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Old 10-21-04, 09:43 PM   #1
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My first commute on my new bent sucked.

well I don't think it was the bike but me. burley limbo I have this weird health issue that causes certain foods I eat or meds or anything to cause a asthma problem. when I find a food I can't eat it can take days for my lungs to clear and no meds help.
so this was going on today pretty badly. so I was really puffing away and only averaged about 8mph. when I am feeling bad I may get 10 or 11 on my racing bike. so I guess that's not too bad.
but it sure seemed slow (G) a few small hills I had to walk up because I was panting so hard. though my breathing always gets better by the middle of the ride.
I spent a couple of hours putting good brake pads on mounting my red and white flashers on a poll that's just above my head. and getting started on my headlight. I wish I could get the light mounted lower on the bike but about the only place I can get it is on the handlebars or almost all the way up the stem.
one thing I noticed is my cadence was off. even after 15 years of not riding when I got a computer on my bike I was pretty close to 80 rpm's. well on the bent I am doing 70 and it seems like about 80. not sure if it that I am not using cleats yet or what?
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Old 10-21-04, 10:36 PM   #2
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Hey Steve,
I have been a long time lurker over on rec.woodworking. It is great to see you over here too. Congrats on the new bike. It does take a while to get your legs used to the different muscles being used. Before you know it the speed will come too. A faster spin should help on the hills. I ride a Koosah. Sure am lovin the pain free ride.

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Old 10-21-04, 10:55 PM   #3
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my muscles were not bad my lungs were killing me (G) I hate when this happens it really makes riding hard. though usualy when it happens I get tired muscles too though.
so much to learn at once. I did not wobble too much after a bit but I still tend to go right or left when I first start though it is better. by next week I should be able to ride with little breathing problems.
but I got this bike from the settelment from getting hit so watch the congrats (G)
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Old 10-22-04, 12:09 PM   #4
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Hang in there. I had the same type of experience the first time I took out my Koosah. I have some health issues, too and that first trip really took some doing.

Now I'm 4 weeks into ownership. I've built up my strength with daily usage and have made that first 3 miles trip seem whimpy. I average 8 miles a day now...in about 20-30 minutes what with traffic lights and hills. I am building on that and hope to increase my time out on my bent.

I have asthma, too. It is not as severe as yours sounds, but I know that huffing and puffing and coughing can be so frustrating.

Best of luck to you,
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Old 10-22-04, 09:47 PM   #5
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I do two 10 mile commutes a day 5 days a week. so the effort is not that bad. but my lungs sure are. no meds help I just have to be really careful what I eat. but it's easy to goof up. today I goofed and had a regular pop and not diet. well that sure did not help my lungs (G)
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Old 10-23-04, 11:13 PM   #6
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I didn't have a health reason for buying a v-rex, today,, at least not till I fell off of it right on my but! hurt! was really proud of getting the feel for it so quick, got careless in the gravel and boom. didn't realize this was going to be like learning to ride all over again! is it even possible to ride these things up a hill on a gravel road?
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Old 10-23-04, 11:27 PM   #7
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Steve,

Just keep going, and it will come to you. Don't try to exert too hard with asthma, just get into the really low gears and spin. Give yourself more time than usual, so you won't have that the "time-hurry" to worry about. Realize that, when you start, the second shove on the pedals is probably more important than the first in keeping you going. Yes, you can climb on the hills, but get your lungs clear first. Keep at it and you will really enjoy that bike.

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Old 10-23-04, 11:30 PM   #8
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Startle,

Take it easy on the gravel road with the V-Rex. They are really made for blacktop. If you gear down, and prepare to get out of the pedals, you can do some climbing on a gravel road if the gravel is not loose. But it may tear up the tires too. It's a good bike, but not a mountain bike.

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Take it easy on the gravel road with the V-Rex. They are really made for blacktop. If you gear down, and prepare to get out of the pedals, you can do some climbing on a gravel road if the gravel is not loose. But it may tear up the tires too. It's a good bike, but not a mountain bike.

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Hello, have a half mile of gravel to get to the blacktop, most times of the year I can manage on my rd.bike hope I can start useing the v-rex as a commuter, once I figure out how to mount my head light and perhaps my computer. thanks,
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Startle,

If your V-Rex has Comet tires on it, be prepared to get flats or change them out fairly soon. I had that problem with my Rans Stratus last year. I had numerous flats before I changed to a much better, kevlar tire. A wider one might do you well too.

I think once you get used to it, I think that you'll do fine on the V-Rex going up the hill on gravel. If it is a traveled road, it probably is fairly compacted.

