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Old 06-17-07, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclist99
Did you have to change derailleur?
No, but it was close (sic). The 50/32 combo pushes the deraileur to just about as far as it should go and you can hear the cross chain noise quite plainly. However there is no real reason to be in a 50/32 gear so its moot. Note that this is for my bike, with my particular combination of components, YMMV!
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Old 06-17-07, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Anthony8858
... I managed to ROLL down that hill up to a speed of 50mph! It was the most exhilarating feeling I've had in 15 years!
I would also recommend that you take your time going down hill too. It doesn't take much of a bump in the road to throw you off at that speed.
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Old 06-17-07, 10:27 PM
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I'd be curious what the grades are on these hills near your house. If you are just starting out, short steep stuff can be a pain. A great way to improve your climbing would be to find something that is fairly long but with an easy slope, say 3-4% grade. Those are gentle enough that you can make it what you want, depending on how you feel. If we're talking 10% or above, that stuff can be hard to ride and maintain a good cadence on if you are new to it.


Do you have any climbs that are 1/2 mile long or more with a fairly gentle grade?
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Old 06-18-07, 07:58 PM
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Much better ride tonight!

Hopped on the bike tonight, and headed straight for the hills! I dropped to a lower gear, and kept going. My HR was sustained thoughout, and my breathing was easy.
Ended up doing a 40 minute ride. (Huge strides for me) Felt the burn, and poured on the sweat.
This FAT BOY was spinnin'!

Seriously.....

I noticed a change in my HR......My heart was sustained at a lower rate for the same ride and intensity as I've been doing prior.
Is this an indication that my body is responding to the nightly rides?
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Old 06-18-07, 08:12 PM
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Ride with a stationary trainer during the week; you can control the variables more easily.
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Old 06-18-07, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo
Ride with a stationary trainer during the week; you can control the variables more easily.
The variable are what makes it fun
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