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MIT reinvents the wheel...
Last Post 12/06/2013 10:02 PM by Cosmic Kid. 8 Replies.
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Entheo

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12/06/2013 10:40 AM
this is so cool... http://digg.com/video/mit-actually-reinvented-the-wheel
huckleberry

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12/06/2013 11:10 AM
Agreed!
Entheo

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12/06/2013 11:24 AM
maybe spartacus will use one in the spring classics ;-)
Cosmic Kid

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12/06/2013 11:32 AM
Hmmmmm......I could probably use my Wheelbuilder AeroJacket over the top of that in my next tri and no one would ever know.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Yo Mike

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12/06/2013 01:03 PM
Not sure if these two are related or competitors

smart-wheel

but this one weighs 9 lbs
79pmooney

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12/06/2013 01:18 PM
The trick is to show up in shorts and sneakers on you r 27 pound bike. Oh, and you've fitted colorful cardboard onto the spokes.

Ben
79pmooney

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12/06/2013 01:36 PM
A little more seriously: it has become quite obvious I need more weight bearing exercise, not less. Riding uphill on the fixie (knees permitting) is what my skeleton needs. If Beacon Hill were at the end of my commute, I'd consider it a challenge.

Now, the real advances in bike commuting would be showers at all workplaces and a place to stow a weeks worth of work clothes. (Granted, that would be a challenge in that Beacon Hilil area, with all it's very old buildings that meet only one code, the grandfather. )

On the lines of weight bearing exercise, I've started lifting weights. Very slowly and with very light weights. It came immediately obvious that my muscles can build up much faster than my tendons and joints. I have to look at this as a very long term project. Part of this will be to start running again on the new "zero" shoes, basically a modern day version of the cross country flats I ran in high school. For that I have been doing "heel lifts", 50 reps carrying my bench press weights. Soon I'll lace on those shoes and go for a long run, perhaps all the way around the block.

Ben
longslowdistance

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12/06/2013 03:40 PM
Wow, looks very cool.
Love that Boston and Cambridge scenery, too.
Cosmic Kid

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12/06/2013 10:02 PM
Ben, I HIGHLY recommend doing some one-legged squats, preferably on a balance pad, as part of your prep before you start running. The gluteus medius is a muscle that is notoriously underused in cycling and is critical for hip stability in running.

I also recommend running frequently, but for shorter distances. See the link below for a great running plan, known as the BarryP running plan over on Slowtwitch. High frequency, but low daily mileage and build from there.

http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.cgi?post=1612485;search_string=runtraining;#1612485

Last point - run SLOW. So slow it feels ridiculous. You have the cardio engine to run faster, but you don't have the chassis. This is especially true since you will be running in flats. It can put a lot of stress on your calves and Achilles initially.

Trust me her....learn from my mistakes!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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