560-pound man biking across US to lose weight

Eric Hites rests at the Bliss Congregational Church in Tiverton, R.I., while he waits for a new bicycle so he can continue his cross-country ride. The about 560-pound man is biking across the United States to lose weight, Tiverton, R.I., July 21, 2015 | AP Photo by Marcia Pobzeznik, The Daily News, St. George News

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A 560-pound man biking across the United States to lose weight hit a snag in Rhode Island.

The Newport Daily News reports a bent rim on Eric Hites’ bicycle has kept him in Tiverton since late last week, 90 miles from where his ride began in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Newport Bicycle is outfitting Hites with a new bike that can withstand his weight.

In two weeks on the road, the 40-year-old says he’s lost 60 pounds.

Hites, who currently wears size 70 pants and a 10X T-shirt, says he’s always been a big person. He hopes to lose hundreds of pounds and gather material for a second book.

He previously authored a humorous cookbook entitled “Everybody Loves Ramen,” which includes 50 recipes he developed in college.

Information from The Newport Daily News.

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  • 42214 July 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Why doesn’t he just stay home and not eat so much.

    • Mean Momma July 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      What’s the fun in that?

  • AnnieMated July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    YOU GO , SIR! 🙂

  • fun bag July 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    not a good idea for morbidly obese. The fitness needs to be taken in gradual steps…

  • Brian July 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I’m not sure of the life circumstances (and choices) that led him to that weight, but I applaud him. It may be risky, but it takes a lot to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and make a change. And “Everybody Loves Ramen”? Who can’t love that title? This guys a stud. Cheers to the bike shop that is helping him out, too.

  • Free Parking July 24, 2015 at 4:08 am

    GO FOR IT.!

  • indy-vfr July 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Are they outfitting the new bicycle with a fridge?

  • anybody home July 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    No matter how snarky the comments, you all have to admit that he’s at least up and doing something good for himself instead of lolling around on his keister like – well, you know who you are.

    And for those supporting him – high five!

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