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09-04-14, 06:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,115
Posted By Pedalocity

I always pedal down hills, the question is moreso...

I always pedal down hills, the question is moreso of balancing how hard I pedal based on how gassed I was at the top of the hill.

For me it's a matter of making back some of the time and average...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-14, 06:02 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 11,833
Posted By Pedalocity

Having done a little research, I assume your...

Having done a little research, I assume your contention is based on the fact that acceleration due to gravity is constant irrespective of mass, yes?

While that's true, it doesn't take into account...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-14, 07:45 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 11,833
Posted By Pedalocity

Why would this be a myth? Descents turn the...

Why would this be a myth? Descents turn the weight into an asset, and the bigger leg muscles heavier riders tend to develop on flats and especially climbing pay their biggest dividends on descents.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,222
Posted By Pedalocity

I started on my first road bike at over 300lbs,...

I started on my first road bike at over 300lbs, and have found cycling to be immensely fun. Certainly there are some additional challenges in terms of getting comfortable and getting equipment that...
08-15-14, 05:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,243
Posted By Pedalocity

My riding mostly consists of a mix of the...

My riding mostly consists of a mix of the following:

1) Aerobic enduranc rides (Zone 2), 2+ hours: Haven't had time lately for these much, will work them back in later this month.

2) 2 x 20min...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,222
Posted By Pedalocity

Don't discount the Giant Defy until you've ridden...

Don't discount the Giant Defy until you've ridden it in comparison to the equivalent offerings from Trek, Specialized, Bianchi, Cervelo, etc. If you are one of the lucky people who finds the Defy at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-14, 03:16 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,593
Posted By Pedalocity

Yeah, and attitudes like yours will certainly...

Yeah, and attitudes like yours will certainly encourage them to make an effort, instead of giving up in fear of being judged by people like you. It's exactly your kind of attitude that drives them...
08-10-14, 08:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,627
Posted By Pedalocity

Your arms are straight, as opposed to being bent...

Your arms are straight, as opposed to being bent at the elbow? This is likely the source of your numbness issue. By having your arms straight you are forcing your hands to carry much more of your...
08-10-14, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,627
Posted By Pedalocity

So you aren't developing any isolated numbness...

So you aren't developing any isolated numbness (i.e. thumb and first two finger or ring and pinkie finger specific) and tingliness that lasts after you get off the bike?

How is your hip...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-14, 08:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,111
Posted By Pedalocity

Rider weight and gearing plays also plays a big...

Rider weight and gearing plays also plays a big role in how much of a benefit you gain from frame and wheel stiffness.

As a ~285lb clyde, I can tell you from personal experience that I can feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-14, 07:54 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,593
Posted By Pedalocity

And what would you suggest instead? Would it...

And what would you suggest instead?

Would it be better that they give up and quit to satisfy your sneering judgementalism?

Instead, I say that whatever someone needs to do to get comfortable...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-14, 07:47 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,593
Posted By Pedalocity

Leaving aside the incredible ignorance of...

Leaving aside the incredible ignorance of assuming that this is true of all or even most overweight people, the sad part is that you are largely correct about the marketing of comfort bikes, large...
08-10-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,627
Posted By Pedalocity

Can you give us some more information to help get...

Can you give us some more information to help get an idea of what to suggest?

1) What type of bike do you ride?

2) In what way are your hands going numb? Numb as in the whole hand falls asleep,...
08-10-14, 11:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,833
Posted By Pedalocity

That's really interesting, I wouldn't have...

That's really interesting, I wouldn't have thought that lateral stiffness would be an issue with a front wheel since the torque is applied through the rear. I may switch over my old 32h front wheel...
08-10-14, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,833
Posted By Pedalocity

Do you really think a 32h is necessary on the...

Do you really think a 32h is necessary on the front? I'm curious because my experience as a ~285lb clyde has been that the number of spokes on the front wheel isn't even worth worrying about as I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-14, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2,073
Views: 398,834
Posted By Pedalocity

http://i.imgur.com/xEYK1Os.jpg My 2014 Giant...

http://i.imgur.com/xEYK1Os.jpg

My 2014 Giant Defy Advanced SL 1.

Managed to get my hands on the last one of these in Canada recently, and it's been a joy to ride.

