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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

Downhill, freeride, dirt jumping, BMX. Am I too old for complete experience of these styles at 28 ? Have no prior experience, but think to jump in. I did extensive reading on this topic, forums, blogs ...
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Tendinitis Recovery

I have had IT band tendinitis for the last year and haven't been able to train at all. Has anyone recovered from this? Is my racing career over? Looking for any inspiration to keep biking.
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Repetitive strain injury risk, seated vs standing on pedals

At the same cadence and torque, and hence at the same power output, which generally presents the lower repetitive strain injury risk: pedalling seated, or out of the saddle? How does the distribution ...
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Knee Pain - Injury or Out of Shape?

I have been mostly lethargic for the past decade, sitting at a desk 16 hours a day. My brothers got me into mountain biking and it has been helping get me in shape. We've been doing it for about 2 ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I'm considering to do a 50-55 km distance on a mixed surface. Mostly asphalt and gravel, maybe even a little bit of sand. Haven't done any training or exercise, basically been sitting at home all day, ...
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Seat clamp slid the seat down as I was riding, hurt my knees [closed]

So I was riding a community shared bicycle that many city's have that you can ride around for a small fee. While I was riding it, the seat clamp must have been loose and the seat was sliding down ...
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How do the pros recover so quickly after a crash? And what can we learn from them?

I assume when pros crash, they do the same damage to themselves that the rest of us do. Although they're lighter, they tend to be going faster. But not only do they often finish that day's racing, ...
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Insect stings while bike riding

This year, whilst bike riding, I was stung two times by insects, one time a bee and once by a wasp (most likely; I didn't see it but from the feeling, size and heat of the stung area I can't think of ...
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Quality saddle and seat post

I own Scott Voltage YZ 25 for around 10 years. I've been using it daily (city ride mostly). Around 6 years ago, my original saddle, and seat-post were stolen, therefore I had them replaced, but not ...
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Coming back from a Serious Injury

Some I am not a frightful type guy, and this is still kind of new but last week I took a bad spill and am unsure what to do about it in the future. For the record I am 51 years old and was training ...
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Adjusting bike fitting to cope with FAI (hip deformity)

After many years in the saddle (as a casual rider only) I am currently unable to ride to due a problem with my hips. I just got the X-rays back and it seems I have a "pincer" deformity on both hips ...
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Recommended exercises for preparing to bicycle commute

I'm female, in my early 40's, and out of shape, but I have the most perfect bike route to work and I want off the bus. I dislocated my right shoulder about four years ago and it's never been the same. ...
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Does cycling without stretching make you shorter?

My brother said recently: You need to stretch after you cycle or you will become shorter. I am very sceptical about this and a simple Google search doesn't bring up anything in the affirmative. ...
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Throbbing in outer quad above knee [closed]

I have been riding a bike that is in all honesty meant for someone much smaller than me. I have raised the seat quite high and got it far back enough that my spine is in proper posture while I ride. ...
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Rest or stretch following a fall? [closed]

Having just learned to ride a bike in my 30s, I've just taken my first tumble over the handlebars and jarred my shoulder. Should I rest the shoulder or keep stretching it? Looking to reduce recovery ...
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Saddle suggestions for broken pelvis

I am a female getting into serious cycling, and will be riding in a 200 kms charity race (over 2 days) in June 2017, as well as beginning to compete. In 2013, I broke my pelvis in 3 places. I broke ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

I badly fractured my shoulder in a car accident and have limited mobility in my right arm after the repair. Is there a way for me to safely bicycle on city streets with one arm? Can I modify my ...
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Rekindling a love for cycling after an accident

How can one "start" to love cycling as a hobby again after losing interest in it after having bad experience(s)? — Since having a car-on-bike accident and subsequently not riding for quite some ...
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Nerve pain and "handedness"—is it common for your dominant hand to be more susceptible to nerve problems?

Since moving to the Southwest I've greatly ramped up my cycling. I used to do ~16 miles a day, now I do double that or better, nearly every day of the week. Usually by around 15-20 miles I get nerve ...
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I had knee surgery on my left knee [closed]

I had knee surgery on my left knee and I am finding it difficult for me to clip into my pedals on my road bike and then pedal due to no enough float. Are there pedals and cleats with more float so my ...
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can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

I'm new here and hoping someone might have thoughts on this - had a look and couldn't find an answer elsewhere! Apologies for the kind of long question, and if it's silly, but any thoughts would be ...
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Why did my last trip give me a bum blister?

