My story – and I’m sticking to it! I’m an “older” citizen who took up cycling about two years ago to lose some weight and get fit. Following a couple of miss-starts (wrong or poor fitting cycles) I have now been riding a quality road bike – fiber carbon and all Dura-Ace for about 18 months. No need to get into brands.
My problem – if in fact it is a problem – is that I don’t seem to get much faster. I lost the desired weight, and have definitely become more fit. Lower heart rate, more stamina – but same speeds!
I have kept a log of all rides since I started, and obviously got faster in the beginning, and certainly picked up a couple mph with the carbon bike.
Example. I rode 60 miles today and finished with an average speed very close to that posted on similar rides over the last year. (I am in Florida, and it was extremely hot on the return leg – which may have some effect.
SO – as someone once asked “Is this all there is?” (I’m not going to get into numbers for fear of embarrassing myself)
A few specific questions: 1) Could a chain approaching the 1/8 inch stretch mark have any effect on speed? 2) Tires. I am running Michelin Carbons. 3)Wheels. Still with the Bontrager Race X Lites. 4) I replaced the bar with the FSA K-Wing. Seems to have increased my reach just a bit.
Or is it poor “training” technique? My pedaling style has for sure improved with a full 360 degree effort and pretty fast cadence. I do tend to be pretty erratic speed wise. I will sprint a while then cruise slowly to recover. Just shopping for suggestions.