Back wheel is a custom 36h...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-14, 11:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,897
Posted By Pedalocity

Lots of great roads in my neck of the woods, just...

Lots of great roads in my neck of the woods, just takes 15-20 mins to get far enough north to get to the mostly empty rural roads, Great variety too. You will be climbing to one extent or another as...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,473
Posted By Pedalocity

Me too. One of the nice things about upgrading...

Me too. One of the nice things about upgrading from Ultegra 6700 11-28t to putting a long-cage derailleur on my new bike is that the Ultegra 6800 11-32t cassette has the exact same first 10 gears as...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,559
Posted By Pedalocity

Honestly, as soon as I started riding on roads...

Honestly, as soon as I started riding on roads and avoiding MUPs, I very quickly concluded that I would be riding on the road exclusively from then on. In addition to the increased safety at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,559
Posted By Pedalocity

Interesting. In the area where I live there are a...

Interesting. In the area where I live there are a ton of MUPs that run alongside roads (i.e. one side of the street will have a MUP instead of a sidewalk), but my experience has been that they are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-14, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,419
Posted By Pedalocity

I can't speak to the 2015 models, but have you...

I can't speak to the 2015 models, but have you looked around for a 2014 Defy Advanced 1 with a similar discount? My experience with the Defy series is that there is a fairly significant difference...
08-04-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,833
Posted By Pedalocity

Sorry to hear about your wheel troubles! On...

Sorry to hear about your wheel troubles!

On the subject of Mavic Ksyrium wheels for heavier riders, I'll quote what a Mavic representative had to say on the subject here:...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-14, 11:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,278
Posted By Pedalocity

I can't comment on the Bianchi's you're...

I can't comment on the Bianchi's you're considering except to suggest that you really should test ride a high-end Giant Defy before you make a final decision. If you can find any locally to test...
08-03-14, 07:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,397
Posted By Pedalocity

I cannot emphasize enough the influence the...

I cannot emphasize enough the influence the quality of the wheelbuilder has on the durability of the wheel you end up with.

I had a set of 36 spoke back wheel made by a LBS on an Ultegra hub and a...
09-08-13, 02:49 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Did the 50km ride, had a lot more climbing than...

Did the 50km ride, had a lot more climbing than expected, still I made it, and at a pretty decent clip considering the amount of climbing!

September 8 - 50km / +520m / 22.1km/h average speed
MTD...
09-06-13, 03:25 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Short ride today, took it mostly very easy....

Short ride today, took it mostly very easy. Tomorrow off then Sunday is the 50km event ride.

September 5 - 19.9km
MTD - 150.9km / 600km
TTD - 1,082km since June 25, 2013
09-05-13, 08:55 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Another shorter ride today, the headwinds the...

Another shorter ride today, the headwinds the last couple of days have been a real pain. Also I've finally admitted that wearing gym shorts over my bibs is just causing material to bunch in places I...
09-04-13, 08:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By Pedalocity

Well I guess I'll chime in with my usual spiel on...

Well I guess I'll chime in with my usual spiel on these threads...

I test rode all the usual endurance geometry road bike suspects (Roubiax, Domane, Synapse, Defy) and ended up liking the geometry...
09-04-13, 11:15 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Bike felt really good today. Shorter rides today...

Bike felt really good today. Shorter rides today and tomorrow, with just an easy spin on Friday and Saturday off to prepare for my first 50km event ride on Sunday.

Guess I should up my goal for...
09-03-13, 06:44 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Took my Defy Comp 1 in for a fitting today so I...

Took my Defy Comp 1 in for a fitting today so I did a recovery ride today to test the results. Feels good so far.

September 3 - 15.9km
MTD - 85.9km / 500km
TTD - 1,017.9km since June 25, 2013.
09-02-13, 02:40 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Ugh. Really strong headwinds today, made the...

Ugh. Really strong headwinds today, made the first 2/3 of my usual route absolutely hellish, but rewarded me with tailwinds for the last 1/3 of each lap. Put in 36.9km before I'd had enough of...
09-01-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 1,264
Views: 202,551
Posted By Pedalocity

The inside bar ends are Giant Contact AL bar...

The inside bar ends are Giant Contact AL bar ends. They worked fairly well for me, though this bike has since been donated to my girlfriend and I'm now riding a Defy Composite 1...
09-01-13, 02:28 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,953
Posted By Pedalocity

Got September started with a nice 33.1km aerobic...

