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Anyone ever use a sprinter's parachute for added resistance?

Old 02-27-07, 03:54 PM
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Anyone ever use a sprinter's parachute for added resistance?

I live in southern Louisiana and we have no hills at all; just an occasional parking tower and an overpass every now and then. I can do out of the saddle big gear stomps until I run out of time and I am sick of the trainer. I was thinking that if I were to strap one of those runner parachutes on it may help with the resistance; how much, I am not sure. I know they have some runners out there; help me out. Thanks.
 
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Doesnt make much sense to me, just go faster when you ride.
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Old 02-27-07, 04:10 PM
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I use one of these on weekends (actually the 2-kid model -- and no mesh in back -- solid nylon parachute). I weight it down with 60 lbs worth of various sundry kids:



For hill training on the flats, try dumping it into your 53-11 and grinding away as hard as you can for 4 minutes at a time. Use landmarks to see that you cover the same distance or more each time.
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Originally Posted by Rocket Richard
I live in southern Louisiana and we have no hills at all; just an occasional parking tower and an overpass every now and then. I can do out of the saddle big gear stomps until I run out of time and I am sick of the trainer. I was thinking that if I were to strap one of those runner parachutes on it may help with the resistance; how much, I am not sure. I know they have some runners out there; help me out. Thanks.
So what happens if the wind changes and the darn thing winds up tangled in your rear wheel?
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Originally Posted by Rocket Richard
I live in southern Louisiana and we have no hills at all; just an occasional parking tower and an overpass every now and then. I can do out of the saddle big gear stomps until I run out of time and I am sick of the trainer. I was thinking that if I were to strap one of those runner parachutes on it may help with the resistance; how much, I am not sure. I know they have some runners out there; help me out. Thanks.

Wind resistance should be enough for your threshold and v02 max intervals. Get a power meter and go to town out there on the flats, just make sure you have enough road If you need more resistance gear up to a 55-42 combo with an 11-23 out back.


Of course this comes from a guy who is in Boulder and is blessed to have lots of climbing available.
 
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The only reason you would use one is if you did not have the mechanical advantage of heavy gearing. Most of what runners deal with for resistance is not wind resistance. Runners can "spin out" their legs without getting bogged down necessarily. It is very unlikely that a cyclist who would typically have a 53-12 combo would not develop enough resistance from the wind and would need extra because he was spinning out. If you only have a 30-27 gear option, then perhaps you would consider the chute. Otherwise, shift.
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Old 02-27-07, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
I use one of these on weekends (actually the 2-kid model -- and no mesh in back -- solid nylon parachute). I weight it down with 60 lbs worth of various sundry kids:



For hill training on the flats, try dumping it into your 53-11 and grinding away as hard as you can for 4 minutes at a time. Use landmarks to see that you cover the same distance or more each time.
+10000 I used to do SoMopac with kids in the Burley on my fixed gear. Great strength workout!
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Old 02-27-07, 05:14 PM
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R600DA uses one at every race, just to make it fair.
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When I do sprint practice, I bungee myself to my car and put it into neutral.

It helps if there's a person sitting in the drivers seat, to mash the brakes every once and a while. Keeps you on your toes.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
I use one of these on weekends (actually the 2-kid model -- and no mesh in back -- solid nylon parachute). I weight it down with 60 lbs worth of various sundry kids:



For hill training on the flats, try dumping it into your 53-11 and grinding away as hard as you can for 4 minutes at a time. Use landmarks to see that you cover the same distance or more each time.
I's gwon need me one of deez heah 'fore the year's out.
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Originally Posted by Rocket Richard
I live in southern Louisiana and we have no hills at all; just an occasional parking tower and an overpass every now and then. I can do out of the saddle big gear stomps until I run out of time and I am sick of the trainer. I was thinking that if I were to strap one of those runner parachutes on it may help with the resistance; how much, I am not sure. I know they have some runners out there; help me out. Thanks.
when i ran track in high school we used to use these. didn't do much for me. they increase resistance, but stability was an issue and i imagine that it will be amplified on a bike. i don't see the parachutes too much anymore, my high school doesn't use them anymore, and i never used them on my college team. time for a good story: one time my best friend's little bro snagged his parachute on the fence next to the track while running. looked like one of those crash test dummies that only has a lap belt. needless to say it was awesome.

Originally Posted by theKillerPenguin
When I do sprint practice, I bungee myself to my car and put it into neutral.

It helps if there's a person sitting in the drivers seat, to mash the brakes every once and a while. Keeps you on your toes.
when i ran track in high school we used these also (although they were attached to a person not a car). these were more effective than parachutes but just as dangerous. one day an "anchor" didn't see that his much larger partner had started to sprint. the bungee went taut, and the little anchor guy went flying and was actually dragged along the track for 10 meters. needless to say it was awesome
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Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no
when i ran track in high school we used these also (although they were attached to a person not a car). these were more effective than parachutes but just as dangerous. one day an "anchor" didn't see that his much larger partner had started to sprint. the bungee went taut, and the little anchor guy went flying and was actually dragged along the track for 10 meters. needless to say it was awesome
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Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
PWNED!!! LOL!!!
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Old 02-27-07, 06:23 PM
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Old 02-27-07, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete
R600DA uses one at every race, just to make it fair.
Except when he uses two!
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Old 02-27-07, 07:38 PM
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i don't see the parachutes too much anymore
They've been pretty solidly disproved. Specificity of training and all that.

Over speed running with the bungee helping you on the other hand is just reaching its height of popularity.
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actually when I was 12, we took a bed sheet, tied up the four corners, and tied it to the bike then road down a small incline. It was a real b*tch to pedal fats enough to get the sheet to fully deploy.

But IIRC we were trying to act like dragster racers moreso than get a workout.
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I think you would do better to wear a weight vest.
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Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no
PWNED!!! LOL!!!

Sweet, the Black Sabbath tune was great too.


Here's another version, Slower yes, but they do have shark fishing hooks in their backs.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMEdpVrcoCw
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
+10000 I used to do SoMopac with kids in the Burley on my fixed gear. Great strength workout!
That's hardcore man. My fixie/ss is nearly ready to go... I can't wait to try it on Jester in the 39/22. 2:55, here I come!
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So, like, what happens when you outsprint the dog?
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
So, like, what happens when you outsprint the dog?

What happens when the guy riding next you yells "SIT" to the dog?
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