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    Commuting sounds a great idea, to me, especially...

    Commuting sounds a great idea, to me, especially since being gravel it would be specific to the race you want to enter. If time is a problem you don't have to do it every day, try three days a week...
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    Just an observation. Most North Americans drive...

    Just an observation. Most North Americans drive cars with automatic gearboxes. As a result they don't learn how to use te gears in a car. Europeans mostly shift manually, so the relationship between...
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    Clearly you haven't bothered to read the linked...

    Clearly you haven't bothered to read the linked thread, and the numerous resources it links to in its turn. Had you done so, you would know that we can't tell you the answer just based on numbers....
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    http://www.bikeforums.net/33-road-bike-racing/3807...

    http://www.bikeforums.net/33-road-bike-racing/380788-new-racing-here-s-tip-two.html
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    The issue is not generating massive watts for one...

    The issue is not generating massive watts for one or two turns of the pedals, it is maintaining that output over time. It doesn't matter how strong your legs are if your cardiovascular system can't...
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    All that is interesting and I don't entirely...

    All that is interesting and I don't entirely disagree. When I was training, as opposed to just keeping fit, the bulk of my time would be Z2 (Z1 on recovery days) with a couple of days devoted to...
  7. i'd say that was a gross over-simplification....

    i'd say that was a gross over-simplification. Certainly pretty much every pro road racer could do that, but it actually isn't much of an accomplishment. At 60 I can go fairly close to the hour for a...
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    This is fair enough. I have several bikes - a CF...

    This is fair enough. I have several bikes - a CF Giant TCR that I used to race, a 58cm steel Kona Paddy Wagon FG/SS, a heavy-duty Thorn Nomad expedition tourer (steel, again) and a custom steel road...
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    I agreed with everything you said until this. I...

    I agreed with everything you said until this. I find tempo rides to be very effective. Of course, given unlimited time, one would spend comparatively little of it in Z3 - long z2 rides mixed with...
  10. LOL. That's exactly why I have a triple on the...

    LOL. That's exactly why I have a triple on the road bike I use the most.
  11. Thread: Motivation.

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    I'm guessing onbike was born in 1939, given his...

    I'm guessing onbike was born in 1939, given his username. I agree with you about touring at any age, health permitting. A couple of years ago I rode a few miles with a Swedish couple touring the UK...
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    As it happens, I too push the cleats as far back...

    As it happens, I too push the cleats as far back as possible, which moves the foot forward a half-inch or so. This is to counter my tendency to ride too much on my toes, which puts a big load on the...
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    Factor in intensity as well as distance. Long...

    Factor in intensity as well as distance. Long steady distance (I'm talking 2-3 hours) mixd with shorter, more intense efforts.
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    You're a wise man. Sean Kelly, one of the hardest...

    You're a wise man. Sean Kelly, one of the hardest men ever to ride a bike, rode one of the most notoriously "noodly" frames for years, and won Paris-Nice and multiple classics while doing so.
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    It's an interesting article, and I agree that one...

    It's an interesting article, and I agree that one doesn't want to be too rigid in pedal position. I have a lot of float on my road pedals. But his "mid-foot" position is pretty close to a "ball of...
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    I too am 60. I have some experience of this....

    I too am 60.

    I have some experience of this. It doesn't lend itself to a formulaic approach. Going too hard, too early is a seriously bad idea with respiratory problems. But what counts as too...
  17. Thread: Motivation.

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    No, you're not. See below. My view...

    No, you're not. See below.


    My view precisely. If you're worried about decrepitude, I'd be happy to set aside my preference for solo touring and make up an elderly pair for a week r so in the...
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    Up to a point. I had a custom steel bike built...

    Up to a point. I had a custom steel bike built for me recently. The framebuilder and I spent a long time talking about which tubing would be most appropriate. I had a fancy for 953 stainless. But I'm...
  19. Thread: Mind Games

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    Don't worry about other people's thoughts - they...

    Don't worry about other people's thoughts - they can't hurt you.

    Personally, if I breeze by someone who is slow or seems to be struggling, I am more inclined to admire them for being out there...
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    It does. The pedal spindle needs to be under the...

    It does. The pedal spindle needs to be under the ball of your foot, not under the arch. Lots of beginners make that mistake. If you're going to use platforms, I'd consider a BMX pedal. The big...
  21. Thread: Motivation.

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    As a European who has toured extensively in...

    As a European who has toured extensively in Canada, maybe I have some perspective on this.

    my biggest Canada/US tour was a two-month loop from Toronto through Ontario and Quebec to the Atlantic...
  22. CFb's advice is good, as usual. On long climbs,...

    CFb's advice is good, as usual. On long climbs, especially in high temperatures, it's virtually impossible to keep your HR in Z2. I'd be using the HRM to pace myself, as you suggest, and trying to...
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    This. Aerobic fitness and power/weight ratio is...

    This. Aerobic fitness and power/weight ratio is much more important in climbing than is leg strength. Look at the legs of the really great climbers - they're like birds. If you want to be faster up...
  24. Er, it doesn't mean much. Typically, a high...

    Er, it doesn't mean much.

    Typically, a high cadence for a given power output will be easier on the legs but harder on the CV system. So if you kept the power steady while increasing the cadence,...
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    A lot of the pros are on frames most people would...

    A lot of the pros are on frames most people would consider too small. The short headtube allows them to go lower, and they are comfortable in a very aggressive aero position.
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