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Knighthawk 09-17-2010 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
In near the Arsenal?! I'd say there's places to ride! Least there looked like it when I was driving back and forth to Pelham Range from McClellan.

As long as you have some country roads, you have a place to ride. Don't need no steenkeen bike path!

(or go ride around McClellan like whatsisname did in his RR. :augie)

M


I thought about FT. McClellan. That's probably where I'll end up riding.

If I could find a 10 mile loop close by, I'd be happy. At least for a while.

I need to invest in a decent pair of bicycle shorts. :uhoh

VelvtRide 09-17-2010 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
I made it back in one piece. I may have overdone it for my first ride after 4 years of not being on a bicycle. But hey, I'm 75 lbs lighter than I was at the beginning of the year.

Anyway, I rode on the Chief Ladiga trail from Piedmont, AL to the Georgia border. The trail turns into the Silver Comet Trail at the border. 28 miles round trip. I actually feel pretty good. :clap

Time to go take a shower. :wave

http://knighthawk.smugmug.com/Other/...37_dKwvg-L.jpg

:clap

How fast were you averaging? :ear

Gummee! 09-17-2010 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
I thought about FT. McClellan. That's probably where I'll end up riding.

If I could find a 10 mile loop close by, I'd be happy. At least for a while.

I need to invest in a decent pair of bicycle shorts. :uhoh

Shorts help. :nod

Start with Performance Elites or similar. Stay away from gel no matter how tempting.

Mtn bike shorts are OK for short rides, but will start to bunch and chafe after a while.

M

Knighthawk 09-17-2010 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by VelvtRide
:clap

How fast were you averaging? :ear

:wave VR :raabia


Not fast at all. About 12-15 mph.

VelvtRide 09-17-2010 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
Not fast at all. About 12-15 mph.

:raabia

Fast enough! That's where I am now and it took me a whole lot longer to get there than you! Plus, I needed a different bike, too! :lol3

Knighthawk 09-17-2010 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
Shorts help. :nod

Start with Performance Elites or similar. Stay away from gel no matter how tempting.

Mtn bike shorts are OK for short rides, but will start to bunch and chafe after a while.

M


So what's the difference in all the shorts? :scratch

I have just been riding in my old black Army issue PT shorts. The boys got a little numb. :uhoh

Is there ant tips on adjusting my seat? I think I need to raise it just a tad, but should it have a slight forward tilt or keep it level/parallel with the ground?

:ear

Gummee! 09-17-2010 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
So what's the difference in all the shorts? :scratch

I have just been riding in my old black Army issue PT shorts. The boys got a little numb. :uhoh

Is there ant tips on adjusting my seat? I think I need to raise it just a tad, but should it have a slight forward tilt or keep it level/parallel with the ground?

:ear

Numb prolly equals too high and possibly too squishy a seat. Squishy seats put pressure on spots where pressure's not supposed to be. Seat's supposed to be level to a hair down at the nose.

AFA shorts: padding, moisture control, etc. Gel is squishy. See above.

VERY simplified explanation... There's more, but that's the real basics.

M

Knighthawk 09-17-2010 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
Numb prolly equals too high and possibly too squishy a seat. Squishy seats put pressure on spots where pressure's not supposed to be. Seat's supposed to be level to a hair down at the nose.

AFA shorts: padding, moisture control, etc. Gel is squishy. See above.

VERY simplified explanation... There's more, but that's the real basics.

M


I really don't want to invest in a new seat, I'll play with it a little. I thought that if your seat height was adjusted properly, your leg would be fully extended at the bottom of the crank on a downstroke?

I really don't know a damn thing about riding. I'm such a n00b. :lol3

Gummee! 09-17-2010 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
I really don't want to invest in a new seat, I'll play with it a little. I thought that if your seat height was adjusted properly, your leg would be fully extended at the bottom of the crank on a downstroke?

I really don't know a damn thing about riding. I'm such a n00b. :lol3

:nono Hafta have a bend in the knee or yer junk goes numb!

M

Knighthawk 09-17-2010 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
:nono Hafta have a bend in the knee or yer junk goes numb!

M


Well I guess that explains my numb junk. :lol3

I'll lower my seat this afternoon about an inch and see what that does.

Thanks Mike.

pierce 09-17-2010 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
I really don't want to invest in a new seat, I'll play with it a little. I thought that if your seat height was adjusted properly, your leg would be fully extended at the bottom of the crank on a downstroke?

I really don't know a damn thing about riding. I'm such a n00b. :lol3

if your butt is rocking side to side while you're pedaling lightly and quickly, your seat is too high.

with the pedal all the way down, the ball of your foot on the pedal, and your foot level, your knee should NOT be locked, it should still be bent slightly.. from that position on a properly adjusted seat, if you force your knee to lock, your heel should be about as far down as you can stretch. if you can't force your knee to lock, your seat may be too low.

I see far too many novice cyclists pedaling in too high of a gear, downshift til you can spin the pedals at LEAST 60 full turns/minute, and as you get in better shape, maintain somewhere around 80-90 full turns/minute. This number is called "cadence". Riding in too high of a gear uses brute force rather than spin, and will blow your knees out (as well as trash bike chains, gears, shifters).

Rad 09-17-2010 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by VelvtRide
:raabia

Fast enough! That's where I am now and it took me a whole lot longer to get there than you! Plus, I needed a different bike, too! :lol3


If you are just getting into riding, or getting back into riding; forget about the speed average, covering miles is more important. The aveage will come.

pilot 09-17-2010 12:06 PM

When I first started riding this summer and I read what you've posted before about cadence, I thought you were way high in what you were telling me. :shog Now that I've put some miles on, the cadence numbers seem a lot more realistic. It makes sense now.

Gummee! 09-17-2010 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Knighthawk
Well I guess that explains my numb junk. :lol3

I'll lower my seat this afternoon about an inch and see what that does.

Thanks Mike.

Watch me

M

Gummee! 09-17-2010 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Rad
If you are just getting into riding, or getting back into riding; forget about the speed average, covering miles is more important. The aveage will come.

Even if you're an expert forget about avg speed. Its fairly irrelevent. Go hard when its time to go hard and easy when its time to go easy. If you're chasing avg speeds you're always trying to go faster without letting the body adapt to the stress of working out. :nod

Good way to get burnt out. :nod

M


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