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Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    I suggest a plug kit too. This one has saved my ass a couple times, but there are lots of offerings now.
    https://www.amazon.com/Dynaplug-Micr...445349&sr=8-39
    This. I used a dynaplug for the first time about 2 weeks ago. so fast and easy. quick top off with the CO2 and i was back on the road in ~3 minutes.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Up in Maine for a long weekend, pretty pumped to get some proper riding in while I’m up. There’s some nice gravel to get into and some decent hills around.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    A friend of mine (5’11 woman who commuted year round by bike - in Minneapolis!) is looking at a Surly Midnight Special. She rides for fun quite a bit and wants to go on some dirt roads, not really trails. And MN is relatively flat.

    She asked my opinion. Someone happily riding a 1983 Schwinn SuperSport is probably not helpful. What sayest thou?

    https://surlybikes.com/bikes/midnight_special

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    I’d ride a midnight special. I almost bought one, actually.
    If she leans a little more offroad than road, the bridge club is another cool little surly (also based in Minneapolis) that she probably sees everywhere around town.

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    Links to sites like that Surly site are dangerous........why do I have this urge to buy the Surly Ice Cream Truck

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    I don't get to ride as much as many of you but it's vacation week. Got out today. First off the 1up bike rack is sweet. Easy to use and I still have a bike after using it . I managed 18 miles today which I feel ok about. I was debating 30 but I just didn't have it in the tank for today. Next ride hopefully. However my average speed is increasing. 17.6mph. I've been being a pussy about some of the turns. The road has been sweating a bit and I don't want to end up on the ground as a result. I think if it were dry I might be able to hit 18mph average.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    I've been logging a lot more hours than (ever) before on a trainer. 4-7 hours a week. Sometimes, not always, my SI joint will click probably for 10-15 minutes. Typically at the start of rides. I assume it stops clicking when that area of the back begins to warm up. Has anyone experienced this before?

    I also have a question about seat position. Specifically, should the wide part of the saddle make contact where the red arrow is pointing.

    https://goldentrails.files.wordpress...ndinopathy.jpg

    I definitely feel bone pressure on two points when sitting there... Or, is it more glute action?

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    If you have si joint weirdness it’s likely your seat is too high. You have any local friends (or a roommate) that can take a few pics of you on your bike, preferably directly beside you with that foot at the bottom of the stroke?
    I messed myself up pretty badly 4-5 years ago overtraining with my saddle too high, and it took a good 3mos of chiropractics and stretching to get back to normal.
    Proceed accordingly.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    If you have si joint weirdness it’s likely your seat is too high. You have any local friends (or a roommate) that can take a few pics of you on your bike, preferably directly beside you with that foot at the bottom of the stroke?
    I messed myself up pretty badly 4-5 years ago overtraining with my saddle too high, and it took a good 3mos of chiropractics and stretching to get back to normal.
    Proceed accordingly.
    Is there a rule of thumb like, "your seat height should not be this much higher than your bars"?

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

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    Is there a rule of thumb like, "your seat height should not be this much higher than your bars"?
    No, cause you can move your bars up and down too.

    You shouldn't be "reaching" at the bottom of your pedal stroke. That is tough to tell because people angle there ankle differently. IE, if you naturally angle your foot down you can go higher on the seat without "reaching." The tell tale sign is if your hips rock while you pedal. They shouldn't. That is the sign of reaching. You kind of want to go as high as you can go with rocking your hips. If you lock your leg out, with your foot at its natural angle at the bottom of your pedal stroke, you should be able to completely unweight your butt - but just barely.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    No, cause you can move your bars up and down too.
    Not on the Canyon, I can't...

    You shouldn't be "reaching" at the bottom of your pedal stroke. That is tough to tell because people angle there ankle differently. IE, if you naturally angle your foot down you can go higher on the seat without "reaching." The tell tale sign is if your hips rock while you pedal. They shouldn't. That is the sign of reaching. You kind of want to go as high as you can go with rocking your hips. If you lock your leg out, with your foot at its natural angle at the bottom of your pedal stroke, you should be able to completely unweight your butt - but just barely.
    I can't tell if my hips are rocking by feel. In a month when we're in the new place I can try and get a video of me on the trainer.

    I'm actually worried about the opposite, though. I'm using the "put the seat high enough that your leg is basically straight when your heel is at the bottom of your pedal stroke" and I still think my seat isn't high enough. I'll post a picture of my form and see what y'all think...

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    My leg is far from straight at the bottom of my pedal stroke, but any higher leads to problems at the tops of my hips, specifically with the ligaments that hold the tops of my hips to my spine, and because I did some tendon damage years ago, the back of my knees, if it’s too stretched out.

    This is not to say one is better than the next, but to say: listen to what your body is telling you, especially when doing something as repetitive as spinning a bicycle crank for miles on end.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    If you have si joint weirdness itís likely your seat is too high. You have any local friends (or a roommate) that can take a few pics of you on your bike, preferably directly beside you with that foot at the bottom of the stroke?
    I messed myself up pretty badly 4-5 years ago overtraining with my saddle too high, and it took a good 3mos of chiropractics and stretching to get back to normal.
    Proceed accordingly.
    This is the best I could do with a 10s timer on my tablet...

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    lighting sucks but you can see the crank arm is straight up/down. IMO a good bend in the knee. I don't feel I'm rocking on the down stroke unless I'm getting bent out of shape on the ride, but that's more of a fitness thing and not a fit thing.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Just for shits and giggles, try dropping your saddle like 1/4-1/8”, and give it another go. If it doesn’t lessen the annoyance put it back where it was.

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