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  1. I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... ...

    I'm no expert and would defer to others, but... You should be wary of significant training with flat pedals. Because you can only push down, you are working your quads disproportionately to your...
  2. Congrats on the weight loss and speed...

    Congrats on the weight loss and speed improvements. It does seem that you would make more improvement (and reduce the risk of injury) if you scaled back the intensity some days to let your body...
  3. That sounds like a decent plan, with two caveats....

    That sounds like a decent plan, with two caveats. First, you should be careful about the intensity on the easy days (T, Th, S), especially at first. If you really go hard on the hills on MWF, you...
  4. (1) The difference between working hard and...

    (1) The difference between working hard and hardly working is usually only a few mph. Thus, the discrepancy between your morning speed (15-16 mph) and your evening speed (7-10 mph) is unusual. Is...
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    This makes a lot of sense to me, CFB. It feels...

    This makes a lot of sense to me, CFB. It feels like I speed up a bit (maybe 4-5 mph, lol) during the downstroke, then slow down to a near stop while pushing the other pedal forward into position for...
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    It does. Although I never thought about it in...

    It does. Although I never thought about it in those terms, I use the "constant effort" approach on a typical climb. I tried that approach on Gillette Road, and I went over the line when I hit the...
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    Does it matter whether I (a) drop my cadence in...

    Does it matter whether I (a) drop my cadence in the higher gear, or (b) drop to a lower gear sooner?



    How much slower can I go without toppling over? As is, I got down to 2.8 mph. :o

    I...
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    My primary goal is to make it up the hill without...

    My primary goal is to make it up the hill without feeling like I barely survived.

    My second goal is to be able to climb comparably steep, but longer, hills.

    My third goal is to get up the...
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    Interesting perspective! I will ride it a few...

    Interesting perspective! I will ride it a few more times this year and use a different strategy each time.


    This is one of the things I will try. First, though, Iíll practice standing more on...
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    climbing steep hills

    With a 26T in front and a 32T in back, I generally take a "sit and spin" approach to climbing. I have made a point of standing occasionally, in anticipation of someday encountering a hill that is...
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    A large part of our disagreement is the...

    A large part of our disagreement is the difference between where we ride. About half of my mileage is suburban, and it is unusual for me to pass more than a few cars per minute. The other half of...
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    I don't feel the need to rehash the entire...

    I don't feel the need to rehash the entire discussion about wrong-way cycling. I will say, though, that watching your video reinforced my belief that I am right and you are wrong.
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    I prefer a winding road through a forested area,...

    I prefer a winding road through a forested area, with a babbling brook meandering along the side of the road. Or a country lane, wheat fields on one side and corn on the other, with views for miles....
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    Those are some impressive mileage totals. I wish...

    Those are some impressive mileage totals. I wish I had time to ride that much!

    I'm glad you ventured out of the City for some riding in the Jersey suburbs. Much more pleasant, by my reckoning...
  15. Sorry to revive a stale thread, but I thought of...

    Sorry to revive a stale thread, but I thought of you this morning, Chiro.

    I was driving on 2nd Avenue stopped at a red light looking to my right up the side street (I think it was at E. 11th,...
  16. I think we are pretty much done with this...

    I think we are pretty much done with this argument, and will have to agree to disagree. I just want to add one thing, respond quickly to a couple of things, then move on.

    First, the new point. I...
  17. One other thing -- you have used what I consider...

    One other thing -- you have used what I consider to be a suspect rhetorical concept -- the "slippery slope". If you accept the idea that slippery slopes are a problem, then you are committed to...
  18. I agree that Tom's position has the virtue of...

    I agree that Tom's position has the virtue of being logically consistent, and is ultimately the safest of all ways to approach cycling (other than not doing it).

    That said, I don't accept...
  19. Holy crap, they basically spend the last 120 km...

    Holy crap, they basically spend the last 120 km climbing!!! A few quick breaks to descend, then right back up again. These guys are freakin' immortal.
  20. I don't care about "technically breaking the...

    I don't care about "technically breaking the law". I have no problem with things like coasting through a stop sign / red light after slowing to see that all is clear; hopping a curb to avoid...
  21. Your strained rationalizations for riding the...

    Your strained rationalizations for riding the wrong way would be funny if they weren't so frighteningly dangerous. If you want to take risks for yourself, be my guest. What pisses me off is that...
  22. Exacto +1. I have always enjoyed the fact that...

    Exacto +1. I have always enjoyed the fact that the TdF is composed of 20ish separate races. Better yet, each race has sub-races (Intermediate Sprints, Mountains) to keep things interesting from...
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    Rest Day -- why do they ride?

    This may belong on the Training and Nutrition page.... but I'll try it here for now because I'm more interested in hearing the pro / pro-fan perspective.

    Why do the riders ride on their rest day?...
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    +1 for MAFW. You can go on their group rides, or...

    +1 for MAFW. You can go on their group rides, or access their extensive database of pre-screened rides (almost 1000 of them) and go alone. Either way, it is a great resource.

    Riding to Jockey...
  25. heart rate / perceived effort disconnect

    About me:

    age 45
    height 5'10"
    weight 190
    resting pulse 58
    MHR 183 (highest ever observed -- not confident in accuracy)


    When I ride my recumbent stationary bike in the basement, I can...
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