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  • elstoof 26 Dec 2012 10:15:46 6,638 posts
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    I've woken up with cramp in my calf a few times, like I've had it for hours without stretching it out. Usually happens after a few drinks and dehydrated, fine after a day or two.
  • Psychotext 26 Dec 2012 12:44:31 53,855 posts
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    I'd have certainly been dehydrated, that's for sure. Wouldn't be surprised if I lost a litre in sweat.

    Calf is still painful today, trying to stretch it but it hasn't been achieving much. :(
  • MikeP 26 Dec 2012 20:50:20 1,771 posts
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    It's likely to be cramp, a bad episode can leave aftereffects for 24-48 hours.

    Have you got any isotonic tablets or drinks you can try?
  • Psychotext 26 Dec 2012 22:22:23 53,855 posts
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    Not that I'm aware of. I'm drinking a lot though.
  • MikeP 27 Dec 2012 14:43:41 1,771 posts
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    Quite getting into Trainerroad.

    I've discovered that the 'horizontal' mode works as an overlay on top of the BBC iPlayer. Did a relatively low intensity endurance ride whilst watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. :)
  • Psychotext 27 Dec 2012 15:55:47 53,855 posts
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    I ended up cheating and buying another monitor for it. My eyes are too old and broken to see the details and watch my films!
  • Psychotext 31 Dec 2012 15:26:10 53,855 posts
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    Calf muscle still fucked. Looks like another visit to the doctor in the new year. Yay.
  • MikeP 1 Jan 2013 14:13:12 1,771 posts
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    @Psychotext Sorry to hear that, fella. Hope it gets sorted out pronto.
  • Psychotext 1 Jan 2013 14:20:46 53,855 posts
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    Struggling to even walk on it now. It's like it's in permanent (mild) cramp. Seems to be focussed around an area that I once tore (it left me with a sort of hole in the muscle).
  • elstoof 1 Jan 2013 15:00:00 6,638 posts
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    Never would have had these issues if you'd just worn the Lycra and bought a road bike mate.
  • Psychotext 1 Jan 2013 15:03:01 53,855 posts
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    You're right, I'd likely be in an Italian bath house right now being rodgered by wax smooth roadies.

    For the moment the busted calf is preferable. Ask me in a week though.
  • Futaba 2 Jan 2013 04:27:30 3,462 posts
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    Had my bike wheels kicked in last night (to the point that they're completely bent out of shape) while I was at a club so had to walk home from town. Happy new year indeed. Also had my seat and seat post stolen a few months ago. So basically I've learnt the hard way to never leave my bike in town overnight again.

    Edited by Futaba at 04:28:02 02-01-2013

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • MikeP 2 Jan 2013 10:51:35 1,771 posts
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    Futaba wrote:
    Had my bike wheels kicked in last night (to the point that they're completely bent out of shape) while I was at a club so had to walk home from town. Happy new year indeed. Also had my seat and seat post stolen a few months ago. So basically I've learnt the hard way to never leave my bike in town overnight again.
    What a crappy thing to have happen. Where do you live?
  • Futaba 2 Jan 2013 14:54:33 3,462 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    What a crappy thing to have happen. Where do you live?
    Bristol, the cycling city :\

    Edited by Futaba at 14:55:14 02-01-2013

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2013 15:38:35 53,855 posts
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    Apparently it's a fucking terrible place with regards to bike theft too. I know a ton of people who have had their bikes nicked there and apparently the scum have now taken to following people home from trails and nicking their two wheeled treasures from garages etc. :(
  • elstoof 2 Jan 2013 16:09:08 6,638 posts
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    There's apparently a lot of folk who've been tracked to their homes on Strava too. Bit of route analysis, check their timetables and speeds, you can guess what level of bike they might have.
  • Megapocalypse 2 Jan 2013 16:24:20 5,325 posts
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    Strava has an option to stop the map displaying the route 500m/1km from the start/end of the journey though to prevent exactly that.

