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10-17-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 40
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Posted By MinnMan

(This seems very off topic for this thread, but...

(This seems very off topic for this thread, but would make a good discussion on a stand-alone thread)

I do wonder about this, but I've seen similar strange behavior from friends using Wahoo...
10-17-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 704
Posted By MinnMan

This sucks. Strava's message (copied in full...

This sucks. Strava's message (copied in full below so everybody has the facts), implies that there are other apps one can use to record the sensor data on your phone. Quoting "But if you want to...
10-17-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 405
Posted By MinnMan

There are some reasonably tough hills in W. St. ...

There are some reasonably tough hills in W. St. Paul and IGH. You can challenge yourself on Ohio St. or going from the base of the High Bridge up to Annapolis. And of course, there is the hill...
10-16-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 513
Posted By MinnMan

Yeeha! How exciting. My first year (2009), I was...

Yeeha! How exciting. My first year (2009), I was super-proud to complete 1500 miles. At the end of the summer I was proud of myself to complete the (38 mile) Minneapolis Bike Tour. The next year it...
10-16-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By MinnMan

Every individual is different, but I think that...

Every individual is different, but I think that that age drop off is about right. I've got a friend who was one of the fastest in my group up until a few years ago, when he was maybe 63. Now he's...
10-16-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,185
Posted By MinnMan

Oh wow - what a terrible incident and (maybe) a...

Oh wow - what a terrible incident and (maybe) a bit of luck.

I lost a friend to a broken neck early last month - He went off the road and into a ditch on a ride and landed just wrong. C6 blocked...
10-15-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 168
Posted By MinnMan

Froome says he's still the boss

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chris-froome-bernal-says-he-will-support-me-at-2020-tour-de-france/

But he said this before the 2020 TdF route was announced today. He and (Ineos) may reconsider....
10-14-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 152
Posted By MinnMan

Eddie Merckx-serious crash and head injury

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/eddy-merckx-in-hospital-with-serious-head-injury-after-crash/
10-11-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 528
Posted By MinnMan

What is up what that? It's not just on corners,...

What is up what that? It's not just on corners, I don't think. In Zwift I decide to tuck in behind somebody, and my avatar instead drifts off to the side and I lose the draft. You can't steer, you...
10-10-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 528
Posted By MinnMan

Totally off topic, but >50 years ago, my first...

Totally off topic, but >50 years ago, my first real bicycle rides beyond going up and down my street on the sidewalk were on that loop in Prospect Park when I was maybe 6 years old. I had a blue...
10-07-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,195
Posted By MinnMan

Yeah, something like this. For other reasons, I...

Yeah, something like this. For other reasons, I have large plastic pans that were designed to be liners for large dog crates....
10-07-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By MinnMan

That's good advice for all of us. Many of us...

That's good advice for all of us. Many of us realize the difference when we are on the trainer and sit in the same position for a long time.

But I don't suspect that recreational and amateurs are...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,200
Posted By MinnMan

This does not address the wisdom of having a dork...

This does not address the wisdom of having a dork disc, but just sayin - none of the many regulars on my group rides has one, and if some new person shows up with one, I silently assume that this is...
10-03-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 179
Posted By MinnMan

Anybody use Endura MT500 shoe covers with road shoes?

For modestly cool/cold and/or wet conditions, I use shoe covers. When it gets really cold I switch to real winter cycling boots. But the shoe covers I've used in the past, from Louis Garneau or ...
10-03-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

I don't want to turn this thread into my personal...

I don't want to turn this thread into my personal training log, with the very helpful Hermes as my (very underpaid) coach. So I'll just add one report and let the thread die unless others want to...
10-02-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By MinnMan

I don't think this is right. Though I don't have...

I don't think this is right. Though I don't have problems with these muscles cramping, I definitely feel strain in them during cycling. For me, I feel them when I am trying to turn big gears hard. ...
10-02-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 458
Posted By MinnMan

All of the above, but mostly it's riding fitness....

All of the above, but mostly it's riding fitness. Early in the riding season, I might get cramps after a ride of X miles, but later in the season, that same ride (and hydration and all other...
10-02-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Thanks again. I'll try for two or three (if I...

Thanks again. I'll try for two or three (if I can) sets of 5 1'/1' reps at 130%, aiming for steady power but a little better on the last rep of each set, if I can. the big question for me is that I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,209
Posted By MinnMan

Something funny in the cutting and pasting....

Something funny in the cutting and pasting. UKCatsBiker wrote this, not me.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,209
Posted By MinnMan

[QUOTE=mcours2006;21143172]The question has been...

[QUOTE=mcours2006;21143172]The question has been pretty much answered by all the responses from all different angles/QUOTE]

It has. Plus, the OP hasn't continued to participate in the thread. To...
09-29-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Hermes. Im still thinking about this. I agree...

Hermes. Im still thinking about this. I agree that 1 minute power improvement is a useful goal for me. So how exactly would I follow the suggestion above? If I start out truly "all out", that's...
09-28-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

Yeah, I see your general point. Still, I'm...

Yeah, I see your general point. Still, I'm hoping for some up and coming US stars, and Simmons seems very promising. BTW, in addition to the RR win and the epic Leadville ride, he also came in 4th...
09-27-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Interesting. This is an outdoor ride? If so,...

Interesting. This is an outdoor ride? If so, you are lucky to have a convenient place to ride so steadily, with no stop signs or traffic lights, it seems. And the terrain is flat? Or is this a...
09-27-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

That strikes me as an excellent excuse.

That strikes me as an excellent excuse.
09-27-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

It's not my theory, it's Doge's, but yes it's an...

It's not my theory, it's Doge's, but yes it's an interesting pairing.
09-27-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Again, thanks for the input. I didn't get a...

