Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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Cycling is generally a superb form of exercise. However, I have been frustrated in recent weeks by plica syndrome in the left knee. For the first time I can recall, running and walking actually feel better than biking. The good news is that my condition has steadily improved, and I hope to continue cycling for many years to come.
As for the comments about slogging in high gears, this is why I have no interest whatsoever in the current fixed gear and single speed fads -- I gear my bikes thoughtfully, and I shift often and appropriately. Gear changing is part of the fun of the sport, and it does help avoid orthopedic damage. The other key factor, of course, is proper fit and riding position, which is why I like my drop bars, with the wide variety of hand positions they accommodate.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069