Why 90rpm? Because the people who talk as if they know what they're talking about (I may seem like one of them, I suppose) all say "90rpm".
When I was riding a lot 20-30 years ago, I was never what you would call a "spinner", for lack of a better word. I peddled slower than most in bigger gears and it seemed to work for me. I developed knee pain/weakness, and I think it was because I was loading my knees excessively at the lower rpms that seemed right for me.
An analogy: the faster you spin a bearing (ball or roller) or gear, the more power it can transmit and the heavier the load it can handle. There are limits to this, of course, but within design limits that's a fair rule of thumb. Think of your knees the same way.
I was once looking for a way to strengthen/condition my knees, and with that in mind I asked a physical therapist what was good for knees. His reply was instant: "Nothing!". With that in mind, keep the load light and the rpm high.
Thanks for all your help! When I have more questions (which I will) may I give you a hollar?
I may not be the most important person in your LIFE.
I just hope that when you hear my name you smile and say,
THAT'S MY FRIEND!
sure, why not? confusion is more effective when you have someone to influence. good luck gettin' your bike.
Yesterday I did a ride in Southern Cal. called "Breathless Agony" Touted as one of the most difficult centurys of all. It's 112 miles and 12,000 ft. of climbing all in the first 80 miles, finishing at Onyk Summit in the San Berdardino Mtns at an elevation of 8300ft. I'm originally from Hutchinson and have lived in LA for 30+years but I have a Kansas jersey complete with Jayhawks that I bought at Sunflower Bikes in Lawrence. I wore it on the ride yesterday and while I had to endure endless Toto jokes I did meet a guy from Overland Park who came out for the ride. I don't know how he trained for such a mountainous ride in K.C. but he passed me doing just fine. Goes to show ya what I tell these beach bumbs out here. We Kansans are tough. Here's a friends report on the ride "Breathless Agony" 114 mi. 12,000 Feet
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This is to the previous post. The guy riding in Cali probably trained for the hills by riding into our constant wind from the south at 20-30 mph. I just did a ride this morning and the wind was a killer. I told my wife that I would trade the wind for hills anyday. At least at some point you will reach the top of the hill, the wind is always there....
Anyone into old Raleighs? Spotted today at Salvation Army, 200 S. Main in Hutchinson KS: early 70s Raleigh Gran Prix, 19 inch frame, green, original and complete, rusty chain and freewheel, flat (original?) tires, everything looks straight. Clerk said $15. I said I would pass it on, and she said $10.
I spotted the green handlebar tape as I was driving past and I went around the block to stop and check it out. Too Small for me, as is my 23" Gran Prix, but it would be a find for someone.
Posting here from Missouri, but three blocks away from the state line in KCMO. I drive back and forth to Kansas to take my daughter to school. I also love to ride my bicycle in KC KS along the Kaw River, and the old neigborhoods in Wyndotte County
Need a riding partner: I live in Fort Scott and am looking for someone to join me on training rides. I am riding solo now. I usually ride the road bike 20-40 miles and also have a mountain bike and ride the dirt roads. Let me know if you are interested.
wichita in the house. i live in riverside and love to ride my bikes along the river. i just started to ride a fixed gear and am loving it.
thatdamngoat...welcome...there is some good riding along the river, you do not have to worry about traffic. Maybe can't go as fast, in some places, but you don't seem be bothered by that detail. I do not live in Wichita, it has been a while since i have even seed the river paths, I hope they are keeping them in good shape.
I'll try this here...am in Mission Woods near the Plaza for most of the Summer and I'm looking for some weekend group rides that might originate somewhere nearby...any information or bike store recommendations who might be able to serve up some good recommendations? Thank you!!
you might try the kansas cyclist website. I believe they have links to clubs and rides. Good luck.
I live in the riverside neighborhood, so i know those paths well. They've been maintained well north of Maple St. but once you get south of that the get sketchy in spots. They're especialy nice from 21st to Douglas.
Very new rider living in Olathe KS. I don't have any rides to recommend or advice, I have only owned my bike since Sunday (3 days). I have ridden to and through Heritage Park, and one other ride around the neighborhoods of 159th and Mur-len. I can't wait until my butt adapts to the seat as it is pretty sore right now. Hopefully will be riding at Shawnee Mission Park this weekend.
I'm from the Greatest City in the Greatest State, Lawrence Ks. I live in L.A. now, but still rock the KU cycling team's jersey and kit on training rides.
Hey KC area riders, are there any websites or suggestions for finding beginner to intermediate ride routes? I am basically just going out for a ride with no real purpose or destination, and would like to have a more structured route to ride, are there any sites or places to find routes that others have ridden or do I just have to find my own by trial and error. I am looking for 10-15 mile routes that have some smallish to medium hills, and at this point of my cycling experience, not much traffic.
I'm in Wichita (a brand-new arrival to serious commuter-cycling and to this forum), but I can recommend KC Bike Commuting to you: Noah has lots of experience biking all over KC, and has Veloroute maps of some of his routes.
Best of luck--and greetings to fellow Kansans here.
I am in Shawnee, KS
I am in Olathe & some times stay in Gardner. Have an old Nishiki with a Tricross on lay away. That I cant wait to get out.
Last visited your state in the 1988 RAAM. 400 miles downhill at 110 to 115 degrees F. I would like to assemble a team for the grueling ascent of Mt. Sunflower.
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