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Post by mustafayacoob » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:09 am

Exercise and fitness log that is very important in our day to day life. It takes them prediction out of it and maximizes the results of everything you do because when you keep a fitness journal everything you do has a purpose. Keeping an exercise journal can also help to: ... Gain a better understanding of exercise habits, helping you to troubleshoot and make changes. Plan exercise rest days.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jennypenny » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am

I broke my foot in July and I'm transitioning out of the boot now. I've been lifting and using a stationary bike. I prefer the treadmill but I have to ease my foot back into things so I'm stuck on the bike for a while.

I use a vintage (80s) Raleigh Record on a Kinetic stand I bought from someone here. I like that set up, but after a while the seat really hurts me in all the wrong places. I've tried putting a towel on it but it doesn't help much.

Is there a trick to making the seat more comfortable? I don't want to buy a different seat since I'll mostly use the treadmill when I'm able (although maybe I'd use the bike more if it wasn't so uncomfortable).

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by Laura Ingalls » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:21 am

jennypenny wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am
I broke my foot in July and I'm transitioning out of the boot now. I've been lifting and using a stationary bike. I prefer the treadmill but I have to ease my foot back into things so I'm stuck on the bike for a while.

I use a vintage (80s) Raleigh Record on a Kinetic stand I bought from someone here. I like that set up, but after a while the seat really hurts me in all the wrong places. I've tried putting a towel on it but it doesn't help much.

Is there a trick to making the seat more comfortable? I don't want to buy a different seat since I'll mostly use the treadmill when I'm able (although maybe I'd use the bike more if it wasn't so uncomfortable).
Real bike shorts are your friend.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jennypenny » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:05 am

Ugh, I was afraid of that. There goes what little dignity I had left ...

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by Laura Ingalls » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:51 am

jennypenny wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:05 am
Ugh, I was afraid of that. There goes what little dignity I had left ...
I bought a pair of pearl imuzu (not sure if I spelled that right) bike shorts on clearance that came with a little detachable skirt. I think it actually looks cute on my 50 something BMI of 26 self. While I haven’t biked a ton as a result I have enjoyed way more and had some fun outings with my biking centric family members.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jennypenny » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:22 pm

Thanks LI. I found them (pearl izumi).

I've been looking at the shorts. I'm tall and need a longer inseam/rise so I looked at ordering mens shorts instead of women. Does anyone know ... is the padding in the same places on mens bike shorts as womens?

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jennypenny » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:06 pm

jennypenny wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:22 pm
Does anyone know ... is the padding in the same places on mens bike shorts as womens?
I went to a sporting goods store to check ... no, they do not have padding in the same places. Mens shorts won't work for me.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jacob » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:28 pm

Real bike shorts are the next best thing after clipless pedals on a roadbike.

Shorts padding is gender specific---also different brands have different ideas about patterns. There are also baggy/casual cycling shorts with inlays. Longer ones mostly make sense for colder weather, otherwise, stopping above the knees is best. Some like bibs, some don't. Skirts and even dresses also exist :o E.g. https://www.nashbar.com/louis-garneau-i ... 1?v=605271 ... seems a bit gimmicky though?!
Some (typically more expensive and intended for triathlon) come with removable liners.

Be aware that some sizes might be "skinny European" or calibrated to riders ... like what would be an American L could be a XXL Italian biker.

Soreness is due to too much saddle pressure. This can be relieved with a bigger saddle, a lower gear, or putting more power into the pedals (going faster in the same gear), or occasionally standing up in the pedals. A lower gear is worse for the knees and more power requires being in better shape. That's the core of the issue. A standard roadbike is not going to be very comfortable at <15mph. A racing saddle is too small/hard. Above 15mph, your legs begin to take much of your weight off the saddle.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by wheatstate » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:58 pm

JennyPenny,

I would confirm bike fit and try a couple saddles. Saddles have come a long way since the 80's when your bike was produced. We now have gender specific options.

If you can connect with local female riders, you can get expert saddle opinions. Bell Helmets and Trek Bikes are sponsoring local women advocates across the country to lead women's rides. Bell Helmets is called Bell Joy. Trek's is out of their Trek Brand bike shops. Many cyclists have tried different saddles and might have an extra to loan. Some shops do loaner programs on saddles because it is so personal. Shops can also have a bucket of take-off saddles at a good price when a new bike buyer immediately bought a different saddle.

Bike fit can also make a saddle more comfortable. Many beginner cyclists have the saddle too low, so they are comfortable at a stop sign. I get to ball park saddle height by sitting on the bike and putting my heels on the pedals. When I pedal, I want my legs fully straight without my hips rocking. Hips rocking = saddle too high. Legs not straight = saddle too low.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by Ego » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:25 am

Sorry to hear about your foot. Who did you kick?

Most bike shops sell gender specific padded underwear. Wear them under any short or skirt. They're way cheaper than regular cycling shorts.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Post by jennypenny » Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:53 am

:P

I've discovered that I draw the frugal line at buying used exercise shorts. I ordered a new pair. I checked the size chart carefully so hopefully I can get my fat american ass into them.

@wheatstate-- Thanks for the suggestions. I had someone knowledgeable check the seat height for me. Part of the sudden issue is that I can't lift my butt off the saddle while I ride yet because it would be too much pressure on my foot. Before, I would let my butt hover over the seat which was much more comfortable (except for that one time I fell off but we won't talk about that :oops: ).

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