dandridge 10 wrote:Any serious bikers out there? Given re-occurring knee injuries, I am thinking about buying a nice road bike to replace running. I have done a ton research and I am looking at a Trek Domane 4.5 or 5.2. Not looking to race, but would like to 25-50 miles a week on the road, and possibly more. Want a comfortable bike that also can get some speed. The Domane's are expensive, but I want to get something that will make me want to ride. Any thoughts or recommendations? Any thoughts on clipless pedals v. flat?
I am a cycling coach - mostly juniors and old guys but a couple of national champions too.
The Domane is a good choice for endurance riding it is not too aggressive and with a decent bike fit you should be set. The ultegra drive train is a solid choice (although most bike shops are still trying to figure out how to deal with 11 speed). I like the Bontrager wheelset - depending on your weight.
There are three touchpoints on a bike. The handlebars, saddle and pedals. In addition to a bike fit, investing in a decent wrap on the bars and gel gloves is worthwhile. Getting a saddle that fits (and good shorts) are also key (some bike shops have a sit bone testing pad - I believe City Bikes has one). The correct width of the saddle and position are key there. Lastly shoes, you will be much more comfortable with clip-in pedals. Try to avoid spd MTB pedals - and try on shoes like your life depended on it. If your hands fall asleep, if your butt hurts or if you dog are yelling you will tend to ride less.
BTW, one of my old guys (mid-50s) has dropped 50lbs from last year. So, it is definitely doable. Also, depending on where you live, there are lots of group rides. A good weekend ride is a nice way to move forward.
One last thing - look into using a foam roller on your legs and calves after rides - lots of good videos online. You can start with a soft foam roller to start.
Best of luck!!!