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bikers of vegweb thread (or interested folks)

this thread is to talk about and ask about biking! yay!

i love biking! i wish i could ride my bike everyday. specifically, i like road biking, but mostly because i haven't done much else.

now that this is out of context i will say that i am responding to a question asked by AC of where I bike.
in terms of longer rides, i do usually use main roads. i have gotten really used to traffic to the point that i can ride on interstates without it bothering me, but i do prefer as little traffic as possible. san luis obispo is an amazing biking place (really, a good portion of california has great biking) and a lot of the main roads have good bike lanes. i often bike the PCH since it is bike friendly and gets me lots of places and is along the beach. i also occasionally bike to a lake near where i live. what i really like to do is bike to places in the county that i like going. the beach is about ten miles from me, north and south, my favorite vegan cafe is about 12 or 13 miles from me. i enjoy having a destination. it is als good to bike with people since biking take up a good chunk of your day! but it is also fun to bike alone when you just need that alone time. anyway, i guess to answer your question, i would talk to a local bike shop and see 1.) if they have a local bike map (usually showing bike paths only, roads with big bike lanes, non-accessible by bike roads, etc. all color coded) or 2.) if they have favorite roads/destinations or even group rides that you could learn about or participate in. getting into bike culture will make you learn one thing: bikers are NERDS. they love bikes and get super excited about them and love to talk about them. bike shops are great sources of wealth (of the nerds).  ;D

Northern California

where?

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i'm by no means an expert on making myself comfortable on a bike, but one thing that you should do is SLIGHTLY tilt your seat down. women should always have a seat tilted down slightly but not too much, otherwise you will feel like you are doing a wall sit the entire time you are on your bike.

crotch pain on the bike is the worst, but almost inevitable. another thing that might help is have a cut out in your seat.. do you? it also helps to stand every once in a while.

I told P that maybe I should have my seat angled a bit down to help with crotch pain. He said, "Oh! I didn't know you were having any..I could have told you that. I have my seat angled down." Ohhh.  ::) So, yeah. I'll try that..and maybe lowering my seat just a tiny, itty bit.  ;)b

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I told P that maybe I should have my seat angled a bit down to help with crotch pain. He said, "Oh! I didn't know you were having any..I could have told you that. I have my seat angled down." Ohhh.  ::) So, yeah. I'll try that..and maybe lowering my seat just a tiny, itty bit.  ;)b

just random, but i heard that guys are supposed to have it ever so slightly angled up. don't know why, though.

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I bought a used Specialized Crosstrainer bike.  It rides way nice and hauls ass.  Can't wait to take it up the mountain.

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I had another great ride! Two things:

1. My bike seat is apparently bolted on and Patrick can't undo it to tilt it..but it was lowered a little..and I might have been able to tell a difference..

2. I've ALMOST learned that it's pretty impossible to get lost IN/around Missoula b/c we are in a valley..and I can always see the (now black) hills that are right in front of our APT. Everywhere I go ends...at some point..and hills start. This is good and bad!

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What do ya'll know about bike panniers (hopefully I spelled that right)? The things you construct that are kind of like saddle bags or containers to keep stuff in for bike camping?

I found a pattern for them on the internet, but I am hopeless at domestic things that are not cooking-related, so sewing them myself is out. Anyone made/purchased/used them before?

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i have panniers which i have used when doing loaded tours.

basically, they are a saddlebag that has a HARD FLAT SIDE so that it does not interfere with the wheel at all while riding. you generally hook them onto a generic rack that is mounted near the center of your back wheel (wow, i am technical) and stabilized near your seat. other racks (that can't hold as much weight) are not connected at the center of the back wheel. i personally got mine at a bike swap meet that we have every few months in my town, i would say check ebay or something like that, because i think they can get pricey. am i answering your question at all?

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you just reminded me I want to get those bags for when I go grocery shopping! They look like they would hold a lot more than just a back pack

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I got my panniers on Craigslist, although I bought a set of baskets ($40) when I got my rack a long time ago, and they're much better for shopping. At one point I was hauling filled-up water bottles, and could carry 4 gallons at a time! Because the bottom is flat, you can fit more stuff in them without squashing it all than you can in cloth panniers.

