My second broken spoke in 2 weeks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just a short update...

I broke another spoke today. It was my second one in two weeks. Doug, my regular bicycle mechanic at Performance Bikes, was as good to me as ever, repairing it for me on the spot, and saving my mental health (such as it is) for another day. I've become a bike-aholic, and I just don't do very well when I can't bike. Thank you, Doug!

He also measured my bike for a new seat post.

Let me backup for a second. Did I mention that I was getting a little pain in my left knee going up hill? Did I mention that my physical therapist recommended moving my seat back, and that a bike shop wanted to sell me a $275 bicycle fitting, plus an MRI to assess leg length discrepancy, plus new pedals, shoes, seat post, saddle, etc, instead of helping me move the seat back? A little scary, a lot expensive. Don't worry: I can't afford it.

Long story short: I'm getting a new seat post because it turned out that even after I raised my seat to the max and moved it backward as far as it will go, I still can't get the proper angle in my knees when pedaling because my frame is too small.

I know because I got a streamlined, impromptu fitting at my therapist's office yesterday. One of the other therapists who does bike fitting had a vacant slot in her schedule and a PT student in tow, so I got to be their lucky guinea pig. They set my bike up on a stand, and watched me pedal while they measured the angle of my knee and other stuff. If they thought yesterday was bad, they should have seen me before I started making adjustments to the bike. I guess I'm just built funny, because my bike frame is supposed to be appropriate for women up to about 5'6" Go figure...

The other alternative is a new bike. Maybe if I'm very very very good, somebody will offer to buy me one for Christmas! Just kidding...

Anyway, this is my 3rd day of riding this week. The weather has been glorious

Gotta go. My eyes are closing. I must get to bed.

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  • TIGGER622
    WOW! So did the bike end up getting adjusted okay enough to eliminate the knee pain??? You know, just incase the christmas idea doesn't pull through??? Keep it up girl! So proud of you :)
    3361 days ago
    It's amazing how many bike shops will sell you a 1 to 3 thousand dollar bike and not do any fitting !
    3361 days ago
  • BILL60
    A bike fitting by a professional will keep the knee problems at bay. Hopefully, you therapist knows what he's doing. Good luck and keep on biking.
    3361 days ago
    Yeah. A good, proper bike fitting is worth the investment. Happy trails!
    3361 days ago
    I guess I am getting to be a bike-aholic, but can't afford one so have to live vicariously through the antics of other cyclists. emoticon
    3361 days ago
    What kind of bike do you have? Sounds like you are having some issues. I sure hope they get solved. I just recently got a Trek bike because I am a big girl and I absolutely LOVE IT!!

    Good luck on your journey, and keep on keepin on.

    3361 days ago
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