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Post by kodi30 on Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:42 pm

Only second time on my bike since November. Managed 11.27 miles. We have a nice loop that is basically flat and works well for coming back and even better for time trials. My overall time was 47 minutes. I did three loops. I was hoping for four but my butt hurt so bad going the third I stopped. Four the next time and I hope it's not going to be another month. like the last time. Smile
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Post by Rachel August on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:47 am

I know what you mean about the back-side pain there!!!

Yesterday my husband and I rode for 21 miles down to the next little town for some lunch - took the back roads... just an amazing quiet and beautiful ride.... but oh man after so long on that bike...needed a couple beers just for the pain!!!!

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:49 pm

Hey, we added a biking thread and now everybody is riding...  Or was it the other way around?

I suffer when I ride too, especially when I ride a lot of miles without easing into it like when Bill and I rode in the PA mountains last June. My bike seat is all wrong for long distances, big and way too padded... I think Bill is our resident high mileage biking expert and he had some good advice on seat selection for me. I'm actually going to get a seat like he suggested at some point but then again I'd really like a whole new bike.

Jeez, biking is a money pit. Shocked

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Post by Rachel August on Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:01 pm

tutt wrote:

Jeez, biking is a money pit. Shocked
See..... that's what I tell my husband when I buy new running shoes....Bike $$$$$thousands.....new shoes....$110.00 ....PINK shoes - priceless
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Post by Sumorunner on Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:07 pm

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Jeez, biking is a money pit. Shocked[/quote]
Yeah, I noticed that. Years ago, a group in my office at GE were dedicated cyclists and all they talked about was the equipment and the accessories. They worried mostly about the efficiency of their machines and were constantly upgrading their stuff. Even the jerseys had to be fancy whereas I ran in any old crap that wasn't tattered beyond recognition. I told them I rode a 1972 JC Penny pos 3-speed primarily because it was very inefficient and gave me a tougher workout. That made absolutely no sense to them.

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Post by kodi30 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:03 pm

Bikes are expensive and upgrades seem normal to the hot shots.  My bike is 1983 vintage.  It's a Peugeot with the shifters on the downbar not in the handle bars.  It got me through an IRONMAN and several century rides and for the amount of riding I do now it is sufficient.  What kills me is the cost of biking shorts and jerseys.  Sad

I went out again this morning after running track intervals. I've been riding a basically flat 3.6 mile loop and my average mph is getting better. Shouldn't have taken to long to get back to riding. Nice weather coming up in a month or so and it will be great riding here....just not very safe.
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Post by kyoung on Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:32 pm

Keys to a more comfortable ride:

The right saddle. Less saddle actually is more likely to cause less discomfort.

The correct fit to the bike

Good bike shorts

Biked 75 miles Sunday and no problems.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:41 am

What should I look for when buying bike shorts and how much should I expect to pay?

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Post by kodi30 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:20 pm

tutt wrote:What should I look for when buying bike shorts and how much should I expect to pay?  
Not an expert but with some padding. Some have too much and some hardly none. Years ago they used chamois but I think they all got away from it. For really decent ones they will have 6 or more panels. You can expect a minimum of $50.00 but that's really on the low end, or at least from what I see even at online stores.
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Post by RGrabel on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:13 am

Smile So pleased that you added a bike section to this forum.  I used to post on CA as a runner and lots of things happened in the interim.  Right around the time my wife and I moved to Canada (November 2012) my feet began a downward spiral that led me to have to stop running.  A physical therapist I was going to in NY said "good that you're young enough to find a new sport - now go and find it".  Since I moved her, I bought a decent (not crazy expensive - just decent) road bike and have got myself up to about 150 miles per week including shorts on the weekdays and usually a 30 to 60 mile on the weekend.  Have to say that I really, really enjoy it and am training for a 360 mile (in a week) ride next summer.   I would agree that some of these folks are a little crazy with the gadgets, gear and clothes.  I have bought three pairs of those shorts - and $50 to $75 is spot on for a decent paid.  First time I came home in them, my wife tortured me as I use to make fun of them when I was a runner.  Anyway, I'm happily distracted.  And even better news is that after working with a new physical therapist here in Canada and lots of pt and ankle/dorsiflexion exercises, he actually thinks I can try some running in moderation.  I think next time (if I'm lucky enough for there to be a next time) definitely will alternate and take days off- my excess surely did me in on the first time round!.  Good to be back

