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Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 02:48 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

You make some very good points. To tell you the...

You make some very good points. To tell you the truth, for a good nine months, I was making very minimal progress. It wasn't until I bought my Klein with a standard double, that I started to improve,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 12:00 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Not yet.

Not yet.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 11:59 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

You may very well be correct here. Athletics has...

You may very well be correct here. Athletics has never been my thing. I don't know a lot about it- only what I have personally experienced. Someone just saying "High cadence is better" doesn't do...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

This I agree with 100%! I realized the...

This I agree with 100%!

I realized the mental aspects of cycling early-on. Even as far as dealing with headwinds (Just accept the fact that I can't go so fast, and keep it slow and steady, not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

I'm not seeing this. A year ago, it was true. I'd...

I'm not seeing this. A year ago, it was true. I'd get to the top of a hill, and my cardio would be maxxed-out- I'd have to stop and rest. Now I get to the top of a hill, and I might be breathing just...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 10:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

I don't tell everyone how great I am. But if...

I don't tell everyone how great I am. But if people try and knock me down, undeservedly, I do feel it appropriate to remind them that unlike so many these days.....my life works! I am truly happy....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,762
Posted By MetalPedaler

Women are like bikes: One is all ya need, if ya...

Women are like bikes: One is all ya need, if ya have the right one.

Unlike bikes: The right one doesn't seem to exist, except in the mind.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 09:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Why do you say that, as opposed to my muscles not...

Why do you say that, as opposed to my muscles not being strong enough?

Granted, I never was much of an athlete- and at 51, just recovering from a decade of being out-of-shape and overweight, my...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 09:17 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

I was goiong to go for a ride. Now I'm tired! :D ...

I was goiong to go for a ride. Now I'm tired! :D

Maybe my estimation of my own cadence is off- by my counting, the guy on the left at around ;02;00 was doing about 60RPM.

Sheesh...now I know...
05-26-13, 09:10 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,274
Posted By MetalPedaler

Re: Truck analogies: Some trucks do get near...

Re: Truck analogies:

Some trucks do get near the same mileage whether empty or fully-loaded. My old diesel car-carrier would get 12MPG whether it was empty or carrying a full-sized van and towing...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 08:57 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Revisiting: This is worth pondering....

Revisiting:



This is worth pondering. It makes sense. I'm going to keep this in mind as I ride, and try to implement it, and see how it works. Now that I am more fit than last year at this...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 08:42 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

If I had a cadence feature on my bike computer,...

If I had a cadence feature on my bike computer, who knows, I might see that I am in fact riding at a higher cadence more often than I realize. I'm not going to worry about numbers though; I'm just...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 08:36 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

There actually are a good percentage of riders...

There actually are a good percentage of riders who prefer a lower cadence- even right here on this forum. I believe there is a thread...possibly in the 50+ sub-forum, about cadence, in which c. 20%...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 08:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Oh, dear goodness- I'm a Prius? NOOoooo!!!!!!! :D...

Oh, dear goodness- I'm a Prius? NOOoooo!!!!!!! :D

Seriously though- great analogy- and I appreciate you taking the time to make it.

And I do agree. Here's the one limitation though: I just...
05-25-13, 10:44 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

Ah, but that's what I mean about the variables:...

Ah, but that's what I mean about the variables: Comparing my 11 mile first ride and my 20 mile ride which took the same amount of time, we are looking at almost a 100% difference in the distance...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 10:25 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Nope, guys! I tried that when doing Tabata....

Nope, guys!

I tried that when doing Tabata. At first I was doing low-cadence heavy resistance on the spin bike. When I maxxed-out at that, I went to high-cadence, little resistance. It worked for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 08:40 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

No- seriously- my cardio has improved so much...

No- seriously- my cardio has improved so much [between riding these hills and doing Tabata] that my muscles are maxxed when I'm just huffing a little now. (A year ago, when I first started riding,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 08:23 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

I always do try and experiment a little when I...

I always do try and experiment a little when I ride. I will likely give the high cadence a try again in the future- but I think I'm just a low cadence kind of guy. I feel like I'm working very hard...
05-25-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

Exactly! I mean, when we start making these...

Exactly!

I mean, when we start making these comparisons, the variables can be: weight; fitness; performance level; etc. The answer is different depending on whether we're talking about two people...
05-25-13, 07:30 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

Problem there, Bubba; the participants are not...

Problem there, Bubba; the participants are not necessarily p[utting out the same amounts of power; nor achieving the same performance.

Naturally, it's going to take less energy for 125lb person to...
Forum: Foo
05-25-13, 06:30 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,807
Posted By MetalPedaler

Amen! Remember Petey The Pitbull from The Little...

Amen! Remember Petey The Pitbull from The Little Rascals?
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05-25-13, 06:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

Why do your answers always make so much darn...

Why do your answers always make so much darn sense?! :D

Yesterday, I did my fastest/best ride ever. You are 100% correct...I definitely burned more calories than when I was 40 lbs. heavier and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 06:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,762
Posted By MetalPedaler

Can I change my answer to this: That's...

Can I change my answer to this:



That's even better than bicycle-riding!
05-25-13, 05:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,274
Posted By MetalPedaler

Why do I have a feeling that you meant:

Why do I have a feeling that you meant:
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 05:33 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

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319200
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 02:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,762
Posted By MetalPedaler

Beating my personal speed record and having my...

Beating my personal speed record and having my best ride ever...despite a good wind! Happened yesterday!

And dogs. I love dogs!
05-25-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,274
Posted By MetalPedaler

Same model computer on both bikes, set to the...

Same model computer on both bikes, set to the appropriate tire size for their specific bike. But that's my point: With such small differences between the bikes, who cares? If the difference is only...
05-25-13, 11:53 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,274
Posted By MetalPedaler

What "test"? It was just a real world observation...

