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Old 06-05-2005, 07:19 PM   #1
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My knee has been messed up for a while so I haven't been able to run. I finally rode my bike today...yes, its a stupid huffy, but it moves, although I need to grease up the gears a bit, and it felt a lot better. I did about 6 miles fairly easily but obviously want to do more. If I actually continue to use my bike for the entire summer I'll probably pick up a real one near the end of the season when they should be cheaper (right?) So any tips on what I should be looking for then would be nice too (500 would be the absolute max I could spend, probably closer to 200 max if I move out.)

The brakes seemed decent after I had worn them in a bit. The seat wasn't overall uncomfortable, but near the second trip around it started to hurt, will this get better or is there a easy cheap way I can fix this? Also any other tips to enhance my stamina and do better?
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So you're saying that the seat is hurting your ass?
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:21 PM   #3
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get a racing seat and fabricate a mounting bracket for it to put on your bike, should be comfy
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:22 PM   #4
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So you're saying that the seat is hurting your ass?
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:24 PM   #5
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Please describe the exact location of the pain in your ass, and the type of sensation experienced. Only then can we better assist you.
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:27 PM   #6
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:27 PM   #7
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Its like a large cylinder shape went in my bunghole and then went in and out repeatly.

So is that what you wanted me to say?

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They say its like riding a bike.


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Old 06-05-2005, 07:28 PM   #9
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Its like a large cylinder shape went in my bunghole and then went in and out repeatly.

So is that what you wanted me to say?

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It might help if you put the horizontal, cushioned part on top of the post next time.
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:31 PM   #10
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buy one of those big old beach cruser seats with the gel padding and the pain should go away.

Seriously though if you get into it more, 200 bucks isn't going to get you that much of a better bike then you already have. I always recommend budgeting at the very minimal 500 dollars for a bike that will last awhile.
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:31 PM   #11
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Oh...I thought having a large black thing which looks like a penis and two balls was sort of gay, but I guess it makes more sense.
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:34 PM   #12
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buy one of those big old beach cruser seats with the gel padding and the pain should go away.

Seriously though if you get into it more, 200 bucks isn't going to get you that much of a better bike then you already have. I always recommend budgeting at the very minimal 500 dollars for a bike that will last awhile.
Yea, I know you can spend a lot more for a better bike, but I honestly don't need much. For lack of a better term I'm just looking for a civic type bike, something which will work during the non-winter (late April to early November) and not kill me. I don't need something which will win me the Tour de France, although we'll see how much money I have when I get to that point.
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:39 PM   #13
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Oh...I thought having a large black thing which looks like a penis and two balls was sort of gay, but I guess it makes more sense.
so you prefer black ones?
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:53 PM   #14
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No That's why I didn't want to use it.
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:01 PM   #15
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if you do a lot of biking get a proper seat so you don't crush the 2 veins going to yer dick
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:22 PM   #16
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My knee has been messed up for a while so I haven't been able to run. I finally rode my bike today...yes, its a stupid huffy, but it moves, although I need to grease up the gears a bit, and it felt a lot better. I did about 6 miles fairly easily but obviously want to do more. If I actually continue to use my bike for the entire summer I'll probably pick up a real one near the end of the season when they should be cheaper (right?) So any tips on what I should be looking for then would be nice too (500 would be the absolute max I could spend, probably closer to 200 max if I move out.)

The brakes seemed decent after I had worn them in a bit. The seat wasn't overall uncomfortable, but near the second trip around it started to hurt, will this get better or is there a easy cheap way I can fix this? Also any other tips to enhance my stamina and do better?
Initailly, work on your cadence to keep your crank spinning at about 80-90 rpm or so. Don't worry about bike speed or distance. Do at least 30 minutes and work that time up as you progress. Developing stammina early will make for more enjoyable cycling.

As for the seat comfort issue, it sounds like the bike cockpit (IBhesaidcockpit) may need some adjustment to fit you better. Most pain associated w/ the seat comes from an improper seating position more than from the seat itself. How does your neck and lower back feel? Are they both ok?

Your season-end plan is a good one. Ride the stuffing out of the cheap bike for now, watch for deals in a bit.
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:43 PM   #17
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Get a good seat. Get biking shorts - they have cushioning where you need it. There are baggy biking shorts too if you don't like the spandex kind.
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:48 PM   #18
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Go to a real bike shop, not a department store. Buy a leftover 2003 or 2004 mountain bike or hybrid with some Shimano LX components in the mix (minimum level for serious riding). It should set you back $300-500. That will get you a bike that is 1,000% better quality than a department store bike, and it will be fitted to you, assembled, and safety-checked by someone who has more brain cells than fingers.

