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    Sticky: Don't see why not, if you can stomach it while...

    Don't see why not, if you can stomach it while riding. Personally I think people overthink the whole electrolyte issue. There's plenty of electrolytes in ordinary food, and as an intensive care...
  2. There is some evidence, I believe, that some...

    There is some evidence, I believe, that some easily-digestible formulations of carb-rich drinks deliver a slightly faster rate of absorption, but the difference isn't that significant in the context...
  3. As far as eating is concerned, there really isn't...

    As far as eating is concerned, there really isn't much to figure out. High carb foods - flapjacks, dried fruit, sandwiches, whatever - eaten in small quantities but regularly, are all it takes. Most...
  4. Thread: New to Riding

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    Going for a lower gear, higher cadence - on a...

    Going for a lower gear, higher cadence - on a flat road you should feel you are exerting only light pressure on the pedals - is a good idea, it'll be kind to your knees and give you a better cardio...
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    If you want to keep upper body muscle mass just...

    If you want to keep upper body muscle mass just add in some resistance work on top of your cycling. The push ups will work fine.
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    You towed him around. One of the things you could...

    You towed him around. One of the things you could have done differently was attack, instead of just doing all the work. One of your team could have buried himself to get a potentially decisive gap,...
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    It is easily possible. The running will help with...

    It is easily possible. The running will help with your general fitness level, which is important. Personally I'd like to see your peak training week at about 150 miles, woth a long ride of, say, 75,...
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    Depends how much you want to spend, but why not...

    Depends how much you want to spend, but why not carbon?

    If you go with a steel frame, go with carbon forks. A huge amount of the weight penalty of steel over carbon is in the fork crown. And...
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    You are not dumb, it's counter-intuitive. In...

    You are not dumb, it's counter-intuitive. In general, pedalling fast (high cadence, spinning) in a lowish gear will stress your CV system and save your legs. Pedalling slow in a high gear (low...
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    If you are climbing 1000 feet in a 15-mile ride,...

    If you are climbing 1000 feet in a 15-mile ride, that's a moderately hilly ride. Considering that you haven't been doing this long and that your weekly mileages have until recently been quite low, 15...
  11. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    More aero becasue the tyre doesn't bulge out from...

    More aero becasue the tyre doesn't bulge out from the rim so much, presenting a cleaner edge to the wind and therefore, I guess, less turbulence. Less rolling resistance for the same reason that...
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    Oh, an afterthought. If you want to get your...

    Oh, an afterthought. If you want to get your heartrate up while riding on the flat, don't change into a higher gear, change into a lower one - maybe your lowest. Then do seated sprints, pedalling as...
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    You certainly warm up, yes. Typically I'll ride...

    You certainly warm up, yes. Typically I'll ride for a half-hour or so at moderate pace before starting an interval session.

    As for comparing chalk and cheese between running and cycling, well,...
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    Touring bikes, especially at the lighter end of...

    Touring bikes, especially at the lighter end of the range, are a good compromise if one wants a fun ride with quite relaxed geometry. And, of course, you can spend your declining (!) years going on...
  15. You are mistaken. Largely because of drag,...

    You are mistaken. Largely because of drag, maintaining 15 mph instead of 10 mph requires three times as much power. Drag varies with the square of your speed, power with the cube of your speed....
  16. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    OK. i've been running them at my usual 110-115...

    OK. i've been running them at my usual 110-115 psi, so if the improved handling is consequent on lower pressures, of course I wouldn't notice it. I'll take it down to 90-95 and see.
  17. What is the matter with the guy? That is the...

    What is the matter with the guy? That is the third time in his career that he has bitten an opponent. He clearly has some sort of problem. Three year-olds bite one another. Grown men, even soccer...
  18. You're mistaken. Wind resistance, even in still...

    You're mistaken. Wind resistance, even in still air, is the major factor that limits your speed. Drag varies with the square of your speed, so at 15 mph it is more than double what it is at 10 mph....
  19. A lot of it is aerodynamics. You are in a more...

    A lot of it is aerodynamics. You are in a more aero position, and the "skinny tyres" are much more aero than the 32 mm tyres on your current bike. Surprisingly, this makes quite a difference. Plus...
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    If you have a triple I suggest you use it. On my...

    If you have a triple I suggest you use it. On my race bike I run 34-25 as my lowest gear, but on the bike I use most I have a 50-39-30 triple with a 12-25 cassette on the back. This gives the...
  21. Fear of failure is certainly part of it, they...

    Fear of failure is certainly part of it, they played against Uruguay as if they were more nervous of losing than determined to win.

    One very good thing about them getting knocked out, from a UK...
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    No, you are mistaken about that. You'll always...

    No, you are mistaken about that. You'll always burn some glycogen, because without it your muscles won't fire, but at low levels of activity you'll draw most of your fuel directly from fat stores....
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    Making sure the bike fits you is the first...

    Making sure the bike fits you is the first priority. After that, tyres, forks, saddle all make a contribution. As others have said, frame material is way down the list of what's important,...
  24. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    I buy the pinch flat point, but not necessarily...

    I buy the pinch flat point, but not necessarily the improved handling. Certainly I haven't noticed any difference. They may provide less rolling resistance, I suppose, but so would simply moving to a...
  25. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    The theory is that the wider rims are more...

    The theory is that the wider rims are more aerodynamic. I can't vouch for that personally but there's been plenty of wind-tunnel testing, I believe.

    I have a set of race wheels with the wider...
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