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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby View Post
    Cramp has f*** all to do with age - it's normally either riding position or lack of salts/minerals. BHB used to suffer a lot IIRC but matters improved greatly using nuun/zero tabs in his water bottles. I've not suffered once since I started on them too.
    Mine was pretty much down to being an alcoholic and having a pretty bad magnesium deficiency.

    Now I take Magnesium, Zinc and Pottasium supplements, I still cramp up from time to time but nowhere near as much as I used to.

    I use High5 (as it frequently comes up when the missus is on her Groupon type websites).


    Jens bike still looks set up wrong!

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    Cramp is generally down to a lack of base fitness ime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Dirty Karlos_ View Post
    Cramp is generally down to a lack of base fitness ime.
    Really? Wonder why I hardly ever suffer from it, then? *Must be fitter than I thought...........................or, actually, undead*

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    Cramp is different for everyone it would seem. Or, in your case, it pays to pootle ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Dirty Karlos_ View Post
    Cramp is generally down to a lack of base fitness ime.

    Best not to leave your day job for the medical profession is my advice on that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHB 10.6.6 View Post
    Best not to leave your day job for the medical profession is my advice on that one!
    I said in my experience, I know I get cramp without good base fitness :-)

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    It can also be caused by menstruation, check next time you get cramp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalesman View Post
    It can also be caused by menstruation, check next time you get cramp.
    Not a problem at my age, but DK on the other hand...

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    lumbar canal stenosis, thats what causes mine

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    Commentators curse. I got cramp in my calf today. Mind you I'd done a hard 40 miles and it happened when I was I clipped out at a give way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen J View Post
    cramp in the inside thigh, from knee to, errr, all the way up - that is totally excruciating, as there is no way of stretching out of that one.
    You are describing your adductors, and you can stretch them

    Google 'standing groin stretch' or watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmgk5zMx5jI

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    That's a week of riding the new bike, and only the occasional mishap, like not getting hold of the brake levers properly and riding into a barrier to stop, and also (whilst demonstrating to a group of kids) finding the kerb stops you quite well too - I don't think they noticed.

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    Today was a test of the bike's off-road ability, nothing too techy mind, but some interestingly steep gravel tracks and berms, and lots of pavé sections. I didn't like the feeling of being so far over the front of the bike on the brakes down the steep bits, but otherwise it was good

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