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Old 04-08-21, 06:41 PM
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hi; had bad knees for years, reduced my riding in 2018 to 5 miles, right knee surgery 2019, down to 3 miles maybe 3 -4 times week, 2020 left knee surgery, same old story. in jan and feb 21 [@76 hard to face the cold!]. i tried some 5mile runs, which resulted in knee flareups lasting a week. meanwhile i put together a 1x10 from a miele toscana frame i had hanging on the wall. previously i was running 3x9 mtb gears to keep the knee load low. 36 upfront 11-40 in the rear, i am still working on the gearing, i have a 11-36 coming and may try a 38 upfront as i seem to be over geared for uphills and under geared for downhills. put the bike together with china parts, runs well for the moment. how long the components or i last on a bike is debatable. just did a 5 mile run, now wait and see what the knees say.
Might want to think about shortening your crank length, e.g., 165 's...
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Old 04-09-21, 08:28 AM
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i had to move from 135", pedal to seat height to 137", to be able to get full rotation. did 6 miles the other day with the seat back at 135, some complaints for the first mile , then all went smoothly. so far no flare ups. did a 3 mile walk today as i mix up walks and rides, brilliant spring morning. if all is well tomorrow i will most likely try my old 10 mile route, last done in 2017. not a lot of hp here, not sure about the having to spin a 165 faster. currently running 170mm crank. thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 04-09-21, 09:30 AM
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i had to move from 135", pedal to seat height to 137", to be able to get full rotation. did 6 miles the other day with the seat back at 135, some complaints for the first mile , then all went smoothly. so far no flare ups. did a 3 mile walk today as i mix up walks and rides, brilliant spring morning. if all is well tomorrow i will most likely try my old 10 mile route, last done in 2017. not a lot of hp here, not sure about the having to spin a 165 faster. currently running 170mm crank. thanks for the suggestion.
Interestingly, when you shorten your cranks by, e.g., 5 mm, you must then raise the saddle 5 mm resulting in a 10 mm difference when coming over the top of the pedal stroke... Interesting research that is easy to Google and has been printed many times on this forum showed that the optimum crank length was actually, 145 mm so, there's a lot to play with there. In any event, the effect on RPMs is usually positive not negative and also that longer cranks at any given RPM results in a faster foot speed which is the more relevant factor to consider. What some find is, when going to a shorter crank the RPMs go up which is good and the foot speed goes down in any given gear which the rider naturally accommodates for by increasing the gear with the result that power output is increased.
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Old 04-11-21, 10:39 AM
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i did 10 saturday the only issue was a lower leg cramp starting at mile 4 mark. changed my front cog from 36 to 38t today and did a 7 mile run to check it out. i did some stretching of the calf muscle before the ride, all went well.
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Old 04-12-21, 03:48 PM
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Deleted - this post was supposed to be in the "did you ride today?' thread.

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Old 04-12-21, 07:54 PM
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I've been averaging about 55km / 34miles a day on my indoor bike, including workouts and time trials. Due to periodic knee swelling, I had the steel forged 170mm cranks drilled at 150mm a few days ago, and raised the seat 2cm, which has been a big improvement. The constant dead spots are gone and my pedaling is quite a bit smoother. This is surprisingly especially noticeable when standing.

Since changing the cranks, I can use the same gears and rpms as previously to go the same paces as before, with no discernible difference in effort. Though the pedal speed around the circumference is lower, my feeling is that some of that previous pedal speed was wasted, due to the dead spots.

During a workout a few days ago, I experimented with different gears / rpms, and felt more efficient with a higher rpm but slightly below a 17/15 increase. There is much more experimenting yet to come, including a possible time trial by the end of the week, provided all goes well in the meantime.

