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Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

5 July 2014 - 12:22am
I know you want to do the canal path but why not divert through bath along the Two Tunnels route? You'll have to do a bit of road riding to get from the path to the Limpey Stoke viaduct but only 2 miles.

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

4 July 2014 - 7:45pm
Thanks very much - be interested to know how you get on, and if you think it's suitable for inexperienced cyclists (Mrs Rabbit and junior!). Good luck...

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

4 July 2014 - 7:22pm
I did St Malo to Barcelona last October so you could get some ideas from my blog. I took a lot long than i'd hoped as i had an Achillies Tendon issue 5 days in. (remember to pack lots of Anti-inflams before you set off as they're crazy expensive in France)

here's my blog :


Re: Spain North to South

4 July 2014 - 7:14pm
HI MarkF
thanks for the reply.
i know what you mean about the Canal du Midi. i did it last Autumn. to start with it felt so idealic and beautiful. it was idealic and beautiful for miles and miles and miles. didn't see anyone for miles either . about 2 thirds of the way through it became unrideable so i took to the road which was so much more interesting.

Re: knee pain and touring

4 July 2014 - 6:35pm
Psamathe wrote:531colin wrote:I can't believe we don't have knee pain in too good to lose........have a search around, theres a thread here....http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=79674&hilit=vastus+medialis
I have the VMO weakness (Patellofemoral .....). I did not bother to mention it as I had the impression Original poster had been riding for quite some time and thus would have expected the issue to have arisen some time ago.

BUT, I am in no position to provide advice and AM NOT repeating what my physio said. So, above is NOT advice but just what I've been doing.


Yip. Been cycling for years and lead a ride every week. Never had knee pain.

And I won't be suing you if I decide to copy you. I'm now wary of others coming on the rides unless I know them well for that reason.

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Got a 30 miler tomorrow.....not sure what I'll do.

Re: knee pain and touring

4 July 2014 - 6:23pm
We are indeed just guessing, without even a description of whats hurting.

Even so, the most common problem for cyclists and other sportspeople who never get their knees fully straight (kayakers!) is imbalance in the quadriceps group (Vastus medialis weakness) and patella-femoral syndrome.....so that remains the best guess.
Straight-leg isometric quads exercises are most unlikely to do any harm, and will strengthen VM.
Stretching, done properly, ie. by relaxing into the stretch, is relaxing and generally beneficial.

Re: knee pain and touring

4 July 2014 - 5:33pm
Gearoidmuar wrote:
Does it hurt walking down the stairs?

I don't think that stretching will do ANY good...

If it hurts walking down the stairs then it's probably a touch of chondormalacia patellae.
To treat that, no big gears and stand while climbing.. no cleats.

Probably not a touch of chondromalacia patellae, this is what is sometimes diagnosed by people like GPs who are not experts in sports injuries. I was told this was my problem 24 years ago by a doctor, but reading up on chondromalacia patellae and subsequent visits to physios who do know about sports injuries ruled this out as a diagnosis.

Without knowing more about the OP's knee pain, location, etc. we are just guessing here, so best advice is visit a physio.

My knee pain has recurred several times over the years, most recently last summer, when I was treated by a physio with ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation (ems), and kinesio taping, and stretching, a combination which worked very effectively.
I subsequently bought an ems machine for £20 and use it a couple of times a week to keep my vastus medialis muscle in good shape.

Look up quadriceps stretching exercises too, these were emphasised by my physio as very important.


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