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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Biking & Health Clinic

    I'm registered for a free "Bike Clinic" tonight, sponsored by my health provider. It looks good, with sessions on typical bike topics like fitting and cleats, as well as biking-related health, diet, and exercise issues.

    "Biking for the recreational and experienced biker.

    General Session:
    Hydration and Nutrition with a Dietician: Learn what foods can maximize your energy with biking. Boxed Lunch included.

    Breakouts:
    Knee Pain with Dr. Holly Duck: Learn about the common knee injuries associated with cycling and how these injuries are treated and avoided.

    Training and Exercise with Lori Reynolds: Tips to improve your comfort and power with bicycling;how riding positions effect comfort, what muscle groups tend to become tight from overuse, and how better balance can lead to more power. Each participant will be given guidelines to self assess posture, flexibility and balance for becoming a better cyclist. This session is for the intermediate to advanced runner.

    Cleats with Craig Watson and Colin O'Brien: Cleat and foot positioning for power production and injury prevention. The basic aspects of cleat positioning will be introduced and illustrated.

    Low Back and Neck Pain with Dr. Erik Adams: Spine problems in cyclist-Presentation of cases demonstrating a variety of spine problems in cyclists. The emphasis will be on successful management strategies that allow a return to cycling.

    Bike accessories with Dan Atkins: Learn about different bikes and their applications from a man who has been in the bike business for 41 years.

    Fitting for the Experienced Rider with Colin O'Brien and Craig Watson: This session will give an overview of the Cronometro Biodynamic Fitting process. Basic bike fitting provides comfort control and efficiency for the active cyclist. We will discuss the elements of bike fit and essential markers of good and bad fitting.

    Low Back and Neck Pain: Spine problems in cyclist-Presentation of cases demonstrating a variety of spine problems in cyclists. The emphasis will be on successful management strategies that allow a return to cycling."
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    Sounds like exactly what is required for most riders. Something there that I would say 90% of riders will have to gen up on. Only thing missing is how to stay with the 20 year olds on a 50 mile ride.
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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Reporting back ...

    This was an excellent event. I attended sessions on nutrition, knee pain, back pain, and bike fitting. All were good, with the knee pain and fitting sessions being excellent.

    The knee pain session was given by an experienced sports medicine doctor, who has performed many surgeries on knees. She was sharp, answered questions without hesitation and really seemed to know her stuff. Gave us a lot of information on how to identify different knee pain symptoms, how to react to them, and what the treatments would likely consist of. She said that some injuries are hard to avoid, they just come with the territory of living an active lifestyle and our own genetic makeups. Others are the result of poor conditioning, poor judgement, and improper bike fitting.

    Near the end of the session, an attendee asked about Glucosamine / Chodroitin (sic?). The Doc said that if the pain was the result of cartilage damage and wasn't associated with advanced arthritis, then there was a good chance that it would help. She regularly recommends it to patients with the appropriate symptoms and has seen it work wonders for many of them. She said it was very poorly absorbed into the body, thus the need for rather large dosages, like the typical 3 pills a day of the double strength 500/400 dosage, or twice for the 750/600 dosage. Said that people over 200 pounds may need to take 4 doubles or three triples for maximum effectiveness.

    The bike fitting session was extremely informative. It was conducted by a local firm that specializes in bike fittings. They had one guy running around making all of the points and measuring angles, while another guy road a Seven bike on a trainer. The bike had some special gear on it which allowed easy changes to be made to handlebar placement. They spent about 45 minutes illustrating how altering various leg, knee, shoulder, back, and hand placement affected the riding position, riding efficiency, and susceptibility to injuries.

    When the bike was adjusted properly, the efficiency and mechanics of the rider were a marvel to behold. Perfect knee angle, perfect back angle, perfect shoulder angle. The movement was so fluid and the rider looked so comfortable. Then they would move something a half-inch to an inch. It was immediately obvious that things were then off, the rider was too extended, or his legs were not as able to drive the pedals, the back angle looked uncomfortable or the shoulders were obviously out of their natural position. I thought it was one of the best show & tells I've ever seen.

    They charge $190 to $245 for basic fittings, which take about 2.5 to 3 hours. After seeing this, if I were a rider who was going to either invest serious dollars or time into cycling, and especially if it was going to be on a road bike, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a fitting. The charge goes up if you use them for a deluxe fitting that would be used to order a custom bike - again this seemed reasonable. If I were going to drop $4000+ on a bike, spending $400 or so to make sure it was the perfect bike makes sense.

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