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    A friend's weight loss and growing passion for cycling

    ..and hopefully mountain biking too!

    One of my close friends has been in the process of losing weight for about two years. Before that he never managed to lose very much weight or keep it off. But now he has dropped from an all-time high of 470 pounds down to 393.

    He had a couple of recumbents for a short time about ten years ago, but he never could keep his interest in cycling long enough to continue riding them after the first few rides. He ended up selling them.

    Last year he expressed interest in buying a regular bicycle, so we took a drive to REI, where he got a Marin Kentfield hybrid. It's a good solid steel-framed bike that held up fine under his weight and has never given him any problems.



    We did quite a few rides together after he bought that bike. His weight continued to drop and his strength increased enough that he was able to ride some short rolling hills in a nearby town.

    He knew that I record video of all my road and mtb hill climbing rides, so he told me he wanted a good camera for documenting his rides. Once again we ended up at REI, where he bought a GoPro HD Hero2. REI had their anniversary sale going on, so he got the camera and the LCD BacPac for $299, which is the regular price of the camera by itself.

    When he saw how much I enjoyed my Garmin Edge 500, he had to get one too. The total ascent and percent grade readouts are probably his favorite data fields. I spend more time looking at those on my Garmin, that's for sure!

    He already had a Pedco UltraClamp for mounting cameras to various objects, so he bought the GoPro tripod adapter so he could mount the GoPro to his handlebars. We then took a night ride in a nearby town with rolling hills. He was able to climb all the hills without stopping or walking them. Here's video proof. For this ride he used the head mount that came with the GoPro.

    Roseville bike ride 6-6-12 - YouTube
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    His enjoyment of cycling increased to the point where he started talking like me. It upsets him if he can't ride for some reason, and he prefers riding over anything he does at the gym he joined last winter.

    After a few of these rides with hills, he said he wanted a faster hybrid, so back to REI we went. This time he bought a Cannondale Quick 4. Even with the low spoke count wheels, this bike is solid as a rock and hasn't given him any trouble so far. It is his primary bike now, and the Marin is a backup bike.



    Last night we took another night ride, but this time the hills were steep enough that he had to walk a couple of them. However, he did make it much further up the first one before he had to walk than he did last year, when he was only able to make it about 100 feet up before dismounting.

    This particular hill is 3/10 mile long. It starts out with grades between 10%-12%, levels off a little, then pitches up again to a max grade of 15% before leveling off to about 8% once more for the remainder of the climb.

    After he walked the rest of that climb and rested for a few minutes, he was able to ride the short 20% section across the street without dismounting, which probably took enough out of him to cause him to have to walk part of the next hill, which was 14%.

    Here's video of that ride.

    Fair Oaks hilly night ride 8-19-12 - YouTube
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    He had shown an interest in mountain biking after I told him how much fun I was having with my new 2012 Trek Wahoo 29er hardtail, which I bought in February after not mountain biking for 15 years.

    Today we went to the same LBS where I bought my Wahoo. I have been a customer there since 1987, and they are my favorite shop. They always treat me very well, so I knew my friend wouldn't have any trouble.

    He doesn't have the money for a $2,000 bike or even a $1,000 one right now, so he settled on an entry-level Trek 3500 hardtail 26er.



    This bike should be good enough to get him started on easy trails. If he decides he prefers road cycling, he can either sell the Trek or put slicks on it, lock out the fork, and use it as another backup or guest bike (or I'll buy it! ).

    Since one of my passions is working on bikes, I set up all these bikes for him.

    He does not like standard narrow bicycle seats and says they are very painful, so that's the reason for the beach cruiser seats on all the bikes.

    Hopefully the Trek will see dirt very soon. I need to do some recon rides of easier trails in the area before taking him on a ride. I'm considering Granite Bay, but it's been 20 years since I rode that trail, and I remember a steep climb or two in there somewhere. I'm going to see if I can get up there tomorrow and ride it, with video camera recording as always!

