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    First real ride with my new road bike and a weird situation???

    Saterday I had cleetless pedals put on my new road bike, and I bought a pair of cleetless shoes, after practicing for a few hours I got the hang of the cleetless system, I also had a computer installed on my new bike. Sunday I took her out for my first real fitness ride, I road 13.2 miles in 46 min 6 seconds with an avaerage speed of 15.94 mph, and a top speed of 22.8 mph (pedaling fast down hill he he he). It rained last night, and not knowing how those thin wheels on my road bike would react to the wet roads, I instead took my Trek Navigator (comfort bike ), and the bike I had been riding up until I got the new bike out this morning for my daily ride. There's no computer set up so I just used my watch, and I went the same distance, only it took me a little over 2 1/2 mins longer to complete the same distance as I did with my road bike the day before. On my roadbike my heart rate was from the mid 140's to a high of 152bpm, on my Trek comfort bike it was in the high 130's to a max of 145bpm. The weird thing and my question is why was I more tired when I got home from my ride on my Trek, than the road bike, also while I was ridding the Trek it seemed harder? I always thought that the higher the heart rate, the harder the work-out, but with the road bike I had a higher heart rate, but I was'nt as tirerd, and it was easier, with the Trek I had a lower heart rate but it was harder, and more tireing!!!??? Can anyone explain this phenomanon ?
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    Paul

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    cleetless?? You mean clipless?

    The Navigator is heavier and harder to maneuver so you're body was working harder to go the same distance. Plus the fatter tires had more rolling resistance.
    Put the Navigator away and ride the road bike.
    A higher HR doesn't make you tired. It makes your heart healthier.
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    Most likely you were bent over more. This got more muscle working, thus the speed and HR.
    We are as gods, we might as well get good at it.
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    Surprisingly, again, as people rediscover drop bar bikes they also discover that they are able to access additional muscle mass that laid fallow whilst riding their upright comfie bike shaped objects. Suddenly they go faster and have higher hear rates, no surprise to drop bar enthusiast, additional muscle groups come into play.

    There is a reason the TDF riders are not on comfie bikes.
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    Just a few random thoughts:
    --You can't tell much from one ride. I've done the same 25-mile RT commute maybe 100 times a year since 1979, and my times with more or less the same perceived effort may vary by 15 minutes or so. Average five rides and see if the difference holds up.
    --For me, at least, clipless pedals make no difference (not "cleetless," which in any case would be "cleatless"). I've commuted with toe clips, platform pedals, power grips and clipless, on a number of bikes including recumbents, and the pedal system just doesn't matter. May not be true for racing, but it is for me in ordinary riding.
    --I'm not even sure the bike makes much difference. My fastest commute for years was on an old Bridgestone mountain bike with 1.5 road tires, though I've done the ride many times on "faster" bikes. How I feel, what I had for breakfast and how hard I push is much more important than the bike. As a test, I rode for a week on my Rambouillet, alternating between 700x25 tires at 105 psi and 700x35s at 80 (I weigh 240, so I don't use skinny tires much). Same bike, same gears, same route, same time of day = no consistent difference in speed.

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