Your earlier post about your seat adjustment made me realize that my bike seat is probably far too low, and may well be the reason why I _die_ every time I try to bike any kind of reasonable distance. I'll test the theory, once I can figure out how to actually adjust the seat (no quick release that I can see).
Your leg should be fully extended, knee locked, at the bottom of the downstroke. A lot of bikes don't have quick-releases on the seats, so you'll need a couple wrenches to make the adjustment.
Yeah, I'm not even close to that length of extension. Which I knew was too short, but I have trouble not falling off when I have to come to a stop otherwise :D But since it made such a big difference for you, I might just have to get used to it somehow.
You have to get used to standing down from the seat when stopped. You can't rest on the bike seat at a stop and have the proper extension. Just don't work that way!
My boss is an avid cyclist - he took it up after he had bypass surgery. He wears the riding shoes that lock into the pedals. I could never understand how you don't wipe out wearing those things!
Yeah, I won't even wear toe clips because I'm afraid of wiping out. I know that they would increase my efficiency, etc., but avoiding faceplanting is a tradeoff I'm willing to sacrifice a little efficiency to achieve.
You get used to them surprisingly fast. The trick is just learning how to get your foot away, since it's not the natural "lift off the pedal" method, but more of a "twist your ankle out" motion.
clipless, that is. Toe clips I wouldn't recommend to anyone, because they can actually catch your foot more than clipless can. Not to mention you don't get the true, full upstroke force with toe clips.
I was thinking those would be pretty useful, because then you'd get the power as you lift your foot as well as when you press down. But yeah, I'd probably kill myself.
You beat me to it! Sounds like the recommended height is still the same.
I need to adjust the front and rear derailers on our bikes, because they are way out of whack. Do you know how to do that? I know the screws that need to be turned, I just don't know which ones and by how much...
I know exactly how to do that. You take your bike to the nice people at the bike shop.
Seriously, I don't mess with the gearing. Too many things that can go wrong. If I was ambitious and wanted to learn how it all worked that would be one thing, but I'm never more than a cellphone call away from rescue if something goes wrong, so my energies are expended elsewhere.
LOL. That's probably what we'll end up doing. We've put it off because the crappy bike rack we have ends up stretching out the gear cables.
They're opening a bike store down the road, so we'll probably ride them there. I've been entirely too sedentary lately, and need to get some exercise. Biking is a good option. We have rollerblades, but after I broke my arm snowboarding, I have this innate fear of cracking the ol' wrist bone again.
That was one memorable Valentine's day, to say the least!
I am terrified of falling, after shattering my shoulder two and a half years ago. I have a friend who keeps telling me I'd love rollerblading, but I'm very, very wary.
Funny thing is, up until then I felt I was pretty invincible. Even started skateboarding again. But that fateful February 14 changed all that. It was a three and a half hour drive to the resort, and I wiped out on our second run. Spent the afternoon in the emergency room, and dinner was spent with T cutting my food for me. Of course, it was my right hand that broke.
My sister wants us to drive up to Burlington, VT (she goes to school there) and go to Bolton with her. If we do, I'll be staying on the bunny/beginner slopes for a looooong time.
Not sure if zoethe mentioned this, but a good rule of thumb for seat height: when you are seated, and the pedal is at its lowest point, your leg should be almost completely straight.
Or so they said back when I bought my mountain bike, which was...hmmm...(counting on fingers)...fifteen years ago.
If you don't have a quick release, there should be a nut/bolt combination on the bike frame where the seat post enters the seat frame. It will probably be a 9/16" nut. Just loosen it to ease the tension on the clamp, and you should be able to slide the post up and down. Just make sure you tighten it really well. Nothing quite like being on a long bike ride, hitting a bump, and having the seat slam down onto the frame.
Thanks for the advice! :)
When you start seriously exceeding 64-oz. of water a day, you need to be careful of water intoxication and the effect it can have on your kidneys. Not to say you shouldn't be well-hydrated for a ride in that kind of heat...it's important to be hydrated before you even step outside, because you'll only be in a net-loss position once you start moving.
But if you're doing 96 while just at work...wow, assuming you have 8 oz of fluids in the morning and up to 36 oz at night, you're really getting up there. Be really careful, and don't drink fluids to the point that you feel sick.
And I think I've read stories where people have died from drinking too many fluids, though that is rather extreme. Something about the cells not being able to retain any more water...
I am sipping, though pretty constantly. And yeah, I am definitely drinking extra for the ride. I am considering buying a bottle of Propel for the actual ride home.
Good for you! Keep up the cycling - it's a great low impact workout.
Is your bike a hybrid or a mountain bike? We bought hybrids because the narrower tires were a little easier for road riding than the wide mountain bike tires.
My wife used to have a Cannondale racing bike, and I always thought I was going to kill myself whenever I rode it. Sure, you could ride a million miles per hour at ease on the thing (she regularly smoked me when I was riding my mountain bike), but I was always afraid I was going to get those 1" wheels stuck in something. And since I never wore a helmet, getting the front tire stuck in a sewer drain or crack would have been a Bad Thing.
Other thing I hated about that bike: changing gears. It didn't have quick-trigger gear changers - they were down on the lower frame of the bike, so you had to take your hand off the handlebars to change the gears. Oi vey!
Mountain bike. And about 12 years old, so no suspension or kewl stuff like that.
I am terrified of those skinny-tire bikes, but I never even go around the block without my helmet on!
If we were to start biking again, I'd definitely wear a helmet. I was young and foolish back then ;-)
Santa bought me a helmet to wear while snowboarding, so I'm learning about self-preservation. Slowly...