Pedal PT Blog

9 Tips for a Better Rainy-Day Bike Commute

With the onset of the rain this week, it’s always good to review some ‘best practice’ tips for dealing with the weather, while still enjoying your bike commute. Here’s some tips/tricks we’ve learned in 7+ years of car-free commuting in PDX: Always have a spare pair of socks and underwear at the office to change […]

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Laptop user with wrist pain?

Wrist or hand pain? … Ergonomics to the rescue!   As Physical Therapists, we see a great variety of injuries to the entire body, however lately we’ve been seeing a lot more wrist and hand pain attributed to prolonged, daily computer use. More specifically, with prolonged laptop use. Symptoms vary from general fatigue/stiffness in the […]

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#AskPedalPT: Should I switch to clipless pedals?

Welcome to our newest installment, #AskPedalPT! If you have a question you’d like answered in the future by our bike PT experts, e-mail us HERE ! Today’s question: ‘I’m a bike commuter looking to increase my cycling for longer rides/touring. I’ve been using regular, flat pedals and was wondering:  Should I get clipless pedals and shoes?’ -New […]

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Solving the ‘Knee Pain with Cycling’ Puzzle

Solving the ‘Knee Pain With Bicycling’ Puzzle by Kevin Schmidt, PT, MSPT, CMP, Bike PT Knee pain is one of the most common (if not THE most common) symptoms a cyclists will experience while riding a bike. Here’s a quick guide to help solve the puzzle of knee pain while riding. 1) Training: “Too Much, […]

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American League of Bicyclists: Pedal PT gets Gold

Pedal PT named a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you […]

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Bicycling with Neck Pain?

Bicycling with Neck Pain? Read this first before you buy any new equipment. . Neck and upper back pain is one of the most common pains a cyclist will experience, especially when riding longer distances, starting off on a new bike, or with prolonged climbs. These symptoms include: Pain at the base of the base of […]

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To those who hate their bike saddle. . .

Having trouble finding comfort in your saddle?  Saddle pain is a very common ailment in all levels of bicycling, which can vary from mild chafing, to tingling/numbness, to sharp pain in some very sensitive areas! This is due to many factors,  including our own unique anatomy, the myriad of different saddle shapes, sizes and materials, […]

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On hill climbs, C-L-I-M-B like a champ

On long hill climbs, think “C-L-I-M-B” for best results: Cadence. Whenever trying to climb a long steady hill, try and keep your pedals moving quickly to conserve energy- Try and keep above 70-75rpm (revelations per minute) and you’ll be able to climb faster, for a longer period of time Loosen up. Typically when we encounter […]

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When shifting gears, think like your car.

A good understanding of your gears, and how to use them correctly is essential in maintaining fitness, as well as minimizing your chances for repetitive-strain injury while riding a bike. Take a step back for a moment and think about the automatic transmission in your car. When you pull up to a stoplight, the car downshifts […]

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The Sweet Science of Pedaling Cadence

  Does it matter how fast or slow I pedal on my bike? YES. Believe it or not, but the cadence you pedal at is a very important concept to understand in avoiding injury, and it allows for you to ride more efficiently and faster over a longer duration of time. What is pedaling cadence? […]

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