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    In my experience, riding on a 700x30 or larger...

    In my experience, riding on a 700x30 or larger tires mitigates aluminum's legendary harshness. My touring bike is aluminum. It rides just as nicely as a steel bike, but unlike cheap steel bikes it...
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    Which is exactly what this article says. Anyone...

    Which is exactly what this article says. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to go back and read it again...
  3. FWIW, my touring bike uses Ultegra components:...

    FWIW, my touring bike uses Ultegra components: 10-speed triple shifters (ST-6603), an Ultegra 10-speed FD (FD-6603), Ultegra 10-speed RD (RD-6600GS), Shimano 9-speed Deore MTB trekking triple crank...
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    Two suggestions: 1) Consider pulling a trailer...

    Two suggestions:

    1) Consider pulling a trailer rather than trying to carry everything attached to your bike frame. A 30-pound steel frame with 75 pounds of gear attached can be pretty unwieldy. At...
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    I had a very similar problem with a Continental...

    I had a very similar problem with a Continental Gatorskin! I was descending at the time, but luckily had slowed to let a large group of much faster descenders past. It turned out that the carcass of...
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    The Roubaix has an electronic drive-train,...

    The Roubaix has an electronic drive-train, pedals, disc brakes, and bottle cages. It wouldn't surprise me if all that extra stuff adds 1-2 pounds to the weight of the bike. Despite what Shimano might...
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    The problem, if there is one, is that the front...

    The problem, if there is one, is that the front wheel doesn't rotate while you're riding a trainer. If you put the bike in the trainer and never move it again the same spokes will be supporting your...
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    Yes, they did. Feel free to turn to page 53 of...

    Yes, they did. Feel free to turn to page 53 of the Cannondale Owner's Manual to read for yourself what the weight limits for the SuperSix Evo are:
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    In my area, painting or powder coating a steel...

    In my area, painting or powder coating a steel frame costs $150-200 if you drop off a bare frame and are willing to live with a single-color paint job. Multiple colors, logos, etc. add additional...
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    That's because heart rate is such an inaccurate...

    That's because heart rate is such an inaccurate measure of effort. There's a reason people spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on power meters...
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    At around $400, Surly frames are almost...

    At around $400, Surly frames are almost disposable. Between welding and repainting, repairing your old frame will cost as much or more than a new one.

    To avoid breaking your next frame, you might...
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    You know my thoughts: for someone with your...

    You know my thoughts: for someone with your current (high) level of fitness, focusing on Z1-2 "base miles" is going to be a waste of time. I'll be interested to hear what your FTP is 4-8 weeks from...
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    It wouldn't surprise me if the optimal training...

    It wouldn't surprise me if the optimal training strategy changed based on your current level of fitness. A training plan that produces optimal results for Gold Medal-winning athletes might not be...
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    I have to wonder if DrIsotope has his zones set...

    I have to wonder if DrIsotope has his zones set correctly for his current fitness level. Regardless of whether I'm on the road or the trainer, I never seem to end up with rides that have 0% of my...
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    This. I lost 50lbs and kept it off by 1) eating...

    This. I lost 50lbs and kept it off by 1) eating better, and 2) riding a lot. I tried doing one thing or the other, but it wasn't until I put them together that I had any real success...
  16. When I've had creaks that start only after I've...

    When I've had creaks that start only after I've been on the bike for a while, they've always been related to the drive-train. Tighten pedals, crank arms, chain ring bolts, front derailleur mounting...
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    I've had good luck with Specialized Zee cages...

    I've had good luck with Specialized Zee cages and even better luck with Zefal Wiiz side-mount cages. The Zefal design is the better of the two, but they look a bit clunky on the bike. I've generally...
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    The Zone Distribution indicates pretty clearly...

    The Zone Distribution indicates pretty clearly that it's a Zone 1 ride.
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    I think the bigger question is: how do you end up...

    I think the bigger question is: how do you end up with an 8.4 zone Max Power if you're using a standard 7-zone scale?

    To answer your question, the 271w normalized power would suggest to me that...
  20. Do a, b, and c. I lost a lot of weight by...

    Do a, b, and c.

    I lost a lot of weight by doing hour-long fast rides during lunch 3-4 days/week followed by longer (2+ hour) but still brisk rides on the weekends. Weekend rides usually had at...
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    They both attempt to do the same thing. I'd...

    They both attempt to do the same thing. I'd figure out which software you're going to use for data analysis (TrainingPeaks, Strava, WKO+) and then use the number it provides. I wouldn't recommend...
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    I use the 7-zone system described in "Training...

    I use the 7-zone system described in "Training and Racing with a Power Meter". Z1-3 are all below FTP/LTHR:

    Z1 = <55% of FTP ("Active Recovery")
    Z2 = 56-75% ("Endurance")
    Z3 = 76-90% ("Tempo")...
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    FYI, here's a pretty good overview of FTP testing...

    FYI, here's a pretty good overview of FTP testing and the resulting power zones:

    https://kurtkinetic.com/blog/posts/how-to-test-for-ftp-and-set-training-zones/
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    Zone 1 is for active recovery. Zone 2 is for...

    Zone 1 is for active recovery. Zone 2 is for all-day endurance. Base training is probably best spent in Zone 3 (= "tempo" ) with some work in Zone 4 (= "threshold"). Training exclusively in zones 1...
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    It's the same in my area... but I still do FTP...

    It's the same in my area... but I still do FTP tests on the trainer. For me, it's difficult to find 20 minutes of road where the slope is constant, there aren't any stop lights/stop...
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