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Old 02-05-05, 12:09 AM   #1
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Do I want to ride my wedgie again?

Well today I finally picked up my nice Italian racing bike from the shop where it has been since I got hit by a car about 3 months ago. I have been riding my bent that the insurance settlement paid for since then.
I always had some pain in my crotch from it even with 6 different saddles. Plus since it was a racing bike I had to carry everything on my back. Plus it was pretty stiff and rough riding for a commuter. I had debated on getting a touring bike or the bent. Well the bent won out.
I got on the bike and it was like crap I am falling forward (G) it really felt weird. The crank arms are the same length but it felt like I was on one of those itty bitty bikes that the kids sometimes ride.
Plus a problem when I first got it and I thought was my shoes is that my feet tend to tip off the regular petals. They still try to do that sometimes even in my cycling shoes but of course they canít.
I wanted to have it at work and ride it on errands but I doubt I can really ride it without changing my shoes. Plus I doubt my butt can handle the seat unless I ride a lot again.
I used to feel pretty one with that bike though but now it just does not feel all that good. So should I sell it? there is a lot of dings in the paint but other then that it is in great shape and has almost new wheels.
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Old 02-05-05, 09:09 PM   #2
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Get BMX or platform pedals and the shoes wont matter. You are deconditioned for
the DF, DF is a different set of pressures and stressors and different muscles than
the bent. The DF will come back to you if you give it time. BMX pedals are cheap
to boot. Since getting bent I have settled on a time split of 50-60% bent and 40-50% DF just to avoid the problem you mention. DF I use on larger group rides where the riders are faster and the terrain is expected to be hilly, hills kill me on group rides on the bent and I get dropped more easily. But doing this means that above 50-60 miles the DF gets annoying in the crotch and neck and occasionally wrists and elbows. No comfort issues on the bent at all. Steve
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Old 02-05-05, 09:50 PM   #3
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Get BMX or platform pedals and the shoes wont matter. You are deconditioned for
the DF, DF is a different set of pressures and stressors and different muscles than
the bent. The DF will come back to you if you give it time. BMX pedals are cheap
to boot. Since getting bent I have settled on a time split of 50-60% bent and 40-50% DF just to avoid the problem you mention. DF I use on larger group rides where the riders are faster and the terrain is expected to be hilly, hills kill me on group rides on the bent and I get dropped more easily. But doing this means that above 50-60 miles the DF gets annoying in the crotch and neck and occasionally wrists and elbows. No comfort issues on the bent at all. Steve
Tried the BMX pedals when I first got the bike. They only helped a little. different shoes may help but I don't want to spend 100 on shoes so I can ride the bike without changing shoes (G) my angles have not been strong for a very long time so that may be part of it. I rode the DF bike 100 miles a week 20 miles a day commuting and my crotch never got used to it it limited how much I could ride. Not sure if the bike was not my perfect size or it's just me and I needed to go more upright.
Also I have been sick for about three years for the first time I am starting to get well. So I donít know if I will start going on group rides or not. If so I donít know if I will want to do long rides on the df bike. It really is not the right bike for me even if I did not have a bent. Itís too harsh of a ride and I really need a triple on it.
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Old 02-06-05, 03:00 PM   #4
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I can't answer whether you want to ride your wedgie anymore. I can only speak for me and say that I don't ride my wedgie enough anymore to justify trying to keep acclimated. The first year after getting my first bent, I rode my DF about a dozen times. The next year I rode it once. The third year I sold it. Riding the DF for no other reason than to stay acclimated is crazy; only do it if you plan on riding it regularly anyway.
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Old 02-06-05, 04:12 PM   #5
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Imy problem is 90% of my riding right now is commuting. the bike was never good for that. I was hoping to use it as a run around bike so I did not have to change shoes. but thats not practial either.
now if I sell it what do do with the money? it would not be enough to get a new bent thats better then what I have. though I have done most of the wanted upgrades on the bike there are a few more that would be nice.
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Old 02-06-05, 06:39 PM   #6
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there are a few more that would be nice.
Do it! (Unless you want to save for a trike.)

