Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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Jeez, how did people ride before they had heartrate monitors?
I don't use a monitor for cycling (I do occasionally for running), but I unless you're training for the Tour, I can't think of a reason you couldn't go by perceived exertion, certainly for a few weeks. You know what it feels like when you're going hard and when you're dogging it, so judge by that.
I ride my road bikes on gravel quite a bit, because we have a lot of gravel roads around here, and coincidentally I have 37mm Paselas on one, 28mm Paselas on the other. With the larger tires at 75 psi, my Atlantis cruises comfortably and securely almost anywhere I want to drive it. With the 28s at 100psi, the Rambouillet is squirrely, dodgy, bouncy and sometimes scary. If you do a lot of dirt/gravel, I'd stay with bigger tires.