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    I know what speeds I ride, I know what cadence I...

    I know what speeds I ride, I know what cadence I prefer. Given these things, MPH at a specific cadence is most intuitive. I then look at gearing that gives me a reasonable cadence at the lower speeds...
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    I too suspect the brake pad is rubbing against...

    I too suspect the brake pad is rubbing against the wheel. When you lean to one side or the other you shift your balance slightly. This will apply a force that can skew the wheel slightly to one side....
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    Here's some reading for those inclined to...

    Here's some reading for those inclined to consider the wealth of experience that's available:
    http://www.cptips.com/knee.htm...
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    Got it, thanks for the reply. It is hard...

    Got it, thanks for the reply. It is hard (virtually impossible?) to spin well on platforms since you can only apply force on part of the pedal stroke. When I first started riding seriously I was...
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    The OP finished the first post with "Of course...

    The OP finished the first post with "Of course this only applies to those of you who have goals on the bike that include more than just having fun. If riding slow and coasting most of the time is...
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    And there it is, the predicted insults. Sigh, why...

    And there it is, the predicted insults. Sigh, why is it people like you can't handle someone posting an opinion that's contrary to your own without getting all huffy and insulting people who have...
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    And who was it that posted the arbitrary, low,...

    And who was it that posted the arbitrary, low, number in the first place? Let me guess, next you're going to resort to insults.
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    Interesting. A few questions. How fast were you...

    Interesting. A few questions.
    How fast were you trying to spin?
    Have you had your bike fitted?
    What type of pedals do you have (platform, toe clips, clipless)?
    Do you feel you do a good job at...
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    According to the specs on my bike I've got the...

    According to the specs on my bike I've got the following:
    "Easton-Velomax Vista wheelset, 20H radial front, 24H radial NDS/2X DS Rear"

    After several thousand miles I haven't had a bit of problem...
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    These are good points, and much more helpful than...

    These are good points, and much more helpful than suggesting artificially low cadences. Something that helped me learn to spin early on was to pedal with just one leg. Obviously this needs to be done...
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    And when a person trashes their knees due to...

    And when a person trashes their knees due to pedaling too slowly while mashing the pedal because they've been cycling at 50 RPM, then what? I was taught long ago that bad practice is not a good...
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    And suggesting that 60 RPM is anywhere near too...

    And suggesting that 60 RPM is anywhere near too fast is a disservice to all of the people who come here to learn.
  13. Been away for a while. Too many life changes and...

    Been away for a while. Too many life changes and adventures for one post. Have finally been able to settle back into a decent balance of family life, work, and exercise. Eating a bit better too.
    ...
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    Yup, 90 RPM for a novice isn't usually going to...

    Yup, 90 RPM for a novice isn't usually going to work well. They'll be bouncing all over the seat. One thing that I've discovered is that "a rate that feels comfortable" for most people is quite slow....
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    Then perhaps a different "benchmark" is needed?...

    Then perhaps a different "benchmark" is needed? When I first started riding I actually did spend time spinning and then coasting. Over a relatively short period I found that the time spent spinning...
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    News to me too. To the OP, I would counter...

    News to me too.

    To the OP, I would counter that learning to cycle right, including at a "high" cadence, is actually something most people should do from the start rather than waiting until one has...
  17. Apologies for dredging up an old post, but I have...

    Apologies for dredging up an old post, but I have practical experience to share. I have a 2006 vintage 105 triple. It most definitely has trim positions for both the middle and small rings.

    I like...
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    Darn. Next time I'll have to try to meet more of...

    Darn. Next time I'll have to try to meet more of the people. I haven't been able to attend a Friday ride since. Combination of work and family stuff has kept me busy.

    The good news is I've...
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    I lived in the Raleigh area for 27 years before...

    I lived in the Raleigh area for 27 years before recently moving to Columbia, SC. As with most other places, bike friendliness, depending on the type of riding you want to do, increases as you get...
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    Joined the Friday ride last night. Good ride, met...

    Joined the Friday ride last night. Good ride, met a bunch of people and learned some new roads.
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    No problem, I looked at Mapquest ahead of time....

    No problem, I looked at Mapquest ahead of time. As I was going down Langford I decided I wanted to go a little further, so rather than turning on Paschal, which has no sign, I turned on Mickel. Other...
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    I'm in the I/T part of BCBS. Busy week and...

    I'm in the I/T part of BCBS.

    Busy week and weekend. Found and unpacked cycling shorts and shirts. Looked for floor pump, but no luck. It wasn't in either of the boxes I hoped. Since that failed,...
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    We're renting a house in Woodleigh, it's close to...

    We're renting a house in Woodleigh, it's close to the schools. :)

    I'm going to target this weekend for getting out the necessary bike stuff so I can ride. Since we've got so much unpacking to do,...
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    I have a house at Sunset. Most of the loops I do...

    I have a house at Sunset. Most of the loops I do include the roads on the other side of 17.
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    We're here. Bike made it safely. I brought my...

    We're here. Bike made it safely. I brought my helmet and gloves. Found a couple water bottles and my shoes. Now all I need to find is shorts and the tire pump and I'll be ready to roll. Shooting for...
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