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    HRMs - zones based on my own input

    I'm shopping for a new HRM. The most important feature to me is the ability to input my own threshold and/or max HR from which the zones will be calculated. (Age-based zones are useless to me and...
  2. Highly recommend you read The Cyclist's Training...

    Highly recommend you read The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel to answer your question and/or help you develop a sensible training plan based on your goals.
  3. "Shut up and ride". Said by a friend of mine...

    "Shut up and ride". Said by a friend of mine when training for Race Across AMerica, every time she questioned getting in the saddle.
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    Echoing what others have said... I wouldn't buy...

    Echoing what others have said... I wouldn't buy without trying somehow, somewhere. I'm not the most experienced person out here. My opinion was formed by test riding lots of bikes before buying. ...
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    I'd have said pick the Roubaix based on your...

    I'd have said pick the Roubaix based on your stated uses. If you've already concluded that the Tarmac makes you "less comfortable", that would close the deal for me. Stick w/ the Roubaix.
  6. Clearly none of us can speak to the impact that...

    Clearly none of us can speak to the impact that the switch would have on your friend given his particular medical condition. Several people here replied that the difference would be small. For me,...
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    I wouldn't switch for that reason. Maybe for...

    I wouldn't switch for that reason. Maybe for some other reason or just to try something different.
  8. I bought a Specialized Roubaix Elite in 2005. ...

    I bought a Specialized Roubaix Elite in 2005. Had heard its wheelset panned in this forum and in a couple of magazine reviews. I called Mike Garcia with the expectation to buy from him. He talked...
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    Buy 2005 tires?

    I see new 2005 tires available (on ebay). Should there be any concerns about buying them?
  10. stupid tire question - psi / performance

    Need new tires. My originals are 120 psi. I see some of same size (700x23) w/ lower recommended pressure, to 90 psi for example. What kind of different performance should I infer from that?
  11. Mylar wrappers are my other method. I like the...

    Mylar wrappers are my other method. I like the idea of cutting up my old tube and using strips, but those pieces would be much thicker. I guess not a problem since ya'll do it.

    I've also ridden...
  12. When to do the dollar bill thing in a tire?

    Rookie question... I got a flat from one end of a small carpenter's staple. Put in a new tube. Inspected inside of tire but didn't find the hole. After reassembling and pumping up the tire to 120...
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    In one past life I lived in Redwood City around...

    In one past life I lived in Redwood City around 101 and Woodside Rd. Used to go up to Skyline all the time. Sometimes up and over, part way down (to the little town that Neil Young hailed from) and...
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    Routes around Santa Clara, CA

    I'm visiting, staying in the area around Great America / Agnew. Would like to do some 20-50 mile rides while I'm here without completely risking life and limb. Any route suggestions? TIA.
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    I emailed the Spinervals folks and here's their...

    I emailed the Spinervals folks and here's their reply:

    "As for your effort, the scale relates to either your perceived effort or HR,
    depending on which you prefer to use. Since everyone is...
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    Spinervals question

    Bought my first 4 Spinervals DVDs based on all the positive recommendations here. Great stuff. One question...

    Troy (and the others) talks in terms of intensity, and they show the intensity...
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    Stupid tire question

    My stock tires are 700/23. I got a separate wheel for my trainer and put a 700/20 on it because it was cheap and seemed durable.

    What's the implication of riding with a 23 on the front and 20 on...
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    The reason I paid the extra for the 1Up is...

    The reason I paid the extra for the 1Up is lifetime warranty including all shipping costs necessary for service. Great road feel. Quiet.
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    Gearing on a triple

    I have a 9-speed 105 / Ultegra mix with a 52/42/30 crank and a 12/25 cassette.

    What is typically the practical range of gearing you can use without rubbing chain on deraileur or stretching the...
  20. If you want to improve your fitness level or...

    If you want to improve your fitness level or racing abilities, a HRM is a good tool (when properly used) to help with those things. But you don't need to spend a lot to get a useful one. Start with...
  21. I recommend reading Joel Friel's The Cyclists...

    I recommend reading Joel Friel's The Cyclists Training Bible. (I picked it up after many others on this forum had recommended it.) It's based around the concept of periodization... how to train for...
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    Explain your situation and concerns to the LBS...

    Explain your situation and concerns to the LBS manager or owner and ask THEM to come up with a creative solution to the "problem". If they don't suggest something that helps you get comfortable with...
  23. I just ordered my first 4 Spinervals DVDs from...

    I just ordered my first 4 Spinervals DVDs from Nashbar this morning w/ the new 20% discount. Ordered No Slackers, Uphill Grind, Mental Toughness and Recovery & Technique. Thinking maybe my folks...
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    head warmth

    At what temp do ya'll start wearing something for head warmth?
    What do you use? Does it cover your ears?
    Do Headsweats help for warmth or are they more for warm weather moisture-wicking?
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    Backup cassette recommendations?

    I have a Specialized Roubaix Elite Triple w/ a 12/25 cassette. I'm getting a second rear wheel with its own cassette for use on an indoor trainer. I figured I might as well consider a different...
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