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5 months, 1 week ago on Why women have saddle problems on the bike
@rabbitingon Unfortunately it is very common. Most likely there is something wrong with your position. Usually when this happens, it because there is too much pressure on the soft tissue area, but it can also be a saddle issue.
@meggles I agree with this in theory. But the reality is that most people don't have sufficient strength in their feet. We wear shoes that dont fit properly, we dont stretch or strengthen our supporting muscles, etc. Pedal stroke: We do and should be pulling back and up although we dont actually produce significant power on the recovery part of the pedal stroke. Thanks for the discussion
6 months ago on Do your feet bother you when you ride?
@nollarwind Part of it may be in your head but most of it is likely a shoe fit problem. Your feet are not stable enough inside the shoe.
Great article Sophia. I couldn't agree more. Stuff just clogs us up. As Ann said in her comment, try and take a backpacking trips or a bike tour and see how little we really need Thanks Victor
7 months ago on Does Less Stuff Make Us Happier?
@cycleography I think you are correct but there are times when rinsing may be faster. For example near the end of a race when your body does not have time to digest. There is some interesting research being conducted on this topic right now. If nothing else it shows that a tremendous amount of our endurance capacity if mental.
Thanks for reading
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Endurance Athletes Should Re-Think Fatigue.
That is interesting.
Darryl, Thanks for this great video. I know a lot of smaller riders struggle with clipless pedals
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Clipless Pedals for Lighter Riders
@meggles Thanks for the comment. Its an interesting discussion.
Because of the way we pedal a bike, pushing down and pulling up, etc. a loose shoe is not a solution. In a cycling shoe your foot is connected to the bike and cannot move the same as if you were walking or running.
In a cycling shoe if you allow your arch to collapse and your toes to splay out you are causing misalignment of your ankle, knee, hips, etc. The can lead to repetitive strain and possibly injury.
I am not a advocate for wedges but I am for orthotics and footbeds. In fact you would find that while using footbeds with arch support you will have much better feel or proprioception as well as power production.
The are several good studies that confirm the increase in power ( 6-9% increase with the use of custom orthotics) . My personal observations confirm this as well. I have also seen hundreds of cyclists benefit from properly fitting (not constraining) cycling shoes with supportive footbeds.
1 year ago on Do your feet bother you when you ride?
One of my favorite fun cycling things to do is to ride to school with all of the neighborhood kids. Kids are all about fun, we should all take notes and remember how riding a bike is playtime.
My latest conversation: One Athletes Ironman Story of His Near Death Experience
1 year ago on Ride of Your Life: Make Cycling Your New Gym
Thanks to the fantastic people at the @greatist for having me as a guest. You guys are well the greatist! I want to hear about your cycling story.
Excellent post on a seemingly boring topic. Socks!! Thanks for the mention too!
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1 year, 1 month ago on Pick the Right Athletic Socks, A Case Against Cotton
@LadyJoanaGonzalez Thanks for the comment.. I am sooo glad its finally warm
1 year, 1 month ago on Interview with the Sufferfest King
@AlScher I agree. They are entertaining and provide a great work out. When one is your fave?
@zenbiking @susanalexander Great conversation! You should both listen to this interview with an ultra runner turned cyclist. Very cool the way she copes with the daunting task of running 100miles http://bicyclelab.com/interview-with-sallie-ultra-runner-turned-cyclist/
The real issue is that most of us are not comfortable just being with ourselves. It is one of the hardest things we can do yet at the same time the easiest thing we can do. Tich Nhat Hanh describes the process and state in his simple book Peace Is Every Step: http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Every-Step-Mindfulness-Everyday/dp/0553351397
Thanks for commenting
1 year, 2 months ago on An Insiders Guide to Zen on your Bike
@zenbiking I completely agree. Though this is just another great focus that you can put into your workout toolbox. Thanks for the comment1
@sbstrum The books are good but I feel they offer way too much info. I do offer this in online class with videos on how to. Specifically geared towards high end road and tri bikes.
I cover the basics on what you really need to know to do basic repairs and maintain your bike.
Here is a link to the info page
In the future I may offer a class on how to build up your own bike.
1 year, 2 months ago on How much do you need to know about your bike?
@sbstrum Great idea for a video.. Will put it on the list...
Do you mean tubular tires or tubless? Clinchers vs tubulars...
I assume tubulars. correct me if I am wrong
It is extremely rare to get a pinch plat on tubular. In 30 years of riding I don't think I have ever had a pinch flat on a tubular.. I have seen it happen.. Latex tubes give a great ride feel but are problematic. I would avoid as the problems out weigh the benefits.
The sealers work in just about any tire. They help with the tiny leaks. But they should not be your first defense rather last.
Tubulars vs Clinchers
Gluing tires on tubulars is a pain and expensive but the wheels are lighter. Clinchers are super easy to maintain but add a bit of weight and the wheels are not quite as strong. Its really a personal choice
1 year, 2 months ago on Bicycle Maintenance Tip: Avoiding Flat Tires
@sbstrum Thanks for the comment. The fitting bike is just a tool. The fitter and rider together determine optimal position. I have some of the basics in my fitting book.
On efficiency: part of the equation is position and part learned techniques. Fitting and technique are very closely tied together and should be part of the process. Happy to answer more questions
1 year, 2 months ago on Bicycle Fitting with the Guru Robotic Fit Bike
Received this comment via email: Thought I would post it here.
" I participated in "Tour of Palm Springs" century bike ride today and with the cross winds gusting at 30-40mph with blowing sand which actually left some pitting on my fork, it was a day for those who actually maintained their bikes. In the ten mile stretch ( I spoke to the SAG mechanic) there were 15 riders who's bikes broke down enough to end their ride. One in my group who is lazy about maintenance, snapped his chain, tore a tooth of the cassette and snapped a spoke. This was at mile 9 of 104. While we were getting the master link fix, a frozen rear derailur was brought to the mechanic at the same time. Those riders who feel that cleaning and lubing the drive train regularly did well, those who's drive trains were neglected did not fair well with the increased force from fighting the cross winds and the added sand and gunk in the already packed in the drive train. Shifting under load is not advisable, but shifting under load with a poorly functioning drive train may cause catastrophic failure. Moral of the story, even though you think it will be ok, will your bike be able to handle adverse conditions when we really take it outside. If you don't want to go home early on your ride, don't ignore the creaks from the drive train, and learn how to do the simple stuff. "
1 year, 3 months ago on How much do you need to know about your bike?