Got September started with a nice 33.1km aerobic endurance ride. Shooting for 500km this month.

September 1 - 33.1km
MTD - 33.1km / 500km
TTD - 964.6km
08-30-13, 01:37 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,832
Posted By Pedalocity

I'd also strongly recommend you try the Giant...

I'd also strongly recommend you try the Giant Defy series. I was in a similar position to you in that I bought a Giant Escape RX1 when I got into biking on June 25 but after a month and a half of...
08-30-13, 12:20 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Today I decided I needed to tackle a route with...

Today I decided I needed to tackle a route with more climbing, since that is what I need to work on the most. Took a route with several reasonably long climbing ranging between 4 and 6% for a total...
08-29-13, 09:37 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Just did a fairly short recovery ride today, my...

Just did a fairly short recovery ride today, my quads needed an easy ride.

August 29 - 17.1km
MTD - 516.4km / 450km
TTD - 897.5km
08-28-13, 11:17 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Two days off the bike due to weather, but I got...

Two days off the bike due to weather, but I got out there today for a nice endurance ride. Feels good to get in 40km at 14mph while staying in zone 2! That tells me that my fitness is improving!
...
08-25-13, 05:38 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Took yesterday off to recover from my intervals...

Took yesterday off to recover from my intervals session, got out there this morning for a nice tempo ride. Got in 35.1 km with the middle 25 km at just over 14 mph moving average, pretty good for me...
08-25-13, 08:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 689
Posted By Pedalocity

Good job! Everyone has to start somewhere....

Good job!

Everyone has to start somewhere. When I started on June 25 of this year it was a massive effort to do 5km for me. Now I'm doing ~30km rides regularly with my longest ride being 45km....
08-25-13, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,309
Posted By Pedalocity

This is just my personal opinion, but I think...

This is just my personal opinion, but I think this is entirely the wrong approach and is likely to end up with you quitting in frustration. For myself, probably the key factor in previous fitness...
08-23-13, 11:35 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Got those 2x20 intervals in today at a beautiful...

Got those 2x20 intervals in today at a beautiful park trail. Something of a trade off between here and my local route, I have to slow down for tunnels and such on the park route, but don't have to...
08-22-13, 06:49 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Went for a 20km recovery ride today on my usual...

Went for a 20km recovery ride today on my usual route today, hoping to get out there and do intervals tomorrow.

August 22 - 20.4km
MTD - 396.4km / 450km
MTD - 770.7km
08-21-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Ended up taking yesterday off as a recovery day....

Ended up taking yesterday off as a recovery day. This morning I got out there and put in a decent 36.4km while keeping myself in zone 3. Still new to this whole zones thing, but I am appreciating...
08-19-13, 06:41 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

So much for that day off. Decided to go pick up...

So much for that day off. Decided to go pick up some toe-clip pedals this morning, primarily for the 'not having to think about where I'm putting my feet on the pedals' factor, though I've discovered...
08-18-13, 02:52 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Got in a decent ride today, pushed myself to set...

Got in a decent ride today, pushed myself to set a decent (for me) pace on this route, but I think I need a complete day off to really get my legs back. Still, totally 90km in three days is...
08-17-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Just did a short recovery ride today, I'm still...

Just did a short recovery ride today, I'm still pretty gassed from the 45km I did yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel more back to normal!

August 17 - 15.2km
MTD - 283.3km / 450km
TTD -...
08-16-13, 03:46 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Got out there and pushed myself to hit a much...

Got out there and pushed myself to hit a much bigger distance than what I've done previously. Managed to do 45km with 292m of climbing through a beautiful set of trails. It was an amazing ride!
...
08-16-13, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By Pedalocity

Well, I've got a few more milestones to add to...

Well, I've got a few more milestones to add to the list!

Today I did my first 45km ride, my first ride with more than 290m of climbing, my first 3+ hour ride, my first ride with 2.5 hours moving...
08-14-13, 04:35 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,607
Posted By Pedalocity

Headed out to the trail I hit on the 12th with my...

Headed out to the trail I hit on the 12th with my girlfriend today. For the first 20km my pace was pretty relaxed as I was staying with my GF on her Escape RX-1, but then for the last 10 I got in...
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