On the frame or around the middle

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by 12boy, 8 Feb 2019.

  1. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    Is this all just a polite way of telling the fat blokes to lose a few pounds ?

    Says the wee skinny runt !
  2. MrBeanz

    MrBeanz Well-Known Member

    Ontario California

    As a big rider 6'1 230 pounds, I was told by just about every rider I've met that I was too big too climb. Training for months climbing 40,000 ft per month I did pretty well. I signed up for a timed event promoted as serious cyclists only. Buddies and other forum members said I would be near the back since I was so heavy.

    I am happy to say that I finished #123 out of 400 registered competitors.

    As far as the flats, all that climbing makes you stronger and the flats are a breeze. I'll tell you, when I ride into the wind, I have a ton of guys hopping on the back.

    But just as there are some big guys that can climb, don't forget the skinny guys who kick butt on the flats. It's all about training!

    FTR, I ride heavy Velocity Deep V rims at 520 grams rim only. I was told to ditch the heavy wheels but hey, the guys who told me that were well behind me on the timed event. Some didn't even finish. After all the talk on the forums about being heavy before the ride, I sure had some fun with those guys after the ride!

    I will say that the wheels have never felt heavy to me unless I ate too much pasta that week. :biggrin:

    This was the timed event, 100 miles with nearly 10,000 ft of gain.

    Looking around, I think I was probably the only one pushing a standard 39/25 set up but hey, at the top of the climb I was still smiling! :tongue:

    I will add that I never worry about shaving weight off the bike. For this big guy, it's all about training.

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