    I think he will love riding on singletrack, so I'm going to find some nice smooth trails to get him started.

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    + rep for helping your buddy get into cycling!

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    Good story, congrats to you and your buddy.

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    i have a very similar story with one of my friends. he has always been pretty heavy, but as a cpa, the past few tax seasons really killed his available time to go to the gym and whatnot, and he gained more weight. so i convinced him to start bike riding with me. he went onto bikes direct and got a bike, and now he's calling me up asking me if i'm gonna go with him to the trails. its pretty cool to see him progress this much in one season. he's lost about 50lbs so far. it's probably one of the best workouts i can name. i'm a smoker so i don't run, plus i get bored. i used to run, but i ended up putting that time towards riding anyways.

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    Congratulations to your friend! Keep riding with him!

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    Epic post as usual. Great story. Hope to hear about some MTBing in the future

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    I hope to take him on his first ride soon. It will have to be on a weekend during the day, unlike our road rides that can be done at night. Due to his weight, his heat tolerance isn't as high as mine, so we'll have to ride on a day when it isn't too hot.

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    He told me tonight via text that he's been in the mood to do a mtb ride, but his work schedule won't allow it until the weekend. We'll probably ride our hybrids on the pavement again tonight.

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    THere's an old thread floating around of folks posting their before pics and after pics of their transformations from cycling.

    I hope your friend keeps up the good work!

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    Good for you for looking out for your friends long term health, and good on him for having the dedication to do something about his weight issue. There's a mtn bike group in SoCal that does a fun weight loss challenge every year that turns out well for everyone involved. Check out this link.


    http://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...challenge.html

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    Kudos to him for actually doing what a lot of people should be doing, getting into biking and changing his physique. And +rep to you for being an awesome friend to him.

    Edit: Dang, I already repped you for your general awesomeness it seems, you'll have to make do with some kind words until I've repped some more people..

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    Yeah I +rep you to , what a great friend. Keep up the good work, I have also lost about 25 pounds in the last six months. So tell your friend to keep his head up , and enjoy the trails.

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    Awesome post. Again, thanks so much for sharing! You Rock!!

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    Great story man...I was in the same boat picked up a cheap trek4500 on of CL and dropped a little under 100lbs...and I have to thank my friends for the help..you are a good friend..Helped save his life!
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    Thanks everyone. I'm hoping to get him out on his new mtb today. Thanks to the Delta breeze, the high temperature is only forecast to be 86, so hopefully he won't have a problem with the heat. I know he won't ride during the day when it's in the 90s and up.

    I'm thinking that when the pounds drop off his heat tolerance will increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Thanks everyone. I'm hoping to get him out on his new mtb today. Thanks to the Delta breeze, the high temperature is only forecast to be 86, so hopefully he won't have a problem with the heat. I know he won't ride during the day when it's in the 90s and up.

    I'm thinking that when the pounds drop off his heat tolerance will increase.
    yeah it will, I am still new to the trails, but have been riding about 15/20 mikes on Mondays with no prob..there very easy but I enjoy the ride...
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    If your friend likes to look at his GPS data, tell him to get himself on Strava. It'll be easy for him to see how many miles/hours he's rode a month and see if he's getting quicker on the local loops. Although it doesn't sound like he needs much motivation now, it will probably make him try to go quicker or put more hours in.

    +1 for helping him too.
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    Congrats to your friend on his accomplishment & kudos to you on helping him. Bicycling and proper nutrition seems to be a darned good way to lose weight and gain cardio fitness. I bike a 30 mile route that is a combination of concrete trails, hilly backstreets, dirt trails and a grassy, steep sledding hill. I hammer the route as quickly as I can and have lost 40 pounds in several months. I mix this up with some shorter rides in the woods to get my technical riding fix. I also stop along the paved trails to do chin ups, push ups, set ups, etc.
    I like to try to stay fit for my job and want to be healthy to enjoy retirement eventually (if it is still financially feasible in the future!). I try to do all my excercising outdoors as late into the year as the weather permits. When the winter weather and snow prohibit bike riding I put the hiking boots and pack on and hit the trails at a fast hiking speed. This is also a good time to practice woodcraft & survival skills such as procurring and treating water, firebuilding, etc. It is soooo much more enjoyable than putting up with all the pretentious muscle heads in the gym facilities. Keep up the good work!

