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post #31 of 41
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I tried putting my soft orthotics in my bike shoes, and they don't fit. Well, they do, but my foot won't fit in there with them. Kind of a bummer. So maybe I'll look for some generic, off the shelf inserts that will add a bit of cushoning without taking up so much volume. I find it off that a bike shoe would have a smaller last in the forefoot than a ski boot. Maybe I should have gone with a larger shoe? Oh well. I used them with the stock insoles when I rode to work, and they didn't bother me.
post #32 of 41
Your feet may hurt because of how you are pedalling. try pushing & pulling forward & back instead of mashing down. clipless allows you to do this. I had foot pain when I first switched also & this advice froma friend helped a LOT!

now that it has warmed up ( yeah I'm a wuss gonz) I am biking to work also. Not every day though, since I wear suits, etc i need to leave clothes there & do not have room for a full weeks worth. Great way to wake up!!

Lance had his kid with a lot of help from medical science. He donated the sperm before his chemo which left him totally infertile. Then after he was married he did IVF w/ his wife.
He goes into a lot of detail about it in his book.
On a similar note, the new saddles do help trhe "numb nuts" feeling I used to get on long rides.
post #33 of 41
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some notes from the converted.

I love riding to work. I'll get 4 days of commuting on my bike this week. I'd have had 5, but I had a planned late meeting with a division CEO yesterday, so I wanted to look (and possibly smell) better. I generally get to my office and take off my shoes and socks and cool down for 10 minutes or so, then change. It's sort of weird sitting here in the corporate ivory tower in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt.

I've started riding my hard-tail to work. I think it helps. It's old, but was riding pretty well until about 1/4 mile from home, tuesday evening, when my chain broke. What a pain. I ran out to an LBS and realized that a fix-it link costs half as much as a new chain. So, considering how old the old chain was, and that it had broken once before, I bought a new one. I've also been using my cage pedals. They aren't as efficient, but I'm more comfortable, especially walking in and out of the building. I don't like grinding the cleats of my bike shoes on the concrete in the parking garage. The biggest change I made, from the first couple of rides, was to get a rack, and put my stuff in a small pack on the rack. The backpack was making my back sweat profusely, even on 40 degree mornings, when the rest of me was freezing.

One side note. If you use bungee cords to secure your pack to the rack, make sure they are *very* secure. I had one bounce off and get all wound up in my rear gears. It took me 15 minutes to be able to get the gears to free-wheel again!
post #34 of 41
I envy you JohnH
I would ride to work but it would involve several very steep hills up and down and riding among the idiot drivers here in San Francisco. At least I can ride the metro to work and not deal with parking. It also is a little more enviroment friendly. I'll just have to reserve my riding for the weekends. Thanks for the notes and comments though. They are both helpful tips as well as entertaining sometimes.
post #35 of 41
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I will make the ride friday. I think 2 of my ski instructor friends (husband and wife) will aslo make it.

I would normally agree about the handling, but for a mostly straight ride on a paved path, it's not a problem. For mountain biking, it's sort of a toss up. I don't like having the weight on me, because it makes getting out of the saddle much more tiring. I don't think a saddle pack or water bottle is enough for me to notice the handling changes. My K2, with it's carbon chain stays is flexible enough that it doesn't handle all that great anyway. But I like it. My reason for the Camelback is that a water bottle or two is never enough water for me.

Oh yeah, on my last ride on some of the long uphills, I noticed that I was pumping the bike enough to start the back wheel bouncing off the ground. So, on monday, I ordered a heavier spring (600lb) for my Noleen rear coil-over. I should get it early next week, so hopefully, I can have it on the bike by the time we ride on friday. The guy at the shop said it will make a huge difference. I hope so. I like a stiffer ride as long as it doesn't bust my ass.

There is an LBS here that Gill mentioned that is listed as the only K2 dealer around. When I called them, they said that they can get me parts, but they don't deal with K2 much anymore.

Major Question: I saw a guy on MTBR selling both Noleen shocks that I have on my bike. They are new (maybe he replaced them for something better when he bought it), and he's selling both of them for $50. Should I jump on this, or not? What's the liklihood of my coil-overs going bad and needing replacement? If they went bad and needed fixing, what's it cost to repair one? I just spent $35 for one new rear coil spring, so I get the impression it's a hell of a deal. Opinions?
post #36 of 41
John H,

Broke a Chain - Back wheels bouncing too much - riding four or five times a week. That means two things - you're hooked and your getting into better shape. Just wait till you go on a weekend ride and start dropping the guys you ride with. Who would think that 5 miles a way each day could do that for you. Add in the fact that you are not using clipless and lugging around an extra 5-10 lbs. of clothing etc. and you start to realize some real gains.

Dchan - come on give it a try. You may find a hidden bike path or side street to work. Often the safest route is not the most direct, but what's an extra mile or two when you' re having fun.
post #37 of 41
Have you ever been to San Francisco, not a bike friendly place on the city streets. I investigated it. It's not the hills that scare me so much but the drivers.
I think SF has one of the highest fatality rates for pedestrians.. Even public transportation hit's and kills on what seems to be a regular basis. Then the red light runners.....don't get me started.

I think I'll stick with Trolly-metro for now. I'll reserve my bike/inline skating for times I don't have to share with the motorists.
Just last week my van got hit ($1700 damage) while parked. The damn stupid lady driving tried to run.. I had to chase her down and flag a cop to catch her. Unlicsensed and uninsured.
post #38 of 41
i totally agree - bay area, especially SF drivers can be a nightmare. i still bike most of the time to work basically from one end of the city to the other. took me a month or so, but there are definitely ways to get across the city w/ the least amount of hills to traverse and w/ the least amt of cars to deal with.
post #39 of 41
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I've been hooked since I got my full squishy ride last year and started riding good technical single track every week. I'm definitely getting in better shape. I can spin for a half hour, going up hill most of the way (very shallow up hill, but it keeps you from resting), with a fairly heavy bag on the back of my bike. Today, when I go home, it's supposed to be 90 degrees, and pretty humid. Since I have some downhill on the way home, and I don't have to worry about being soaked with sweat, I can usually fly. The couple of steets I have to cross are a real pain in the ass though. Sometimes you make it straight across, sometimes you wait for 1-2 minutes. Oh, and the bugs!! Holy sh!#!! this path is surrounded by scrub brush the whole way. Yesterday afternnon, I was just crusing along, and with no warning, just started getting slammed with gnats. It took me a good 5 seconds, in my highest gear, to get through them. Yeecchh
post #40 of 41

Did those gnats taste minty? Can't say I have had that experience lately but when I lived back east I sucked in my fair share. Someday it will be a bee - if you have not experienced that already. Bee in the mouth, bee in the jersey, bee in the glasses - it always happens when going very fast or on terrain where stopping fast is a bad idea. Man the east has been wild in the past year - huge snow - now the heat is on.
post #41 of 41
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Yeah... I like my weather the same way I like my women... wet and hot! (It's a joke! Settle down!).

When I did the 48 mile death ride a couple weeks ago, the other guy I was riding with took a bee to the chest, and got the stinger. He grabbed hi chest while moving at a good rate of speed, and his wife thought he was having a heart attack.

I think I remember taking some larger flying insects in the mouth, but none recently. I'll have to hope it stays that way. I'll get my protien other ways, thank you.
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