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Post by james80 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:27 am

Last year I tried to get back on my bike (2010 Scott Spark full suspension with 26" wheels) and do something about my size. I'd managed to creep back up to 230lbs over the last five years or so and was starting to feel very uncomfortable. The last time I was properly riding I had managed to get down to 201 and for a reason I can't remember just stopped. I went semi regularly for a few road rides and a couple of trail rides but didn't really commit and then in May 2018 I broke the bike. I spent the next five months procrastinating about a new one and eventually ordered a 2019 Giant Trance 3 and got it last October. I rode it once and it sat in the storeroom for another three months.

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On January 3rd I decided that was it and went for a ride, fast forward to the end of July and apart from the six weeks off for surgery I've ridden trails three to four times a week for a total of 980 miles and a loss of 25lbs. The feeling is quite life changing, I happier, in a much better mental state and physically so much better. A lot of my watch related time went into riding and my interest in watches or at least getting new watches has waned. For the last few months I rotated between my Datejust and Pelagos and didn't open the boxes to look at the others, save for pulling out the SKX recently to do something dirty.

In the last seven months I've become a much better and faster rider but found I was on the wrong bike, it's a great trail bike but it's heavy at 32lbs and has more travel than I need so the browsing and dreaming started. Long story short something had to go to get a new bike, sold the Pelagos and I just ordered a Scott Spark RC Pro, at 23lbs it should amazing, I'm like a kid at Christmas and the next ten days are going to be hard.

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My feelings about watches will never go away but they have changed. I'm pretty sure if I added an Explorer at some point I'd be good. I'm happy with my collection although I do feel there is a hole where the UX then the Pelagos sat but it's a hole I can live with for now.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:29 am

A 23lb mtb will be a pleasure to ride. Good health is priceless.

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Post by mattcantwin » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:37 am

Great life-changing choice! :cheers:
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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:38 am

I like everything about this thread. :lol:

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Post by JBZ » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:40 am

Congrats on the weight loss and better health. I really enjoy riding, but I'm a road biker/spin class guy. Great exercise, and low impact when compared to running. Really nice this time of year for me, because I can get outside more.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:42 am

JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:40 am
Congrats on the weight loss and better health. I really enjoy riding, but I'm a road biker/spin class guy. Great exercise, and low impact when compared to running. Really nice this time of year for me, because I can get outside more.
Spin classes?

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Post by hobbit712 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:17 am

Nice. I really was looking for MTB recently but never pulled the trigger. I still ride my stationary bike but have discovered swimming in the past few weeks. My MIL has a community pool that is not crowded in the summer. I have been doing increasing laps on my days off.

Lost a few pounds so far and the new knee is liking the work.
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Post by JBZ » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:29 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:42 am
JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:40 am
Congrats on the weight loss and better health. I really enjoy riding, but I'm a road biker/spin class guy. Great exercise, and low impact when compared to running. Really nice this time of year for me, because I can get outside more.
Spin classes?
They're awesome. I have no interest in biking outside during the winter. People who do that are crazy.
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Post by james80 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:33 am

Oops, quoted instead of edited.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:35 am

JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:29 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:42 am
JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:40 am
Congrats on the weight loss and better health. I really enjoy riding, but I'm a road biker/spin class guy. Great exercise, and low impact when compared to running. Really nice this time of year for me, because I can get outside more.
Spin classes?
They're awesome. I have no interest in biking outside during the winter. People who do that are crazy.
Have you tried a fluid trainer at home? Then you can ride your own bike.

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Post by JBZ » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:37 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:35 am
JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:29 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:42 am
JBZ wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:40 am
Congrats on the weight loss and better health. I really enjoy riding, but I'm a road biker/spin class guy. Great exercise, and low impact when compared to running. Really nice this time of year for me, because I can get outside more.
Spin classes?
They're awesome. I have no interest in biking outside during the winter. People who do that are crazy.
Have you tried a fluid trainer at home? Then you can ride your own bike.
I've thought about it, and I have a stationary bike that I sometimes use, which I know isn't the same thing. But I honestly enjoy the community aspect of the classes (and some of the women are pretty attractive, which helps). Plus, the workouts are more structured, so it's harder for me to dog it. I've also thought about Peleton, but the cost keeps me away.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am

This nice thing about a fluid trainer is it works all your little stabilizing muscles as you balance on the bike. Maybe spin classes do to.

