing to admit it.. i get winded just gear up for the ride ( changing shoes, pulling the bike down ect.. ) yes i know its sad!!!

    I rode recently with a friend who is larger but much better fit than i am and we rode the same trails.. at the end of the ride both our computers said we rode 10.4KM however my total ride time was 1 hour 20 mins and his was 45 mins.. same computer. I know for a fact he was riding up what he suggested where simple climbs using his big gears.. while i did the same climbs in the granny gear and needing to stop and walk often

    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..

    I wouldnt be so hard on yourself. You are taking the right steps to help boost your overall fitness.

    Whenever you are having a hard time on the trails, and you have to get off and walk, dont beat yourself up about it.

    Just remember this: "It doesnt matter how slow you go, you are still lapping the person on the couch!"

    Best of luck with your rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    I rode recently with a friend who is larger but much better fit than i am and we rode the same trails.. at the end of the ride both our computers said we rode 10.4KM however my total ride time was 1 hour 20 mins and his was 45 mins.. same computer. I know for a fact he was riding up what he suggested where simple climbs using his big gears.. while i did the same climbs in the granny gear and needing to stop and walk often
    Nothing wrong with using the granny or walking, it's part of the game. Lets face it, if you can coast over the hills on the big ring without ever "grannying" or walking you need to find a more challenging route. I'm always on the lookout for new hills to replace the ones I've mastered, I can't "granny" because I ride a singlespeed but I do walk quite a bit.

    Don't get discouraged because someone is faster than you, just think "Hey, I'm still new at this, let's see what's what next year". When I started riding everyone and everything was faster than me. My riding style was best described as some sort of "Tai-chi on a bike", quickly becoming a master of staying upright when almost going backwards. I kid you not, I was outrun by a butterfly, it flew in front of me on a long climb, hung with me for a bit before flying on ahead. A year later I'm still being overtaken every once in a while but not nearly as often and the butterflies gets to eat my dust!

    You can do astonishing things to your cardio and stamina by riding 3-4 times a week for 3 months, not to mention in a year. The trick is to keep it manageable by picking routes you know you can do and adding a little bit of extra each ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..
    Be that as it may, but you're taking steps to correct that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..
    you are awesome. don't let anyone tell you otherwise, especially yourself.

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    FWIW, I love my granny gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    yea but honesty... and it sucks and is pretty embarrassing to admit it.. i get winded just gear up for the ride ( changing shoes, pulling the bike down ect.. ) yes i know its sad!!!

    I rode recently with a friend who is larger but much better fit than i am and we rode the same trails.. at the end of the ride both our computers said we rode 10.4KM however my total ride time was 1 hour 20 mins and his was 45 mins.. same computer. I know for a fact he was riding up what he suggested where simple climbs using his big gears.. while i did the same climbs in the granny gear and needing to stop and walk often

    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..
    Just be proud of the fact that you are out there riding! It seems like you are enjoying doing it which is just as important. No one is perfect and everyone has made some poor choices in life. I have the utmost respect for you getting out there and trying to make a change for yourself. I think it is awesome. It should be inspiration for everyone, as everyone has room for improvement in their lives.

    There is no shame in using the granny gear or having to walk your bike. I have to do both frequently, the more I ride the less I find I have to do either. Keep on riding!

    Keep up the good work, and update us on your progress.

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    Iím a rider of 12 years and i ma giving up my 2001 GT Avalanche 1.0 for a larger and better ride. I am 6'7" and Iím having trouble finding a bike in the 1100 - 1600 price range. Does anyone have any suggestions on a full suspension?

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    Thanks guys, I guess often i just feel bad for the guys i do ride with.. I mean for them they just never know what they are going to get.. some days i can jump on and ride for 45 mins.. but then i have those days where 10 mins in im just totally spent and done..

    I do have a trainer on order, so as our weather here starts to go south i will be on it...

    My biggest problem is trying to eat right and portioned right.. I mean when the doctor tells me to eat veggies and chicken breast... i don't think he meant 3 chicken breasts and a whole head of broccoli for myself which is what it tends to take to fill me up

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    Drinking lots of water throughout the day can help surpress hunger pains. I have found that feeling hungry and actually being hungry can be a lot different at times.

    Good idea on the trainer. Keeping yourself motivated whilst the weather is bad is key. It's hard to start/stop all the time than it is to keep chipping away at something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Thanks guys, I guess often i just feel bad for the guys i do ride with.. I mean for them they just never know what they are going to get.. some days i can jump on and ride for 45 mins.. but then i have those days where 10 mins in im just totally spent and done..

    I do have a trainer on order, so as our weather here starts to go south i will be on it...

    My biggest problem is trying to eat right and portioned right.. I mean when the doctor tells me to eat veggies and chicken breast... i don't think he meant 3 chicken breasts and a whole head of broccoli for myself which is what it tends to take to fill me up

    The trick ( and I have difficulties doing this) is to leave the table a little hungry. I took a personal training course and they always said never jump on a new diet, work your way to it. Slowly cut down on what you eat over a period of 4 weeks, it makes things transition a little easier.

