Originally Posted by FreddytheFish
Couldn't you then get the same benefit (higher power output for longer periods) by climbing a bigger hill or accelerating to a higher speed on a lightweight bike?
in short, yes. this is why equipment is almost a moot point when talking about training. say you have a 15 lb bike. you ride that at your LT level for an hour and go 20 miles. now, say you have a 20lb bike and you ride at your LT level and end up with 18 miles. does that 2 miles represent anything? yes, it represents the physics of the bike but has nothing to do with your effort. you'd have the same workout either way.
the only way it would make a difference is if you had a goal of finishing a course in a set length of time. then, you'd be getting a better workout with a heavier bike. but that's a pretty unrealistic training method.
Last edited by timmhaan; 12-19-05 at 01:49 PM.