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    Many different "shes", I guess. Worked fine for...

    Many different "shes", I guess. Worked fine for us. Stoker still doesn't like standing on her single, but loves it on the tandem. Very different machines with different handling characteristics.
  2. I have over 50,000 miles on my Trek frame and...

    I have over 50,000 miles on my Trek frame and fork, still perfect. I suppose the lifespan is indefinite.
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    If the saddle you have doesn't cause you any...

    If the saddle you have doesn't cause you any problems other than sit bone pain, IOW no chafing, then pick another saddle with similar shape and cutout and try it. You can usually return or exchange a...
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    We do best standing at a very low cadence, maybe...

    We do best standing at a very low cadence, maybe 60-65. The motion of the bike then is very smooth and regular. Stoker likes that. It's not how I ride my single, but it works well for our team. So...
  5. Try the SwissStop blue pads: BXP | SwissStop...

    Try the SwissStop blue pads:
    BXP | SwissStop
    also on Amazon.
  6. I once descended from Artist Point on Mt. Baker...

    I once descended from Artist Point on Mt. Baker on a rim-braked single in sleet. No braking trouble whatsoever, though I had trouble moving my feet in those funny little circles when I got to the...
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    If you're bored, you're not hurting nearly enough...

    If you're bored, you're not hurting nearly enough or are not paying attention to what you are doing. You're on the trainer to do a job of work, so pay close attention at every moment to everything...
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    Another way to look at it is that the surgeon...

    Another way to look at it is that the surgeon gave you a choice, and you chose wrongly. That's the low cost plan, and some HMOs are very concerned about each doctor's "unit costs."

    When offered...
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    My stoker also never stood on her single. However...

    My stoker also never stood on her single. However she was able to stand on our tandem when we both stood together. I believe that is because I always stood a lot on my singles and thus knew the...
  10. Sunday we did our last RAMROD training ride on...

    Sunday we did our last RAMROD training ride on our tandem, 74 miles and 5300' on The Mountain. Pushed hard and got really tired. No one there but Stoker to take a photo 2/3 up the first climb:
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    Yeah, eat less. 5'6", 145 lbs. and dropping. Also...

    Yeah, eat less. 5'6", 145 lbs. and dropping. Also in the best cycling shape of my life, age being taken into account here. I could lose maybe another 7 pounds before I started dropping watts. One...
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    Well, sort of. The whole big ring thing got...

    Well, sort of. The whole big ring thing got dropped in favor of VT2+ intervals. Which do work of course. However, these studies show that doing them at low cadence for a few weeks works even better....
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    Yep. Start learning to stand on a smooth flat...

    Yep. Start learning to stand on a smooth flat road with little or no traffic. When no cars are in sight, put the bike in the big ring and a smallish cassette cog. Count loudly 1-2-3 as say the right...
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    ^ Yep. Right after the new ACC/AHA standards went...

    ^ Yep. Right after the new ACC/AHA standards went into effect, I had a physical. IIRC, I was 69. Doctor said that by the guidelines, I should be put on a statin, even though my LDL was very good and...
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    And back to the OP's question, we have these...

    And back to the OP's question, we have these studies:


    Effects of low- vs. high-cadence interval training on cycling performance. - PubMed - NCBI

    and

    Effects of low and high cadence...
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    ^ Yes. After an easy ride, all I'll have is 15g...

    ^ Yes. After an easy ride, all I'll have is 15g whey protein in water, no carbs. I use Optimum Nutrition Gold, mostly because it seems good value. I go through a lot of it and cost means something to...
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    Never compare your HR numbers to someone else's...

    Never compare your HR numbers to someone else's or to some standard; every one is individual. It is what it is.
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    For now, if you don't already have one, get a...

    For now, if you don't already have one, get a heart rate monitor (HRM). A cheapie is fine to start with. Learn to use it. Then buy a copy of The Cyclist's Training Bible by Friel. Read it all...
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    :lol: A few minutes is not a sprint, it's an...

    :lol: A few minutes is not a sprint, it's an interval. Try 33 seconds. Her FTP is probably about 70 watts after 40 years of hiking, 25 years of riding, and 7 of real bike training. My wife is not...
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    A thing I used to do when riding with slower...

    A thing I used to do when riding with slower groups was to ride SS, ~68 g.i., so a 42 X 17 or a 39 X 15. Compact ratios aren't as convenient. Slowed me down a little and I still got a good workout....
  21. The Octopus had some great posts about this over...

    The Octopus had some great posts about this over in the LD forum. He climbed Ventoux by all 4 routes in one day, fixed. He descends against light braking. OTOH, an old riding buddy of mine who did...
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    Wow, that is really fun, a cool feature I didn't...

    Wow, that is really fun, a cool feature I didn't know about. We obviously spent too long in rest stops, though it was fun to talk to other teams. That's something we're going to have to work on for...
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    Another vote for "Get a tandem." Worked great for...

    Another vote for "Get a tandem." Worked great for us. Increasing your cruising speed by 5 mph after already riding for 6 years is probably not realistic. That would mean more than doubling your...
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    Mr. & Mrs. CFB in the light blue jerseys and...

    Mr. & Mrs. CFB in the light blue jerseys and Camelbaks just below and right of Ritterview's red oval.
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    There are two courses of treatment for something...

    There are two courses of treatment for something like this:

    1) Conservative = Stretch 3 X day, these stretches:...
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