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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #475: May 04, 2012, 11:36:37 AM »
I've ridden centuries on plain steel road bikes (a looong time ago)... or are you just more concerned about your injury and it's impact on what you think you can ride?

Have you considered some home PT for this? I have read that some think rolling is great for ITB problems - I used rolling on my calves for a few weeks with terrific results, both for plantar tendon pain and for calf pain. Different problem, but great affect. And you don't need much equipment. I just used a piece of PVC pipe.

http://nyvelocity.com/content/coachingfitness/2010/proper-technique-rolling-your-itb


I'd like to be able to ride some centuries.


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« Reply #476: May 04, 2012, 12:02:36 PM »
What exactly is rolling?  I assume it is what it sounds like...

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« Reply #477: May 04, 2012, 12:06:30 PM »
Rolling your thigh/calf over a "roller", using your body weight (usually)  to apply pressure to soft tissue. There are some videos in that link.

It can be very effective when fascia tissue is hanging up causing pain. Plantar fascitis, ITBS, etc. Or maybe it's just a placebo affect, but it seemed to help me a lot.

What exactly is rolling?  I assume it is what it sounds like...


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« Reply #478: May 04, 2012, 12:11:23 PM »
 
I guess anything that facilitates better circulation and flushing of muscle fibres is a good thing. 

Thai ninja massage is another option. 

Rolling your thigh/calf over a "roller", using your body weight (usually)  to apply pressure to soft tissue. There are some videos in that link.

It can be very effective when fascia tissue is hanging up causing pain. Plantar fascitis, ITBS, etc. Or maybe it's just a placebo affect, but it seemed to help me a lot.




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« Reply #479: May 04, 2012, 12:26:18 PM »
I'd like to be able to ride some centuries.

People can argue otherwise, but a cyclocross bike with slicks will let you do that with no issue. 

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« Reply #480: May 06, 2012, 05:26:54 PM »
I've ridden centuries on plain steel road bikes (a looong time ago)... or are you just more concerned about your injury and it's impact on what you think you can ride?

Have you considered some home PT for this? I have read that some think rolling is great for ITB problems - I used rolling on my calves for a few weeks with terrific results, both for plantar tendon pain and for calf pain. Different problem, but great affect. And you don't need much equipment. I just used a piece of PVC pipe.

http://nyvelocity.com/content/coachingfitness/2010/proper-technique-rolling-your-itb


Yeah, I am confident of my ability to train for and handle a century in terms of stamina, but not with my knees acting up after 20 miles or so.  Home PT makes sense and could be a component of how I approach bigger rides, but will not fix the underlying disfunction which is bike size/fit and possibly my pedling technique. 

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« Reply #481: May 06, 2012, 05:30:11 PM »
Don't be a cheapass and go spend a couple of dimes on a good bike. 

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« Reply #482: May 06, 2012, 05:36:58 PM »
Don't be a cheapass and go spend a couple of dimes on a good bike.

Maybe a used one. 

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« Reply #483: May 06, 2012, 05:39:17 PM »
You're still going to need to blow some dough if you want something that's going to fit you.

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« Reply #484: May 06, 2012, 06:20:54 PM »
You're still going to need to blow some dough if you want something that's going to fit you.

Right.  Part of the reason to buy new would be to ensure all the right sized stuff up front.


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« Reply #485: May 08, 2012, 12:18:52 PM »
Been riding the Crescent since I resumed commuting...that is a gem of a trail.  The Purple Line is going to totally screw it up.

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« Reply #486: May 08, 2012, 12:47:24 PM »
Been riding the Crescent since I resumed commuting...that is a gem of a trail.  The Purple Line is going to totally screw it up.

Eh, that 's the name of the game. 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #487: May 11, 2012, 06:11:23 PM »
I've been commuting 20 miles round trip to work this week and it's been great. The only part better than getting my workout in by the time I get home is all the girls running up and down the rail trail I use in sports bras and short shorts :az:

Talk about motivation.

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« Reply #488: May 11, 2012, 11:26:11 PM »
I'm starting to like riding on big fat knobby tires...kind of slow, but I'm not really in a hurry at this stage.  Plus you can leave the pavement for stretches when necessary.  I only started using my MTB because the rest of the fleet was unfit for action for various reasons, but it's actually quite a bit of fun.  I'll probably want to ramp it up a bit as the body rediscovers sustained high level effort, but hopefully by then I won't feel like a total ass on a fast road bike. 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #489: May 12, 2012, 09:42:43 AM »
Try cyclo tires - best of both worlds.

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« Reply #490: May 12, 2012, 09:45:20 AM »
Btdubs, I'm doing a ride out to Falls Church today (22 miles total) for lunch at Long John Silvers. :az: :az: :az:

Talk about living the life.

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« Reply #491: May 12, 2012, 09:59:43 AM »
Try cyclo tires - best of both worlds.

This has been tempting me for some time.

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« Reply #492: May 12, 2012, 10:38:10 AM »
This has been tempting me for some time.

The cyclo tires or cyclocross in general?

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« Reply #493: May 12, 2012, 11:30:40 AM »
Cyclocross is a very popular (and quite old) spectator sport in Belgium...it's great fun, always wet and muddy, with riders slipping and sliding up steep hillsides with bikes on their shoulders and then skittering down the other side.  I'm glad it's catching on here...I wasn't sure that 'cross would survive the rise of the suspension MTB. 

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« Reply #494: May 12, 2012, 01:08:13 PM »
Suspension MTB is for needledicks. Cyclocross for the win. No ride to the LJS, just some cruising over to the stadium and back.

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« Reply #495: May 12, 2012, 01:08:46 PM »
The cyclo tires or cyclocross in general?

Both. :mg:

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« Reply #496: May 12, 2012, 01:23:53 PM »
Both. :mg:

I'm still way too fat for cyclocross, but I really like the cyclocross tires that came with my Cross Check.  A little rough on the road but not totally slick when I have to hit loose gravel or dirt.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #497: May 12, 2012, 04:53:34 PM »
I'd like to be able to ride some centuries.

I bought a really nice Orbea on Craigslist. Seller let me test ride twice before buying. If you don't feel comfortable buying used, spend at least $1,200 new. It will be worth it.

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« Reply #498: May 12, 2012, 05:20:12 PM »
Orbeas have really nice paint jobs (or whatever one calls it on CF).
I bought a really nice Orbea on Craigslist. Seller let me test ride twice before buying. If you don't feel comfortable buying used, spend at least $1,200 new. It will be worth it.



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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #499: May 12, 2012, 11:12:36 PM »
So, the last place to work on my bike totally freaked it up. Found out right before I started my ride that they forgot to put the chain guard on the cassette and botched putting the tire back on so bad the sidewalk was busted. So $60 later I'm riding with a really kick ass slick on the rear and a cyclo on the front. Great ride today - 90 minutes and 22 miles. Think I even saw ol' PA at some horsecrap festival at the Yards park.