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04-09-10, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,462
Posted By lpress

Ed Lynch

I stumbled upon this thread, and it sure stirs up memories. I too bought a Follis from Lynch's Westwood Cyclery in 1959 or 60. I recall seeing Ed Lynch peel rubber on a bike in high gear.

A few...
08-12-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

It was a quote from Jonathan Vaughters, the...

It was a quote from Jonathan Vaughters, the manager of the Garmin/Chipotle racing team. (You can follow the link in my post to the article).
08-10-08, 07:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

I had also noticed that bike on their Web site. ...

I had also noticed that bike on their Web site. They also give a discount to members -- perhaps not on sale items.

From reading this thread, the idea of going to my LBS and asking for something...
08-10-08, 07:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

For sure, but I am not a high-placing competitor...

For sure, but I am not a high-placing competitor -- a few seconds over, say, 10k is of little interest to me. A few minutes over 10k or a few miles per hour on a long ride would be a different story...
08-10-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

I've seen ads for Trek and other brands on Tour...

I've seen ads for Trek and other brands on Tour de France commercials. What do you think of the lesser known brands -- like those carried by REI and Performance Bike?
08-10-08, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

I've been riding an old steel frame Raleigh...

I've been riding an old steel frame Raleigh Competiton with Campy components for about 40 years.

To calibrate me -- yesterday I did a 13 mile ride with a 3500 foot climb (abuot 5%) and was pooped...
08-10-08, 10:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,637
Posted By lpress

Does spending over $1,500 make a noticeable difference?

I want to get a bike for training, one or two time trials a year (in triathlons), and working up to century rides.

A recent New York Times article...
07-05-07, 06:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 263
Posted By lpress

A blog on physical excellence, fitness and training for older people

Folks,

I've started a blog called Athletic Senior (http://athleticsenior.blogspot.com/index.html) for us older people who are serious about fitness and training and pursuing physical excellence. ...
06-24-07, 07:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

It seems there is a subsequent edition -- you can...

It seems there is a subsequent edition -- you can get it at Amazon...
06-24-07, 07:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

I did not weigh them, but the shoes seem very...

I did not weigh them, but the shoes seem very close in weight. (The one I hold in my left hand feels heavier, no matter which it is :-). The Shimano bike shoes are rigid -- the running shoes are...
06-23-07, 11:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

My test was done using plain old running shoes...

My test was done using plain old running shoes with toe clips. I adjust the straps so they are easy to get in and out of, but do not pull out when riding hard.

Larry
06-21-07, 10:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

Until you get off your bike :)

Until you get off your bike :)
06-20-07, 10:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

My test was on a couple of different short runs...

My test was on a couple of different short runs -- maybe the results would be different on a long ride like this.

Larry
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 06:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By lpress

I did my best to use the upstroke, but you are...

I did my best to use the upstroke, but you are right in that I was fairly new to clipless pedals. Do you think the difference is more than 2 percent?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-07, 01:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By lpress

Yes -- round trip from Overland Avenue to the...

Yes -- round trip from Overland Avenue to the beach. There is a link to the route map in the writeup I linked to.

Larry
06-19-07, 10:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

That is true -- my intuition says clipless pedals...

That is true -- my intuition says clipless pedals help more than the stiff shoes, but the shoes may have contributed part of the gain.
06-19-07, 05:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

Well, in my test they helped by 1.85-1.9 percent....

Well, in my test they helped by 1.85-1.9 percent. Does anyone else have any data?

Larry
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 05:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By lpress

No doubt they help, but, it is not a great deal...

No doubt they help, but, it is not a great deal (in my test). For example, they would not save me the time it takes to change shoes in a sprint triathlon.

Larry
06-19-07, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,346
Posted By lpress

Does creatine help?

Do any of you take a creatine supplement? I did a little searching (http://athleticsenior.blogspot.com/2007/06/does-creatine-work.html) on the effect of creatine, and it seems to help a bit. What...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-07, 04:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By lpress

Toe clips add about two percent -- an experiment

I just did an experiment (http://athleticsenior.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-much-do-clipless-pedals-help.html) comparing clipless pedals to toe clips. I found about 1.9 percent improvement on a climb...
06-19-07, 04:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,851
Posted By lpress

Clipless pedals add about two percent

I just did an experiment (http://athleticsenior.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-much-do-clipless-pedals-help.html) comparing clipless pedals to toe clips. I found about 1.9 percent improvement on a climb...
05-04-07, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By lpress

New bike -- what matters?

I am looking for a new bike, and a LBS suggested the Trek Eqinox 5 or Cannondale CAAD9 Optimo 3 -- around $1,500. Are there other brands or models I should look at?

The CAAD9 comes in three...
04-30-07, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By lpress

I wonder why? There must be many fitness nuts...

I wonder why? There must be many fitness nuts over fifty who hang out on the Net.
04-30-07, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By lpress

What are the practical impacts of factors like...

What are the practical impacts of factors like tire rolling resistance and weight? For example, how many seconds might a low rr/weight tire knock off one's 10k time trial?
02-26-07, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By lpress

Other 50+ forums and Web sites?

Folks,

This is a terrific forum for cyclists over 50. Do you know of other forums and Web sites with information and community on other sports and fitness activities? What are your favorites?
...
01-07-07, 08:04 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

The perspectives don't seem all that different --...

The perspectives don't seem all that different -- the folks writing on the wiki speak of working out harder and longer than ever, but with some changes from when they were young. Have your workouts...
01-06-07, 04:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

Last week I set up a wiki...