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well I got a couple mroe rides in. my lungs are still a problem and the bike is far more work then fun. but i think any bike would be right now. each day they get a bit better if I am really careful what I eat.
put on my bebops and things are fine. well they seemed to make my legs more tired but they were tired anyway. I hope by next week I cna enjoy the biek enough to get one of those goofy grins on my face.
my sit bones hurt but when I loose weight they hurt sitting on any firm chair. they kind of cycle where they get used to the padding then I loose some padding and they hurt again and so forth. I can't even hardly sit on a bench or anything without padding if I don't lean forward.
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If your V-Rex has Comet tires on it, be prepared to get flats or change them out fairly soon. I had that problem with my Rans Stratus last year. I had numerous flats before I changed to a much better, kevlar tire. A wider one might do you well too.
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Hi John,

'Just out of curiosity, may I ask what brand/model/width of kevlar tires did you change over to, from your stock Comets? I recently bought a 2004 Stratus and wanted to have my dealer swap out the Comets for either Kenda KWests or Schwalbe Marathon Slicks, but he didn't have either in stock. The only matching set of 20"/26" kevlar belted tires that he had in stock were Primo Comet Kevlars, so I went for it, along with Slime tubes...for lack of anything better.

Are you happy with the kevlar tires that you got? I've got Schwalbe Marathons on my RANS Fusion, and they seem pretty bullet-proof...but their rolling resistance is significantly higher than the Comets that came with the bike. I'm no racer by any stretch of the imagination, and good flat protection and a comfortable ride are high on my priority list...but I'd like to find a faster tire for my 'bents than the Marathons, especially for my Stratus, which I plan on taking for some nice long rides(and I hope to be able to train to do a century or two next year).

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my sit bones hurt but when I loose weight they hurt sitting on any firm chair.
You might also want to try lowering the back of your seat a bit so that you're leaning back more. This shifts the weight from off of your "sit bones" and transfers it to the seat. (Not too familiar with how the Limbo lowers its seat, though. Maybe you have to invest in the speed struts?)

The more you're able to stretch out your torso, the better you'll be able to breathe.
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I dropped it back a little. part of it is that right now my body is pretty tired so it may feel worse then it is. when my lungs were acting up on my wedggie the seat felt far worse then when I was feeling good.
you can't use the speed struts on the limbo since it has the shock.
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'Just out of curiosity, may I ask what brand/model/width of kevlar tires did you change over to, from your stock Comets? I recently bought a 2004 Stratus and wanted to have my dealer swap out the Comets for either Kenda KWests or Schwalbe Marathon Slicks, but he didn't have either in stock. The only matching set of 20"/26" kevlar belted tires that he had in stock were Primo Comet Kevlars, so I went for it, along with Slime tubes...for lack of anything better.

Are you happy with the kevlar tires that you got? I've got Schwalbe Marathons on my RANS Fusion, and they seem pretty bullet-proof...but their rolling resistance is significantly higher than the Comets that came with the bike. I'm no racer by any stretch of the imagination, and good flat protection and a comfortable ride are high on my priority list...but I'd like to find a faster tire for my 'bents than the Marathons, especially for my Stratus, which I plan on taking for some nice long rides(and I hope to be able to train to do a century or two next year).

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I'm also using Schwalbe Marathons (Kevlar belted) on my Rans Stratus (they do come in sizes for the both tires). I used the Primo Comets from November to about March, and had I think seven flats. When I took them off, there were chunks of rubber out of them in places. Since I put on the Schwalbe Marathons, I have not had a flat. Today, I accidentally ran over a broken glass bottle on the bike path, twice (dumb...'should have remembered)--no flat. I'm a pretty satisfied customer of Schwalbe right now.

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Hi just a quick request How do you like the limbo now?
I'm in the wishing stage of looking at various bents with questions , mostly on seating.
How do you like your seat ? any changes ?
As to suspension does it smooth out the gravel trails or not?
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well I am still struggling with my lungs. so the rides are far more work then anything else. my legs are pretty tired too (G) seating so far seems fine. but I have not rode it more then 10 miles at a time yet.
suspension well thats a fun one. it really only works on larger bumps and holes. small stuff you get the full effect or even a bit more. though I don't remember trying the other bikes on small stuff so I can't compare.
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well finally got some meds for the old lungs and man life is so much easier. never had to walk the bike at all.though it still feels sluggish. but I am used to a higher end racing bike that when i felt good and stomped on it I thought the bike would fly out from under me. the limbo does not respond like that (G)
but I seem to be able to push a bit harder without gettign as winded. but since I am going slower not sure that counts (G)
the second chainring seesm to have a wierd feel to it. I can play with the derailler so there is no noise but it feels like something is rubbing and making it harder to pedal. not sure on the largest chainring as I have never gotten there. I can do 16 in the smallest.
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