Hi all glad to be a member here now. I am new to cycling after a brief but painfull running experience. I am 34 and thought it would be good to get in shape with some running. I bought some cheap shoes and took off. A week and a half later I had some major pain around my knees. I bought some good shoes but it was too late. After a couple doctor visits and two MRIs I found out I have a fractured tibia just below the left knee (stress fracture) and two sprained MCLs.Bummer. I am in the recovery stages now and think I will take up cycling. I previously did tons of walking so I thought the running would be no big deal.
Does anyone have any tips on easing in to the sport so I can prevent any future problems like I had with running? I have a cheaper mountain bike but road cycling seems a little more attractive to me. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Cycling is a great sport for people that have problems with running. The strength you gain, in many cases, will allow you to try running again. As you build up strength around your knees and joints via cycling, many people who were unable to run have found running to be an option. One down side to cycling is, its a very expensive sport to start. You need a bike, helmet, cycling clothing, sunglasses, saddle bag, extra tube, tire lever, floor pump, a small mountable pump, water bottles etc..........That being said, cycling sounds to me like a great option for you. You mentioned having a stress fracture, cycling is great for people prone to stress fractures, as there is no impact. Have fun getting into cycling, please ask if you have any questions, we will have some answers!
Hey, thanks for the reply. I am almost back to it now. A few days after my post I found out that I had the same stress fracture below my right knee. Its been a bummer, I am not in any pain but I have been stuck in a wheel chair for several weeks. Dr. Says 2 more weeks and I will be good to go, although I should ease back in to my activities. I have had way to much time on my hands so I have been combing the net reading about bikes and gear. I'm ready to buy it all just as soon as I can. I am very excited to be mobile again. I have found that like everything else the opinions on which bike and what gear to get range from one end to the other. I am just going to get what I like and go for it.
As a bike shop employee, and a person who loves cycling I can tell you that MOST bikes out there, at bike shops, are good quality. The bike world is too competitive for any one brand to make a product that is not on par with its competition. The most important thing is FIT. If you go into a bike shop and they dont spend a fair amount of time working on what size you need, then just find a different shop. Finding the correct bike/price range is important for sure, but if the bike is not the correct frame size, you will not ride it. Having a frame that is not the right size will create pain in different parts of your body. Neck pain, lower back, hand numbness etc. On a side note...I went to Kansas State and lived in Manhattan for 12 years! Go Cats! You will have to go to Olathe or Lawrence I would assume, to find a good shop. Go to several shops and go with the one that spends the most time with you and listens to your personal needs. Have fun and keep in touch.
Thanks again for the reply and yes GO Cats!!!!! Not to start any long threads on this but this is what I had noticed. While looking online at specs and info on brand after brand, model by model. It seems they all have one thing in common, components,(ie brakes, shifters, deraileurs ets)shimanno-tiagra,105,ultegra dura-ace etc. Seems like model to model the biggest price change is when you upgrade the components on the same frame. Than being said, when comparing Trek, Cannondale, Specialized etc how much the value is in the frame, seems like they are all very good and mostly its the components that change the prices. Hope you can follow what I am saying. Is a Trek really any better or worse than a Cannondale if they both are fitted with the same Shimmano Ultegra component groups?
You have made a very important observation. You are correct, but not 100% on point with the way pricing goes. Components DO scale with price, but so does the raw cost of the frame/fork...and with that cost comes performance. Where you make your decision comes in geometry and engineering. Not all road bikes are designed for the same riding position. Look at top tube length, and headtube length to determine riding position. In general the length of the headtube dictates how upright your riding position will be. On many race/performance roadbikes the headtube will be, on a 54cm frame, 140mm. On a 56cm, 160mm; 58cm 180mm...notice the patturn. On a more upright road bike, the headtube may be 160mm on a 54cm frame, or 20mm greater per size. Look at this on each bike you look at...the bigger the headtube, the more upright you will be. Where brands make there money is how well they engineer a bike around different riding style. In my opinion, the best race bike that is also comfortable is the Cervelo RS. This bike is amazing, its based on Cervelo's all around race bike that won the Tour in 2008, but with a taller headtube. The way the engiineers redesigned this bike to be more upright with out sacraficing on performance is astounding. If this bike is more than you are looking to spend, let me know and I can offer you some more options, but if its anywhere near where you were looking to spend, go ride one and it will knock your socks off. Have fun and keep the questions comming.
Well I finally bought my first road bike. After visiting some shops, watching ebay and craigslist I ended up with a Specialized Roubaix Comp Compact. Three more days until the Doc releases me and then I will be ready to hit the road. The bike I bought is a 2008 and is just like new. It came with 2 carbon bottle cages and a set of clip on aero bars for about half of MSRP and you can hardly tell this thing has been riden. Can't wait to get it set up and get out there.
Cool, grats man! That is a very good bike, and buying it used is super cool, as long as the fit is correct. Two recommendation, take off the aero bars unless you are planning on doing Tri's. You need to be comfortable on your bike as a road bike, dont monkey with the way it was designed by extending way over the front hub. Second, take that bike to a shop that measures your body and get a proper fit...if they dont measure you, then go somewhere else. Getting a proper fit is SUPER important...everyone is built with different lengths and proportions, make sure you are fit correctly, that will ensure you are getting the most amount of power out of your body and you will avoid injury.
Ya, I figured I would pull off the aero bars and sell them or save them for the future. You have been lots of help and I thought I would ask for your .02 one one more thing. Seeing how I am still recovering from two stress fractures I thought about maybe starting out with just some platform pedals for a while. My legs are stil pretty weak compared to were I used to be and I would hate to risk an injury with the clipless pedals and shoes beens I have never used them before. May look a little silly at first but I figures once I got my strenght back and my knees built up I could make the switch. What do you think? I even saw that shimano makes a pedal that is clipless on one side and platform on the other in case you like the ocassional joy ride with the family now and then. I'm sure they are a bit heavier but may be nice to have. Or I can just buy some cheapy platforms and buy good pedals later.
I can get behind that thought of platform pedals as a stepping stone. I know the pedals you refered to, the ones with platform on one side. I would recomend just getting some ~$25 platforms and using them as you gain strength. Then, move to something like the Look Keo Sprint pedals, or the Speedplay pedals. Both have ther ups and downs but both get the job done very well.