Ask the Expert Bike Tech


It’s so nice to have friends with incredible talent and expert knowledge.  We already have the best Sport Nutritionist on the planet as a part of our Loving the Bike team, and now we pleased to announce the inclusion of Victor Jimenez…..World’s greatest Bike Tech.  I like to call him the Bike Guru.

You can now send in all your bike mechanic or bicycle fit questions to “Ask the Bike Tech“.  Consider Victor your own private bicycle expert.

Victor knows absolutely everything there is to know about the bike and how you and your bike can best work together.  He is the driving force behind Bicycle Lab, and Karma Bicycles; and an expert at understanding bicycles and how people interact with this machine.  Victor is a presenter for USA triathlon coaching certification and works with many coaches and athletes to improve technical skills on the bike.  He is also committed to helping the bicycle to become more utilitarian here in the US and worldwide. Victor is frequently seen riding his bike with his son and a trailer full of groceries.

Here’s a video from Victor himself welcoming you all to send in your questions:


We invite you to send in your questions for Victor, and he’ll respond with a wisdom packed video like the one below that he did for our viewer, Alex.

One of our Loving the Bike viewers, Alex Tran has been having knee problems that have prevented him from riding his bike.  Here is his question for our Guru and a video with how Victor explains how to solve the problem.

Knee Pain from Cycling

At the start of October, my friend gave me his clipless pedals and shoes (I had been using platform pedals). I used the clipless pedals and shoes for about an an hour, and had to stop, because my knees were in so much pain I couldn’t pedal.

I have since gone back to using platform pedals, but the knee pain hasn’t gone away. If I exert too much effort, even when in a low gear, it starts to hurt. If I climb a hill, it starts to hurt. 

I’m desperate for any solutions. I hate sitting around at home watching the weather get progressively worse, while all my friends are out enjoying the last few days of cycling season.

I can’t really pay for a $300 bike fit, but if I could I probably would have by now, since it might have helped. I went to my doctor and he said my knees were fine, but if they were, I shouldn’t be having this problem, right?

 Here is Victor’s response:


Enjoy Your Ride

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Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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Please send us your questions for our Expert Sports Nutritionist, Kelli Jennings to “Ask the Sports Nutritionist“. Kelli Jennings is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for healthy eating, wellness, & sports nutrition. For more information go to

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