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    Tour de Somerville

    I live near the route of the Tour de Somerville's 50 mile Kugler-Anderson race on Memorial Day. I can't find a map for this year's race. Does anyone know where I can find that?
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    Some people sweat more and others sweat less. If...

    Some people sweat more and others sweat less. If you sweat profusely, just make sure you hydrate profusely (fluids and electrolytes) to compensate.
  3. I live and ride in the area, but I struggle to...

    I live and ride in the area, but I struggle to keep up with C rides so I don't think it would be a good match.

    Have you tried Morris Area Freewheelers (mafw.org)? When the weather is good,...
  4. fify. :)

    fify. :)
  5. Hills are made to be conquered. Don't worry...

    Hills are made to be conquered. Don't worry about how hard it is now. Climb it often, and it will get easier. Plus, improving on that hill will give you a sense of accomplishment that will...
  6. I may be the only one here who feels this way,...

    I may be the only one here who feels this way, but... of all the bikes that have been mentioned, I like the Giant Seek best for your purposes. It is the most comfortable, and is best for varying...
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    Another way to increase speed quickly: Can you...

    Another way to increase speed quickly:

    Can you see the electric assist motor on this bike? : TreeHugger

    If you want to do it with your legs, quick is unrealistic.
  8. For hot rides, I fill my camelbak bladder up the...

    For hot rides, I fill my camelbak bladder up the night before and lay it flat in the freezer. Just before leaving, I run warm water over the connection joint so that I can get the tube to click in. ...
  9. When it comes to hydration, what works for...

    When it comes to hydration, what works for someone else might not work for you. Each rider's body is different. You have to figure out how much water is enough for your body, not for someone else's...
  10. This. If you were training for competition, it...

    This. If you were training for competition, it would be important to follow a regimen. If you are training for general fitness, I say you ride as long as you have time for, and then choose your...
  11. This is good advice if going fast is your primary...

    This is good advice if going fast is your primary objective. For equal dollar and equal effort, a road bike will be the fastest option.

    If you care more about comfort and/or durability, consider...
  12. The scale on your elevation profile is a bit odd,...

    The scale on your elevation profile is a bit odd, but I think I can give a reasonably close estimate on the slopes.

    Riding in the reverse, you would climb about 100 feet over 2ish miles. Until...
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    By "a long time", do you mean 3 hours and 12...

    By "a long time", do you mean 3 hours and 12 minutes ago? :p
  14. I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... ...

    I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... You should be wary of significant training with flat pedals. Because you can only push down, you are working your quads disproportionately to your...
  15. Congrats on the weight loss and speed...

    Congrats on the weight loss and speed improvements. It does seem that you would make more improvement (and reduce the risk of injury) if you scaled back the intensity some days to let your body...
  16. That sounds like a decent plan, with two caveats....

    That sounds like a decent plan, with two caveats. First, you should be careful about the intensity on the easy days (T, Th, S), especially at first. If you really go hard on the hills on MWF, you...
  17. (1) The difference between working hard and...

    (1) The difference between working hard and hardly working is usually only a few mph. Thus, the discrepancy between your morning speed (15-16 mph) and your evening speed (7-10 mph) is unusual. Is...
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    This makes a lot of sense to me, CFB. It feels...

    This makes a lot of sense to me, CFB. It feels like I speed up a bit (maybe 4-5 mph, lol) during the downstroke, then slow down to a near stop while pushing the other pedal forward into position for...
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    It does. Although I never thought about it in...

    It does. Although I never thought about it in those terms, I use the "constant effort" approach on a typical climb. I tried that approach on Gillette Road, and I went over the line when I hit the...
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    Does it matter whether I (a) drop my cadence in...

    Does it matter whether I (a) drop my cadence in the higher gear, or (b) drop to a lower gear sooner?



    How much slower can I go without toppling over? As is, I got down to 2.8 mph. :o

    I...
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    My primary goal is to make it up the hill without...

    My primary goal is to make it up the hill without feeling like I barely survived.

    My second goal is to be able to climb comparably steep, but longer, hills.

    My third goal is to get up the...
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    Interesting perspective! I will ride it a few...

    Interesting perspective! I will ride it a few more times this year and use a different strategy each time.


    This is one of the things I will try. First, though, Iíll practice standing more on...
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    climbing steep hills

    With a 26T in front and a 32T in back, I generally take a "sit and spin" approach to climbing. I have made a point of standing occasionally, in anticipation of someday encountering a hill that is...
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    A large part of our disagreement is the...

    A large part of our disagreement is the difference between where we ride. About half of my mileage is suburban, and it is unusual for me to pass more than a few cars per minute. The other half of...
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    I don't feel the need to rehash the entire...

    I don't feel the need to rehash the entire discussion about wrong-way cycling. I will say, though, that watching your video reinforced my belief that I am right and you are wrong.
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