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Even with an e-bike going to 150 miles a week is a big jump. Likely you just need to have a few rest days to allow your body to adapt and recover. 3 weeks is the range in where you start run into problem with long term recovery. I'd suggest switching down to 3 days a week until you feel completely recovered every day. Also lay off the strava, going for ...


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I moved house in August, and have had a 26 km commute so roughly similar. Mine's got 50 metres drop on the way to work, so mostly flat. In my experience, you're in the distance where comfort becomes more important. Anyone can smash out a short commute every day, but these longer ones cumulatively build up on you. Clothes So expect to spend money on ...


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If the OP's bike has a short cage Shimano rear derailleur, then officially, the maximum cog size is 30t. Going down to 28t is definitely fine, but going over 30t is not technically OK. Shimano's compatibility specifications are known to be conservative, however, so in practice, a 32t cog should work. I would caution against exceeding the maximum cog size by ...


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However, after nearly 500miles saddle time I’m experiencing A) some quite uncomfortable saddle pains & really sore / numb thighs / legs. I also feel quite tired at points during the day & in the evening. General Fatigue You have just done a month straight, it may be time to have a rest week. Physical adaptation to exercise stress occurs during the ...


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Going down to 11-28 should be fine. Going up to 11-32 will probably be fine. If it were my bike, I would just give it a try and hope for the best, but I tend to be a little cavalier about the possibility of breaking stuff. You'll need to check the specs of your derailleur. There should be a min and max low cog listed, make sure you are within that. ...


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Bike fit is an important factor in comfort on the bike and it is likely that you need to change some things about your bike to make it more comfortable. Is the saddle the right size? Is the saddle in the right position to optimize your comfort? Is the saddle height optimized? Is your reach too? These are just some other things a bike fit will consider. ...


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The new fork has a greater rake ... but the handling of the bike is now really unsteady and twitchy. The greater rake reduced the trail. The trail the distance between where the pivot axis of the fork meets the ground and where the tire meets the ground. The greater rake moved the front wheel forward, towards the pivot axis of the fork. It's like the ...


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A bit late to the party, but I feel that saddle fit isn't quite being covered as well as I think it needs to be. I used to have numbness problems, and while a lot of fitters talked about posture there didn't seem to be a lot of talk about saddle fit. Someone here suggested a narrower saddle, which coming from a more scooter type of bike would be a no-...


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I use a trailer that was for moving one or two small children. As such it came with a third front wheel, and the drawbar folds underneath. Not mine, but similar design. So you could ride to the shop, park and lock your bike in the stand, fit the trailer's front wheel to make it a triangle, and fold up the towbar if required. Now its a Pram/Pushchair/...


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I'm confused by the diametrically opposite views. My answer will attempt to explain why you may see "diametrically opposed" views on these types of subjects. For a summary of evidence on ED and male fertility see answer: Can cycling adversely affect male fertility? Quality of data The strongest scientific inferences come from studies where you can ...


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When I started a daily commute of 10 miles each way on a hybrid I found similar things that weren't revealed doing it 3 days a week. One thing that definitely helped was a protein snack (I found some protein flapjack bars quite cheap in bulk) after getting to work in the morning. This seemed to help my muscle aches as well as hunger and general fatigue, ...


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Right now I commute ~ 20 miles each way 3-5 days a week (alternate destinations and occasional train days put me at around 160 - 170 most weeks). That distance is a year into my commuting journey; I started by taking the train most of that distance and riding the final mile into the office on my bike. In terms of the initial adjustment, As you learn ...


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From personal experience, finding the right saddle is a tough nut to crack. I have found it, and I am carrying it along on the bikes I am using: I am now at the third bike in 5 years, and the saddle has relocated every time. You need time to get used to the effort. Until your muscles are fit for it, you are going to be fatigued and, as consequence, assume ...


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I too am a ebiker, a 70 year old one suffering from the same bodily uncomfortable saddle syndrome. Rather than blaming the saddle and after unsuccessfully looking around for a more comfortable one, I decided to go internal, rather than external. By this I mean, wearing another layer of underpants which seems to reduce the pain a little. Uncomfortable, maybe. ...


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For that length of commute, especially amount of time in the saddle, I would say that an electric road bike would be more appropriate for the following reasons: More comfortable, due to a variety of hand and body positions accommodated by drop handle bars Faster for the same effort Quieter (less tyre noise) Use less electrical power (greener/cheaper) I ...


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