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    Strengthening my cycling muscles has been the...

    Strengthening my cycling muscles has been the most helpful to my bad knee. L knee is full of scar tissue and bone spurs from major knee trauma and multiple surgeries to repair.
    Sliding back on the...
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    I don't like getting up early and driving to do...

    I don't like getting up early and driving to do an organized charity ride. I only do a few each year. One is the ADA Tour de Cure (good cause), the other is a local ride starting 2 miles from my...
  3. Thread: 42i

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    Loved that the funeral home sponsored the last...

    Loved that the funeral home sponsored the last rest stop.
    If you have any leftover good karma, please send some my way. I am planning a first-ever imperial century and haven't been getting in the...
  4. I mostly never hear the phone when I am riding....

    I mostly never hear the phone when I am riding. ;)
    Besides ... most of the people I would want to talk to are with me on the ride. If somebody went missing, sure, I'll answer.
    If somebody else does...
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    My family doc has me on low-dose statins for...

    My family doc has me on low-dose statins for borderline high cholesterol for the past 5 years.
    However, I am a heavy caffeinator which probably bumps my HR up.

    57yo female
    not sure of resting...
  6. How much I eat and how much I burn vary...

    How much I eat and how much I burn vary tremendously from ride to ride.
    If I ride at a conversational pace on flattish terrain on a cool day, I don't require much on rides up to 50 miles.
    Throw in...
  7. OP, I just want to check the basics - When you...

    OP, I just want to check the basics -
    When you say "slow leak", how long does it take to deflate? Is it a complete loss of pressure or just a few PSI ?
    How often do you pump your tires and how...
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    OP - hills are hard and I agree your expectations...

    OP - hills are hard and I agree your expectations are high.

    I personally don't see a point to stay on the bike when you can't manage cadence above 40rpm or speed above 3.5mph. You will still get...
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    Side-to-side upper body movement can shift more...

    Side-to-side upper body movement can shift more of your bodyweight over the pedal you are pressing against. It also helps the upstroke.
    Efficiency and economy are moot on a short sprint.
  10. I never seem to get bored even on some routes...

    I never seem to get bored even on some routes I've done hundreds of times.
    I just fully engage all my senses and try to soak in the entire experience. There is always something different. Sights,...
  11. Speaking as an Athena on a women's specific...

    Speaking as an Athena on a women's specific better bike - the full Dura Ace groupset doesn't care how much I weigh and the bike has been a joy to ride.

    I have put a beam rack on it to do...
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    Having a mix of climbing (long steady inclines...

    Having a mix of climbing (long steady inclines -vs- rollers) both contribute to your fitness.
    The long steady inclines develop your ability to pace, breathe rhythmically, teach smooth pedaling...
  13. Thread: Saddle height

    by nkfrench
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    I heard that sitting on the saddle placing HEEL...

    I heard that sitting on the saddle placing HEEL on pedal the leg should be almost straight without rocking on saddle.
    OP's feet look long so I'm not sure that applies.

    Is changing saddle height...
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    OP, congrats on the weight loss. 1200 kcals is...

    OP, congrats on the weight loss. 1200 kcals is very restrictive.
    I have weight swings of about 9# based on fiber/fluids and retention. After a hard bikeride I may either be lighter (dehydration) or...
  15. Thread: Car Accident

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    A semi-recumbant stationary bike at the gym is a...

    A semi-recumbant stationary bike at the gym is a safe rehab alternative. Upright will probably be uncomfortable on the broken arm. Road riding any kind of bike may be too much bumpiness even if...
  16. Thread: Rider Number

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    The numbers encourage riders to register and pay...

    The numbers encourage riders to register and pay for goods & services (rest/food stops, post-ride meal, SAG support, traffic control) received during the event.
    Sometimes they help event photogs...
  17. While sidewalk riding may seem like the safest...

    While sidewalk riding may seem like the safest place to be, it may possibly be against local ordinance and/or more dangerous than riding on the road.
    Sidewalks are generally designed for...
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    I have no affiliation with the bicycle, the...

    I have no affiliation with the bicycle, the manufacturer, nor the bicycle show. I just read the post on the NAHBS website. Sorry about your experience.
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    NAHBS | North American Handmade Bicycle Show |...

    NAHBS | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | Stolen Bike ? FOUND!!! | #NAHBS
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    The thief was caught and bike returned within 6...

    The thief was caught and bike returned within 6 hours.
    Hooray!
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    My guess: Seated hill climbing + bad bike posture...

    My guess: Seated hill climbing + bad bike posture + big gears can put a big workload on the lower back. You are probably using different muscles to climb than you did on the spin bike and they need...
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    My oldest brothers have never been overweight a...

    My oldest brothers have never been overweight a day in their life. They are not sedentary but they do not perform vigorous exercise.

    I was a big baby and struggled with my weight my entire life....
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    Include your bike and push it uphill. It will...

    Include your bike and push it uphill. It will seem more like a real bikeride. ;)
    A steep uphill walk can be good cardio exercise.
    So BF what's the verdict? Would adding a heavy backpack make it a...
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    Ditch the pull-buoy and put on a pair of fins....

    Ditch the pull-buoy and put on a pair of fins. The increased surface area from the fins will help your feet plane up with no kicking or only a marginal effort. I find it's easier on my lower back...
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    Before I started cycling I only knew how to...

    Before I started cycling I only knew how to navigate my area on freeways and major arterials. Riding a bike lets you discover sleepy little streets with pretty scenery and no traffic.
    The MUPs still...
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