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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 01-13-21, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
I skip unnecessary reading online now.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Was happy where I was for Jan, until I did math and realized I am way off for my end goal.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Every time I've set a mileage goal for myself, something goes wrong, so I'm pretty gun shy about setting cycling goals.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Good heavens.

Watching those guys is scary and fascinating all at once. Getting to that kind of weight is dedication magnified. I bet it takes about an hour warm-up for that minute of lifting. Major kudos.
It is scary to watch, and in fact, his mother wont.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Why not?
Too easy to come across as pretentious.

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They had damn well better if they're going to hold back a couple of their biggest hits.
The concert I was watching was 45min + 15min or so, with a minute long break where the band disappeared sidestage. They came back and played 3 or 4 of their songs that work the best live. Pretty optimal IMO.

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Encores have jumped the shark

Back in the day they were spontaneous based on the crowd reaction and enthusiasm. Now they are choreographed, and typically the same from show to show.
I guess I don't mind as much if it's a headliner at a festival or something, but what I don't get is when bands do that on smaller venues. Just refine your setlist and get it done.

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Originally Posted by ls01
I would swould whatever you have to. I did Innsbruck on Monday. Its no fun until the downhill. I hit 57mph. It was 50 minutes of climbing. Harsh.
I did Innsbruck tonight, with the Trainer Difficulty set to 100%, so the climb felt... well, pretty much like a 7.4 km climb with a 6% average grade would feel. I'm glad I used the Bianchi, with it's 34x27 low gear. I ended up standing on the pedals pretty much any time the grade went to 10% or higher.

Next stage is supposed to be Big Climbs, including Alpe du Zwift. I haven't decided whether I want to do that, but set trainer difficulty at maybe 50-75%. Or I might do the 'C' ride, which does the Watopia Mountain Route, which has the "Epic KOM", which is less arduous than the climb I just did, but also adds the Radio Tower climb, which is apparently .7 miles of 13.7 % Yikes. Hmmmmmm.....
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
mine does this but I dont have any shifting problems. Yet.......
a little twitch is ok. If you have problems it will cause the cage to flip when the bad spot passes the jockeys.
Personally I think he may still be having B tension issues, So all this might be related back to his rear derailluer. But it could also be his cable not being seated properly.

Oh the drama.

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Originally Posted by rjones28
Pics?
Lol. I forgot the pics! Ill take some tonight.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
So far I've been able to fully bend and straighten my knees, so 2021 hasn't been entirely bad.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I messed something up when I put new chain on. Shifted PEFFECTLY in the stand. But on the road was finicky, would not downshift properly, I had to click twice down then one up to shift, which is only a minor annoyance. But chain would also stutter under severe load like when standing in hills. So I sat for entire ride. There could be a slightly sticky or twisted link on new chain. So far all I checked was indexing back in stand and of course now works perfectly. I am open to suggestions.
Since downshifts rely on spring tension, I would look at the cable. Make sure the cable end is seated correctly in the tension adjuster on the derailluer. And that its not all snagged up under the bb.How is it in the upshift?
edit: sounds like upshift are off too.

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Originally Posted by genejockey
I did Innsbruck tonight, with the Trainer Difficulty set to 100%, so the climb felt... well, pretty much like a 7.4 km climb with a 6% average grade would feel. I'm glad I used the Bianchi, with it's 34x27 low gear. I ended up standing on the pedals pretty much any time the grade went to 10% or higher.

Next stage is supposed to be Big Climbs, including Alpe du Zwift. I haven't decided whether I want to do that, but set trainer difficulty at maybe 50-75%. Or I might do the 'C' ride, which does the Watopia Mountain Route, which has the "Epic KOM", which is less arduous than the climb I just did, but also adds the Radio Tower climb, which is apparently .7 miles of 13.7 % Yikes. Hmmmmmm.....
Awesome! I'm supposed to do Alpe de zwift tonight with the guys. They're kicking the absolute poo out of me 3 nights a week. I don't suppose tonight will be any different.
Edit: Now that I think about it. I should look around and see if I have a climbing cassette somewhere. I just realized I'm doing all this with a 53/39 and 25 x12 no wonder I'm grinding all the way up.

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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I think that 8k would realistic for me if the boy didn't have to get up and go to school so early - having to get him to the bus stop before 7am really puts a damper on things. I mean, I don't mind waking up early, but I'm not setting my alarm for 5am.
If I hit 5 Ill be happy unless I can find a way to do 40 before work 3x a week. My bigger problem has always been finding time for longer weekend rides on the weekends I have my daughters.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I did Innsbruck tonight, with the Trainer Difficulty set to 100%, so the climb felt... well, pretty much like a 7.4 km climb with a 6% average grade would feel. I'm glad I used the Bianchi, with it's 34x27 low gear. I ended up standing on the pedals pretty much any time the grade went to 10% or higher.