Are you the only dude in class?

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Post by JBZ » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:51 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am
This nice thing about a fluid trainer is it works all your little stabilizing muscles as you balance on the bike. Maybe spin classes do to.

Are you the only dude in class?
No, but there are definitely more women than men. Probably a 2:1 ratio. With spinning, I've found I need to actively engage my core more than on a real bike because the bike itself doesn't move.

Sorry for the thread-jack James.
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Post by james80 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:39 am

JBZ wrote:
JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am
This nice thing about a fluid trainer is it works all your little stabilizing muscles as you balance on the bike. Maybe spin classes do to.

Are you the only dude in class?
No, but there are definitely more women than men. Probably a 2:1 ratio. With spinning, I've found I need to actively engage my core more than on a real bike because the bike itself doesn't move.

Sorry for the thread-jack James.
No problem at all. I’d actually be interested in getting a riding / training thread going.

I’ve been looking at fluid and smart trainers as well, although they aren’t very good with MTB tyres and I don’t have a spare wheel (yet). The idea of uploading a trail I actually ride to a smart trainer is very appealing.

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Post by matt.wu » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:41 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am
This nice thing about a fluid trainer is it works all your little stabilizing muscles as you balance on the bike. Maybe spin classes do to.

Are you the only dude in class?
You say that like it's a bad thing...
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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:42 pm

matt.wu wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:41 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:41 am
This nice thing about a fluid trainer is it works all your little stabilizing muscles as you balance on the bike. Maybe spin classes do to.

Are you the only dude in class?
You say that like it's a bad thing...
It's all about perceptive :gayumbrella:

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Post by apnk » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:46 pm

That'll be a sweat bike! Congrats!

I gave up my full suspension and built a hard tail

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Post by james80 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:24 am

apnk wrote:That'll be a sweat bike! Congrats!

I gave up my full suspension and built a hard tail

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Nice build. I been looking at the Meta HT and would love one or something like it at some point.

What size tyres are you on, why steel and how are you liking it?

What type of FS did you come off?

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Post by Selym » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:54 am

apnk wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:46 pm
That'll be a sweat bike! Congrats!

I gave up my full suspension and built a hard tail

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Nice bike! Any issues with chain retention with the one-by drivetrain?

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Post by apnk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:21 am

james80 wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:24 am
Nice build. I been looking at the Meta HT and would love one or something like it at some point.

What size tyres are you on, why steel and how are you liking it?

What type of FS did you come off?
The Meta looks like a sweet bike!

I use 2.35 tires 27.5 wheel. I never had a steel frame so it’s something I always wanted to try. Steel is a more compliant and gives a more comfortable ride especially in hard tails. I parted out the components from a Diamondback Release 3 full sus. So far I love it, ride is not as harsh as you would expect, simpler to maintain, geometry is more aggressive than my Diamondback, and it was a neat experience building your own bike.

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Post by apnk » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:26 am

Selym wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:54 am
Nice bike! Any issues with chain retention with the one-by drivetrain?
Nope. None. I love it. I would always drop chains when I had a 2x. So far I’ve converted two bikes to a 1x just for that reason.

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Post by BacoNoir » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:57 pm

apnk wrote:
Selym wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:54 am
Nice bike! Any issues with chain retention with the one-by drivetrain?
Nope. None. I love it. I would always drop chains when I had a 2x. So far I’ve converted two bikes to a 1x just for that reason.
+1 on the 1x drivetrains - Bulletproof. Plus it frees up the left side for cleaner access to the dropper post lever.
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Post by james80 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:35 pm

I agree on the 1x but recently I’ve had a few chain drops on fast bumpy downhills not sure why, could be chain stretch?

Did a little hill training this morning. Five miles straight up.

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Post by james80 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:37 pm

Anyone on Strava?

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Post by james80 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:56 pm

It’s new bike day! But tapacrap won’t let me upload pics.

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