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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

In places where there are lots of bikes, most people who are riding them are making short journeys purely for transport. For a short ride of a few kilometers, it really doesn't matter what you're ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

Local here, have lived in Amsterdam for just over a year and a half, through the cold wet winter. I'm not a Dutchie, but have embraced the fiets lifestyle here. Let me just say that the jeans you get ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

You are surely aware that there is an industry out there that tries to sell you things you only marginally 'need' - special clothing for any sport is not unaffected by that. There is certainly a gain ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

Jeans aren't as bad as you think. I think the biggest factors are short journeys, mild climate, and being used to it. With efficient infrastructure this can account for a lot of commuting. Apart from ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

As someone who biked daily for transportation and recreation for years, I can tell you it doesn't take any miracle to do it in street clothes. David Richerby already mentioned that most practical ...
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I think I chose the wrong road bike size

Almost all road bikes have your torso leaning forward to some degree, meaning you have to hold your head up constantly. If you've never ridden a true road bike before, you've probably never had to do ...
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How can I keep riding with bad knees?

I think you really have to see a professional (or several) for this. The first priority would be to make sure your seating position is not causing or aggravating the issue. A physiotherapist who’s ...
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cyclist's palsy: how long does it last

"Cyclist's Palsy" shouldn't happen at all. Find someone competent to help you fit your bike. My first suggestion is the nose of your saddle it too low causing you to lean forward and put ...
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Pain in glutes during bike ride

As a 60+ yo myself, consider age being a factor. We can try to outrun it (outride it actually), but it will creep in an have an affect. But I don't believe this is the primary cause - just something ...
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I inherited a new bike; when I coast my leg shakes and that thigh burns. What is going on?

I don't see how the slight weight increase should matter. The fact that your extended leg is the one with the issue(I am assuming you get this in both legs depending on what leg is at 6 o clock) ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

I've never been to Amsterdam, but I do remember reading a comment by someone from there once about what it was like. He said that people there tend to ride at a more leisurely pace, and everyone from ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

I will take the liberty to interpret the question slightly more broadly, on how bicycles are adapted for riding in ordinary clothes. Apart from raingear, I've never changed clothes for cycling in my ...
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Pain in back and back of thigh

Your position on the trike looks mostly fine. You said the saddle digs the back of your thighs, that may be the saddle is too far forward, or it could be too wide for your bone structure, or it could ...
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How can I keep riding with bad knees?

You may need to see three different specialists, and may even need to get them talking to each other. A sports-medicine doctor A physical therapist A bike fitter Depending on the particular ...
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Dull pain in knees

One simple rule of thumb stated before in this Q/A: If your knee hurts in front, your seat is too far forward. If your knee hurts in the back, your seat is to far backward. Remember that small ...
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Why do my knees hurt when I use a trainer?

Thanks to @R.Chung I was able to do some research and figure out what my problem might be. This article, Climbing vs time-trialling: same effort, different power output, explains in great detail the ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

One of the more significant differences between a dutch city bike and a performance-focused road bike is the saddle. Saddles for transport tend to be larger and softer. That way not having padding ...
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What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?

As a Dutchman, there are some things I'd like to add to the previous (valid) answers. First, while it is true that our bikes are relatively comfortable and reduce wear and tear on clothes, this does ...
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Knee pain and recovery

Knee pain is a complex issue, because the body is very complex and not completely understood. This is a caveat for what I am about to say. Another caveat is that even if I were a clinician (which I am ...
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Extra wide pedal

A pedal spacer such as those available here would move your pedal away from the crank arm. Regardless of the approach you take, you should be aware that by making your stance on the bike wider, you ...
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Pain in right leg, related to asymmetric leg position?

Before you start looking at bike setup/fit and/or different bike parts I would get your flexibility assessed. With one knee deflecting nearly a 1/2 foot more than the other, this suggests either ...
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What is the correct back position on an MTB?

A straight back might avoid pain there, but it's going to create quite a lot somewhere else. In your first rounded back/straight back comparison pictures you can see that the rider's pelvis is ...
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I think I chose the wrong road bike size

If you cannot return it you can still modify the setup of your bike. In fact, an incorrect setup could be your problem, not the frame size. The first thing is to correctly set the saddle height, it ...
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cyclist's palsy: how long does it last

I did a bike ride from San Francisco to Santa Monica years ago. It was about 575 over 7 days. On the second day, we were riding through the central vally on compacted dirt and mud. By the end of the ...
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Pain on bottom foot when freewheeling for a time in a gravel descent

It's generally a good idea to change position regularly (at least slightly) during any ride. If you get used to just one position, your body learns to keep that position no matter what, and it'll do ...
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Do recumbent bicycles cause knee pain?

Ultimately, the cause of knee pain while riding is that we have knees. That, combined with a poor bike fit will give pain in knees. The human knee is a relatively vulnerable joint because it is at the ...
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Help me analyze my mountain bike body position, dealing with crippling elbow pain

I'm not a bike fitter, so take this as my personal observations rather than a statement of fact. To me your arms look very straight with elbows locked = every bump the impact is being transmitted ...
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How can I keep riding with bad knees?

Try not to hurry. This should reduce all forces acting on the knee, as well as the required cadence. Walking speed is 4 km/h or about, hence bicycle should make sense starting from 8 km/h. This is a ...
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How can I keep riding with bad knees?

More specifically than Adam, I would attempt to find, in this order: A bike fitter who knows biomechanical issues well. Simply having lasers in their studio doesn't cut it. You will need to find ...
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Can tricep pain be cause by having a smaller bike frame?

NOTE that this answer is looking at the OP's question of fit (bike sizing, frame geometry and body proportions. Other answers already exist that look just at tricep pain: Symptoms of handlebars ...
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