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Old 06-30-2013, 01:23 PM
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Got out for an early ride this morning before it got crowded and effin hot. Was already in the 70's when I left at 7:30am.

Nice mostly empty bike path today...enjoy the lack of frustration with idiots not paying attention where they are walking/jogging/crossing.

Kept it to 20.74 miles today or the Hermosa Pier. I really need to take the bike to get fitted, my knees weren't loving it today...I also got myself into the highest gearing...and found a nice place where I could do most of the ride with minimal gear changes, so I think they had a bit to do with my knees as well.

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Made an appt for Tues morning to get the bike fitted...also picked up a new saddle to take advantage of the last day of the sale at perf bike.
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The fit should help out a lot. Minor adjustments sometimes give way to huge improvements in comfort and power. Your knees will probably be happy.

Are you riding clipless? Can't remember if you mentioned anything about it so far.
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yeah. regular old school pedals.
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anyone enter the strava junedoggle? 755 miles this month.
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yea 1,211 miles

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Just found this excellent thread....

2013 just rolled to the second half. I am 240 miles off pace this year as an extended ski season, business trips (too many) and family stuff has taken a few good days off the calendar. I plan on stepping it up for the second half. 95% of my rides are between 5am and 7am so I may have to do a few night rides to close the gap.
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It is now time for me to taper off.
I will be getting some long rides in in the next 2 weeks but no more mountains or hard rides.

I should have my rim back on friday so I can get my big cassette on and tire for one last weekend ride before I pack the bike up. I did not like the loaner rim that they gave me on the descents. It made the bike even twitchier at speed than it normally is and that isn't a good thing when descending the mountains in France.
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What's your big cassette, Mark?
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My guess is something like 7-19, perfect to go with his 63-54 crank
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I had to cut my ride short today because my knee started to bother me out of the blue, and soon became excruciating. It went back and forth between painful, but I could pedal, or I couldnt put any pressure/weight/tq through my left leg at all. I'm hoping this is some kind of isolated incident, but I have no explanation for it, so I am worried this might be an issue I'm going to have to figure out.
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which part of your knee is hurting? are you spinning enough?
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which part of your knee is hurting? are you spinning enough?
Umm, I think it was the outside (or more the outside) of the knee. Yeah, I don't try to push really big gears or anything. My cadence is generally between 85 and 110 (mostly 90-100 range).

I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary either, other than I had been on my mtb the last while more so than usual (for a 24hr race I did last weekend on a team). Maybe switching back to the road bike from that? Or too long off after the race,...a full week because of some issues I had to deal with for the road machine (mtb in a diff city after the race).

Maybe my pedals are wider apart on the mtb vs the road bike,........and that's an issue?

I haven't had any knee issues on the bike before, so I am baffled.

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I'm wondering if a difference in saddle height between the two bikes might have something to do with it? My road bike's a little lower than optimal, because of my back issues. My back has improved greatly over the last year, so I could probably raise it up a little. The last time I was with a fitter, he indicated it was good having it slightly lower, but said I could move it a bit higher as my back improved. Perhaps it is time.

Maybe the jump from my mtb, which I had totally readjusted because I got a new saddle etc, back to my road bike (which is probably a bit lower of a riding position in terms of leg extension etc) is what it is/was? Knee going,...WHOA, what are you doing to me?

I dunno, just throwing out ideas/possibilities. I'm sure there is a leg extension difference, even if very small, between my mtb and road bike. Perhaps cleat position etc could have a similar effect as seat height/position, and jumping between the two. I should note, I ride my road bike 95% of the time. I'm going to try to ride my mtb a lot more in the future, but up till now, it's been a case of riding a bit before the race (same time each year), and at the race,...then kinda forgetting about it. I'm thinking about doing some more races this summer, and my passion for mtb has been reignited, so I wanna use it a lot more than I have been.

Wonder if it is cleat position related. Usually when riding, I always consciously think to keep my knees close to the top tub to keep everything in line (knees directly over pedals), as I think I tend to push/bow my legs outward. On my ride today, that never crossed my mind at all. Sounds crazy, but maybe that had something to do with it. Maybe a cleat adj is in order.

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What's your big cassette, Mark?
11-28 it is the same one I used in Italy. I just took the cassette and chain off the bike when I got back and put them away, so it was nice and easy to swap them both back. The 11-21 that I have on the bike right now would kill me in France. I would probably make it up the mountains but I would be dead

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My guess is something like 7-19, perfect to go with his 63-54 crank



and the next bike I build will most likely have the new standard, 52-36 which is a nice compromise from regular and compact.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:42 PM
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Got the new saddle on and got the bike fitted. The seat was about 1.5" too low. He said I should see good gains but I am riding the wrong style bike. Said I should into road bikes at some point. Which I already knew.
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anyone hear if Robb is doing OK?
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anyone hear if Robb is doing OK?
I think so. He has been posting on FB.
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Hardest ride yet this morning.

Huge mental barrier for the first 6-7 miles. Had the bike properly fitted yesterday plus a new saddle AND I'm sore from yoga the last two nights in a row. New positioning feels much better but the new challenge comes from not being used to it yet. Different muscles getting activated...triceps are sore. Knees felt great, though.

