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  1. This is absolutely it, in my opinion. When I...

    This is absolutely it, in my opinion. When I indulged myself with a custom bike, the only difference in fit between that and the Giant TCR I'd been riding was that my centre of gravity was moved...
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    They really aren't, you know. In most...

    They really aren't, you know. In most circumstances they are much better than traffic lights at regulating the flow of traffic. But the more complex ones do need to be engineered with cyclists in...
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    I am a spandex-wearing roadie that started out as...

    I am a spandex-wearing roadie that started out as a cycle tourist. There's absolutely no reason one shouldn't do both.

    Yes, you'd be in shape to hop on a touring bike and do serious mileage....
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    That's mighty respectable, especially when you...

    That's mighty respectable, especially when you haven't been doing this all that long. To get there I'd need to recover the power I've lost (do-able) and get down to about 82 kilos (very unlikely). I...
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    Ah, I assure you that I am indeed a stubborn old...

    Ah, I assure you that I am indeed a stubborn old man. Just not on this particular issue...
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    Ah, the nature of reality and its intrinsic...

    Ah, the nature of reality and its intrinsic unknowability...

    Here's real. Almost everyone is slower than they think.
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    They have them - they call them "traffic...

    They have them - they call them "traffic circles", I believe - but they are as yet much less common than in the UK.

    I agree they can be problematic. My only serious crash outside competition in...
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    Thanks for the reply. That's interesting, but...

    Thanks for the reply. That's interesting, but actually the enquiry was aimed at our friend IBOHUNT. His figures might humiliate me sufficiently to make me work harder.

    I'd be careful with TCTP. I...
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    ^^This. Of for those who train using HR, high Z2/...

    ^^This. Of for those who train using HR, high Z2/ Z3.
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    Neither. I had a Strava account but deleted it,...

    Neither. I had a Strava account but deleted it, I'm not interested in comparing my times over some random section of road chosen by others and the whole KOM thing leaves me cold. Never used map my...
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    Precisely. What's your current ftp, if I may ask?...

    Precisely. What's your current ftp, if I may ask? On the PM I borrowed from a friend last year I made it to about 290. Sounds OK until I tell you I weighed 90 kilos at the time...

    The new fatter,...
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    Different strokes. In my own case, it's the...

    Different strokes. In my own case, it's the Brooks that disappear. Some modern saddles do almost as good a job - have a Fizik Aliante that is a decent saddle - but none of them are as ideal as the...
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    "Geometry" hasn't changed all that much, as I...

    "Geometry" hasn't changed all that much, as I understand it. Head and seat-tube angles aren't much different. If what you want is less saddle-bar drop, that isn't so much a question of geometry as of...
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    It's both true and false. Big volumes, at low...

    It's both true and false. Big volumes, at low intensities, will help you adapt to fat-burning and therefore raise the point at which you resort to glycogen stores. While this is principally relevant...
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    Cycling Touring Club. Maybe the...

    Cycling Touring Club. Maybe the longest-established cycling organisation in the UK. Good source of info and some services, insurance etc.

    OP as you know, Revolution is the Edinburgh Bike co-op's...
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    What will happen? That's a tough question, I know...

    What will happen? That's a tough question, I know even less about the future than I know about you.

    Your commute is very short, it's just a 15-minute ride each way. Personally I'm not a fan of...
  17. Thread: 1 Hour a Day?

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    Yes, you can expect some improvement. But I think...

    Yes, you can expect some improvement. But I think you're overdoing the intensity. Hill repeats alternating with an all-out threshold ride for four days, plus a long ride at the weekend?

    I'd have...
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    Still mad as a box of frogs, though, apparently.

    Still mad as a box of frogs, though, apparently.
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    I'm 59. Sixty next month. Think yourself lucky. ...

    I'm 59. Sixty next month. Think yourself lucky.

    Got back on the bike 10 years ago. Two years ago, started racing. Last year, was competitive (though not winning) in non age-related Cat 3/4 races....
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    Absolutely you can improve. The recovery you have...

    Absolutely you can improve. The recovery you have made from serious injury is proof that with determination and intelligence you can recover a lot of capacity that you might have feared was lost.
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    On the money. "Feel isn't real". Some days I feel...

    On the money. "Feel isn't real". Some days I feel crap, some days I feel great. The difference in my performance on those days is much, much smaller.
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    As you said, not to get political or anything,...

    As you said, not to get political or anything, but speaking as someone who has worked in healthcare most of his life, the habit of going to a doctor "just in case" is largely a waste of resources....
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    Check the HRM. It's likely that your HR is higher...

    Check the HRM. It's likely that your HR is higher in the higher gear.

    however, it is possible to stand when climbing and rest at the same time, if one reduces the cadence sufficiently. It gives...
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    What is the right sort of training varies...

    What is the right sort of training varies depending on the sort of races you're training for, the time of year, and what your main targets are ( that is, when are the races you regard as your...
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    No, I don't feel strong every time I ride. Some...

    No, I don't feel strong every time I ride. Some days are better than others. I don't tend to feel "out of breath", though.

    Difficult to make suggestions without some specifics. How much do you...
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