Numpty IM Bike Thread

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VT'd    pirate
25/02/2012 at 20:56

Thanks  Cougie, it only started to annoy me after about 40 odd miles.  I'm happy to now gradually build on today, which was a big jump up for me.

I had my tyres at about 110psi and the road was very bumpy and chewed up.  I read that this combination can transmit right through the bars to my shoulders if my grip on the bars isn't relaxed. 

I seem to spend a lot of time on the hoods, only dropping down when I'm pushing along a flat, is that usual?

Since I ride on my own at present (my local bike club are pacing too quick at an average of 19mph for me to join their weekend rides),  my beginners questions must find their way to here.

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/02/2012 at 21:00
Im comfy on the huds and prefer that way on my road bikes. Its only the TT bike I drop down on.
VT'd    pirate
25/02/2012 at 21:01

Thanks Guys, I will investigate all suggestions.  The (new) helmet was a bit low at front SpongeCake, I noticed the drips of sweat hanging at the front.

NH, also thanks I read that somewhere about handlebar width.

Cat, what shoulder exercises do you include? 

I'm doing press-ups as well as weights and sit-ups to improve my posture/core strength, but I would welcome any other advice/exercise.

25/02/2012 at 21:07
This cycle lark can be pretty painful,my lower back was aching like hell today.Think I had the seat a little low,so going to have a tinker with positioning in the morning.
Rafiki    pirate
25/02/2012 at 21:14

Hi VT'd - I have a Trek 2.1 as well for commuting on - have you thought about either dropping the height of the bars, or raising them if they're low already? Its fairly easy to do and might be worth a try before investing in more expensive solutions.

There's various web sites that will explain what angles you're suppose to have between your back/shoulder and other body parts . Whilst these are not always the perfect position, its often a good starting point - worked for me!

IronCat5    pirate
25/02/2012 at 21:21

Physio has me moving my arms up/down in front of me in an arc with a theraband stretched between then. I'm trying to free up a previsouly separated shoulder.

I also spent about half of the ride following a wheel so not looking very far in the distance, which may account for something.

VT'd    pirate
25/02/2012 at 21:34

Cheers Cat, I have enough aches and pains in my hips, knees and ankles for my physio to play with without burdening him with yet another of my defects.

Did you have the new PX bike out Spongecake or was that someone else who just bought one?

RafikiD, I often think about swapping to a more upright type geometry like the Defy or Roubaix.  But I've never tried them, just read that they might be more distance friendly for someone creaky like me.

OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
25/02/2012 at 22:39

VT

I did a big ride today and my hands,  arms, neck etc are also a bit smashed.......
You are supporting yourself on the hoods etc with your arems, hands and neck under tension.  It takes time to buid the muscles up

I find try bars help for the  shoulders/arms/hands, but the neck gets worse........

oh and i ride on the hoods, or tri bars if fitted... the only tiimes i use the drops is when I am scared going down hill....

26/02/2012 at 05:54
VT'd not me with the PX bike must have been someone else.I have a cheap and cheerful Dawes sportif that I got in a sale.
27/02/2012 at 16:04
Hi,I had a proper numpties bike crash on Sunday morning.I was halfway through my 30 mile ride when I thought I would try a slightly different route.I turned off the main road and headed down through a small car park.As i slowed my glasses steamed up a bit and as I went round the side of the building I started to speed up.I looked up and the sun was really shining in my eyes.It was then that I felt myself take off and fly through the air, upside down with my bike still clipped to my feet abit like a somersault with a bike.I landed quite heavily and looked up.I had ridden straight in a barrier that was across the road.I stood up and dusted myself down and had a sheepish look about to see if anyone had seen my truly spectacular bike gymnastics,luckily no-one was about.I walked over to my bike and the triple gear shifter on the left hand side was smashed to pieces.
Anyway to cut a long story short,Has any of you guys and girls got a spare left hand triple gear change 8 speed that you would like to sell me.The one i smashed was a Shimano 2300 triple shifter.
cougie    pirate
27/02/2012 at 16:24
LOL - sorry not got the shifter - but maybe Ebay ?

Congratulations on a spectacular crash though. Is there any chance there was CCTV around ? I'm just curious.
27/02/2012 at 16:41
I hope not cougie Lol,but you never know.Will have to keep an eye on Youve been Framed
27/02/2012 at 17:11
Bliddy Hell Sponge, narrow escape there, glad you didn't come off too bad. The bike can be mended! Put some washing up liquid on the inside of the lenses next time and polish them. That way they shouldn't steam up again!
VT, I had a bike fit the other week, (guy from Bracknell was recommended by Dustboy!) and I thought it was very worthwhile. One thing he did say to me, having watched my riding on the turbo, is not to 'lock' my arms out whilst riding as it would send the road vibrations straight up my arms and into my shoulders and neck. Instead I need to bend my arms so they act like shock absorbers for my upper body.
All the other suggestions already mentioned are all good points too though so I'd go about adopting them all!
IronCat5    pirate
27/02/2012 at 17:59

Did you manage to leave the shop without parting vast amounts of money Siggy? They're about a mile from my house.

Sponge - try the bikeradar forum classifieds for things like that.

27/02/2012 at 18:04
Prince,I was amazed that I didnt hurt myself more.I was in agony riding home and abit sore for the rest of the day.Had a good swim this morning and apart from slight back ache I'm not to bad.
Rafiki    pirate
27/02/2012 at 18:05
Cat5 - what shop are you referring to as I'm obviously not too far from you either - another good Tri shop to annoy my bank manager is never a bad thing!!
IronCat5    pirate
27/02/2012 at 18:27

Cyclezone in Crowthorne.

Where are you RafikiD?

27/02/2012 at 18:35
how can you always tell it's a mountain biker on a road bike? 'cos he'll have bent arms.

MTBers learn to ride with bent arms and a relatively loose grip otherwise the vibration of riding off road will crucify the upper arms, neck and shoulders. translate that onto road riding and you won't suffer so much.

many riders think they need to keep a solid grip on the bars but frankly you don't - watch how loose the pro riders grips are - the bike will often take care of it's tracking and you only need to stiffen the grip when you see hazards ahead.
Rafiki    pirate
27/02/2012 at 19:13

Hey Cat5

That's the old Berkshire Cycles place just be the station? The other Cyclezone that was in Winnersh (which is now a Subway) was terrible - but I guess it has a lot to do with the guys/girls that work there!

I'm just up the road in Wokingham

Fat Buddha - agree completely. I've certainly noticed my reliance on using the bars on my road bike has reduced after getting to grips (excuse the pun) with riding aeros on the TT bike where body position tends to control the steering just as much!

IronCat5    pirate
27/02/2012 at 22:11

That's the place.The road shop is very nice.

Small world eh! Let me know if you're up for a long TT bike ride.

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