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bump. because i miss this thread.

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yesterday i biked about 35 miles. it was lots of climbing so it took a few hours if i remember correctly.

Hespedal (or other bikers!), what do you do about the butt-thing?? I've just started biking more, and do wear biking shorts, but still find my booty is fairly sore for days after from the bike seat. I never see bikers with those fuzzy, poofy bike seats so I know they're probably not the solution!!
Anyway, just thought I'd ask in case anyone has ideas that will save my sorry butt! ;D

what kind of saddle do you have? if it's the stock one that comes with the bike (unless you have a great bike), chances are it's not going to be the best quality. unfortunately, you need to do a lot of playing around to find a saddle that works well for you, shorts you like, and perfect seat position.
my butt generally hurts and i just live with it, but it doesn't stay sore for a long time after i get off of the bike. i have an awful saddle and my seat isn't positioned correctly right now (i changed the seatpost and haven't gotten around to fixing that, yet). i try to switch around bike shorts because i have three different types. i used the same bike shorts all of the time on bike and build and my butt HATED me.

you can get tips on seat position online or go into a local bike shop and see if they will help you out. that's usually your best bet.

also, make sure you are sitting on your seat correctly. you want to be sitting on your sit-bones.

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what kind of saddle do you have? if it's the stock one that comes with the bike (unless you have a great bike), chances are it's not going to be the best quality. unfortunately, you need to do a lot of playing around to find a saddle that works well for you, shorts you like, and perfect seat position.
my butt generally hurts and i just live with it, but it doesn't stay sore for a long time after i get off of the bike. i have an awful saddle and my seat isn't positioned correctly right now (i changed the seatpost and haven't gotten around to fixing that, yet). i try to switch around bike shorts because i have three different types. i used the same bike shorts all of the time on bike and build and my butt HATED me.

you can get tips on seat position online or go into a local bike shop and see if they will help you out. that's usually your best bet.

also, make sure you are sitting on your seat correctly. you want to be sitting on your sit-bones.

Thanks, H! I appreciate your letting me know about this thread!! I just have the normal seat that came with the bike, so I will def. go into the local bike shop, they're really nice and helpful. Maybe get a "cut-out?" Although I have no idea what that is! :)
Thanks again!!

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I'm kind of upset (well, not upset..) because I shifted my seat up a bit, and now it's always rubbing my crotch the wrong way. I don't have any butt problems b/c I have a gel seat, but the crotch part is not good...I can't angle it down b/c the stupid bolt won't turn! I moved the seat back down, but it's still not perfect, like it was. Ugh.

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Hmm...I was going to get a gel seat, but now after hearing about the crotch deal, I'm not so sure! Anyone have a gel seat and have it help without creating other issues??

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Hmm...I was going to get a gel seat, but now after hearing about the crotch deal, I'm not so sure! Anyone have a gel seat and have it help without creating other issues??

I don't think it's the gel seat's fault. I just can't tilt my seat at all, so I can't adjust it. The gel seat has been great. HOWEVER, I did have this weird thing happen...where the front of the seat is like ripped, and the gel is now showing. I have no idea how it got ripped. P says I have blades in my vagina...

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I don't think it's the gel seat's fault. I just can't tilt my seat at all, so I can't adjust it. The gel seat has been great. HOWEVER, I did have this weird thing happen...where the front of the seat is like ripped, and the gel is now showing. I have no idea how it got ripped. P says I have blades in my vagina...

Good to know about it not being the gel seat's fault! Sorry about the v-blades though... ;)

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I just got back from the bike shop!! I got a new gel seat with a cut out. Can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone!!!
:)

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You guys were making me think way too much about my crotch when I was biking to work today.  ;D
Luckily, it's only about a mile and half from the train station to work.  So it's not much of an issue.

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So, days after I posted above, my bike was stolen from the train station.  Then, this past Friday, I received an email from the place where I had registered my bike.  It had been recovered!  And all of the parts were still there!  And there was even air in the tires!  Just a little chain lube and I was good to go!  Just in time for good weather.
:w00t!:

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wow, that's awesome, veggiedog! i can't believe they found it so long after.

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