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Old 04-13-21, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by philbob57 View Post
How long ago WAS 2008? It seems like only a couple of years ago....
I can't even remember when 2008 was???
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Old 04-13-21, 09:09 AM
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I can't even remember when 2008 was???
That's not a good sign... right?
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Old 04-20-21, 09:23 AM
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Anyone else find, that after retiring, that they don't do as many group rides as when still employed. Guess I've gotten used to not being on anyone else's schedule, and enjoy the freedom of doing things on my own time, instead of someone else's schedule. Still enjoy a group ride now and then, for the company, but doing a lot less than when I was working. Guess I should add, that while working, was on a very strict time schedule, and lunch, breaks, arrival and end of day were very strictly monitored. Certain that has a lot to do with it!
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Anyone else find, that after retiring, that they don't do as many group rides as when still employed. Guess I've gotten used to not being on anyone else's schedule, and enjoy the freedom of doing things on my own time, instead of someone else's schedule. Still enjoy a group ride now and then, for the company, but doing a lot less than when I was working. Guess I should add, that while working, was on a very strict time schedule, and lunch, breaks, arrival and end of day were very strictly monitored. Certain that has a lot to do with it!
My experience is just the opposite. I do many, many, more group rides, now that I知 retired. Since I知 totally in control of my own schedule, it痴 easy to do any ride I want. And I want to do 4 group rides a week.
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Old 04-23-21, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by freeranger View Post
Anyone else find, that after retiring, that they don't do as many group rides as when still employed. Guess I've gotten used to not being on anyone else's schedule, and enjoy the freedom of doing things on my own time, instead of someone else's schedule. Still enjoy a group ride now and then, for the company, but doing a lot less than when I was working. Guess I should add, that while working, was on a very strict time schedule, and lunch, breaks, arrival and end of day were very strictly monitored. Certain that has a lot to do with it!
I was talking about that very thing earlier this week. In my situation I知 walking 18 holes of golf every morning so I知 a bit more tired in the evenings for group rides. Plus when I was working I was more rigorous with my schedule. I planned around getting rides in so I actually rode more. Now I can ride just about any time that I知 not taking a nap!!
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Old 04-29-21, 11:44 PM
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I was talking about that very thing earlier this week. In my situation I知 walking 18 holes of golf every morning........ Now I can ride just about any time that I知 not taking a nap!!
90+ holes of golf per week is enough to induce 'nap syndrome' in any retiree.
Not to mention many of your cycling expeditions.
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90+ holes of golf per week is enough to induce 'nap syndrome' in any retiree.
Not to mention many of your cycling expeditions.
... and, when you hook into that you can take advantage of something else that's different, unlike in younger days when you drink a lot of coffee to stay awake all night to pass midterms or whatever... Feel free to enjoy a coffee nap-- supposed to be good for 'ya...https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-nap
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90+ holes of golf per week is enough to induce 'nap syndrome' in any retiree.
Not to mention many of your cycling expeditions.
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... and, when you hook into that you can take advantage of something else that's different, unlike in younger days when you drink a lot of coffee to stay awake all night to pass midterms or whatever... Feel free to enjoy a coffee nap-- supposed to be good for 'ya...https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-nap
I think my last cup of coffee was in College for late night studying!
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I think my last cup of coffee was in College for late night studying!
I'd almost bet my last round of golf was about when you graduated College.
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I know this is the age, but dang.....

I lost motivation to ride today shortly after waking. Found out about family & friend deaths. Family member was related thru marriage to my sister. Other man was an old family friend, visited regularly growing up (but only Xmas cards since). Ages 62, 67.

I will ride tomorrow. I think the texting has mostly ended and I missed a good day to spin today.
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RIP Charlie Spainhour. He was doing his usual Tuesday bike ride and suffered a massive heart attack. 67 years old. I don’t think he posted in 50+ but fits this forum for sure. He also enjoyed playing golf like yours truly. Good guy.

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RIP Charlie Spainhour. He was doing his usual Tuesday bike ride and suffered a massive heart attack. 67 years old. I don稚 think he posted in 50+ but fits this forum for sure. He also enjoyed playing golf like yours truly. Good guy.

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R.I.P. Mr Spainhour.
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lol.
Is there anyone really 65+ here?
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My respects to Mr Spainhour. May God bless his soul!
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lol.
Is there anyone really 65+ here?
65+? Yes, until there is a 70+ sub-Forum. 3000 - 4000 miles per year for 1/2 a lifetime, more mi/yr when I lived in flat America.

How 'bout you?
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lol.
Is there anyone really 65+ here?
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Saving for anterior anthroplasty before I'm 73...


Found some rain...
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I'll be 70 in a couple weeks and will be doing a 70 miler to celebrate. Also, recently bought a new Colnago road bike so I'm still youthful enough for quick bikes with drop bars.
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I'll be 70 in a couple weeks and will be doing a 70 miler to celebrate. Also, recently bought a new Colnago road bike so I'm still youthful enough for quick bikes with drop bars.
How large a rear tire does a new Colnago accommodate these days? ... 25 is the max on my '15 Felt.
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