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    We took our first ride this morning. It was some easy singletrack by the river that is not marked "no bikes". I used to ride it all the time 20 years ago.

    Other than some pesky blackberry bushes and two downed trees that I didn't know about ahead of time (oops! ), we didn't have any other problems. He soon got used to the bike and said it was very comfortable.

    A low-hanging branch caught my helmet-mounted ContourHD camera and stopped me in my tracks, which was caught on video by my friend's GoPro. Of course I had to leave that in the video I made of this ride!

    Here's his Garmin data: First mountain bike ride by kevingowen at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's his video. There is some NSFW language, so be forewarned!

    My first MTB ride - YouTube
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    Good ride! Tell your friend that his actions are motivating me to get out and ride!

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    His enthusiasm is great. With that kind of attitude, the pounds will probably melt away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    We took our first ride this morning. It was some easy singletrack by the river that is not marked "no bikes". I used to ride it all the time 20 years ago.

    Other than some pesky blackberry bushes and two downed trees that I didn't know about ahead of time (oops! ), we didn't have any other problems. He soon got used to the bike and said it was very comfortable.

    A low-hanging branch caught my helmet-mounted ContourHD camera and stopped me in my tracks, which was caught on video by my friend's GoPro. Of course I had to leave that in the video I made of this ride!

    Here's his Garmin data: First mountain bike ride by kevingowen at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's his video. There is some NSFW language, so be forewarned!

    My first MTB ride - YouTube
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    Aloha Freight, great post. So much fun watching him experience the trails. You are an inspiration. Thanks again.

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    He told me that he wants to ride that trail to the end next time. It picks up again after the pavement, but it is almost as wide as a fire road for a while before narrowing back down to singletrack.

    I'm glad he enjoyed that ride. I figured he would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    He told me that he wants to ride that trail to the end next time. It picks up again after the pavement, but it is almost as wide as a fire road for a while before narrowing back down to singletrack.
    Great to see him enjoy riding.

    Be careful and don't let him push too hard too soon. I've recently started bringing my nephew on a few rides. We ride in an area with a lot of hills, but also with the option to go up a hill and down the other side or to choose the pretty flat detour around the bottom of the hill instead. I'm slowly swapping some of the smaller hills for slightly bigger ones, making it slightly harder while keeping the distance around those 6-7 miles he seems comfortable with at the moment.

    Try doing the same with your friend. In the video I saw some detours along the route. Try repeating the same route, but alter it slightly to include an extra climb or two or add a short loop to give a little bit of extra distance. By repeating the route, you friend knows what to expect and know he's able to make it to the end, allowing him to "ration" the energy spent. By adding just a tiny bit extra, picking a slightly tougher route over one hill while keeping the rest the same, adding a loop around a small lake or whatever is convenient, you push him a little bit extra but not a lot, so both you and he knows he'll be able to manage it.

    If you let him push too hard, adding too much distance too soon, he risks bonking out, becoming so sore that he won't ride again for a while. It's much better to stick with a distance he's comfortable with for now and just add a bit of spice to the route before adding extra distance.

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    Thanks for the tips, Sandrenseren When I planned this ride I wanted to make sure he didn't overdo it, especially since we would be riding during the day when it is warmer (we usually ride at night). When he told me that he wanted to take the singletrack to the end next time, I know I did all right by picking this route. The singletrack he is talking about doesn't go on for much longer anyway, so I will grant him his wish on the next ride.

    On future rides, I will do what you suggested and alter the route slightly.