What "test"? It was just a real world observation between two bikes that I own and ride. What would it matter if you isolated the bikes in a laboratory, and set-up some parameters and "proved" that...
Forum: Touring
05-25-13, 11:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,343
Posted By MetalPedaler

Will definitely look into hiking shorts, too! ...

Will definitely look into hiking shorts, too!

And thanks for the added info on the J&Gs, BobG. I'm about a 35 waist, and I was going to order the Large...but I guess I'd need the XL?
Forum: Foo
05-25-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,807
Posted By MetalPedaler

Thanks for posting that! It's great to see a poor...

Thanks for posting that! It's great to see a poor unwanted bow-wow finding a good home, where they will be loved and appreciated.

Congrats on the new fambly member! Enjoy every wonderful moment...
Forum: Foo
05-25-13, 11:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,807
Posted By MetalPedaler

Just the opposite is true. One of the reasons...

Just the opposite is true. One of the reasons pits were used for fighting, was because they have such an even temperament that their owners could step in and handle them even in the heat of a fight,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 10:43 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Wow! That's impressive! I agree with what I...

Wow! That's impressive!

I agree with what I highlighted in your post, in the sense that a new rider should try everything! There is no universal way to ride that works for everyone. We're all...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-13, 10:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Can one be both Barney and Fred at the same time?...

Can one be both Barney and Fred at the same time?

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05-25-13, 10:18 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,274
Posted By MetalPedaler

I set a new personal speed record yesterday. I...

I set a new personal speed record yesterday. I just happened to be riding the cheap-O Mercier! Best. Ride. EVER!
05-25-13, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,197
Posted By MetalPedaler

By-the-way, Frank- you don't have to be going...

By-the-way, Frank- you don't have to be going anywhere near 10MPH to have enough momentum to balance. There are hills where I ride, which I used to only be able to take at 4MPH! (Now I can do a...
05-25-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,197
Posted By MetalPedaler

Sorry to hear that you are having such trouble....

Sorry to hear that you are having such trouble. Sometimes, it's easier to learn as a child; when we're adults, we tend to think about things too much, and it sabotages us. Unless you have a medical...
Forum: Touring
05-24-13, 10:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,343
Posted By MetalPedaler

Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I may...

Thanks for all the replies, everyone!

I may just give those J&G touring shorts a try- nylon ain't natural....but it seems to be the least of several evils, at least for the time being.....

If...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Just remember, a few years ago, EVERYONE weas...

Just remember, a few years ago, EVERYONE weas saying that the skinniest tires were the fastest- and they were commonly selling 18mm tires for road bikes.

The majority/what is oft repeated, is...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Not that I know everything....but those who know...

Not that I know everything....but those who know me in real life, know that I am one who querstions and thinks outside the box. Most pursuits I take up, I start at an advanced level (Cycling was the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 03:27 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

Hey, C'mon guys! I'm not advocating pushing a...

Hey, C'mon guys! I'm not advocating pushing a hard gear where you have to stand up and use your weight....but rather, simply a gear that will allow you to turn 60 or 70 RPM at a modest effort- which,...
Forum: Touring
05-24-13, 11:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,343
Posted By MetalPedaler

LOL!!!!! Uh....no. I like the...

LOL!!!!!

Uh....no.



I like the look of lycra. I just can't stand the feel of it.

Hard to even find street shorts now-a-days that meet my criteria.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-13, 11:03 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,034
Posted By MetalPedaler

OP, at least part of the answer is right in your...

OP, at least part of the answer is right in your own post:



Do likewise! The common myth in the cycling culture at-large seems to be to "spin" (pedal at a high cadence). For some people,...
Forum: Touring
05-24-13, 10:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,343
Posted By MetalPedaler

What Kind Of Shorts Do You Tourers Wear?

Hey Fellers!

Recreational road-biker here......

I HATE spandex and not crazy about polyester either. (I like the look of spandex..just can't stand the feel of it!)

I'm wondering what kind of...
05-24-13, 08:15 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

Very interesting stuff! I tend to bnelieve what...

Very interesting stuff! I tend to bnelieve what you say, Sreten (Otherwise, if I were right about burning fewer calories as you get more fit/your body becomes accustomed to an exercise, many pro...
05-23-13, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By MetalPedaler

Holy crud! Forget this guy! ...

Holy crud! Forget this guy!
http://toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs?User=carbonbike80+&Dirn=Received+by&Many=ON&ref=home

He's going to be banned from Ebay soon.
05-23-13, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By MetalPedaler

I don't know specifically about the ones you're...

I don't know specifically about the ones you're looking at....but there are lots of fakes on Ebay; even complete bikes! Plus, from Hong Kong, if they were not-as-described, to be refunded, you'd have...
05-23-13, 09:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,842
Posted By MetalPedaler

When I first started riding again as an adult, a...

When I first started riding again as an adult, a littler over a year ago, I'd get pretty nervous when a car was behind me...and I'm known as a pretty ballsy guy. I'd schedule my rides for times when...
05-23-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,005
Posted By MetalPedaler

That has been a subject which has intrigued me...

That has been a subject which has intrigued me since I became interested in cycling again as an adult.

If you haven't seen this thread:...
05-23-13, 08:25 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,688
Posted By MetalPedaler

This makes sense. The only thing to add to the...

This makes sense. The only thing to add to the equation, is that the unfit person will usually weigh more/have higher percentage of fat to their muscle mass, which will cause them to burn more...
05-21-13, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,005
Posted By MetalPedaler

I know what you mean. When I was younger, I once...

I know what you mean. When I was younger, I once rehabilitated a low-quality bike that I found in the garbage! Other than my work though, I only had to put about $25 into it....and I got a lot of...
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