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General Discussion / Re: Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 22, 2010, 11:34:33 am »
...and then there was the different feeling in the newly aired tires that I did not like. ... ;)

Geeg, are you saying that we are being a little bit analytical?  :)

I am glad that I am not alone :)

okay... gotta go. going to miss the camaraderie.

General Discussion / Re: Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 21, 2010, 06:28:14 pm »
Lots of hurdles to get over before I can go anywhere with serious intentions.
Planning on just getting time in on the bike right now. Will see how I do this spring/summer
and will check in here at a later date.

General Discussion / Re: Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 21, 2010, 01:19:24 pm »
Thank you Tony. I realized yesterday that it takes concentration going down hill, even though I was coasting. Especially when a wind is created just by going fast. You cant hear very well. I realized yesterday that even during the easy times that complete concentration is needed.

I hope I become that strong so I too can say: My preference is cycling in hill/mountains! Today is my rest day and Monday I look forward to getting out there again.

General Discussion / Re: Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:31:19 am »
Not joking. Thank you for the physic's lesson, David.

General Discussion / Re: Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 21, 2010, 07:00:22 am »
Thank you for your reply, John. I had time to sleep on this thought. When a novice thinks about a long bike trip... One thinks of the work involved in getting from point A to point B.

Maybe another way to say it would be that the amount of work effort involved would be determined by the number of inclines. (The 50% comes into thought, because for every incline, there is hopefully a decline.)

I guess this does not apply for persons living in areas of relative flatness.
Woe is me. Training in a hilly area is mostly work.

Yes, I need to find a relatively flat area to train for the first two weeks.

New England / Re: June Maine to NY border
« on: March 20, 2010, 09:16:02 pm »
Mike, If you end up in Belfast, you might be able to contact me through Alex and Diane. I have not met them as of yet, but, hope to in the near future.

General Discussion / Re: Artificial knees
« on: March 20, 2010, 09:10:07 pm »
"I think you may have misunderstood my phrase "the will to use them".  This is as opposed to the desire to push it in higher gears.  Generally, as long as the gearing is low enough for a high (which means anywhere upwards of 80 something, but could mean 100+, depending on the person), cadence, bicycling is easier on the knees than walking, which in itself is easier than running or jogging."

Yes, I certainly did misunderstand you. The gear thing is going to take me a while.   

General Discussion / Novice cyclist's math
« on: March 20, 2010, 06:30:33 pm »
1,000  miles minus going down hill minus the straight-a-ways = 500 miles real time biking?

Ps. "real" is not the word I wanted to use, but, I cant think of another word right now that would be better.
Just a thought that goes through a newbies mind.  :)

That was a lot of work!

General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 20, 2010, 09:56:55 am »
Found a product in Denmark that may help. Still searching for other possible natural solutions.

This is definitely going to take some time to finally heal. Gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach) causes low levels in Iron, B12, D, and Calcium.

I hate to say good bye... but... I have a long road ahead of me in order to be able to bike long distance.

Nutrition is important, digestion is paramount and assimilation is... Well, you get the picture.

Thank you all.

General Discussion / Re: Artificial knees
« on: March 20, 2010, 07:36:30 am »
Vanvalks: THANK YOU!!!

Whittierider: Thank you for the correction. From about the third grade on, it was a matter of survival for me and concentrating on learning was no longer a priority. Is that why I cling to third grade level material? :-)
Ok, I corrected mine...  I cant correct the others.

General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 19, 2010, 09:37:05 pm »

Recent Dr. Visit:
I would need to ingest radio-active material to prove I have symptoms of a paralyzed  stomach.

ps. Many years ago when I had an upper GI test, I ended up in hospital with severe pain for 5 days afterward. 

They should have figured out the paralyzed stomach back then, as, it took forever for the barium to go through my system.  :(

General Discussion / Re: Artificial knees
« on: March 19, 2010, 09:30:37 pm »
As far as I know, we are talking standard knee replacement. If I understand it correctly there are steel plates involved. If this person were to fall down on ie: cement, the bone in between the steel plate and the cement would more then likely crush the bone. Or, at least, that is what I have been told.

I do know that this person cannot kneel due to a "pin" (sort of speaking) that one would feel upon kneeling and is painful. Its not really a pin, its an attachment, but, it is not a comfortable attachment in the kneeling position.

The next thing I learned is that the replacements only last so long. So, my question is, will biking shorten the life of the replacement?  

We both are certainly learning as we go. And, this person definitely has the will to keep moving forward.

General Discussion / Re: Artificial knees
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:08:31 am »
Will get back to you.

General Discussion / Artificial knees
« on: March 18, 2010, 09:55:54 pm »
Recently went shopping around for a bike for a person with artificial knee's.  We tried our best to hold off
as long as we could in order to do a good search of all possibilities. Sunshine and warm weather did not help the situation (of holding off)

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