Again, thanks for the input. I didn't get a direct answer to my question, but I'm going to take it as an implicit "yes" - one weekly disciplined HIIT session (albeit with suggested modifications)...
09-27-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Thanks for the feedback. I would consider...

Thanks for the feedback. I would consider changing the HIIT regimen. But my goals are that I'm the opposite of Hermes. I'm good at sustained hard efforts, but terrible in short bursts and sprints and...
09-27-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By MinnMan

Mixing in a HIIT interval session into my less-structured outdoor riding life

When weather permits it, and even when the weather is more than a little hostile, I'm an outdoor rider. I do not follow a disciplined training plan, but my week is a mixture of easy and hard rides,...
09-27-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

All you needed to know that this prediction was...

All you needed to know that this prediction was wrong was to click on the 3rd link of my OP.



I don't see why but even if that's true, Quinn's performance at Leadville was probably more...
09-26-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

Maybe so. As I recall, you were pretty positive...

Maybe so. As I recall, you were pretty positive about McNulty when he was 20.

More to the point, maybe we are about to see a significant uptick in American contributions at the upper echelons...
09-26-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By MinnMan

Never mind McNulty, maybe Simmons is the future of US road cycling?

https://www.velonews.com/2019/09/road/american-simmons-wins-junior-road-race-title-in-commanding-fashion_501055...
09-26-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,194
Posted By MinnMan

Yup, I had this problem all the time when I used...

Yup, I had this problem all the time when I used the Garmin. Just like the OP, it happened a few minutes into the ride and then went away. Like others have said, it was worse when the jersey moved...
09-26-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 729
Posted By MinnMan

WAHOO TICKR has been flawless through 2+ years of...

WAHOO TICKR has been flawless through 2+ years of heavy use. Two previous GARMIN HRMs worked fine for a while, then gave wonky and inexplicable results, then went back to working fine, repeat, etc. ...
09-23-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,630
Posted By MinnMan

I'm not inexperienced at altitude, though I don't...

I'm not inexperienced at altitude, though I don't live it day to day here in Minnesota. I was in Ecuador last January. Even sleeping the first few nights in Quito (9400'), I noticed it. And then...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,193
Posted By MinnMan

I love my HED Ardennes, though I also love my...

I love my HED Ardennes, though I also love my Chinese carbon wheels (except in the rain, but that's another thread). As to the OP's question, whether or not an upgrade from stock wheels is worth...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,595
Posted By MinnMan

I had my first and only serious bonk on a ride in...

I had my first and only serious bonk on a ride in Spain this past August. For me, it was a combination of factors, and I don't think there is particular culprit to the OP's bonk or mine. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,457
Posted By MinnMan

Some years ago when I was staying in S.B., I went...

Some years ago when I was staying in S.B., I went half way up Gibraltar just to reconnoiter and turned around b/c I didn't really have the time that day. The next day I returned, but did the climb...
09-23-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,630
Posted By MinnMan

I wish you luck. Haleakala is an intimidating...

I wish you luck. Haleakala is an intimidating climb, even if you are very fit. I have the opportunity to go to Oahu for business next August, and I'm thinking about trying to get to Maui to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,236
Posted By MinnMan

Park Tool - another Minnesota brand (together...

Park Tool - another Minnesota brand (together with QBP, HED, etc.).
09-21-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,482
Posted By MinnMan

5. I'm surprised at how little power I've been...

5. I'm surprised at how little power I've been putting out on downhills.
09-20-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,482
Posted By MinnMan

So I just joined the club. Favero Assioma Duo...

So I just joined the club. Favero Assioma Duo pedals arrived yesterday. So far, I have one ride on the trainer and one outdoors. Some observations that others may or may not care about:

1. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By MinnMan

Interesting points. Regarding the Canyon, I...

Interesting points. Regarding the Canyon, I admit I haven't really done my due diligence. If the difference is chiefly in the wheels or even the group set, then I agree that the price difference...
09-09-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,569
Posted By MinnMan

Mikel Bizkarra rides the last 18 km w/o his...

Mikel Bizkarra rides the last 18 km w/o his saddle, Stage 16...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By MinnMan

Yes, it's the middle path between doing nothing...

Yes, it's the middle path between doing nothing and doing something that is sort of extreme financially. Of course, I also wouldn't have to buy such an expensive bike, but the truth is that the Felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By MinnMan

I suppose that another solution is to swap the...

I suppose that another solution is to swap the Light Bicycle wheels for something like the HED Jet 6 pluses. They're heavier, but they otherwise seem to be great wheels. I like the LB hoops plenty,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By MinnMan

I do pay attention. Forecast had 10% chance of...

I do pay attention. Forecast had 10% chance of rain. If I only rode my other bike under those circumstances, I'd hardly ever ride the Felt.

Forecasts are more dependable in some locales than...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By MinnMan

n+1 siren....set off by my wheels (carbon rims/poor wet braking)

So I like what I have. In fact, I love it. My oldish Felt F3 is still a dream bike, and I made it even better earlier in the year by upgrading to deep section (Light Bicycle) wheels and an Easton...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,764
Posted By MinnMan

Well, YMMV, but recently I was convinced that I...

Well, YMMV, but recently I was convinced that I had BB creaking and it turned out to be in the stem. Yeah, under heavy load you may be leaning on the bars more, and the front end becomes suspect.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,002
Posted By MinnMan

Uh, right. If I cared, I'd go back and edit my...

Uh, right. If I cared, I'd go back and edit my post to end with the standard YMMV caveat. But I don't.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,002
Posted By MinnMan

I am kind of the opposite. The light carbon bike...

I am kind of the opposite. The light carbon bike wants to be ridden fast. If I go out on it for a recovery ride, my speed and effort will creep up. So I take the heavy bike when my goal is to go...
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