    Any time we ride, I let him pick the distance. He seems to be pretty good at judging how far he can ride. The one ride we did where he had a hard time was one picked by another friend of his. It was hot out, and the route ended up having a bunch of unexpected rolling hills that my friend was not ready for.

    When I made this video for him, he told me to give it the "sufferfest" title because that's what it felt like to him.

    Now for the self-appointed, low rep power "forum police" who seem to like to try to tell other people that certain posts and threads "don't belong in the Passion forum", this thread does belong here. Why? Because my friend loves riding his bike. He is loving it more and more every time he rides, and he has told me that he would rather ride than go to the gym.

    Last time I checked, when you love cycling, you have "passion".

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    his comments are pretty adorable
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    I got a kick out of those too! That's another reason I love natural sound on ride videos. I enjoy hearing the commentary of other riders. Sometimes it can be downright hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Thanks for the tips, Sandrenseren When I planned this ride I wanted to make sure he didn't overdo it, especially since we would be riding during the day when it is warmer (we usually ride at night). When he told me that he wanted to take the singletrack to the end next time, I know I did all right by picking this route. The singletrack he is talking about doesn't go on for much longer anyway, so I will grant him his wish on the next ride.

    On future rides, I will do what you suggested and alter the route slightly.

    Any time we ride, I let him pick the distance. He seems to be pretty good at judging how far he can ride. The one ride we did where he had a hard time was one picked by another friend of his. It was hot out, and the route ended up having a bunch of unexpected rolling hills that my friend was not ready for.

    When I made this video for him, he told me to give it the "sufferfest" title because that's what it felt like to him.

    Now for the self-appointed, low rep power "forum police" who seem to like to try to tell other people that certain posts and threads "don't belong in the Passion forum", this thread does belong here. Why? Because my friend loves riding his bike. He is loving it more and more every time he rides, and he has told me that he would rather ride than go to the gym.

    Last time I checked, when you love cycling, you have "passion".
    This is certainly passion. We can't all be elite cyclists from the start and the fact that your friend is motivated to get out and ride is a great thing.

    Sufferfest, maybe but he did great. Each and every ride is an accomplishment and as a beginner the learning curve is steep. He said somewhere in there "this sucks". I laughed because I've been there myself on some of the long rides. In the end, it's all fun times to add to the treasure chest of memories. You can always remind him"This isn't a race, we're out here to have fun and you're just depositing into the bank". Remember to tell him about the Time In The Saddle. We all need more TITS.

    Thanks again for posting the updates. Loving following his progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Remember to tell him about the Time In The Saddle. We all need more TITS.
    I will remember to tell him that. Since he has the same sense of humor as me, he will love that acronym! I know I did when I first read it somewhere.

    I can also tell him "that which doesn't kill you will make you stronger", but I want to go easy on him. For now! When he gets stronger and lighter and we are both sure he can handle it, I'll push him more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Last time I checked, when you love cycling, you have "passion".
    Cycling while listening to Nena's "99 luftballons" is ol' school passion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    I can also tell him "that which doesn't kill you will make you stronger", but I want to go easy on him. For now! When he gets stronger and lighter and we are both sure he can handle it, I'll push him more.
    How often do you guys ride? The garmin data on the video shows an impressive 1 hour 39 minutes, way to go assuming that it doesn't burn him out so bad he's not riding for another week.

    I love the comments and his fighter instinct and yeah, he's right, a short 7% climb is much more fun than a long, steady 4% that goes on "forever"..

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    We ride on the road several times a week. We were going to ride last night when I visited him, but we both fell asleep in our chairs in front of the computers. Hopefully we can ride tonight.

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    We rode 12 miles last night. He had the GoPro on his handlebars in case we saw anything interesting, and we did!

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    Now if that camera had been on my bike, I would have turned the handlebars to pan from left to right and capture more footage, like on my Sly Park mtb ride when I captured two USFS Law Enforcement (park ranger) vehicles hauling ass down Mormon Emigrant Trail (Iron Mountain Road) while I was enroute to the trailhead on my bike. This was captured with my helmet-mounted ContourHD.

