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Old 03-05-07, 11:38 AM
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Awesome LBS and thank you to you guys!

Finally found the best LBS for me!
Been searching for a lonnnng time!

Friendly, not pushy, took the time to answer anything, and by the way I have to thank a lot of you for this. I have learned so much since I've joined BF and it showed!

The only thing that makes it hard is that Im beginning to be so picky, I don't get so easily impressed after seing some of you guys bikes.

I felt so welcomed there and this guy had all the time of day for my 500 questions and group rides?
"yes, come along! we welcome woman and we are here to support each other and have fun with this sport!"

that's a change from my other LBS who told me, " dont bother showing up we'll drop you"

I ordered some yellow and black Bontrage tape while in there and next week they are going to give my baby a tune up, put the tape on and give me a fit on my bike to make sure all is fine, Ive been having left knee pain
anyway, that is all, big news for me.. I have a place I belong now, and wanted to say thank you to all of you, I sure have learned sooo much in a year
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A good local bike shop makes all the difference. Good for you. My shop treats me great even though I didn't buy either of my bikes there. Of course I've probably spent as much on bike related stuff there as I did on my last bike.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
Finally found the best LBS for me!
Been searching for a lonnnng time!

Friendly, not pushy, took the time to answer anything, and by the way I have to thank a lot of you for this. I have learned so much since I've joined BF and it showed!

The only thing that makes it hard is that Im beginning to be so picky, I don't get so easily impressed after seing some of you guys bikes.

I felt so welcomed there and this guy had all the time of day for my 500 questions and group rides?
"yes, come along! we welcome woman and we are here to support each other and have fun with this sport!"

that's a change from my other LBS who told me, " dont bother showing up we'll drop you"

I ordered some yellow and black Bontrage tape while in there and next week they are going to give my baby a tune up, put the tape on and give me a fit on my bike to make sure all is fine, Ive been having left knee pain
anyway, that is all, big news for me.. I have a place I belong now, and wanted to say thank you to all of you, I sure have learned sooo much in a year
Very nice. At the shop I work at, I try to be like the guy you described. I hear too many horror stories about certain LBS's (including one in the next town over) and will never be like that. Glad you found a good one around you.

p.s. We will be introducing women-only rides this year with a dedicated woman ride leader. It will be interesting to see how that works out.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
Finally found the best LBS for me!
Been searching for a lonnnng time!

Friendly, not pushy, took the time to answer anything, and by the way I have to thank a lot of you for this. I have learned so much since I've joined BF and it showed!

The only thing that makes it hard is that Im beginning to be so picky, I don't get so easily impressed after seing some of you guys bikes.

I felt so welcomed there and this guy had all the time of day for my 500 questions and group rides?
"yes, come along! we welcome woman and we are here to support each other and have fun with this sport!"

that's a change from my other LBS who told me, " dont bother showing up we'll drop you"

I ordered some yellow and black Bontrage tape while in there and next week they are going to give my baby a tune up, put the tape on and give me a fit on my bike to make sure all is fine, Ive been having left knee pain
anyway, that is all, big news for me.. I have a place I belong now, and wanted to say thank you to all of you, I sure have learned sooo much in a year
sounds like a nice bunch.

I enjoy hearing our customers say this about other shops when they come to our store, (although the owner of our shop is an Elitist, the rest of us compensate for it ).

congradulations on finding a shop that fits your needs.
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Old 03-05-07, 11:53 AM
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Congrats, BDG!

Hope I have the same good fortune soon.
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Old 03-05-07, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by SingleSpeeDemon

He was nice cause I could carry on a conversation about cranks silly
( well, not in details.. but Im learning! )
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Wow I feel lucky to have 2 good LBSs and I ride for one of them, so that kind of limits me for most purchases.
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excellent news. that make a world of difference.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl

He was nice cause I could carry on a conversation about cranks silly
( well, not in details.. but Im learning! )
Glad to see I didn't lose my head for that one...
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Wooo Whooo! Alright BDG. You'll have to show me this new shop on my next visit this Spring!
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Originally Posted by cycle17
Wooo Whooo! Alright BDG. You'll have to show me this new shop on my next visit this Spring!
huh? what trip?
you want to visit my LBS?

