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    NeoRetroGrouch
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    ‘Bent riders - Need help!!...

    I am leading a century training program this summer that started in March where beginning riders (and those that just lack the confidence) will train all summer and then do a Century in September.

    I now have a guy on a ‘bent that is joining. Problem is, I don’t know how to train on a non-diamond frame. I normally work on getting the cadence up to 90+, working in a pack, bike set-up, position, etc. We do three rides a week with one being progressively longer, one a training ride (hill and speed intervals) and the other the normal club group ride. What do I need to do different for the guy on the ‘bent? Any good, condensed resources?

    Thanks for your help,
    TF

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboTurtle
    I am leading a century training program this summer that started in March where beginning riders (and those that just lack the confidence) will train all summer and then do a Century in September.

    I now have a guy on a ‘bent that is joining. Problem is, I don’t know how to train on a non-diamond frame. I normally work on getting the cadence up to 90+, working in a pack, bike set-up, position, etc. We do three rides a week with one being progressively longer, one a training ride (hill and speed intervals) and the other the normal club group ride. What do I need to do different for the guy on the ‘bent? Any good, condensed resources?

    Thanks for your help,
    TF
    There are two areas that differ. The first difference is in hill climbing. You will need to work on this rider's spinning, as he will not be able to stand on the pedals and bull up the steep parts. Rather, he will have to gear down and keep the cadence high. He may need to work on stable tracking at slow speeds uphill, and he will have to be more fit than the other riders if he wants to keep up on hills.

    The second area is in pack riding. If his bike puts him well below the others they won't be able to draft off him and there would be no reason to have him in a paceline, except for the sake of being together with the other folks.

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    I normally work on getting the cadence up to 90+ Yes, that would be helpful on any bike your better off spinning then mashing.

    working in a pack- still good to know, but if your thinking about a pace line the bent will have a hard time drafting off a DF, and a DF will have a hard time drafting a bent, and the way that the diffrent bikes climb hills may be a problem. As well as the diffrent speeds between the bent and DF on the downhills.

    What do I need to do different for the guy on the ‘bent? Dont eat a high fiber diet before the ride....

    lots of info on the web about bents, but I dont recall any geared at traning.
    Bentbaggerlen
    "When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking." - Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Many recumbent riders have found that moving the clips all the way back on the shoes helps prevent achilles tendinitis and plantar fascitis. (Sorry if spelling is wrong.)

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