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08-16-22, 08:48 PM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Carbonfiberboy

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08-16-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 108
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

One bottle of water and trail mix is fine, no...

One bottle of water and trail mix is fine, no electrolytes needed. My guess is that one could go through a couple liters of water in 3 hours and not need any electrolytes. Our bodies are finely tuned...
08-16-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Any changes in weight or apparent muscularity?...

Any changes in weight or apparent muscularity? Just to eliminate that . . . If it were me, I'd do some sort of a training reset, say 4 weeks of only riding east to moderate, no hard efforts. Might be...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 748
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Too many people think "core" means abs. I never...

Too many people think "core" means abs. I never heard of a cyclist with sore abs, but back pain is almost universal at some point. Stiff legged deadlifts are also wonderful for back and hams. Look up...
08-06-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,264
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I buy the glucosamine as caps. The MSM I cap...

I buy the glucosamine as caps. The MSM I cap myself.

With a modern bike set-up, on the hoods with horizontal forearms, the back is as flat as it's going to get. With normal elbow bend, the hoods...
08-05-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,264
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have a little time right now and that's rather...

I have a little time right now and that's rather a fun question, so I'll tell you a story . . .

When my wife and I were first together, 50 years ago, she'd been living with a smoker and had...
08-04-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 540
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you really want to keep track of your training...

If you really want to keep track of your training condition and readiness to whatever, use a training website like TrainingPeaks, Golden Cheetah, or similar. Strava not so useful IMO. Also take your...
08-03-22, 11:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 540
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No, my guess is that it's the opposite. Pure...

No, my guess is that it's the opposite. Pure aerobic effort takes place in the region below where your breathing rate increases. My suggestion is try that and then see what it says. If you care . . .
08-03-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 540
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My Garmins are the 800 version so I'm not a great...

My Garmins are the 800 version so I'm not a great source of wisdom on this subject. However, as is traditional on BF, I'll reply anyway. My guess is that the device thinks you're spending too much...
07-26-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 315
Views: 14,303
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

At 77 and still riding RAMROD (on the 28th), I...

At 77 and still riding RAMROD (on the 28th), I don't think I'll ever get an ebike. OTOH, I can see a future where we only ride non-ebikes for sport and for everything else, we ride ebikes rather than...
07-26-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,574
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, perfect. Of course you ride the climbs...

Yeah, perfect. Of course you ride the climbs harder, hard enough to breathe rather heavily. Fine, all you need to do. Keep keeping on and watch the over-performers drop by the wayside with a-fib or...
07-24-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Firstly, reach and drop are not the same thing,...

Firstly, reach and drop are not the same thing, as the OP indicates.
Drop: I like enough drop so that when my forearms are horizontal, my thighs clear my chest by some small amount. IOW as aero as I...
07-22-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,396
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IMO this is not a unique problem. Too many people...

IMO this is not a unique problem. Too many people online think they have to win an argument. The question for those people is "What's the point?" If there are facts involved, just state them. If it's...
07-22-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 753
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, but you'll learn a lot. As it is said, the...

Yeah, but you'll learn a lot. As it is said, the reason so many riders race is so they have to train. Goals are a whole 'nother world.
07-21-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 753
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I find the whole "training for a specific event"...

I find the whole "training for a specific event" thing slightly nerve-wracking, even though I've been doing it for decades. Every year something's different, me, Covid, course, minor injuries,...
07-21-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,091
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When it gets really hot, my least favorite thing...

When it gets really hot, my least favorite thing is climbing on relatively fresh asphalt where I leave a groove behind me and the bubbles pop as I ride along.

On hot rides, I pretty much always...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,142
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Those racing photos . . . You're doing...

Those racing photos . . .

You're doing great. You don't say how long ago you started training your 3 sports. How many years and how many hours/year are a big deal.

You are athletic, BTW. You're...
07-16-22, 04:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,164
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You forgot to add "and don't eat it back." I...

You forgot to add "and don't eat it back." I think that latter is the usual issue rather than insufficient exercise. I recently had the same experience as you. Then I got sick. Then I ate it back....
07-16-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As I got older, my morning resting and...

As I got older, my morning resting and orthostatic HRs became less reliable indicators of training state, so I added morning HRM about 2000 days ago, taken both with a phone app and my Polar watch....
07-15-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 26,356
Views: 2,844,809
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Coming into the Sunrise parking lot at 6400'....

Coming into the Sunrise parking lot at 6400'. Five of us did the 6200', 55 mile ride, first up to Chinook Pass, the "warmup", then down and up to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. The backcountry is finally...
07-08-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In Alaska in the 50s, Spam was subsistence fare....

In Alaska in the 50s, Spam was subsistence fare. I always ate it fried, usually with eggs. I think that's an electric bike. I know people with electric bikes. That's as far as I'll go with that.
07-08-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,001
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Two possible ideas: Tired after 50 = not eating...

Two possible ideas:
Tired after 50 = not eating enough. Eat 200 Cal. of carbs/hour. Back when I ate solid food on the bike, I'd take a bunch of Clif Bars. open 2, put in my jersey pocket, take 1...
07-08-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,001
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you have been riding 100 miles/week for a few...

If you have been riding 100 miles/week for a few weeks before a century, you can ride 100 miles in one day. That's a good rule of thumb. So you're already doing that. You'd like to ride faster. A...
07-07-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 675
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Hills and mountains, 50'-120'/mile. I build my...

Hills and mountains, 50'-120'/mile. I build my own wheels, somewhat aero alu rims, CX-Ray spokes.
07-07-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 695
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's a link (I hope) to the most interesting...

Here's a link (I hope) to the most interesting paper I've read in a long time, which examines at great length exactly what we've been talking about in this thread:...
07-05-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 394
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's called "too high stomach osmolality". IOW...

