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Old 12-04-01, 06:50 PM   #1
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Roller blading and cycling.

My wife has invited over a Russian couple for a weekend holiday party. Igor is an avid roller blader. Really strong I am told. My wife is going to show Yelena how to prepare a holiday turkey. They will be busy in the kitchen for hours.
My wife asked I entertain Igor by taking him on a bike tour of the area. That is great with me. Igor does not cycle much, just really into roller blading. At present hasn't much of a bike. Sounds like my extra bikes will fit him. About same stature.
My question. What do you think my expectations should be on taking Igor on a tour. Really easy stuff or think he can attack a major hill with no problems. Am told Igor would like to do the bike ride, while dinner is being prepared. Just wondering.? What would you expect his capabilites are.
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I would not expect too much of Igor if he does not bike. If he is as fit as you say he is it will certainly help his biking but then again he maybe a little nervous on a bike and therefore will likley be a little tense. As you know this does not help when riding and will hinder his abilities. Also rollerblading is a totally different skill than biking and uses different muscles. I would suggest that you take him out on a fairly easy ride and see how things are going and then if all is well and he is feeling comfortable then take him and show him the hill and see what he thinks. You could at least start up it and if it is too hard then turn around and take the ride back down.
I would hate to take him out and turn him off cycling by doing a hard ride. If he likes it you may just convert another person in to a cyclist.

Good luck and I hope the turkey turns out.

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Hmmm...I think Igor is going to be stronger than your average person who is into some other sport. Rollerblading is a lot like speed skating. Speed skating has long been a cyclist's off-season training.

I still think you should go easy on him, but you may be surprised at how he can power up those hills!

Have fun on your ride,
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On my 25-35 mile Sunday ride that includes some killer hills, I encounter a few roller bladers who have great legs. Some of these folks alternate days and ride one day and roller blade the next.

If he is as strong a roller blader as you describe, I think he will have no problem keeping up with you.
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Velo. Guess the heart of my question- how much cross training occurs between roller-blading and cycling.? Might Igor have the strength to make it up a nearby climb- Schearer's grade.
Once up, there is a ridge road where the view is awesome.Road follows this scenic ridge for about 3 miles. . Like Igor to see that view to sell him on cycling. If he can make that climb, -hope to get him up there.... the view is its own reward. ..Can't Roller blade up this hill!! Igor has a bike, but old clunky hybrid he rarely rides.
If this initial ride is not a pleasant experience, he won't want to ride again. Roller bladers I have meet, look pretty fit. Same cycling muscles?
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Velo. Guess the heart of my question- how much cross training occurs between roller-blading and cycling.? Might Igor have the strength to make it up a nearby climb- Schearer's grade. Same cycling muscles?
I don't skate myself, so I can't speak for experience, but from what I know, skating works a lot of the same muscles cycling does.

I think if you should just ask him what kind of ride he wants to do. If you tell him about the climb & view and he wants to do it go ahead and take him on it. If he doesn't think he's ready for it, that's alright too, correct?

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You might want to ask Eric Heiden this question. Give him the bike if he is what you say he''ll be talking to you while riding.
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If you are entertaining, forget about putting on a lot of miles and getting a good wind up - unless, of course, you are friends and have ridden together and know what to expect from each other.

A "tour" as you explained it usually means seeing the sights and chatting. Plan that.

You might consider having him blade while you ride. Igor probably can do around 10 mph on blades pretty steady if he is in good shape. Tell him the route and milage you are thinking and ask him if that sounds about right.

I used to blade a lot and would bring my skates with me on trips around the world. It was a blast touring on skates and I could do 30 to 60 miles a day depending on the roads and the number of distractions (and depending on how many hours I put in). I actually did blade tour with bicycling friends. Bikes are obviously faster than blades. I was giving it pretty hard while the bikers were taking it easy.

Still, if you put aside any aspirations for a work-out and are patient, you could bike while he blades. Better yet, why don't you chose HIS dominant sport and blade tour with him? He might really enjoy that.
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I had a crazy thought today concerning your international visitor.

How about inviting him to blade while you bike. "Just in case" he gets pooped along the way and can't keep up with your bike, stash a long rope in your fanny-pack.

IF he does get pooped, tie the rope to your frame and pull him along like a water-skier.

Better make sure he brings his hockey armour
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