    Edited by Megapocalypse at 16:25:44 02-01-2013
  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2013 16:28:00 53,855 posts
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    Aye. The privacy zone thing shows fairly prominently.
  • MikeP 2 Jan 2013 16:43:51 1,771 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Apparently it's a fucking terrible place with regards to bike theft too. I know a ton of people who have had their bikes nicked there and apparently the scum have now taken to following people home from trails and nicking their two wheeled treasures from garages etc. :(
    Yeah. Apparently it's run as a triangle of theft and resale. A bike stolen in London goes to Bristol, Bristol to Manchester, Manchester to London.

    I'm sure thieves love it. The police are overstretched, it's a low priority type of crime, lots of people don't check what they're buying all that carefully.
  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2013 16:55:57 53,855 posts
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    I bought a used bike recently and even though I checked the serial number in a couple of places I still wouldn't be surprised if it was stolen.
  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2013 19:50:06 53,855 posts
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    Saw these linked in the bikeradar "best of 2012" article and thought the bike geeks here might like them:

    North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Gallery 1
    North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Gallery 2
    North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Gallery 3
    North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Gallery 4
    North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Gallery 5

    Edited by Psychotext at 19:50:58 02-01-2013
  • elstoof 2 Jan 2013 20:35:06 6,638 posts
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    A client of mine in San Fran put me on to that show, looks awesome. He sent me some pics of his new frame he's waited 5 years for from the hands of Brian Bayliss, a true thing of beauty.
  • MikeP 2 Jan 2013 23:20:19 1,771 posts
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    There's a younger but very good show held in Bristol called Bespoked which is working towards the same thing. Some good builders there.

    http://www.bespokedbristol.co.uk/
  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2013 23:25:09 53,855 posts
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    Nice. Might have to give that a visit.
  • pistol 3 Jan 2013 12:04:55 13,019 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    There's apparently a lot of folk who've been tracked to their homes on Strava too. Bit of route analysis, check their timetables and speeds, you can guess what level of bike they might have.
    When using anything like strava or Garmin Connect I'll always make a point of starting and finishing the ride a road away from my house. Not such a big deal with GC as I tend to lock my rides so only specific people can see them.
  • MikeP 3 Jan 2013 16:13:04 1,771 posts
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    Quick cross-training update from me. I've been doing my core/back strengthening program for the last 3 weeks and have been doing a daily routine of stretches targeting my lower back and hamstrings.

    I've been delighted with the results. I was riding over Christmas and all the pains I had been getting were gone, which was encouraging.

    Went back to learn the second half of the program last night and they did a position check on the bike. The result is I've been able to raise the saddle 1.5cm, drop the bars 2cm and get a lot more tilt in my pelvis. That'll let me use my glutes more and it still feels comfy.

    I'm getting a free remeasure on my joint mobility and flexibility in about 6 weeks, so I'll be interested to see how much my body has adapted.

    I feel like a new rider on the bike, which makes me very happy.
  • Psychotext 3 Jan 2013 16:15:14 53,855 posts
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    Starting to suspect that this calf thing is actually a blood clot. Am going to go to the walk in clinic tomorrow (if I can get up).

    Ice and ibuprofen for the last two weeks have done nothing.
  • pistol 3 Jan 2013 20:44:11 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Starting to suspect that this calf thing is actually a blood clot. Am going to go to the walk in clinic tomorrow (if I can get up).

    Ice and ibuprofen for the last two weeks have done nothing.
    It never did sound like cramp tbh
  • MikeP 3 Jan 2013 21:16:47 1,771 posts
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    pistol wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    Starting to suspect that this calf thing is actually a blood clot. Am going to go to the walk in clinic tomorrow (if I can get up).

    Ice and ibuprofen for the last two weeks have done nothing.
    It never did sound like cramp tbh
  • Psychotext 3 Jan 2013 21:58:10 53,855 posts
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    Could have posted a week ago. :(
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