I broke through the barrier but only thought I was going to be able to handle the short ride (18miles)...but I busted through and made it just past the redondo pier for a ride of 25.3 miles. A new breakthrough! I had to stop a couple extra times to stretch out my legs...but I did the whole ride in 1hr 59min...feeling good and I still have yoga tonight to kick my ass.



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Time for a road bike man!

I'm doing OK. healing. Here's my hip today, four days post-surgery.
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Time for a road bike man!

I'm doing OK. healing. Here's my hip today, four days post-surgery.
Yeah...I know, the way I ride I need one...and the bike shop that did the fitting told me I was riding the wrong bike.

Problem is I can't afford one ride now...sucks...they have a 2011 Fuji Roubaix 1.0 on clearance for 899 that is calling to me. Wife would literally kill me.

Glad your feeling better...I meant to post on facebook, looks like you got on a extra mouth...feed that thing
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WHOA.... NSFW!!!!

lol, wow that is one hell of a incision! And that "part" stretches and flexes no matter what you do... OUCH.

Anyway, hope you are feeling better.

I had a friend break his wrist at the start of ski season. When the put on the cast, he brought a ski pole grip with and while the cast was soft, gripped it hard to mold it so he could still ski that season with the cast.

Do the riding shorts make it over the stitches?
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All these bikes on sale and the wife keeps slapping me and saying no

I dont understand the used bike market.

I keep finding these stock or close to stock models that 9, 10 years or older...and the people are trying to sell them for maybe $300 less than msrp at the time...example, they say they paid $1k (research confirms) and they are asking $700...

I can go get a NEW bike with newer tech/materials/weight for the same savings or MORE.

Or even that '11 Fuji I mentioned in my post above thats $6-700 off on clearance...NEW.

I dont get it.
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Buy it and the let her buy something of equal value

I am going to get a Quarq power meter this fall and then before the spring I am going to build myself a cyclocross bike with disk breaks and Ultegra DI2. I just have to let the misses get something of equal value.

Is does start getting expensive though.
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Buy it and the let her buy something of equal value

I am going to get a Quarq power meter this fall and then before the spring I am going to build myself a cyclocross bike with disk breaks and Ultegra DI2. I just have to let the misses get something of equal value.

Is does start getting expensive though.
Thats not the issue so much as my industry has been in the shitter the last couple years...so the disposable income hasn't really been there to just run out and buy whatever I want like in the past. And with two toddlers it gets even tighter.

I'll figure something out at some point. I usually do
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Maybe find a bike coop, see if there's someone there who knows anything about fitting, and find a really cheap road bike in your size that they can help you bring up to snuff?

You should be able to get a used bike for a reasonable price. They depreciate quicker than the asking prices on Craigslist would indicate because so many are bought and then just sit.
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Maybe find a bike coop, see if there's someone there who knows anything about fitting, and find a really cheap road bike in your size that they can help you bring up to snuff?

You should be able to get a used bike for a reasonable price. They depreciate quicker than the asking prices on Craigslist would indicate because so many are bought and then just sit.
Thats a good idea...but man check out the LA listings for bikes...people are trying to sell some real old stuff for TOP dollar prices, its stupid. I could just get a new bike for the same amount.
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28.3 miles

I forgot to pause during my breaks this time...so it affected some stats.

And I test rode a Specialized Roubaix earlier today....holy shit.

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It has been a good last week of riding before France

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28.3 miles

And I test rode a Specialized Roubaix earlier today....holy shit.
Nice.

The Roubaix is a seriously awesome bike.
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It has been a good last week of riding before France

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You crazy

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Nice.

The Roubaix is a seriously awesome bike.
x2



The knees held out ok today for my ride of a bit over 70 kms. Definitely a good sign considering the pain from last weekend.
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You crazy
Yea It got to around 94 degrees while we were riding and a car pulled up to us at a light and the guys said you guys are insane.

We didn't disagree with them
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Nice.

The Roubaix is a seriously awesome bike.
Yeah...I test rode two more of the higher end models of them today...I dont think I want to try any other makes...I want one of those....now I need to find extra cash....wife is starring daggers at me.

So, I'm going to chill on it for awhile. But damn....riding the hybrid is mentally harder now
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Keep an eye out for when the 2014 models come out. The prices of the 2013 should drop. I bought my Roubaix during a random sale in April, $500 off. Made it even less than the left over 2012.
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Keep an eye out for when the 2014 models come out. The prices of the 2013 should drop. I bought my Roubaix during a random sale in April, $500 off. Made it even less than the left over 2012.
There are sales right now...and they are still high...I'll just bide my time.

The Entry Sport compact is on sale near me for 1300...it has the shimano sora...which arent bad because they switched them to the same style as the others (no more thumb clickers)...but today I rode the step up with the 105 parts (2100) and the step up from that with the ultegra components (3800...on sale for 3000) And damn I felt the difference in the components...specially the brakes...but its all good, cause Im not paying 3 grand for a bike at this time as a beginner.

I think I would prefer the 105 components...but Id be happy has a clam with the 1300 model. Its still a full carbon body and felt great to ride.

but again...its off the table for now. Need to drum up some more clients.
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Picked this up today for my son.
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Went for a nice ride with him in our local state park.
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I'm back. 3h11m yest, 86kms. Felt great!
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I'm back. 3h11m yest, 86kms. Felt great!
You are a monster!

Great news.
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I'm back. 3h11m yest, 86kms. Felt great!
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