I registered here back in 05 and have been lurking for the most part. I would like to formally introduce myself; I'm icecycle. The name comes from when I used to commute in Anchorage, Alaska during the winters with my trusty Diamond Back Response Sport. I believe I got that bike back in 93 or 94 and it served me quite well for all these years. Alas, I don't have that bike anymore and have just gotten a 78 (I think) Raleigh Rampar that the LBS gave me and I decided to have them fix up for me.
I'm now living in Idaho Falls, Idaho and working my butt off to be able to move somewhere cool like Portland where I can bike pretty much year round.
I'm currently weighing in at around 250 or so and would of course like to lose a lot of weight. My love of cycling leads me to the obvious conclusion that it would best be done on the bike (as well as the kitchen). But I have some questions...
1. I went on a four hour ride today for fun and noticed that I coast alot. My commuting habit has seemingly ingrained in me a desire to get to wherever I'm going quickly. I guess that it's like alot of sprints with alot of coasting if that makes sense. Now, I know I'm not going to do four hour rides every day but would it be better to pace myself and try to pedal the whole time?
2. My knees hurt a little. I should have the seat at the proper height and my knee muscles (front) are directly above the pedal axle when crank is completely horizontal. Sometimes it helps when I move back on the saddle and also when I angle my foot outward as well. Also, when I move the pedal slightly back on my foot so the ball of my foot is slightly ahead of axle. I don't like riding like that though; it just feels better to have the ball of my foot on the pedal axle (if slightly more painful).
I should also add that I work in the produce section of a big box store. I'm on my feet all day on concrete and my legs, feet and knees do take a beating. I try to wear the most comfortable shoes I can but I think that perhaps until I really start taking the weight off that the pain will always be there.
Well anyway, there's where I'm at. I look forward to talking to you all in the future! Btw, that weight loss thread is damned inspiring!