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Just can't keep up!!!!

Old 08-02-11, 01:44 PM
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Just can't keep up!!!!

Right,here we go,

Me and my partner both just bought road bikes,
we are both very active people, have done a fair amount of mtb riding in previous years and are as we consider "fit".

when out on our roadies, i just can't keep up with her for love nor money, she seems to effortlessly ruise along at just a slight fraction of speed quicker than i,

and over a fair distance i end up lagging behind!

now, i am 6'1" and 16 stone in weight, i carry a lot of muscle on my chest shoulders and arms, so am not the ideal cycling profile,
she is 5'2" and 10 stone! and is strong all over.

is it just a case of keeping pushing or do i need to do intervals to build my leg musles up more**********

also, i am riding 700c wheels, she is on 650C other than than bikes are identical.

i have been wondering if her top gear is different in power output / input due to wheel sizes and if i am gearing incorrectly?

Daft question this maybe, but no question is a stupid question if you dont know the answer.

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Her legs are better than yours.
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Your upper body is not only useless on a bike, it's actually a hindrance since you legs have to haul all that extra weight around. Ride more. You'll get faster.
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well, yes, i plan to fill her bike frame with cement one evening see if that will help
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yes, and i do feel it lugging all this weight around, thanks for the repy's folks, guess i just gotta man up and mash the pedals a bit more!
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yes, and i do feel it lugging all this weight around, thanks for the repy's folks, guess i just gotta man up and mash the pedals a bit more!
What you want is to "spin" more. Your knees will thank you. It has not been mentioned yet, I think, you really should just HTFU!
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
What you want is to "spin" more. Your knees will thank you. It has not been mentioned yet, I think, you really should just HTFU!
that was what i was wondering, spin more? power more?
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You are being beaten by a Girl? HaHaHaHaHa!


(Just kidding, lots of girls are faster than me)
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Some people do pedal too slowly and it usually fatigues your muscles a lot faster. You should be pedaling at least 80 rpm. 60 is killer. 95+ might feel weird, and if so avoid it for now. But at least 80.

Also your partner/girlfriend/etc is either highly competitive or mean. I can dust my wife on a bicycle but I choose not to. If I get ahead, I let her catch up. She's very fit but doesn't ride as much as I do, so it's no surprise that I am better.
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Check to make sure your brakes aren't rubbing the rim...there must be a logical reason why you, a man, can't keep up with with a woman!

and by the way...I'm sure you've noticed...being behind a fit woman on a bike is not all that undesirable.
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Originally Posted by Gazzabikes View Post
that was what i was wondering, spin more? power more?
Observe her pedaling style. Does she spin fast on lower gears? Do you get on the higher gears and put a lot of effort trying to move the pedals faster?

Plus she also has less weight to carry.
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Get a cadence computer for your bike and keep that 80+ rpm. Do this and you'll improve your average speed exponentially quicker. (As in you'll be a better cyclist with fewer rides.)
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I took up cycling because its the only endurance sport I can beat my wife in.

She's an ultra marathoner and a Division 1 swimmer but for whatever reason she's not a great biker. I relish that.

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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
and by the way...I'm sure you've noticed...being behind a fit woman on a bike is not all that undesirable.
You've got that right. I'd much rather draft a fit woman than man. ...Especially if they're wearing white bibs.
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16 stone at 6' 1"...that's about 256 pounds? If that were only muscle you were carrying you would probably be playing middle linebacker in the NFL. Like others have said, that does not help you on a bike. Follow the advice that others have given and spin at a higher rpm in a lower gear instead of mashing on the pedals. Speaking of pedals, are you using platform types? If so, be sure to get clipless road pedals immediately. This will help to close that gap on your wife. Just don't let her get some too.
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16 stone= 224 pounds actually according to Google.

I don't think you should be having THAT hard of a time keeping up at that weight. Maybe in climbs or something. Work those leg muscles more, keep riding.
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16 stone at 6' 1"...that's about 256 pounds? If that were only muscle you were carrying you would probably be playing middle linebacker in the NFL. Like others have said, that does not help you on a bike. Follow the advice that others have given and spin at a higher rpm in a lower gear instead of mashing on the pedals. Speaking of pedals, are you using platform types? If so, be sure to get clipless road pedals immediately. This will help to close that gap on your wife. Just don't let her get some too.
16 Stone = 224 lb
10 Stone = 140 lb.
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Originally Posted by Gazzabikes View Post
that was what i was wondering, spin more? power more?
This tells me you don't understand power.

Power is a product of force AND speed. If you apply more force to the pedals, you increase power. If you apply the same force but pedal faster, you increase power. It just so happens that most people find the best efficiency (i.e. best sustained power output) around 90 rpm. In other words, both of your legs each complete 90 pedal strokes in a minute. If you aim for that, you'll improve your speed significantly. You will have to shift your gears to allow your legs to pedal at 90rpm depending on how fast you're going.
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that was what i was wondering, spin more? power more?
Pedal harder.

There. Someone had to say it.

Cheers!
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Ha ha ha, thanks for all the replies, yes my Woman is competitive, i tell her she is a bully lol.
We have such good fun when out, i thrash her on our mountain bikes (but i think that is a confidence on rough terrain thing) so now, she is kicking my ass on the road bikes.
in fairness i tell her not to hang back for me as thats no good for her, and i play chase the ace behind.
We are constantly winding each other up and competing at things it's just what we do, it is all pure fun,
She knows, when i find my legs on this road bike though, im gonna kick ass, her ass!!!!
then the Competition really will start lol.
Thanks again folks.

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Little update for those who may be interested, Tonight we went out, i concentrated on keeping a higher cadence, and found myself overtaking her!
Mashed the pedals up some good hills and she was left in the my dust. LOL
I've found my legs, one for the Boys!!!!!!!!
(now she's even more determined to get her own back)
these road bikes have given us both so much fun so far,
Thanks again folks
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some people are faster than others. so what?
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It's just friendly competition, Banter between me and my Fiance,
We compete at most things, Badminton, Squash, Cycling or Swimming.
Ive been wanting to be able to match her pace so that we can share our rides,
Instead of her waiting for me, or me being dragged along behind,
this way it is more fun for both of us. we can share the experience.
And there's nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competition.
She's a very Strong, determined woman, it's nice as she is genuinely someone to compete with, as i am for here.
we both have our strengths and weaknesses but together, we work so damn well

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She´s got it. some do. Meets every aspect of life. Others must practice, practice and practice again. And that can be fun too!
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
Pedal harder.

There. Someone had to say it.

Cheers!
Pretty much this. Adjusting cadence may help a little, but its a matter of strength and endurance. You'll be surprised at how fast your strength improves. Men put on more muscle faster than women (generally), so you'll likely catch up with her soon.
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