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    Training (instructional) DVD's

    Newbie on a road bike... Does anyone know of any good road bike training DVD's, and I don't mean the kind you watch while spinning, I mean the kind that actually teach you how to ride.
    For example: you want your pedal stroke to be like this, when climbing do this... ect.
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    Some CTS and Spinervals workout tapes have instructional "moments" where you will be told what your pedal stroke should look like, or what the ideal cadence is, or where your hands should be on the bars, etc.

    But I'm not aware of a tape that is 100% devoted to that.

    Lots of books on the subject, however.

    Bob

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    Thanks.
    The trouble with books is they don't really give you the visuals that a moving picuture can, besides- I'm way to lazy to "read."
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    I like Ned Overend's mountain bike video but I've never seen anything road specific.

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    spinervals recovery and technique

    teaches high cadence with no bouncing hips
    teaches one legged riding...which smooths yer stroke
    focuses on full-circle pedaling

    so, i suggest start with this one.

    also, aero-base builder IV teaches hand position and getting
    low and aerodynamic and standing. for 1 hour straight. so
    you also learn to move your ass around on the saddle to prevent
    numbness.


    one factor which is important but not especially highlighted
    (but it is mentioned by coach troy) is during all these workouts
    you should keep your head and shoulders as stationary as possible
    on the horizontal (do not move left and right. fix your head and keep
    it there. only move up and down depending on hand position)

    when you are grunting, sure it seems easy to move sideways
    but for every unneeded sideways movement of the head and shoulders
    you are losing energy. fixate on it, and you'll develop that skill.



    and another thing is ...for best results...get a wheel for the abs
    and work on that after a spinerval workout. if you are out of shape
    your legs will cramp if you assume the pushup position and roll
    the ab wheel out right after a spinerval. when you can do this and the legs are OK,
    then work on the abs. this position...working the abs with a roll-out wheel,
    closely resembles what your abs and back muscles do on the bike
    when laying out over the top tube. strong abs and back are key to
    gaining efficiency and endurance on the looooong rides, and without
    doing ab and back work seperately, you simply have to ride looooong
    all the time. better to do abs and back right after a spinerval or short ride.


    finally, a super dooper workout for climbing, is doing upright rows on a
    weight bar, or with 2 dumbells. upright rows will make you the king on
    climbing because you'll be able to yank those bars hard, and with
    strong abs and back, transfer the leverage to the pedal stroke, all
    while keeping perfectly smooth in the horizonal with your body as
    the bike slightly dances under you while climbing standing.



    but, as you are just starting out, start with spinervals 8.0 recovery and technique

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    Last edited by edzo; 02-22-06 at 08:56 AM.

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