Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-14-19, 07:41 AM
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I bought my next five year supply of wool socks yesterday, and promptly rode through cold rain on a day when none was predicted. Twice I rode through cold rain and my feet remained warm, if not dry. I find myself marvelling that I haven't gotten sick, as wet and cold as I've been on this trip.
I heart wool socks.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:42 AM
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Oh and, btw, I am loving the new to me 1980 Trek 414. Can't wait to get it home and outfitted with better pedals and wheels.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:43 AM
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My sensors tell me that my feel is pretty damn dumb.
Ditto
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Speaking of cadence, another cyclist expressed interest in a new, larger crankset to avoid spinning out on a 50/11 combo on descents at ~35mph. Looking at gearing calcs, that works out to 100rpm. It just baffles my mind that someone a) considers that "spinning out" and b) that their first inclination is to change their equipment rather than doing a smidge of work to be comfortable at a cadence that's not terribly unusual during a typical ride.
He needs to go 53-39 and stay in the big ring all the time.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Speaking of cadence, another cyclist expressed interest in a new, larger crankset to avoid spinning out on a 50/11 combo on descents at ~35mph. Looking at gearing calcs, that works out to 100rpm. It just baffles my mind that someone a) considers that "spinning out" and b) that their first inclination is to change their equipment rather than doing a smidge of work to be comfortable at a cadence that's not terribly unusual during a typical ride.
Or c) caring to go over 35mph downhill.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:50 AM
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Not yet. We have had precious little sun and it's being ridden lots in the rain.
Perfect for an epic Rapha inspired photo.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
He needs to go 53-39 and stay in the big ring all the time.
Then he can "spin out" at 37 instead of 35.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:51 AM
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Or c) caring to go over 35mph downhill.
He's obviously a serious cyclist.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:53 AM
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Thanks, I'll give them a look as well.
I saw a YouTube vid on the China bike show recently that featured 3 new powermeter companies.

Most of them plan to offer 1 sided pm starting around $250 US*



*pre-tarrifs
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Old 05-14-19, 08:04 AM
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Most of them plan to offer 1 sided pm starting around $250 US*



*pre-tarrifs
According to a tweet from our dear leader, China pays the tariffs, so not an issue for us consumers.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
He's obviously a serious cyclist.
That's what I was thinking.
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Old 05-14-19, 08:06 AM
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Or c) caring to go over 35mph downhill.
That, too.
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Old 05-14-19, 08:12 AM
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If it finally stops raining I think I will do the New Jersey bike commute tomorrow.
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Old 05-14-19, 08:46 AM
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I bought my next five year supply of wool socks yesterday, and promptly rode through cold rain on a day when none was predicted. Twice I rode through cold rain and my feet remained warm, if not dry. I find myself marvelling that I haven't gotten sick, as wet and cold as I've been on this trip.
Just keep in mind that Trainstarter would not get sick. Repeat.
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I have never actually used a cadence device. I think my "natural" cadence is about 90-95, a little slower maybe 80-85 on the hills. Most research on cadence does say higher is better, but the BEST is your natural cadence. Works for me.

I know this is heresy in some circles to go by "feel" rather than speed/power/cadence/HR but that's my story and I am sticking to it!!
Damn, on climbs I'm just happy to keep my cranks spinning. Once it gets around 9 or 10% all thoughts of keeping a high cadence are gone.
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I bought a cheapo cadence transducer for use on the trainer this winter. It was very useful and served as a sort of poor man's power device because the combination of cadence and gear gave me a constant output. Obviously, that wouldn't work as well on the road.
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or c) caring to go over 35mph downhill.
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Speaking of cadence, another cyclist expressed interest in a new, larger crankset to avoid spinning out on a 50/11 combo on descents at ~35mph. Looking at gearing calcs, that works out to 100rpm. It just baffles my mind that someone a) considers that "spinning out" and b) that their first inclination is to change their equipment rather than doing a smidge of work to be comfortable at a cadence that's not terribly unusual during a typical ride.
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Or c) caring to go over 35mph downhill.
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It surprises me that you guys act like 35mph is fast.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
If it finally stops raining I think I will do the New Jersey bike commute tomorrow.
Tomorrow looks good, but a chilly start for mid-May. We are doing a northerly route for our "Usual Suspects" ride....up around Marsh Creek if you know where that is.
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I wish I had the room(and the $$$) for this.



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tiemeyer-Cy....c100005.m1851
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My fixed gear could beat that.
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My fixed gear could beat that.
What if I converted it into FG?
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It surprises me that you guys act like 35mph is fast.
It's more of a remark on the "spinning out" cadence than anything - that 100rpm would be the limiting factor is... odd. The desire to change gearing, because this spinning out situation occurs during downhills, does add to the oddness, though - hills with an decline to put me at 35mph, under power, are both short enough and rare enough to provoke a "why bother?" let alone to otherwise compromise my gearing in an effort to cater to those conditions, 'specially when spinning at 100 is completely unremarkable.
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It surprises me that you guys act like 35mph is fast.
That's not what I said.
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