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Old 06-20-07, 08:03 AM
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What to ride for a good workout

Since finishing my recent build for light touring and taking it out for some extended test rides, I'm realizing it's too easy to ride. I'm sure I'll love it on those late afternoon pushes finishing up the 75 mile days on the annual WI trip, but right now it is too easy. I'm torn between testing out the edges of this new build and getting a better workout.

My favorite workout ride has been an old singlespeed build. But I'm restoring a tandem that actually has front drops and comfortable hoods, and I'm thinking about using it (alone) for workout rides. What does everybody else do?
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Old 06-20-07, 08:11 AM
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Old 06-20-07, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
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There aren't any around here. If I could petition the county highway dept to add more hills, I would. But I live within "The Great Corn Sea."
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Old 06-20-07, 08:58 AM
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For everyday training I stick to the mountain bike on fast dirt. The trails I ride are just rough enough to provide a good upper body workout as well as the legs. When I switch over to the road bike, its just seems easy.

Since my daily rides are only 1 to 1 1/2 hour though I don't always feel like my endurance has improved, only the strength. I failed to ride my age for my birthday earlier this month mostly for that reason. I'm just not used to being on the bike for that length of time. Perhaps I should start building up time on the "easy" bike.
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Old 06-20-07, 09:42 AM
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When I really want to punish myself I usually load up my touring bike with about 50 lbs of gear, adjust the front derailleur so it won't shift to the lowest chainring, then go out and ride hills. I hate these rides, but if I do them once or twice a season, I find out what kind of shape I'm really in.
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Old 06-20-07, 09:54 AM
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Ride the "Easy" bike but go further or push hardder.
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Get a rowingbike.
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Ride that bike harder. It sounds like you are loafing it dude. Stop the cruising and start your interval training if you think the bike is too easy to ride.

Riding your tandem alone? I'd be the first to point and laugh at you. And I've got a tandem.
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Since all my bikes are vintage steel, there is no such thing as too easy for me. My guess is you'll want to just hammer it, constantly pushing yourself to the limit, no matter what bike you are on. I have seen someone quoted here to the effect that "It never gets easier, you just get faster." Enjoy.
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I just got another thought about how to ramp up your workout. Get some five pound ankle weights and see what that does to your effort quotient. I've toyed with the idea of doing that, but haven't marshalled the nerve to actually do it.
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I have the same problem when I ride with my wife...but I don't dare drop her!

A friend suggested putting cross tires on my bike and underinflating them. Doesn't sound like a great idea either.
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make your brakes rub - that always works for me...
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So you're running in the bike's highest gear? If not, your answer is built in - push a higher gear.
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I carry more stuff on rides, even a full touring load. Ride with a stronger group, even racers.
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In other words, how do you ruin a perfectly nice biking experience on a gorgeous day?

A: Do hill repeats.

That is all.
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I guess I used a wrong phrase. I didn't meen to imply that the road bike was easy. The original poster asked about what to ride for a good workout. My intent was to say that because of the tougher upper body workout of getting banged around on an MTB that the overall workout was better for a given abount of riding time on an MTB as opposed to a Road Bike.
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If you put a rack on that light touring bike that will support 40 pounds, then stick a 40 pound bag of salt on the back. Won't help your handling any, but you will get a workout.
Seriously, if the bike you're riding is too easy, then you're not going fast enough.
How about............ re-programming your cyclometer so that it tells you that you are going slower than you really are.
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Hill repeats. Yes. Go up and down that thing until you know every crack in the pavement....and can measure and push your progress by the degree of crappiness you usually feel at any point and then add a bit more. You'll learn to hate your climbing day of the week. But you'll get a rough affection for that damned hill as you get better.
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I used to live in New Lenox, and I know what you mean by no hills. I would use a bibber gear and put some weight on the bike.
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1. Hill repeats, andif you don't have hills, try intervals
2. Work the big ring
3. Ride my MTB- with 1.95 knobbies, there's great resistance to work against.
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Turn that single speed into a fixed gear with a flip-flop hub. Like most adult cyclists, I don't get nearly as much time to ride as I would like. A "Fixie" is one solution to this. I'm running a 42x15, which gives me a 75" gear. (about) You might want something steeper, or easier, depending on what you want to do. In Urban settings, a lower ratio is usually better.

I easily get my work out, going up most of the hills I encounter in my travels. Nice thing about being 50: I 'm well beyond the need to impress "the kids", so I just leave the bunny hops, skid-stops, and brakeless/brainless riding to them.


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Have ridden tandem solo for 40 miles in the mountains in New Mexico . . .no problem.
Or, add panniers and throw in an old set of encylopedias . . .
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I remember riding a mountain bike towing my now-24 yr. old son in a trailer on club rides of 20-30 miles. Those were workouts.
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Any ride over 50 miles.
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Maybe you could tie one end of a rope around your waist and the other around an old truck tire and drag it down the road behind you. It worked for Herschel Walker.
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