    Contour | Stories | USFS Law Enforcement responding Code 3 7-29-12
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    I'll have to teach him a few things about action shots!

    On the way back home, we stopped so he could adjust something. We noticed a resident outside on his cordless phone, giving a description of someone. It was a guy walking a BMX bike down the street who had just attempted to burglarize a vehicle.

    We followed at a safe distance. Verizon had an outage at a very bad time, as neither of us could reach the Sheriff's Department on their emergency line. Our other riding partner was able to on his MetroPCS phone. Go figure.

    Within a minute or two, 2 sheriff's cars pulled up blacked out and busted the guy. A deputy approached us for more information, and when I told him that the guy never even attempted to get away from us, he said "That's what smoking crack will do to you". Love it! So true!

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    Great thread! I have a friend who has given up on cycling but I still try to get him out. It is nice to see you helping your friend by sharing your passion.

    Good to hear the criminal got cuffed too
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    We rode 12 miles last night. He had the GoPro on his handlebars in case we saw anything interesting, and we did!

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    Now if that camera had been on my bike, I would have turned the handlebars to pan from left to right and capture more footage, like on my Sly Park mtb ride when I captured two USFS Law Enforcement (park ranger) vehicles hauling ass down Mormon Emigrant Trail (Iron Mountain Road) while I was enroute to the trailhead on my bike. This was captured with my helmet-mounted ContourHD.

    Contour | Stories | USFS Law Enforcement responding Code 3 7-29-12
    <iframe src="http://contour.com/stories/usfs-law-enforcement-responding-code-3-7-29-12/embed?map=false&width=848px&height=477px" frameborder="0" height="477" width="848"></iframe>

    I'll have to teach him a few things about action shots!

    On the way back home, we stopped so he could adjust something. We noticed a resident outside on his cordless phone, giving a description of someone. It was a guy walking a BMX bike down the street who had just attempted to burglarize a vehicle.

    We followed at a safe distance. Verizon had an outage at a very bad time, as neither of us could reach the Sheriff's Department on their emergency line. Our other riding partner was able to on his MetroPCS phone. Go figure.

    Within a minute or two, 2 sheriff's cars pulled up blacked out and busted the guy. A deputy approached us for more information, and when I told him that the guy never even attempted to get away from us, he said "That's what smoking crack will do to you". Love it! So true!
    It amazes me how much faith people put in other people's hands when they drive. Somehow being in a car gives them security that the truck they cut in front of will be able to stop and not take them out. Crazy!

    So glad you're getting out and riding with this guy. So much entertainment (distraction) instead of just staying indoors for some kind of work out.

    Checked out the GPS track. Something funky there, this was a loop right? How come the elevation is lower at the end than when you started? Is the elevation correction enabled? I think that's what I had to do with mine when I set mine up.

    Anyway, as always, thanks so much for the updates.

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    Yup, you never know what you're going to see in that part of town. That's why he uses the GoPro even when we're not climbing any hills.

    Speaking of hills, I have no idea what's up with the weird elevation readings. Elevation corrections are disabled. The Edge 500 uses a barometric altimeter, so maybe there was a change in barometric pressure that caused the funky readings. Mine does that all the time at home when I turn it on to erase the activities. I've had readings that are way off many times. Sometimes it even puts me way below sea level

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Checked out the GPS track. Something funky there, this was a loop right? How come the elevation is lower at the end than when you started? Is the elevation correction enabled? I think that's what I had to do with mine when I set mine up.
    I've been recording a couple of rides with my smartphone and with a usbstick-gps-thingy and getting wildly different height measurements despite riding the same route with both devices. I loaded the rides into gpsies.com and asked gpsies to correct the heights. Gpsies does so according to altitudes on the map, at least both rides showed the same after the correction.

