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    Quote Originally Posted by newbiehere View Post
    [...]I find that my thighs still hurt ALOT! Is that normal?? My thighs always feel tight/stiff when I get off my bike.
    Pain is weakness leaving the body. Seriously, though, I'd say it's normal. My 7-7.5 mile commute is pretty flat with the exception of a few overpasses and bridges, and my legs used to have a good "just worked out" sort of pain and tightness to them after my commute when I first started. Now after 5 years of commuting, I have to go A LOT further than my commute distance to bring on said sensation. It might help to warm down the last few minutes of your commute by soft pedaling a little. Otherwise, just keep riding and with time it'll take longer, harder rides to really fatigue/pain your thighs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingfool View Post
    Pain is weakness leaving the body. Seriously, though, I'd say it's normal. My 7-7.5 mile commute is pretty flat with the exception of a few overpasses and bridges, and my legs used to have a good "just worked out" sort of pain and tightness to them after my commute when I first started. Now after 5 years of commuting, I have to go A LOT further than my commute distance to bring on said sensation. It might help to warm down the last few minutes of your commute by soft pedaling a little. Otherwise, just keep riding and with time it'll take longer, harder rides to really fatigue/pain your thighs.
    I'll take your word for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingfool View Post
    Pain is weakness leaving the body. Seriously, though, I'd say it's normal. My 7-7.5 mile commute is pretty flat with the exception of a few overpasses and bridges, and my legs used to have a good "just worked out" sort of pain and tightness to them after my commute when I first started. Now after 5 years of commuting, I have to go A LOT further than my commute distance to bring on said sensation. It might help to warm down the last few minutes of your commute by soft pedaling a little. Otherwise, just keep riding and with time it'll take longer, harder rides to really fatigue/pain your thighs.
    You should google this forum and WWW for "proper bike fit" to get an idea of how a bike should fit in case your's needs an adjustment (e.g., saddle height, handlebars, etc). Small changes can sometimes make a big difference.

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