It's called "too high stomach osmolality". IOW too many calories in too small a volume of liquid. This is aggravated by the fact that the blood supply for the stomach and whole digestive tract...
07-03-22, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 695
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

While you understand that it takes time and...

While you understand that it takes time and training for a different pedaling technique to become more efficient for you, I think it is possible to see possibilities in short tests..
07-03-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 695
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Some riders are just faster OOS, see Pantani for...

Some riders are just faster OOS, see Pantani for example. By "sections that required us to stay seated" do you mean on the flat or on loose gravel climbs?

You say that seated, lactate builds in...
07-02-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Evidently not. Of course many of us have had sore...

Evidently not. Of course many of us have had sore necks. The usual cure for a sore neck on the bike is here: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/722724-riding-position-discovery.html
Use a...
06-28-22, 10:24 PM
Replies: 26,356
Views: 2,844,809
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Shur 'nuf, I youtubed the "how to post" and here...

Shur 'nuf, I youtubed the "how to post" and here it is:
https://youtube.com/shorts/nsCkaAOjl7Y?

I'd never seen us ride before because how would we do that? This spot was a pretty gentle climb,...
06-28-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26,356
Views: 2,844,809
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks! I had a very nice birthday, so happy to...

Thanks! I had a very nice birthday, so happy to still be able to ride. This past week, we were riding our tandem on the Spirit Lake Hwy, which goes up to Mt. St. Helens. A friend took a few seconds...
06-28-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 995
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Several women in my riding group, including my...

Several women in my riding group, including my wife, ride a Selle Italia Diva.
06-15-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I rode flats for about 10 years and many, many...

I rode flats for about 10 years and many, many miles and long days before I got toe clips and straps. I was astounded at how much better foot retention was. Night and day. I suppose I was what one...
06-15-22, 11:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

They're called clipless pedals because they...

They're called clipless pedals because they eliminate clips and straps. That's what they're called as in your first sentence. The clip is not the rat trap. The rat trap system is the special cleat on...
06-14-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 626
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I use a heart rate monitor for all athletic...

I use a heart rate monitor for all athletic activity. I know that a low active HR after a tiring ride means I should stay active but cut the time and intensity back until my HR comes up normally with...
06-14-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 622
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm 77, so I only did 32 TSS the day before my...

I'm 77, so I only did 32 TSS the day before my birthday miles ride. Had a very good ride.
06-13-22, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 719
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, get out and ride in the hottest part of the...

Well, get out and ride in the hottest part of the day for an hour or two whenever you can. Riding in the heat helps more than anything else. Be sure you take electrolytes with your water, I use...
06-13-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 26,356
Views: 2,844,809
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not today, but yesterday I rode my 77 birthday...

Not today, but yesterday I rode my 77 birthday miles, only about 2400'. I rode the first 54.2 with my wife on our tandem, our usual Sunday group ride. Then I got on my single and rode home with a...
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It is said, "ride low and sleep high." The idea...

It is said, "ride low and sleep high." The idea is that riding at altitude is actually counterproductive because you're not putting out as many watts as you would at sea level. OTOH, sleeping high...
06-10-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,292
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There's a new study out which says that nothing...

There's a new study out which says that nothing helps "bad knees" as much as simply walking. I believe it. My secret weapon for staying uninjured has been to go hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 664
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's easier to change out a rim than to replace...

It's easier to change out a rim than to replace spokes. I tape the rims together and move one spoke at a time, old hole, new hole. The lacing takes care of itself, no thinking required. And I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 664
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Since I started building my own wheels over 20...

Since I started building my own wheels over 20 years ago, I've never broken a spoke. I do 2 things: use a Park TM1 tensiometer and double-butted 14-15-14 (2.0-1.8-2.0) spokes. Double-butted spokes...
06-09-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Though my impression is that the OP rides on...

Though my impression is that the OP rides on roads and streets, and maybe now unpaved trails. It's all the same. MTBers use clipless off-road.

I should have addressed the OP's concern a bit more...
06-09-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

79pmooney has it just right. That's how it is,...

79pmooney has it just right. That's how it is, even for wussies like me who rides geared bikes. A very simple thing the OP can do for a proof of concept is simply to bolt toe clips and straps on his...
06-07-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,972
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well . . . we buy from our local organic food...

Well . . . we buy from our local organic food coop, founding members decades ago. Don't have one? It's totally doable, start one. We're weird out here on the left coast. Lotsa grown-up hippies, etc....
06-02-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,972
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Aeropress for a 12 oz. mug. Brew time only 1:45'....

Aeropress for a 12 oz. mug. Brew time only 1:45'. Yummy. Peruvian organic free trade shade grown, like totally politically correct - maybe. I grind em for each cup.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,983
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's the book. I bought the Kindle version on...

Here's the book. I bought the Kindle version on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ICWIUM/
I bought it in 2015 after at least a year of my doctor and a PT messing with my shoulders with...
05-30-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,018
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Post #8 mentions one thing which does increase...

Post #8 mentions one thing which does increase leg strength. Many riders do one or all of the below:
1) Put the bike in a big gear and slow down to about 10 mph. Get up out of the saddle and STOMP...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,618
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We did a pass climb on our tandem, ~110 miles...

We did a pass climb on our tandem, ~110 miles into the ride, where the last 4 miles to the pass took an hour. 26/34 gear IIRC. I was 69, my wife 66, still young. Just keep turning the cranks, nothing...
05-28-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 26,356
Views: 2,844,809
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Uh, yup. Turned out it was raining in the...

Uh, yup. Turned out it was raining in the lowlands but not in the northern mountains, quite unusual. A couple with whom I've often ridden brought their tandem and I my single and rode some Hwy 20 in...
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