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Old 04-07-22, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
thats impressive, I blow up after several minutes at 500 watts
The only thing blowing up around here is my jean shorts around my bulging calves.
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Old 04-08-22, 08:07 AM
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I think people produce bicycle pedalling power much like an electric motor. At a low rpm/cadence we can produce many times our average torque for a short time without any I'll effects. Which is why on a single speed bike, and multi speed bikes left in normal cruising gear, many folks have no problem accelerating from a stop or climbing some hills. With a little extra effort you might be surprised at what you can climb in a higher gear with multi speed bikes.

That said, For sustained moderate or steeper climbs a lower gear option is highly recommended to reduce stress on our knees and prevent burning out our leg muscles. Also, some people like myself prefer the option of a selectable cadence for a given speed. In my case it may not be necessary though because of the mostly flat terrain here. Most hills can be climbed in a normal cruising gear of 62 or 70 gear inches with some extra effort. Often I don't even bother to downshift.

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Old 04-08-22, 01:10 PM
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Compare to what?

Walking up a hill compared to sitting watching the TV?

Walking sounds great.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
The only thing blowing up around here is my jean shorts around my bulging calves.
If your calves are blowing up your shorts, you should probably pull them up.
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
If your calves are blowing up your shorts, you should probably pull them up.
Pull up the calves or the shorts?
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
Pull up the calves or the shorts?
I'll draw you a picture.
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Nothin' wrong with walking occasionally. Actually I take it that I'm geared right.
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Can't we do both?

Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
Compare to what?

Walking up a hill compared to sitting watching the TV?

Walking sounds great.
Late last night I went for a nice bike ride in the rain and then watched this:


- I had already caught Zach's new video but Terry B, yeah that guy has some editing skills. plus it's fun when he rides or films where I ride.

Had to change the subject

there aren't a lot of high hills around here...
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Old 04-08-22, 04:39 PM
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That bridge riding looks very claustrophobic to me.
Those harsh surfaces on all sides would take the peaceful element out of my ride.
But good on those that can adapt and enjoy it.
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Old 04-08-22, 05:23 PM
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That's fair.

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That bridge riding looks very claustrophobic to me.
Those harsh surfaces on all sides would take the peaceful element out of my ride.
But good on those that can adapt and enjoy it.
Im not a fan of the caged in narrow passages either. But I do ride all 3 bridges. Most of the city is pretty flat unless you live in the Bronx, so if you want to find climbing/descending you better pick your route.

Plus - I lived in Brooklyn a long time ago so it's nice to revisit places I've been and enjoyed riding. Helps motivate me to ride further.

over the winter the roads got icy in places and I realized late one night during a fast decent on the Willamsburg bridge that the risk was pretty jackass(especially with the vintage integrated time trial bars I'd been using).

but the views are nice.

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Over the years I've dialed in my gearing to be around 70 GIs. Around here it's flat enough where that works out. But if I go down towards the river, the hills are beyond reasonable for me to do without injury of some sort. In the past, determination had me tackling those hills ("successfully") but my feet fell victim and I wrote it off to never again. So, no qualms walking my bike up any crazy slope that would inflict unnecessary pain.
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