    The usbstick gps logger was pretty accurate while my htc smartphone was way, way off. The smartphone claimed I did roughly 1000 feet climbing and 1000 ft descenting, both numbers were pretty much cut in half after I asked gpsies to correct the altitude. The usb gps logger were roughly 10% off compared to gpsies' corrections.

    So next time you bike computer tells you that you've climbed 2500 feet, you might want to run the plot into gpsies and get the actual number. Barometric measurements in a smartphone or bike computer can be way off depending on build, the advantage of gpsies is that it checks the map of where you've actually been and compares to the official height data for those places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    the advantage of gpsies is that it checks the map of where you've actually been and compares to the official height data for those places.
    Same with Garmin's elevation corrections. I used to have elevation corrections enabled on all my rides until another cyclist told me I didn't need to. Now I'm beginning to wonder if I should re-enable it.

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    Great thread. I started riding last year when I purchased a beach cruiser trying to lose weight and get into better shape. I was pushing that heavy 3 gear bike all around my town. I would use that and an elliptical we have at home. It worked for a while. I got away from it for a little while. This year I wanted to get back at it. I rode the beach cruiser but wanted to be able to do more. I purchased a new bike a few months ago. I got a Specialized Crosstrail. I can feel the old workout addiction coming back from when I was a runner and had to get out each day or evening. It's getting that way with the bike now, I look forward to getting out each evening after work. I've topped out at 26.5 miles for my longest ride to date. My long rides take me along the canal path from Yardley to New Hope sometimes further and back. I've also ridden from Yardley to Bristol along the canal. I enjoy the scenery and will continue the rides looking to make the 60 mile ride Easton to Bristol ride at some point.
    Now I'm looking for some different courses, nothing to technical yet but I can see that in my future. Please feel free to offer any suggestions. I'm probably gonna try Pennypack Park soon and see how I handle the route.
    Good luck to any others looking to gain fitness and drop some lbs.

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    Great thread indeed. THIS is what the sport is all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Same with Garmin's elevation corrections. I used to have elevation corrections enabled on all my rides until another cyclist told me I didn't need to. Now I'm beginning to wonder if I should re-enable it.
    I can't see any good reason to turn it off, why rely on barometric pressure that can act up if the weather changes during a ride when it's so simple to match the route to a map with known and pretty exact heights?

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    I have a friend too and hopefully I could also convinced him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    I can't see any good reason to turn it off, why rely on barometric pressure that can act up if the weather changes during a ride when it's so simple to match the route to a map with known and pretty exact heights?
    I just experimented with turning elevation corrections on on the three most recent climbing rides I've done. Two were road rides and one was a mtb ride. On the most recent road ride (66 miles with 6,837' of climbing), the elevation gain remained unchanged. On the Granite Bay mtb ride, it dropped from 1,296' to 979'. On the road climb and descent of Kingsbury Grade in Tahoe, it went from 2,533' of climbing to 4,104' of climbing. There's no way in hell I climbed that much just going up that 8 mile climb. It is listed on other sites as having 2,550' of elevation gain.

    I noticed similar inaccuracies when I first started using Garmin Connect two years ago when I bought my Edge 500, so I turned elevation corrections off.

    My friend told me he wants to ride the rest of the trail this weekend. He said he would ride it by himself if I'm out climbing on singletrack somewhere, but I will make sure I'm available. I really enjoy our rides.

    This is a first for him, as he used to tell me that he doesn't like riding alone (at least on the road).

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    We didn't get to do a mtb ride last weekend, but last night we did another road ride in Roseville, where we climbed a few short hills and overpasses. It appeared to me that he climbed these better than he did the last time we were in the area (that video is in my OP). He didn't appear to be struggling as much either.

    Here's his video. There's some NSFW language, so be forewarned.

    Roseville ride 9-3-12 - YouTube
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    More proof that the gene pool could use a little chlorine

    Last night we did another road ride. A silver car passed us and someone in the car yelled "FAT F^&*!" at my friend, which of course was caught on video. This guy must have had a bad day at work, because he did this right after leaving the Campbell's Soup plant nearby.

