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    I went out three times today. It was a real test...

    I went out three times today. It was a real test trying to fold my U.S. version of the rules of the road with the seemingly effortless way the Dutch navigate their town. They all understand subtle...
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    Here is the 46# beast! 461885

    Here is the 46# beast!
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    Tracking down the Tour de France

    We arrived yesterday and are still groggy. We have an apartment here in Leiden and I plan to make it to stages 1 & 2 and photograph them. I had bike withdrawal symptoms so I went to a bike shop and...
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    Me too. Must be from my days in the Navy. Rich

    Me too. Must be from my days in the Navy.

    Rich
  5. I'm 73 and have used SPDs for about a year and a...

    I'm 73 and have used SPDs for about a year and a half with only one tumble..the first ride. There are two things I like about them; first is the feeling of being 'connected' to the bike. I realize...
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    That's the feeling I get from it, but I think one...

    That's the feeling I get from it, but I think one can get used to the drastically different ride view after a while. If it ever came to a choice of not being able to balance a standard road bike and...
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    That's encouraging. That would explain not being...

    That's encouraging. That would explain not being able to get past what now seems like a middling level of effort.

    Rich
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    Of course I don't need to reply to post #27...

    Of course I don't need to reply to post #27 but this recent discussion and further analysis permitted me to identify an issue which is possibly exercise induced asthma or bronchspasm. I'm able to...
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    Good suggestions. I had six months of files from...

    Good suggestions. I had six months of files from IpBike so I have a nice starting point. I've been using power on IpBike for a month so it's going to take a bit more time to get a stable plan.
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    Reporting back after some digging. I bought...

    Reporting back after some digging. I bought "Training and Racing with a Power meter" by Allen and Coggan. They've developed a technique 'Performance Management.' It addresses workload, balancing...
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    Thanks! I settled on SPD clipless. After almost...

    Thanks! I settled on SPD clipless. After almost two years using them I just feel better 'connected' to the bike. Yeah, they crunch when I walk on pavement but, as you said who cares? Ride on!
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    Now THAT I like! I'm relatively new to active...

    Now THAT I like!

    I'm relatively new to active cycling (2 years) and was mightily impressed when I read all those posts here about meticulously cleaning and lubricating one's chain and cassette,...
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    Nonsense. It's more comfortable for me; it keeps...

    Nonsense. It's more comfortable for me; it keeps my three 'friends' in place while I ride. I originally tried riding with smooth jockey shorts and frequently would experience the equivalent of...
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    Wow, lots of technical terms there. Do you have...

    Wow, lots of technical terms there. Do you have a link explaining the power meter stuff? (I found a TRIMP link)
    Thanks!
    Rich
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    How much is too much?

    I've been a bit frustrated not being able to get out and ride much this spring due to the lingering pollen. I've ridden inside almost exclusively and found myself obsessing over the numbers from the...
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    With all those issues I'd recommend a...

    With all those issues I'd recommend a professional fitting. Getting it all sorted out is like a string tied in a circle; push on one point and the others move. Right now you're 'grasping at straws.'...
  17. It depends. I had two done by shops which (based...

    It depends. I had two done by shops which (based on what I know now) were roughly ballpark. If you have an average, no unique physical quirks, they can be fine. My right leg angles outward at the...
  18. I started riding at age 71 two years after a 43...

    I started riding at age 71 two years after a 43 year hiatus. Congratulations! I use a figure of 2.4:1 cycling to riding for calories burned. You can use that for a rough idea keeping in mind there...
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    I've finished May. So far I've logged Jan 480...

    I've finished May. So far I've logged
    Jan 480
    Feb 440
    Mar 500
    Apr 445
    May 567
    Thus far almost all have been on the trainer. The long cold winter and spring and now late/extended tree pollen...
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    I've had a tough spring this year. I went to an...

    I've had a tough spring this year. I went to an allergist who determined I had allergies to tree pollen, dust mites and mold. The irony was on the spirometer test despite having symptoms I was able...
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    Sticky: Today is my day off but yesterday I completed 582...

    Today is my day off but yesterday I completed 582 miles in May. The pollen in the air here is still very bad and my EIB keeps me indoors. I found a technique to try and deal with it Friday evening...
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    Tinkoff needs to get serious about the other 7...

    Tinkoff needs to get serious about the other 7 members of the Tour de France team if he expects Contador to do well. This team was so bad there must have been a smell when they passed by as a group;...
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    It must be embarrassing for Contador to run the...

    It must be embarrassing for Contador to run the last half of every stage by himself surrounded by seven Astana riders. For all Tinkoff's jabbering and money spent it looks like his team consists of...
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    No one disputes that some of those associated...

    No one disputes that some of those associated with auto racing are physically fit. But that assertion (not 'fact') doesn't make them athletes. I ride 6000 miles a year and workout with weights but...
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    Same combination for me. The past months have...

    Same combination for me. The past months have been filled with the classics and 'tours.' Our cable gets all NBCSN, USN and BEIN. Yesterday I watched the Giro, Tour of Norway final and Stage 2 of the...
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