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    No, really, it isn't close to the truth. Spending...

    No, really, it isn't close to the truth. Spending the money on aero equipment might save you between 5% and 10% on your time over 40k, if you do everything. 5% is a huge margin. But of cpurse, fast...
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    Yes, there are tweaks. Surprisingly, some of the...

    Yes, there are tweaks. Surprisingly, some of the most effective are the cheapest. Buy a skinsuit, an aero helmet, aero overshoes. Sink a lot of money in carbon deep-section wheels and tubular tyres....
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    My experience is that once you have enough gear...

    My experience is that once you have enough gear to sustain you for two weeks, you have enough to sustain you for two months. Even after many years as a tourist, I still come home with items of...
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    6'1" and 200 lbs isn't "thin". It may be...

    6'1" and 200 lbs isn't "thin". It may be "relatively thin" if your point of comparison is the increasingly obese people that surround you.

    Then there's "thin" and "cyclist thin". At 6'3" I'm...
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    All the estimates from Strava etc. are...

    All the estimates from Strava etc. are unreliable. Most people are burning far fewer kcal cycling than they imagine. Obviously it varies with intensity but if you guess at an average of 25kcal per...
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    Ah, that's a different question. If you want to...

    Ah, that's a different question. If you want to measure calories burned to within a (say) 10% accuracy - people differ - then a PM is indeed the only reliable means of doing this. HRMs use various...
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    Terrific. That's a hell of Yurt, though. A...

    Terrific. That's a hell of Yurt, though. A two-man tent is about as much as I can carry...
  8. Yup. I weigh depressingly close to 200 lbs at...

    Yup. I weigh depressingly close to 200 lbs at present, and I can barely ride hard enough for an hour to burn 1000kcal, at which point I may need help to get off the bike. 2000 in 3 hours wouldn't be...
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    Well, he's not completely incorrect. I'm glad you...

    Well, he's not completely incorrect. I'm glad you are happy with your PM, but if you're not doing a structured training plan and are just paying attention to riding in zones, you'd probably have seen...
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    "A bunch of large rides" mightn't be a bad idea....

    "A bunch of large rides" mightn't be a bad idea. Mixing up your training by doing some longer rides at endurance pace would add variety to the shorter, more intensive rides you've been doing and you...
  11. I've done a few. After the first one, though,...

    I've done a few. After the first one, though, they were largely competitive - that is, although they weren't races most of the more serious roadies were out there to get the fastest possible time....
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    Yes it has clearance for 25mm tyres. It'll...

    Yes it has clearance for 25mm tyres.

    It'll climb as well as you can. That is, it will be your ability, not the bike, that will be the limiting factor.
  13. You're obviously enthusiastic. Good for you. But...

    You're obviously enthusiastic. Good for you. But remember that if you want to ride a long way you can, whether or not there is an organised century ride in the vicinity. You can just get on the bike...
  14. ^^This. OP, check the weights of the two bikes....

    ^^This. OP, check the weights of the two bikes. You'll see that the difference in the weight of you plus bike is far too small to account for a >10% difference in speed. And carbon doesn't somehow...
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    Oh, right. You want advice but aren't prepared to...

    Oh, right. You want advice but aren't prepared to be good-humored about it. Good luck with that.
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    You are absolutely right to be sceptical of...

    You are absolutely right to be sceptical of anything that applies a simplistic formula on grounds of age. One has to remember that these formulae are derived from averages across whole populations....
  17. Because the frame material is only one part of...

    Because the frame material is only one part of the technology. Arguably, the least important.
  18. It's a pity this thread has deteriorated in a...

    It's a pity this thread has deteriorated in a "steel or not" discussion. Steel isn't, in itself, an outdated tech. Reynolds 953 stainless can give titanium a run for its money as far as...
  19. I hate you. I'm your height (and nine years...

    I hate you. I'm your height (and nine years older, but trying to forget about it). I can sustain about 300 watts. At my absolute bottom weight that I could manage and not lose power, I'd be around...
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    LOL. I'm not used to flatlands. We don't have...

    LOL.

    I'm not used to flatlands. We don't have big mountains here, but nothing is flat. When I was wintering in Spain 18 months ago there was a pan-flat section between my apartment and the coast....
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    oK, this tells me that you were rght in the first...

    oK, this tells me that you were rght in the first place - you need to moderate your caffeine intake, you're an addict. Don't go cold turkey, just cut it down.
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    Yup. Very few people are able to be anything...

    Yup. Very few people are able to be anything close to objective about risk. I have been riding in traffic all my life, I'm very comfortable there. I am not an experienced MTBer, that feels much more...
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    There is a host of calorie charts on-line that...

    There is a host of calorie charts on-line that will tell you precisely how many calories are in all sorts of food and drink. Why not consult one of them?
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    This is what, your fourth or fifth saddle thread?

    It really doesn't matter what any of us think. The only way to find the saddle that suits you is to experiment. Some you will know, instantly,...
  25. Not all, apparently.

    Not all, apparently.
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