Next stage is supposed to be Big Climbs, including Alpe du Zwift. I haven't decided whether I want to do that, but set trainer difficulty at maybe 50-75%. Or I might do the 'C' ride, which does the Watopia Mountain Route, which has the "Epic KOM", which is less arduous than the climb I just did, but also adds the Radio Tower climb, which is apparently .7 miles of 13.7 % Yikes. Hmmmmmm.....
AdZ is fun, the difficulty makes it not as mind numbingly boring to be on the trainer for 90 minutes doing that route.
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Originally Posted by ls01
a little twitch is ok. If you have problems it will cause the cage to flip when the bad spot passes the jockeys.
Personally I think he may still be having B tension issues, So all this might be related back to his rear derailluer. But it could also be his cable not being seated properly.

Oh the drama.
I dont think its the cable as its fairly new, but it is possible. Stay tuned for more drama. As the drivetrain turns.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I did Innsbruck tonight, with the Trainer Difficulty set to 100%, so the climb felt... well, pretty much like a 7.4 km climb with a 6% average grade would feel. I'm glad I used the Bianchi, with it's 34x27 low gear. I ended up standing on the pedals pretty much any time the grade went to 10% or higher.

Next stage is supposed to be Big Climbs, including Alpe du Zwift. I haven't decided whether I want to do that, but set trainer difficulty at maybe 50-75%. Or I might do the 'C' ride, which does the Watopia Mountain Route, which has the "Epic KOM", which is less arduous than the climb I just did, but also adds the Radio Tower climb, which is apparently .7 miles of 13.7 % Yikes. Hmmmmmm.....
Radio Tower is painful. I did it once. No plans to repeat.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
If I hit 5 Ill be happy unless I can find a way to do 40 before work 3x a week. My bigger problem has always been finding time for longer weekend rides on the weekends I have my daughters.
Longer weekend rides became more realistic for me as the daughters got older. Time is on your side. In the meantime be sure to spend time with them now. It passes too quickly.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
My son is a power lifter and has a goal of both squatting and dead lifting 600#. He is currently at 580 and change. Hes 43.
But whats his FTP?

Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Same . . . minus a zero.
Same order of magnitude.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Longer weekend rides became more realistic for me as the daughters got older. Time is on your side. In the meantime be sure to spend time with them now. It passes too quickly.
And youth, I am obliged to observe, is wasted on the young.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I dont think its the cable as its fairly new, but it is possible. Stay tuned for more drama. As the drivetrain turns.
More drama. Or possibly comedy.

I had an insight into why my drivetrain is finicky as I woke up early this morning. I could not eyeball the cause until I left for work. But I am pretty sure I know what's wrong.

It's almost too embarrassing to admit, but if you can't admit your bone-headed idiot mechanic moves in here, where CAN you?

Yes, my mechanic is such a moron, he did the all time most AMATEUR move when putting on a new chain.

Chain is on backwards.

I will have to fix it and take it for a test ride to confirm that's the problem, but I am pretty sure that explains the problem.
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Originally Posted by datlas
More drama. Or possibly comedy.

I had an insight into why my drivetrain is finicky as I woke up early this morning. I could not eyeball the cause until I left for work. But I am pretty sure I know what's wrong.

It's almost too embarrassing to admit, but if you can't admit your bone-headed idiot mechanic moves in here, where CAN you?

Yes, my mechanic is such a moron, he did the all time most AMATEUR move when putting on a new chain.

Chain is on backwards.

I will have to fix it and take it for a test ride to confirm that's the problem, but I am pretty sure that explains the problem.
That possibility never crossed our minds because it's just too pathetically incompetent a mistake to imagine anyone making.
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That possibility never crossed our minds because it's just too pathetically incompetent a mistake to imagine anyone making.
Uh, thanks.

Has anyone ever ridden a Shimano drivetrain with the chain backwards? I am guessing the symptoms I described are typical for that mistake.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
But whats his FTP?
I'm sure that it's pretty low since he's recovering from CV19 and doesn't even have the breath or strength to lift. He may have returned to the gym now, but a week ago, he still couldn't. I don't know when his next meet is but I bet that he's way behind on his training program now
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
If I hit 5 Ill be happy unless I can find a way to do 40 before work 3x a week. My bigger problem has always been finding time for longer weekend rides on the weekends I have my daughters.
My family is so slow to get moving in the morning that getting out on a decent ride is pretty easy on my days off. I can usually knock out 40-50 miles before anyone is out of their pajamas. That they waste so much time in the morning is actually a source of frustration for me, so riding is a double-win. That said, I feel guilty about back-to-back metrics on Sat/Sun, so I usually do a long ride on one of those days (keeping the other to 40-50) in addition to a longer ride on Wed.

Actually, now that I think about it, covid increased my mileage in another way - group rides on Wed are typically in the 40-50 range whereas striking out on my own for 62-100 was not unusual last year.
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