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    pushing a bigger gear?

    other than obviously training in a bigger gear and spending more time on my bike, are there any more specific trianing techniques i can use? i really don't wanna lift weights, but i am plenty open to doing other things off the bike. also, are there any specific intervals or anything like that that someone could suggest? i read in bicycling magazine that ab and back stenghtening can help transfer that power from your upper body to lower body, but i already do a lot of ab and back work. thanks for your help

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    Get a trainer and do some Spinerval DVD's. I've only been doing them for a couple weeks, but I can already tell a big difference in how fast I am on the road. If you can make it through all of "Have Mercy," you'll be a better man for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearcem
    other than obviously training in a bigger gear and spending more time on my bike, are there any more specific trianing techniques i can use? i really don't wanna lift weights, but i am plenty open to doing other things off the bike. also, are there any specific intervals or anything like that that someone could suggest? i read in bicycling magazine that ab and back stenghtening can help transfer that power from your upper body to lower body, but i already do a lot of ab and back work. thanks for your help
    Don't wanna lift weights, don't wanna be great.

    You do alot ab & back strengthing???... By what means do you do this?...
    You do not get into Cycling, Cycling gets into you

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    Find a remote road that is slightly downhill. Mark a 1 to 1.5 mile stretch. Time yourself from the start to the finish. All out, max effort. Ride back slowly, fully recover then repeat. When you drop 10 seconds from your fastest time that day, go home. Do these once a week. You want to head slightly downhill to make you go faster. You want your body to get used to pushing that tall gear at high rpm's.
    Its all downhill from somewhere.

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    i do crunches(normal, oblique, and lower) and back lifts/extensions(don't exactly know what they're called, but like a crunch for your back) I hesitate to lift weights because i have a tendency to hurt my knees. it took me almost 6 weeks to hone in the angle of my feet when clipped in to prevent knee pain from happening. if my feet point too far in or outwards while any sort of significant resistance is agianst them, i tend to hurt my knees. The problem has gotten much better thanks to strengthening through cycling, and i may be able to lift in the not too distant future, as i strengthen the muscles through cycling, but right now, i would like to try and avoid it.

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