I don't do a lot of MTB tracks, but there's a team event coming up soon and I'm doing some flat single-track to prepare. After two 15 km laps I have a blister on my left butt-cheek, right at the top ...
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Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

I am 33years and just moved to belgium. My work commute is about 25km (16miles). I plan to buy a bike mainly to commute to work and get the exercise and decompress after work. I am new to biking but ...
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Coping with crash fear?

This will be my first season racing collegiate this spring and I recently crashed on a group ride going about 22 mph around a corner and slammed my face into the ground. Crash was pretty bad and had ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

I commute to work a few miles on my bike in the city. Today someone walked out in front of me and I squeezed the brakes too hard and went over the handlebars. I suffered a mild elbow fracture ...
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Why and how much is riding big-chainring-frong small-cog-rear a negative practice?

A friend of mine is riding consistently in largest chainring front and smallest cog rear. The corresponding teeth counts are respectively 44 and 11. The bicycle is an Acera-level mountain bike with ...
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Can bicycling cause runner's knee?

I'm a longtime runner who has never, I mean NEVER, had any running-related injury before. About 2 1/2 months ago, I started bicycling to my new job, about 5 very up-and-down, stop-and-go urban miles ...
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ergonomically sound seat types or features?

Are there seat types or seat features that are ergonomically better for certain kinds of ailments such as lower back pain, knee pain, etc.? For example, perhaps cushioned seats might be better for ...
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Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?

This may seem like an odd question, but I was wondering if it's safe or a good idea to rinse road rash with iced coffee or other drinks? My usual strategy for road rash is to clean the fresh wound as ...
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Minor hamstring pull, can I keep going at easy pace?

I'm 53 and for the past year have been pushing it slightly. Have always been careful to not push it too hard, but yesterday I got a mild pull in my right hamstring. Just a slight soreness right ...
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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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Dealing with a scrape (cleaning a wound)? [closed]

A couple weeks ago I bought a new road bike for commuting to work with. Part of the commute is along the beach bike path, so there's usually some sand on it. Last week my tires slipped on the sand and ...
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Do higher speed crashes result in less serious injuries.

I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to decrease while riding a road bike at high speed. An instance of high speed would be like those in the Tour de France. The reasoning behind this idea ...
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Cause of Oblique Pain

When my wife gets done with a long ride she finds that her right oblique hurts, while her left does not. Does anyone know a possible cause of this, like improper form or saddle fit?
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Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?

I've been cycling for several years, but recently I developed calluses on the pads of my palms. I'm referring to small raised lines, similar to those you would get from weightlifting. And, by the ...
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What items should be in a bare-minimum first-aid / emergency kit?

Yesterday I was hit by a car; very minimal injuries and overall a very minor accident--but in hindsight it's made me realize I was ill prepared and really should have a small emergency kit with me at ...
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How to adjust seat saddle and saddle position for knee pain?

I understand that a seat too high can cause: hips rocking trying to extend to pedals pain in the back of the knee And that a seat too low can cause: can't fully extend legs pain in front of the ...
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How to recover from a crash? [closed]

I started to bike regularly about a month ago. A few days ago I had my first serious crash. I was going at a decent speed on the road and then slipped and fell on concrete. I am less confident about ...
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How to warm up / stretch and cool down?

I'm starting to ride again after a couple of years of not doing any sports at all. I dimly remember some stretching exercises back from school, but I don't know if I'm doing it right at all. Instead ...
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What do you do to cure road rash more quickly after a crash?

Crashes are an inevitability in cycling. This weekend, I hit a 4" stick on my bike. It flipped over, stuck in the spokes of my front wheel and did this to it: It stopped my bike really quickly and I ...
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Will stretching make me slower?

I have heard rumors that (excessive) stretching can hurt cycling performance. Specifically, stretching one's hamstrings and/or quadriceps supposedly reduces sprinting power. Is there any factual basis ...
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How to Prevent Cramping

When I increase my riding routine I end up getting bad cramps in both my calves and also my thighs and hamstrings. Does anyone have any tips to reduce cramps when your riding gets more serious.
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What are some good exercises to prevent knee pain?

About four or so years ago, I hurt my knee on a fairly long ride (~150km or so). It was really my own fault, as I hadn't been training regularly, and I pushed myself a bit too hard. By the time I ...
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