    These people need to realize that all it takes is one accident or bad illness to make them live a less-than-perfect life and either put on weight themselves or end up disabled.

    It's pretty said that we live in a world where someone can get picked on for trying to better themselves.

    This incident did not make my friend want to quit riding. If anything, it made him more determined to continue. We rode several more miles after this crap happened.

    Here's the clip of the dumbass in the car. One NSFW word.

    motorist harassment 9-6-12 - YouTube
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    Great story and I think is perfect for a 'passion' thread - the beginnings of the disease we all know and live with, and love!

    I was once overweight as well, actually a majority of my life was spent obese and inactive - took until I was 23 before I decided I needed to do something. At my highest weight, I was 360+ wearing size 50 pants. Within 2 years I dropped half the weight and have kept it off by stoking the pedal-powered-fires. I love seeing people take the same kind of steps to better themselves. Once you experience an active life-style, you can't imagine living in the old sedentary way. I wish I could yell from the mountain tops espousing the virtues, and letting any one overweight and feeling like there's nothing you can do that all it takes is desire and determination. You have to want to change, and when you reach the point you've been working for there is no greater feeling of accomplishment. One of the greatest feelings I've discovered in my life - when my heart is pounding, feeling it in my chest, listening to the woosh of blood, even seeing it change your vision; that is why becoming fit is worth it to me. I now love to be on the edge of exhaustion, pushing my envelope to see how much further I can go.

    One piece of advise for people working toward a healthier lifestyle - in addition to keeping up with your activities, watch what you're eating and make appropriate changes there, too. First thing, stop drinking soda and start drinking water, lot's of it. You'd be surprised how much of a difference this alone makes in how you feel and how much more weight you can drop. Second, when you've got a sweet tooth, grab a piece of fruit. When you're craving something salty, trying mixed nuts or peanut butter (in moderation). Third, red meat - eat less of it. Although, I've been a vegetarian for about 5 years now, I stopped eating as much red meat and eating more lean meats like turkey. Fourth, force yourself to try new vegetables. This is an easy one, just do it - you'll be surprised. I attribute my former obesity, at least in part, to my disdain for vegetables in general in my youth. Until I decided to lose weight, I literally never ate vegetables as a child all the way into my twenties, unless they coated in cheese and/or butter - and it more than likely was corn or green beans. Veggies are yummy, but if you're used to sweets and junk food it's hard to acquire a palette for them, and get accustomed to the different textures.

    Anyway, love it! Tell you're friend to keep working at it, don't get discouraged. Don't let the naysayers driving by with comments get you down because you're doing something to help yourself, and just possibly inspire others. AWESOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttrainuphill View Post
    Last night we did another road ride. A silver car passed us and someone in the car yelled "FAT F^&*!" at my friend, which of course was caught on video. This guy must have had a bad day at work, because he did this right after leaving the Campbell's Soup plant nearby.

    It's pretty said that we live in a world where someone can get picked on for trying to better themselves.

    This incident did not make my friend want to quit riding. If anything, it made him more determined to continue. We rode several more miles after this crap happened.
    It is sad. I mean what good does this do to that person who said those things, what does that person gain? Sheesh, SAD.

    So glad the incident didn't hamper his desire to ride. So much good in this whole post and story. Thanks again for continuing to post. Very inspiring.

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    Thanks guys He has made permanent changes in his diet like mattgVT suggested. The only thing he hasn't done yet is ditch the soda and cut down on the eating out. Unfortunately, he doesn't like eating at home. I also never see him drinking water. I'm not so sure diet drinks are a good solution. I usually feel bloated after drinking those, so I sometimes think they do more harm than good.

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    On a lighter note, here's something we caught on video last night that we all got a good laugh out of. We stopped at a convenience store to get cold drinks. This is a place where you often see unusual or funny stuff. Last night was no exception. A guy started his car and the left headlight didn't come on. Watch how he fixes it.

    redneck headlight fix - YouTube
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