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Old 12-04-2012, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to the saddle, and have been spending the afternoons riding through the country, practicing. Unfortunately, I can only make it about 2 hours before my body is on fire. Of course, it's practice, so I'm moving around a lot more than most people commuting would be, but groin and neck pain are rather significant. I know my body will adjust with practice, but I was wondering how long our senior members can go on a bike for fun before they need to ice down their delicates.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you're doing it wrong.

A typical east county "swing" for us in San Diego is maybe 250-300 miles. That's considered a comfortable day's backroad sport ride with no particular pressing involved. Slabbing - 5-600 miles.

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My record was 13 hours but my normal time before I started to ache was round 5-6 hours


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I think you're doing it wrong.

A typical east county "swing" for us in San Diego is maybe 250-300 miles. That's considered a comfortable day's sport ride with no particular pressing involved.

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Wrong? Well I know any wrist or palm pain is "wrong" because you're not supposed to hold your weight up with your hands, but I don't know what I could be doing wrong to cause soreness in my inseam. I used to ride horses, and that was simply a reality until you got used to it. My toes were also slightly numb yesterday, since I was holding up most of my weight with the balls of my feet. And my neck just hurt all over.
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It's not a horse, that may be your problem. You don't need to take all your weight on your feet, and you don't have to squeeze the tank tightly with your thighs. Maybe I-Jo will chime in here. It sounds like you're trying to work way too hard.

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I think you're doing it wrong.

A typical east county "swing" for us in San Diego is maybe 250-300 miles. That's considered a comfortable day's backroad sport ride with no particular pressing involved. Slabbing - 5-600 miles.

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I have to agree. 22yrs old and your body's "on fire" after only 2 hrs on a non-SS?? Another factor at play here, my friend.
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Yeah..... it depends on the bike, but 2-3 hours is no biggie if the roads are interesting. I start getting a little buttsore after about 4-5 hours on a supersport.

But after 2 hours I'm normally more bored than sore. How would you describe yourself physically? Tall, short? Long arms, short? These things matter....
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I found today/yesterday that out I top out at about 5 hours, but that was on my R6s
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I had no issue doing 10 hours a day on my SV or VTR.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Do you wear gear? That can make a difference 2 hours with my heavy icon helmet and my neck is killing me I can do about 4 hours with my more expensive helmets before I get sore on a ss
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Sounds like you're using the wrong muscles for support. You shouldn't be pressing into the pegs so hard, and you should be using your abs more than your arms or legs. Neck pain is from a combination of the wind, and the weight of your helmet. That will get better over time as your neck muscles strengthen, but a light weight helmet is always money well spent. I'm loving the Bell Star Carbon I just picked up.
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While there are many similarities in rising machine or beast.... Being an "active" rider isn't one of them.

Sure you will be moving around on the bike but you don't need to have an active leg on the bike so if you are constantly gripping you are definitely going to be tired.

If you are new... Then you about be tired and sire after two hours but after two or three weeks if adjusting if you still feel super tired after two hours your working too hard.

I can personally have a few rough sore tired rides at the start of the season. But after a week I am good- I can do about 8 hours and I am sore and ready to be home..
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I've ridden 10 hours, but not on my current bike, it was a 2008 CBR600RR. I have ridden over 8 hrs on my 'Tona. In leathers.

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I've ridden 10 hours, but not on my current bike, it was a 2008 CBR600RR. I have ridden over 8 hrs on my 'Tona. In leathers.



That's why you spend the extra dough and buy an Arai, Shoei, Suomy, Bell.
Actually I found speed and strength helmets to be nice for a cheap helmet the ss1000 is only 180 brand new and is just as light as my arai. Now it is louder and moves a little more at high speeds so you do get what you pay for but the noise level doesn't bother me because I wear earplugs and unless your going over 100 the helmet doesn't really move that much either now for protection I think the speed and strength will do its job but those other brands are used by pro racers for a reason
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