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Post by Rachel August on Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:05 pm


Really good to hear from you! Sorry to hear about the issues with your feet, but cycling is a cool sport and sounds like you really like it - bike shorts and all!Very Happy 


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Post by RGrabel on Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:14 am

Thanks - definitely still got running in the blood (and mind) so I'm hopeful that I'll get back to it when time and my body allows for it. By the way, when I use to post on CA, there was sort of a virtual team that was posted their runs on logarun - is there anything like this for the biker folk? I've been posting my rides on digifit.com - not my favorite site but it does the job. I'd be happy to be part of anything like that (or start it if it doesn't exist and folks are interested). Please let me know.

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Post by kodi30 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:10 pm

I post all my activities on Daily Mile. It has all different categories. www.dailymile.com

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Post by kodi30 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:12 pm

Hot and humid bike ride yesterday. Hoped for 15-20 but ended up with only 11.2. Sweat was running into my eyes so bad I couldn't see. Tell me summer and this high humidity is almost over. LOL!

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Post by RGrabel on Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:14 am

Thanks for the daily mile suggestion - I used to post on that when I was running and forgot what a good site it is both for stats, fun and sharing. I posted on it yesterday and today (spinning class and 20 mile ride). Much happier with that then digifit which seemed like it was in a permanent test stage as they worked to get out lots of bugs

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Post by kodi30 on Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:51 am

What is your logon, we can become friends there too. You can search for me there as Mel P.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:24 am

kodi30 wrote:Hot and humid bike ride yesterday.  Hoped for 15-20 but ended up with only 11.2.  Sweat was running into my eyes so bad I couldn't see.  Tell me summer and this high humidity is almost over. LOL!
It's 28 with frost here in Western New York State Mel... Running was a lot easier this morning.

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Post by RGrabel on Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:56 am

I'm RGrabel - I'll take a look for you there. And Dave, I'm jealous! As much as I love the bikes, I'm still looking forward to the possibility of running again (someday). Have a great weekend

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Post by kodi30 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:33 am

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kodi30 wrote:Hot and humid bike ride yesterday.  Hoped for 15-20 but ended up with only 11.2.  Sweat was running into my eyes so bad I couldn't see.  Tell me summer and this high humidity is almost over. LOL!
It's 28 with frost here in Western New York State Mel... Running was a lot easier this morning.
Now I'll sound like a complainer. I don't remember very well what 28º feels like but I do know that for this old body, it's too cold. Smile 60 - 70 works really good for me.
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Post by RGrabel on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:01 am

Just another good thing to share - happy to let you all know that I get to post in the running area again! Yea! My P/T cleared me to do 1 minute run/3 minute walk as a starting point to get back myself slowly back into it. Max 3 days a week for up to an hour so I've got myself back to 4 miles in 50 minutes at that pacing. Tremendously appreciative for the value of intelligent physical therapy. BUT the really nice thing is that I've come to like the bike so much that I'm happy to keep the run to 3 days a week and have the balance to cycle/spin. All in all, good stuff - moral of the story: get a 2nd opinion

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Post by kodi30 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:48 am

Good on being able to start running again. I think the cross training between biking, running and weights really makes a difference on both the bike and runs. Keep up the good work.

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Post by Rachel August on Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:03 pm

RGrabel wrote:Just another good thing to share - happy to let you all know that I get to post in the running area again! Yea!  My P/T cleared me to do 1 minute run/3 minute walk as a starting point to get back myself slowly back into it.  Max 3 days a week for up to an hour so I've got myself back to 4 miles in 50 minutes at that pacing.  Tremendously appreciative for the value of intelligent physical therapy.  BUT the really nice thing is that I've come to like the bike so much that I'm happy to keep the run to 3 days a week and have the balance to cycle/spin.  All in all, good stuff - moral of the story: get a 2nd opinion
GREAT news!!!! All you need now is the swim.......and then onto triathlons!!!!

Really happy to hear from you and glad to know you're doing well!!!



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Post by trishb on Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:12 pm

I agree...great news that you got the ok to get running again!

And I also agree that everyone should get a second opinion...or third.


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Post by Marc Thayer on Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:52 pm

Run, bike...swim is sure to follow. Great work out without the impact issues.
Congrats on the clearance.

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