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Old 02-06-05, 07:35 PM   #7
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save money??? (G) I have thought of a trike but I just can't see riding it in trafic. so it has to be soemthing I can commute on and go fast. but I cna't really justify a new bike un;ess I got so much out of the DF to do it. but I doubt that.
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Old 02-06-05, 09:09 PM   #8
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I keep my DF bike around, not willing to part with it. But I haven't ridden it at all since I got my bent. I, too, wonder if I should keep it or sell it. I just can't see any reason to ride it again. I'm not ready yet to get rid of it, I guess.
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I went through this same questioning process in 2001...was enjoying getting into road cycling and had a really nice Trek road bike. I got "fit" on that bike. Then I got curious about recumbents and bought a V-Rex...thought for sure that I was "bent for life". Well, turns out I sold my road bike (BIG regret) and after a period without it I was so, so sorry. The bent was fun, but so was the road bike. Very different. So, I got another road bike. Now I have a road, mountain, and recumbent. All different, all fun to ride. All different purposes and uses. If you can afford it, keep your roadie. You'll lose money and you'll never get that particular bike back again. That's my two cents and how it was for me. You have to decide, of course! Good luck!
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I got bent in '03 for medical reasons. I had 2 high-end DFs, both late '90s vintage. After I hadn't ridden either one for a year and realized that they were worth less with each passing month, I sold them. I've never looked back.

I ride with DF packs and DF friends all of the time and have been accepted. I climb as well as I did on my DFs and am faster on the flats and all with less pain.

DFs are history for me. Besides, if I feel the need for another one in a year or two, I know where they sell them.
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I got bent in '03 for medical reasons. I had 2 high-end DFs, both late '90s vintage. After I hadn't ridden either one for a year and realized that they were worth less with each passing month, I sold them. I've never looked back.

I ride with DF packs and DF friends all of the time and have been accepted. I climb as well as I did on my DFs and am faster on the flats and all with less pain.

DFs are history for me. Besides, if I feel the need for another one in a year or two, I know where they sell them.
I think I will be the same. now if I could just afford a light bent.
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Old 02-17-05, 10:06 AM   #12
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I started as a recumbent rider 5000 miles per year. always wanted to race wedgies, mano y mano. tried in 01 failed. Tried in 04 and almost failed until I mounted the brooks b17. absolutely solved the butt problem, and this is from recumbent rider that knows what is possible. if the crank feels like BMX maybe your seat is too low.
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the butt was not the issue the crotch was. the brooks was about the worst for that. I don't thin kthe sallde had been changed in height I think it was just the upright thing.
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the butt was not the issue the crotch was.
Yeah, being numb THERE is really disconcerting! I've tried several saddles from big, fat gel saddles to three different ones with holes in them. some worked better than others but after 25 miles all would cause numbness.
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when I say the brooks solved the butt problem, crotch is included. in these conversations generally is one in the same. The brooks being a harder saddle supports the set bones and doesn't allow the soft parts to be crushed, IE no crotch problem.
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not sure if it was my weight. when I started to ride I was 265 and I got down to 215 but the only thing I found was to sit more upright. though tilting the saddle down helped but that caused too much pressure on my hands. lowering the saddle jsut a bit helped a lot but nothing really elimnated it. the terry fly saddle helped a fair amount as the nose is softer.
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not sure if it was my weight. when I started to ride I was 265 and I got down to 215 but the only thing I found was to sit more upright. though tilting the saddle down helped but that caused too much pressure on my hands. lowering the saddle jsut a bit helped a lot but nothing really elimnated it. the terry fly saddle helped a fair amount as the nose is softer.
Out of all the saddles I've tried the Terry Fly is what I settled on. I have it on my Scalpel MTB and my touring/street bike.
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