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Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 10:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 645
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The whole package makes a difference: tires,...

The whole package makes a difference: tires, wheels, frame material, tubing choice, geometry, drivetrain. The last heavy steel bike I had was such a noodle that it felt like I could rip the bars off...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 280
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I used to use a Polar watch with bike and HR...

I used to use a Polar watch with bike and HR sensors. Now I use a Garmin Edge for the bike and a Polar watch for everything else: running, gym, skiing, hiking, etc. That's a big improvement, but more...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 305
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I really like having a set of resistance rollers...

I really like having a set of resistance rollers so I can use a big gear if I want serious resistance. My old set doesn't have a lot of resistance, but I can get into Z4 at about 70 cadence in my 53...
11-20-18, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In the OP. The dropbox links don't show as links...

In the OP. The dropbox links don't show as links because he left out the dot for some reason. One has to put the dot in manually to create working links.
11-20-18, 07:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 278
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Quinine works, however . . .My wife used to take...

Quinine works, however . . .My wife used to take quinine for night leg cramps but was advised by her doctor to stop. https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/quinine

Quinine can have serious side...
11-20-18, 06:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 278
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's impossible to change your body's pH. This is...

It's impossible to change your body's pH. This is for a very good reason: if you could, you'd probably die. You can change the pH of your urine quite easily. This is sometimes misunderstood. However...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 399
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If she loves riding, encourage her. That bike...

If she loves riding, encourage her. That bike should do it nicely.
11-20-18, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, pretty hard to tell from the photos of you...

Yeah, pretty hard to tell from the photos of you not in riding position. Redo with you in your long distance riding position, leaning against the wall. One photo pedals level, one with pedals in line...
11-20-18, 11:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 982
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good. Might fix the saddle pain too, since you'll...

Good. Might fix the saddle pain too, since you'll be loading your pelvis differently.
11-20-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Ben has excellent points IME in post 15. ...

Ben has excellent points IME in post 15.

It's hard to get good at climbing without big hills. Advice is usually to ride the flats and easy hills in a big gear. Though that helps, it's not the same...
11-20-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 278
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your second paragraph is good insight. A couple...

Your second paragraph is good insight. A couple years ago I had a similar cramping problem to yours on a long event ride with a lot of climbing. I had hamstring and back cramps. After the event, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-18, 11:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 305
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Very nice! Rollers really do smooth one out....

Very nice! Rollers really do smooth one out. Always seemed that way to me. I've been using a cheapo set of Nashbar fluid resistance rollers for 20 years or so. Probably the best cycling equipment...
11-19-18, 11:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 278
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Pretty much nothing to do with hydration or...

Pretty much nothing to do with hydration or electrolytes, and as others have said, doctors are no help. Fitness, fitness, fitness is what fixes cramps. Train harder than you'll ever go in an event...
11-19-18, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's another thing to try: On a longish steady...

Here's another thing to try: On a longish steady climb, stand and mess around finding what feels like your strongest standing cadence. Say it's 65. Then sit and pedal 70 in what feels like a big...
11-19-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

So ignore the weight stuff, but the rest is still...

So ignore the weight stuff, but the rest is still valid. My wife and stoker has about half my lung volume. Our tandem is fastest if I set the cadence to take advantage of her abilities, so our...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-18, 10:39 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,994
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your attitude does not amaze me. I see it all the...

Your attitude does not amaze me. I see it all the time. In my universe, I'm an endoskeleton creature. Automobiles have steel exoskeletons. In almost any contact between these two, the endoskeleton...
11-18-18, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The rule is: if legs hurt worse than lungs, use a...

The rule is: if legs hurt worse than lungs, use a smaller gear and vice versa. So use a bigger gear. Also, force yourself to breathe deeply, inhaling first into the belly and then into the chest. A...
11-17-18, 11:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's about how I started out in the gym, just a...

That's about how I started out in the gym, just a few years younger. I did that for ~3 years and then I switched to heavy squats to work my back and stress the little muscles more. Worked great.
11-17-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 982
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good for you! Perfect. With that amount of butt...

Good for you! Perfect. With that amount of butt experience, the right saddle for you will fix the butt issue. For the neck pain, see this thread:...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-18, 01:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 640
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When I was in the Army in Germany in '67-9, I had...

When I was in the Army in Germany in '67-9, I had a buddy who was a photography nut. I'd drive him through the local small towns with his telephoto out the window, taking photos of young women. They...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-18, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 640
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Exactly. It's somewhere between touch and a ~4mm...

Exactly. It's somewhere between touch and a ~4mm gap, mostly depending on foot size. And then there's touch and firm touch. I play with tiny adjustments until I can feel my hams working well when I'm...
11-16-18, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Interference? I notice that your cadence and...

Interference? I notice that your cadence and power slightly increased during the anomaly. Folks I've ridden with during an Afib event immediately noticed a drop in power, fatigue, etc. 2 minutes is a...
11-15-18, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 531
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

True. OTOH there aren't any 5'3" pros. Even...

True. OTOH there aren't any 5'3" pros. Even Pantani was 5'8". The closer one can get to a pro position, like the positions in the video I posted over in another thread:...
11-15-18, 06:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 438
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Nothing made up about load monitoring. There's a...

Nothing made up about load monitoring. There's a really good method for that: morning resting and standing heart rates and the difference between them. Resting and orthostatic HRs, they're called....
11-15-18, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My warmest cycling gloves are Giro 100 Proof...

My warmest cycling gloves are Giro 100 Proof lobster gloves. They work well enough with brifters, etc. Built-in pocket for hand warmers.
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