Last week I set up a wiki (http://activeafterfifty.schtuff.com/weight_lifting) to comment on the the questions: How does your weight training or conditioning routine today compare with your workout...
Forum: Triathlon
01-01-07, 02:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,130
Posted By lpress

> The biggest awakening for me was drills on body...

> The biggest awakening for me was drills on body position ...

Can you describe the drill a bit more so we can try it?

Larry
01-01-07, 02:05 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

Your power lifting win is impressive -- let us...

Your power lifting win is impressive -- let us know how your comeback goes!

Larry
12-30-06, 11:39 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

This thread has taken off a bit -- it seems there...

This thread has taken off a bit -- it seems there are quite a few gym rats among us. I thought it would be interesting to gather our collective wisdom on the question of how our workouts and...
10-31-06, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By lpress

I'd like to try some time trial racing -- what...

I'd like to try some time trial racing -- what are good places to find annoucements of races with 50++ age groups? (I am in Southern California).
Larry
10-28-06, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 533
Posted By lpress

I gave a talk at the ITU last summer and stayed...

I gave a talk at the ITU last summer and stayed in Ferney-Voltaire. Stayed near Evian the previous trip. You can ride around Lake Leman -- it seems like a great place to ride and live.

Larry
10-22-06, 07:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 886
Posted By lpress

Have you got an mp3 player for listening to...

Have you got an mp3 player for listening to podcasts? I'm hooked on podcasts during any sort of workout.

Larry
10-21-06, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By lpress

He put me on both Plavix and asprin, which,...

He put me on both Plavix and asprin, which, according to one oft-referenced study I found is not as good as Plavix only -- the asprin increases risk without increasing protection. (His not knowing...
10-21-06, 01:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By lpress

Riding while under the influence (of Plavix)

Bernmart's post on his crash and surgery inspired this one.

A couple weeks ago, I had a transient ischemic attack -- a mini stroke that lasted about one minute. My left arm and leg got numb and...
10-18-06, 11:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

What exercises you do for the back half of your...

What exercises you do for the back half of your body?

Larry
10-16-06, 09:26 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By lpress

I've been lifting since I was in college, and...

I've been lifting since I was in college, and still go to the gym for a two hour workout three days a week. I cut it to two days a week when I began swimming in preparation for a short triathlon,...
Forum: Triathlon
10-11-06, 08:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 754
Posted By lpress

No, Carpinteria. Lar

No, Carpinteria.

Lar
Forum: Triathlon
10-11-06, 01:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,130
Posted By lpress

I am also a beginning swimmer -- maybe two months...

I am also a beginning swimmer -- maybe two months now -- and have seen significant improvement by learning a bit of technique. I searched the Web, and learned simple things like keeping one hand...
Forum: Triathlon
10-11-06, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 754
Posted By lpress

Summary of your triathlon tips

Folks,

In an earlier post, I asked you for tips before my first triathlon. I got some helpful feedback, which I will summarize here for the benefit of future triathlon newbies. I asked four...
10-11-06, 01:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By lpress

Summary of your triathlon tips

Folks,

In an earlier post, I asked you for tips before my first triathlon. I got some helpful feedback, which I will summarize here for the benefit of future triathlon newbies. I asked four...
09-19-06, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By lpress

The Hutchinson Top Speed Road Tire is only $20. ...

The Hutchinson Top Speed Road Tire is only $20. Is it a crummy tire? Are all the kevlar-belted tires similar or are some clearly stronger than others?


That is just what I am planning to do --...
Forum: Triathlon
09-19-06, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 860
Posted By lpress

I've never tried swimming with a wetsuit before...

I've never tried swimming with a wetsuit before so want to practice starting Thursday. Do you think I have time to recover from a hard swim on Thursday if the race is on Sunday?

Also -- swimming...
Forum: Triathlon
09-19-06, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 860
Posted By lpress

Not much, and none with a wetsuit. I've been...

Not much, and none with a wetsuit. I've been swimming laps for a month or so, and can now easily swim the distance in a pool. I am hoping the bouyancy of the wetsuit will offset the current and...
Forum: Triathlon
09-19-06, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 860
Posted By lpress

Advice for my first triathlon

I am going to do my first triathlon in 6 days. It is just a "sprint" -- 500m ocean swim, 15k bike and 5k run. I am 66 (but immature).

1. I have an old road bike with pretty old 700x25 tires. A...
09-19-06, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By lpress

Advice for my first triathlon

I am going to do my first triathlon in 6 days. It is just a "sprint" -- 500m ocean swim, 15k bike and 5k run. I am 66 (but immature).

1. I have an old road bike with pretty old 700x25 tires. A...
Forum: Triathlon
09-07-06, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By lpress

I tried a couple on, but the fit is really...

I tried a couple on, but the fit is really difficult -- I bike a lot and could not get my legs into a suit that was right for my height. (It seems that all you tri folks are long and skinny :-). ...
Forum: Triathlon
08-24-06, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By lpress

Wet suit characteristics and recommendations

I hope to do my first triathlon in a month. I am not a strong swimmer, and the swim will be in the Southern California ocean. I also tend to be cold when others are comfortable. Should I get a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-06, 11:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By lpress

How do you think you sound when you say such...

How do you think you sound when you say such things?

Larry
08-18-06, 10:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,094
Posted By lpress

My experience leads me to agree wholeheartedly --...

My experience leads me to agree wholeheartedly -- are there studies that demonstrate this?
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