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    Probably I'm repeating what's already been said,...

    Probably I'm repeating what's already been said, but unless it's super-cold, you don't need to have too many layers over your core. The battle with the cold is chiefly your extremities- hands and...
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    On stages like these, even the pros ride...

    On stages like these, even the pros ride compacts. I don't know if they ever ride triples, though.
  3. Mine goes inside in an unfinished portion of my...

    Mine goes inside in an unfinished portion of my basement. It's pretty warm there because the gas heater is nearby, and so I don't think it stays wet for too long. Still, the chain takes a beating...
  4. Thread: Toes

    by MinnMan
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    I've had very variable success with chemical...

    I've had very variable success with chemical warmers. It seems to depend on the brand, and also on the ventilation - the greater access they have to fresh air, the faster the metal filings oxidize,...
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    5 hours at -36F? OK, that's tough. Zero exposed...

    5 hours at -36F? OK, that's tough. Zero exposed skin, I would think? So, full face cover, ski goggles and so on?

    I am comfortable in my gear down to +10F. I have ridden as cold as -5F, but...
  6. Thanks for your various responses -I've learned...

    Thanks for your various responses -I've learned some useful things. To those who say that the key is a disciplined training regimen, I'm sure you're right, but first I need to learn some things...
  7. Right. I may invest in a box fan. But I listen...

    Right. I may invest in a box fan. But I listen to music when on the trainer, and the speakers are kind of puny. So maybe I'll also need some new speakers.

    Just another example of how a...
  8. I didn't mean to be unclear. I was speculating...

    I didn't mean to be unclear. I was speculating about a different strategy - intervals at constant HR, but that's now what I was doing.

    My strategy was constant effort - the same cadence (90...
  9. As the OP, I'm here to learn. But what if I were...

    As the OP, I'm here to learn. But what if I were doing intervals to a particular target HR, and finding that at each interval my speed (or cadence or power) was diminishing? Wouldn't that be the...
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    There was a time when I did lots of sit ups and...

    There was a time when I did lots of sit ups and push ups, though I somehow lost interest in them. But there are training regimens to give you an idea how to proceed.

    e.g., Hundred Pushups
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    That's a tough hill that is at the limit of your...

    That's a tough hill that is at the limit of your abilities and you are doing fine.

    A few years ago when I was in much better shape and living in Canberra, I regularly did hill repeats on a hill...
  12. Inside to the trainer- this time with HRM and cadence - Interval questions

    After a glorious autumn of outdoor riding here in Minnesota, it's finally time to set up the trainer. I'll continue to ride outside when I can, but that won't be too many days/week. When I do ride...
  13. Thread: Heart Rate

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    Lots of good info in the answers already, but...

    Lots of good info in the answers already, but I'll just add a couple of points.

    *because MHR is very individualized, and because you just got your HRM, you will need some time to figure out your...
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    Not everybody would agree with that. There are...

    Not everybody would agree with that. There are many winter cyclists here in the Twin Cities. Admittedly, the winter ride workout is commonly quite different from the dry road or indoor/spin...
  15. The classic one that bothers me some is that I'll...

    The classic one that bothers me some is that I'll come upon a rider who is going a little slower than me and pass him, and then he'll jump on my wheel. Then, and I'm not proud of this, because I...
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    Gotta agree - I love night riding and I love my...

    Gotta agree - I love night riding and I love my MagicShine. The battery pack on my magicshine was losing it's ability to hold a charge - I could only get an hour in before it dimmed, but I just...
  17. Thread: Unplugged

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    Yeah - this. I want the data in the long run,...

    Yeah - this. I want the data in the long run, but looking at it whilst riding can take away some of the enjoyment.

    Also, there have been times when even having a basic spedometer has lessened my...
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    Give that man a professional contract! And a PED...

    Give that man a professional contract! And a PED test.
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    Yeah, that looks similar- the HR goes up and down...

    Yeah, that looks similar- the HR goes up and down where it should, but by way too much.

    Guessing that that speed is kph. Either that or you're a Cat1/Pro.
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    Tachycardia or HRM glitches?

    I've had two recent experiences, quite similar to one another, with very high HR reading on my Garmin (Premium softstrap HRM, paired with an Edge 500) that I suspect are glitches, but.....

    Both...
  21. That seems pretty great, and the price on the...

    That seems pretty great, and the price on the Voler web site is now discounted to $13, but it appears that they only have L sizes left, so maybe it's a closeout?
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    Good point.

    Good point.
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    Right. You posted as I was writing my previous...

    Right. You posted as I was writing my previous note. So rebuilding is the cheapest option. But this is why I was leaning to (c) - for a little more money I get a new wheel and have a dedicated...
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    Thanks for your advice so far. I am not going to...

    Thanks for your advice so far. I am not going to replace the rim by myself. I have neither the know-how, the interest, nor the tooling. I do minor maintenance myself, but rebuilding the wheel...
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    About 4 years old - its a Shimano 105 - still...

    About 4 years old - its a Shimano 105 - still good, but nothing special.
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