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    Fatigue/doms in 1 particular muscle...

    Any ideas why im getting doms/fatigue on my vastus medialis? i think thats the right muscle as you look down at your knees they're the ones above the knee on the inside of the leg. Its odd I only get it on the road bike never the mtb. could it be Q factor? (I ride mostly MTB).

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    Do you use bigger gears on the road?

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    Im assuming the ratio's are different mtb compared to road yeah.

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    It could be you are more mobile on the MTB over the different terrain... road cycling in comparison you are more fixed into one position.

    Do you use clipped pedals on your mountain bike?

    What OETB is getting at, I presume, is are you spinning quickly on the road bike, or grinding away in a big gear?
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    Ah ok i see where youre going with that. Yep i do use spds in the mtb. I could be grinding on the road to be fair but i feel like i have to do that to make the progress i expect to be making on the roads. The fixed position too. I try to stand a bit but probs not as much as mtb.
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    MTB riding and road riding uses different muscles....due to the riding position.
    when I go MTB with my mates....I find I still got loads of energy left after 4 hrs...not so on the road

    so what I'm getting at is your road muscles just need building up a bit

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    If your saddle height is off as well that can cause muscle ache. But look at like this - when you shave your legs (being a roadie you must) and get a tan the girls will love them.
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    Saddle too high and get those toes a bit more 10 to 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbonorth View Post
    Ah ok i see where youre going with that. Yep i do use spds in the mtb. I could be grinding on the road to be fair but i feel like i have to do that to make the progress i expect to be making on the roads. The fixed position too. I try to stand a bit but probs not as much as mtb.
    Power is a function of force (how hard you push on the pedals) and speed (how many times you push on the pedals, ie. cadence). So, you can drop the force required at the legs by spinning faster and still achieve the same road speed. This is much more sustainable over a long ride... Wiggins' Hour Record cadence for example was over 100rpm.

    Probably also worth looking at your position on the bike... hopefully Coolboarder will be along at some point and can post his excellent bike fit guide which should get you in the right ballpark.
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    Some great comments here, I'm out for a ride on the roadie tonight so I'm going to try a few things, dropping the saddle a few mms and spinning more, you're a helpful bunch cheers!

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