Most new bikes have some kind of "relief" saddle with a channel running down the middle and more padding under your pelvic "sit" bones. If the bike doesn't come with one, you can upgrade to one off the rack at the shop for $15-20. Don't go with a huge tractor seat - it's too heavy and will get in the way of your legs if you start riding longer distances.

If you keep riding your bike on a regular basis, you will probably get your "bike butt" back soon and the pain will go away. Everybody who stops riding for a while gets the pain when they get back on the bike.

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Old 06-05-2005, 08:54 PM   #19
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If nothing else, go to a bike shop and ask them to adjust the seat/stem properly for you. It will make worlds of difference, and it is a start, even if a Huffy isn't a very nice bike.

I do second the thought that you should try to pick up a new bike, last years model, etc. LX isn't REALLY the minimum necessary for 'serious' riding. I was a mechanic in a shop for 6 years and rode competitively, LX is nice stuff, but if you're just starting out, you could go a level or two below it and still be ok. If you DO have the cash though, LX is good.

As others said, try to spin quickly, and try to spin circles, not up/down/up/down.

If you get into cycling, and eventually get clipless pedals (not needed for a long time), make sure to get somethign with a lot of float.


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Old 06-05-2005, 09:02 PM   #20
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You will enjoy cycling much more if you get off that Huffy...even if you think it is working for you and you don't need much, seriously consider upgrading. On a tight budget? Check out the local classifides, MTBR.com classifides, bike shop bulletin boards, ect for a nice deal on a used one. Definately the way to go.
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:08 PM   #21
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It doesn't really make sense to spend a lot of jack on a bike if the goal is simply to get in shape, unless your bike is so craptastic you hate riding it, and so you don't. There's nothing wrong with a Huffy, actually IMO it's kind of dumb to buy an expensive bike unless you're really seriously riding for distance or something.

In other words, if the point is to get your heart rate up and sweat a bit, get a better seat & ride the piss out of that Huffy, it will build stamina just as quick or quicker.
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:12 PM   #22
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Initailly, work on your cadence to keep your crank spinning at about 80-90 rpm or so. Don't worry about bike speed or distance. Do at least 30 minutes and work that time up as you progress. Developing stammina early will make for more enjoyable cycling.

As for the seat comfort issue, it sounds like the bike cockpit (IBhesaidcockpit) may need some adjustment to fit you better. Most pain associated w/ the seat comes from an improper seating position more than from the seat itself. How does your neck and lower back feel? Are they both ok?

Your season-end plan is a good one. Ride the stuffing out of the cheap bike for now, watch for deals in a bit.

My neck and lower back felt fine. It really wasn't that much pain, it was just a bit of discomfort and it made me sit up in the seat a bit better. My boss said she'll bring in a trainer at some point if I want to work on the seating position, but it actually felt pretty good and at the lowest setting my knee had a slight bend which is what she recommended.

Can you give me some links to the bikes you're talking about because I have no clue what LX or anything means. There is no possibility I will get a new bike soon, I just bought a car on Tuesday and I'm not spending money I don't have on something I may not use more than twice a year. I just need something which will get me in some sort of shape at the moment.
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Old 06-06-2005, 05:11 PM   #23
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I have one more question. My current bike is fine except its a bit difficult to shift gears, it kept on getting stuck halfway between two of them on the rear one. Would puttin grease on the chain help? If so, what greasee should I get...if there is in fact a difference between any sort of greases. Thanks.
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I have one more question. My current bike is fine except its a bit difficult to shift gears, it kept on getting stuck halfway between two of them on the rear one. Would puttin grease on the chain help? If so, what greasee should I get...if there is in fact a difference between any sort of greases. Thanks.
Don't use grease...it'll collect every spec of dirt on the road and turn into a giant mess. De-grease the chain thoroughly and use a wax-based lube like White Lightning. Don't apply too much...aim for the rollers in each link rather than dousing it all over the side plates.

As for missed shifts...sounds like you need to adjust the rear derailleur and possibly replace the cable. They stretch over time and what you describe will be the result.
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:10 PM   #25
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Wax is candle fuel not a lubricant. Tri-flow is by far the better lube, however, I regularly maintain my bike. My favorite way to remove wax buildup from a chain is to light it on fire and pedal it a while. Cleans it right up.

As for suggestions with riding, when you are sitting and pedaling, make sure you use just your legs, not your obliques. If you're turning/pulling your body from side-side, spin an easier gear. Bikes are a leg/lung workout, not abs.

Also, take your bike to a shop to get tuned. Usually it will cost about $65, so getting a $400 bike FROM A BIKE SHOP (not a sports store, or dept store) will is almost worth it if you plan on riding quite a bit.
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