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    Quote Originally Posted by aubiecat View Post
    Some people swear by pickle juice.
    This has been shown to be psychological through double blind study (USU I believe). Not saying it's fake at all, it's real... but a TINY bit goes a long way. It is supposed to shock your brain with the sour taste and resets the nerve communication and stops the craps (from what I read on the abstract).... moral of the story is: don't think a tankard of pickle juice will stop cramps from hell, just a sip is enough for every cramp if it's going to help at all.

    Pretty cool... but I would say: warm up and spin. If you are riding along to tunes then keep the songs chill, if you are riding with someone then make sure you chat. @ 20min is when I put down the hurt on my legs, I try not do before then, not that I cramp buy my cardiovascular hasn't caught up with my force quite yet.

    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyBoyAz View Post
    This has been shown to be psychological through double blind study (USU I believe). Not saying it's fake at all, it's real... but a TINY bit goes a long way. It is supposed to shock your brain with the sour taste and resets the nerve communication and stops the craps (from what I read on the abstract)....
    YMMV
    Same theory as pinching your upper lip hard enough to hurt, which anecdotally appears to work somewhat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Hey, mind your own beeswax. We're having a bromance or something.
    Is that what's going on. Well, let's take it to the next level: pics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    Is that what's going on. Well, let's take it to the next level: pics.

    Then I'll show you mine:


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    Quote Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
    Not likely after 4 miles.
    There are a lot of factors in there, like the individual's shape, how hard they're working out within those 4 miles, other vitals like blood sugar maybe... some people get muscle cramps sitting around doing nothing.
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    I can't help but wonder if there could also be a bike fit problem at play here. A saddle that is way too high could be forcing OP to point the toes to complete the pedal stroke and that could cause the calf muscles to work much harder than they should. Foot placement on the pedal (too far back) could also be a factor (is OP using platforms? Toe-clips? Clipless?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopsis View Post
    I can't help but wonder if there could also be a bike fit problem at play here. A saddle that is way too high could be forcing OP to point the toes to complete the pedal stroke and that could cause the calf muscles to work much harder than they should. Foot placement on the pedal (too far back) could also be a factor (is OP using platforms? Toe-clips? Clipless?).
    Fit didn't come into play when I was a kid on a BMX bike which served as my primary transportation. Never cramped on 4-mile rides to friends' houses--but then again I was young and resilient.

    I'd expect fit issues to rear their heads at the 25 mile mark--not the 4 mile mark.

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    Cramps are sometimes just a matter of getting into just the wrong position. I'll bet most people here have managed to get leg cramps while sleeping in bed...

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