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Lower legs starting to warp after several months of commuting

Old 10-28-10, 01:00 AM
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Lower legs starting to warp after several months of commuting

I've been commuting at least 8 miles a day for about two months on a mix of flat land and hills. I ride a '73 Schwinn Continental that is way to big for me.

Recently, I've noticed my lower leg has been slowly warping behind me (see side view below) and away from each other. During the same time, my calve muscles have gotten A LOT larger as I've gotten stronger from all these San Francisco hills. Has anyone experienced this effect?


[[ Side View ]]

---- | | <-- Upper Leg
---- | |
---- ( ) <--- Kneecap
----- \ \
----- | | <- Lower Leg
----- | |
-- |----| <--- Foot
-- |____|

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Old 10-28-10, 01:30 AM
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I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure that it is not normal at all for your bones to warp due to cycling or from any other physical activity. If they are, then you need to up your Vitamin D intake because you have a pretty serious case of rickets going on. I suspect thought that maybe these physical changes might simply be in your head due to a change in cycling form or the enlargement of your calf muscles could be making it appear that your bones are changing shape.
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Old 10-28-10, 01:53 AM
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If you think anything abnormal is going on go see a Dr. but if it is just muscle getting bigger than that would be normal especially the 1st 12 weeks
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Old 10-28-10, 11:07 AM
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Your appointment with a doctor to see if your legs are ok or not is scheduled when ????
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Old 10-28-10, 12:21 PM
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Old 10-28-10, 04:29 PM
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Old 10-28-10, 04:48 PM
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So you're telling us you ride at Warp Speed?

The resident Doc's here can't help you nearly as much as your own Doctor can.

Let us know what you find out. I hope it's nothing serious.
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Old 10-28-10, 11:26 PM
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Nice drawing of your leg I wonder if you make a lot of effort in pedaling?

Related question: does cycling make one's calves thicker or thinner?
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Old 10-29-10, 12:32 AM
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I imagine there is the chance that you are building calf muscle and it simply makes the illusion of warped legs, but you should see a doctor if you feel that it is significant.
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Old 10-29-10, 01:56 AM
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Related question: does cycling make one's calves thicker or thinner?
Neither.

It can help develop the calf muscle, but tends not to be as effective as brisk walking, walking in snow or sand, and running.
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