Hi! New to forum, advice required!

General cycling advice ( NOT technical ! )
robrichards
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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby robrichards » 18 Sep 2016, 12:32pm

Sorry for late replies, been at a wedding all weekend. Not yet bought a bike as getting advice first seems the logical thing to do! I'm still out at the moment but when I'm home I'll have a proper read, view links etc
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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby 661-Pete » 18 Sep 2016, 2:45pm

Hi there - first of all forgive me for converting your figures to kilos but I can't think properly in Ye Olde English (or American?) units any more.

So you want to get down from 109-111 Kg to about 89 Kg? Well, you don't give your height so I don't know how that converts as BMI, but in about a year I got myself down from 100 Kg (BMI=33) to around 89 Kg (BMI=29.5) which is where I am now. No longer 'obese' but a close thing. I did that without any sort of rigid diet, merely cutting out some high-sugar stuff - and didn't really step up the cycling all that much: just keeping on doing it regularly in small doses.

Bear in mind that I'm a good deal older than you: in my late 60s.

You've set yourself a far taller order than I did, so you'll need, besides a good cycling routine, some sort of sensible dieting regime. Not a crash diet of course (steer clear of WeightWatchers and that ilk!). What you choose to cut down depends, of course, on what you eat at present. I took a lot of biscuits and sugary fruit juice out of the equation...
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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby Bonefishblues » 18 Sep 2016, 2:52pm

Whilst we're in the realm of broader advice, may I recommend these, or similar if you're starting a concerted effort to lose weight:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tanita-BC543-C ... B000BB0BVG

More info than the rather broad-brush BMI - which tells me I'm overweight (thanks!). These reassure me I am what I believe myself to be - well within normal fat % range for my age and quite well-muscled (which is nice). Lots of other interesting stuff, too, but importantly, a good motivational tool.

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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby robrichards » 18 Sep 2016, 3:41pm

Finally home, thanks for the links to the BTwin and the scales.

To provide a bit more info, I'm 6'2 and fully understand that cycling alone will not solve any weight issues. I work shifts and most the time survive on rubbish ie chocolate, crisps & coke. Easy to change, hard to stick to!

Regarding cycling, I've got a GT mountain bike which I use occasionally but it's old and heavy and I don't go off road. The area I live in (Lancashire nr the Ribble Valley) isn't too hard with plenty of flat/average roads but there are hills if I want to challenge myself too!

The reason I've not looked at second hand is due to buying on a cycle to work scheme, but agree there are some good bargains to be had!

I'm going to try a few out to see how they feel before I go ahead and purchase. While the Allez is not the cheapest I like the specialized brand and what they stand for, even if they are a bit more expensive, that said if it doesn't feel right I'll choose something else.

My main worry was the weight and luckily from what people are saying that doesn't seem to be too much of a problem & combining a change in diet, I should be OK!

I looked at commuter type bikes and I don't think they will be right for me and I have the GT as a trail bike etc for using with the kids anyhow. The sportive bike will be for losing weight & getting fitter and travelling further if that makes sense!

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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby bikes4two » 19 Sep 2016, 10:02pm

As an ex 18st fatty you have my sympathy. For me I just ate less and lost 1kg per week for 13 consecutive weeks, but hey, back to the bike.

Tip 1- buy 2nd hand because you'll either give up cycling and you won't have wasted much money, or hopefully you'll love cycling and you'll quickly learn that the bike you THOUGHT was right for you, isn't.

Tip 2 - buy a steel framed tourer like a Dawes Galaxy. It'll cope with your weight and the added weight of steel is nothing compared to your own excess weight and steel will give you a very comfortable ride.

Good luck with the weight loss program.

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Re: Hi! New to forum, advice required!

Postby horizon » 19 Sep 2016, 10:23pm

661-Pete wrote:Hi there - first of all forgive me for converting your figures to kilos but I can't think properly in Ye Olde English (or American?) units any more.



The use of pounds is American as they don't use stones. I personally use kg now but can understand stones of course. What I don't understand is why people are so anxious to use the American system on a UK forum.
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