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thanks got it
good advice on the knee pain,this LBS also recommended what you just did.
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Sounds like a really good LBS, BDG.
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Cool! Taking time to find the right LBS made a big difference for me. We ride together almost every weekend, learned so much, meet on different out of town rides....it's totally changed my cycling world.
Congrats ;-)
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When I bought my Cannondale I found a really good LBS too. Imagine a pudgy out of shape Fred walking into the store. (my first name is Fred so I guess it fits) Anyway, I told what kind of riding I wanted to do and they steered me toward the right stuff. They worked with me to get the fit right too - I have a shoulder that gives me problems, so I sit more upright than normal (much better after years of riding)

Anytime I am in the states - I load up on necessities (perhaps that should be in quotes )

Good for you BDG
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
thanks got it
good advice on the knee pain,this LBS also recommended what you just did.
Care to share the advice on knee pain, there are others in the same boat....
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Originally Posted by rbart4506
Care to share the advice on knee pain, there are others in the same boat....
well it's no huge secret and Im sure a lot of people allready know of this allready but we talked about how your foot sits on your pedal and how a foot tilting can cause the knee to buckle so before being so quick on adjusting your bike, sometimes all you have to do is to try insoles they make just for this so that your foot sits the way it should.
it all makes sense for me since Ive had knee pain before from running ( same knee) and my foot tends to go more inward, so Ive gotten the right running shoes to support this,now it's time for me to find the right fit for cycling too.
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Originally Posted by rbart4506
Care to share the advice on knee pain, there are others in the same boat....
What I suggested to BDG is to check your alignment. There's a thing called "forefoot tilt". If you have negative tilt, it causes your knee to effectively buckle inward, towards the toptube, on the downstroke. If your knee turns to the inside, your heel will kick out. This means that your knee isn't tracking straight enough. Most people with this issue will experience pain on the inside of their knee, just below the kneecap.
This problem can be solved with several different fixes, or combinations thereof.

Big Meat (now LeMond) wedges fit under your cleat and basically jack up the inside of the shoe, negating the negative tilt. Specialized's new BG insoles also do the same thing, but from the inside of the shoe. The insole itself has greater arch support than any other insole outside of custom orthotics. There are three different levels of support and you insole need is determined by the height of the arch of your foot. There are small wedges that go under the forefoot of the insole the negate the negative forefoot tilt.

Personally, I'm using wedges under my cleat, the insoles and the in shoe wedges. It has solved my -11 degree tilt and my knee pain is gone. I can also tell that my knee is tracking correctly when I pedal because I can feel the top of my thigh working harder on the upstroke.
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That's great! I had a horrible experience the first time I went to purchase a road bike so i completely understand. I've since found a fantastic lbs that has very knowledgeable, FRIENDLY people who are more than willing to answer all my questions. I wish I'd gone with them first but from here on out, they get all my biz.
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it is all good but they only sell cannondale, great bike but not what Im looking for.
You guys will be happy to know that I have someone else to drive crazy with all my questions
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Glad to hear it, BDG. Of course, you are still welcome to bug us like crazy.
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Originally Posted by jschen
Glad to hear it, BDG. Of course, you are still welcome to bug us like crazy.
Thanks, I plan on it
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Ah the old foot tilt thing...Yeah I've got the Lemond Wedges on both shoes, but I'm going to try my orthotics in my new cycling shoes. The old ones were to small to have the orthotics inside. I've been dealing with knee pain for a while now and think mine has something to do with my overall fit. I lowered my saddle a touch and moved my foot out a touch and the knee felt better. Of course I'm one of those weird ones that has more pain off the bike then I do on the bike.

Thanks for sharing anyhow...
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