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    Lanterne Rouge simplyred's Avatar
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    Aerobic big ringing?

    Is it possible to aerobically and nominally ride in the big ring for hours? [ie. 90+ rpm, zone 2 HR or less]
    I'm talking 53/mid cassette [17, 16, 15, 14]...

    I'm just frustrated with my training - I need some light at the end of this tunnel

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    A) http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/ 53x15 = 24.9 mph @90 rpm

    B) http://www.nmcycling.org/results/2005/results/RCTT.pdf

    a 1 hour effort is virtually entirely aerobic

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    No problem. A ring is worth like what 2-3 cogs?

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    I ride mostly in the big ring... even on my long endurance rides

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    There is a light. I spend 95% of my time in the big ring - everything except long or very steep (or both) climbs. I run a 11-23 in the back and but don't go below 53/19 unless I know I'll be back to higher gears soon.
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    Yeah, I did the MS-150 with a 23mph average (big-ring, 186 miles) two weeks ago. All aerobic, other than the attack-fest I went into in Bastrop State Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    Yeah, I did the MS-150 with a 23mph average (big-ring, 186 miles) two weeks ago. All aerobic, other than the attack-fest I went into in Bastrop State Park.
    Damn.
    Bring the pain.

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    Yup.

    of course to be aerobic in the big ring you've got to have the fitness for it.
    Is trick from science!

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    Is it possible to ride in the small ring aerobically for hours?

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    nope, impossible. You have to be in the big ring to be aerobic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive
    Damn.
    For the record, that's not a solo ride I sure pulled a lot, but we had a group of four that stayed together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    For the record, that's not a solo ride I sure pulled a lot, but we had a group of four that stayed together.
    PSsshh... If you kept your mouth shut - you'd be a god.
    Good work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZXiMan
    I ride mostly in the big ring... even on my long endurance rides

    I used to as well....when I was living in North Texas.

    But here in NH/VT, I cannot get by doing that. We've got hills just in my little town that will make your butt pucker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lecterman
    I used to as well....when I was living in North Texas.

    But here in NH/VT, I cannot get by doing that. We've got hills just in my little town that will make your butt pucker.
    I ride west of Ft. Worth alot and there are some good long sustained climbs out there.... however, I usually use my 39 ring when climbing.

    I climbed 4200ft in 12.5 miles (climbing Seirra Blanca mountain in New Mexico) last year and was glad to have a triple ring at the time. I think I averaged just under 8 mph for the entire climb (it took me an hour and a half). Some parts of the climb were 22% grade, so it was not easy... I don't think I could have climbed it with a double... back then anyways. I can now, and intend on shaving 10 minutes from my ascent this september on a Dura-Ace 53/39 (I'm alot fitter and lighter).

    But you are right, it's pretty easy to stay aerobic in the big ring on the flats

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