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    Well yet another disappointment

    One of the big issues i have been having is riding attire... I tend to wear a size 3XL Joggers and 5XL shirt.. 5XL tends to be slightly baggy on me and 4XL tends to fight snug.. So i ordered up a 4XL set of riding shorts and well they are tight but tollerable just have to use suspenders to hold them up or they roll down my butt.. lol

    But i have been wearing just standard cotton Tshirts riding and well its not working out.. couple of reasons they tend not to breath so well for me, i sweat and sweat alot so they get really heavy on me and they are not form fitting so i have torn many of them catching them on branches... i actually caught my shirt on one big branch and it yanked me off the bike so i decided to spend the cash and order a jersey..

    Got the Jersey, ordered a 5XL as it was listed "Cut Generously large" so figured knowing cycling jerseys are designed to fit formed.. lol So figured the "Generously Large Cut" would make it fit with some comfort..

    Got it today.. and no such luck!!! Can't move in it This one is made by Falconi? So i just ordered up a Aerotech Designs 6XL jersey hoping for better results, and hoping its not a waste of another $80 bucks.. Iguess not a waste i will fit into it one day


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    Doesn't look 'too' bad. Have you tried sitting on your bike with it on? If it doesn't cut in under your arms, it might be ok. Good to see that you're sticking at it though. Ride strong!

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    Yea i wore it tonight, and went and did a couple of laps around the house.. we have a hydro field in the back yard with a paved path that goes up a decent hill.. i try and ride that every night at least once.. usually by the time i get to the top of the hill my heart rate monitor is going crazy saying its my rate is 180+ so i know I'm working it too hard. But as soon as i grab the bars and try to ride the jersey pulls right up on me and my lower rolls pop out.. lol

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    I think it may not be so much of a shirt size issue than a length issue. The shirt should be form fitting to help wick the sweat away. If you go too big, then you start to feel like you are wearing a tent.
    Hopefully the new shirt is a little longer for you. The downside of ordering stuff off the internet. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. I have the same problem with helmet size.

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    Have you tried other moisture wicking shirts or just cycling shirts. I would go to a store that sells football equipment or similar sports and try other shirts that might fit better then cycling shirts. I tend to stay with under armour loose fit and find it is comfortable.

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    yea i have checked a few places and most of them only have up to a 3XL Kind of wanted the cycling jersey as it has the pockets, and my cycling shorts are to tight to keep anything in the pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    . I know for a fact he was riding up what he suggested where simple climbs using his big gears.. while i did the same climbs in the granny gear and needing to stop and walk often

    Im very embarassed to have let myself get to where i am physically..
    Don't hate on yourself. Being big does not make you a bad person.

    And don't hate on walking and granny gears! Very few people are born able to grind up any incline without practicing and working at it. (at least that's what I tell myself when I'm walking...)

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    Bib shorts stay in place much better.

    If you don't need the pockets in a cycling jersey, you can substitute running tops, general workout tops, etc.

    And, don't worry about holding up your friends. If they don't want to ride with you, they just won't tell you. Seriously, it drives me nuts when I ask one of my friends to go riding with me and he or she freaks out about holding me up, not being able to handle the trails, whatever. I want to (and sometimes do) say that when I want to set a PR or do a high-effort workout, I just don't tell anyone else I'm going.
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    Yea i have been looking at Bib shorts.. lol But my butt and spandex don't really look very appealing.. lol

    But i did order the 6XL jersey and if it fits better then i will look into the bib shorts as i do use the pockets on the shorts that the jersey will replace.

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    IMO, road shorts are better liners than the liners that MTB shorts come with.

    If you don't want to show off your butt, put some shell shorts on over the bib shorts. Actually a good way to get double-duty out of the shells for MTB shorts you already have. It's not so gross to re-wear the shell if you're not re-wearing the liner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Yea i have been looking at Bib shorts.. lol But my butt and spandex don't really look very appealing.. lol

    But i did order the 6XL jersey and if it fits better then i will look into the bib shorts as i do use the pockets on the shorts that the jersey will replace.
    I don't look at my own bum when riding.

    If people want to wheel suck then it is up them not to look at my bum.

    What ever you do white lycra shorts a BIG No No

    +1 to shell shorts over the top
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    Don't get discouraged because someone is faster than you, ...

    You can do astonishing things to your cardio and stamina by riding 3-4 times a week for 3 months, not to mention in a year. ...
    Just remember their will ALWAYS be someone faster than you. You can be slow or fast and there will still be someone faster. Since you are on Strava my suggestion is to find a few local trails and ride them often. Same trails and record all the rides. Set-up some segments on these trails that make sense to you if they don't have them and then just compare your rides each time out. What you will find in that your times will constantly be improving as both your technical skills improve and your fitness level improves. It wil be nice to see "PR" on these rides all the time. At least for me it is a nice way to track my own improvements.
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