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Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,038
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I just ordered what I hope will be my lifetime...

I just ordered what I hope will be my lifetime supply of 39T middle rings. Thanks for the encouragement up-thread. I have Shimano triples on 4 bikes, but I only ride the tandem in the rain anymore,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 947
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If that's supposed to be a list in order of value...

If that's supposed to be a list in order of value to the rider's performance, I put clothing second, maybe a multi-hour saddle third, learning to eat and drink on the bike fourth, fast tires fifth. I...
11-18-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,474
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When you lose your sense of balance and can't...

When you lose your sense of balance and can't keep the bike going in an approximately straight line anymore. That seems to happen to many folks in their mid-90s. I'm 74 and still riding as hard as I...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,413
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Oh boy, oh boy, another tire pressure thread!...

Oh boy, oh boy, another tire pressure thread! :thumb: I weigh 145 in summer, still run 23mm, mostly smooth roads, some chipseal, 80 front, 100 rear, 4000 IIs. I like the aero on 23mm outside deep-ish...
11-15-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,224
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

OTOH, the study above which some of us have been...

OTOH, the study above which some of us have been referencing showed that glycogen storage was about the same in LC athletes who'd been in ketosis for a couple years as it was for HC athletes. Now,...
11-14-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,224
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It is said that RAAM is not a bike race. Rather...

It is said that RAAM is not a bike race. Rather it's an eating contest. One can only ride the calories that one eats on a multi-day race like this. All of the ultras are like that, starting with the...
11-14-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I know folks say 100%, but they don't mean that....

I know folks say 100%, but they don't mean that. 100% only lasts maybe 10 seconds and the next one won't be 100% without maybe 5 minutes recovery, which is a completely different workout. Tabatas on...
11-14-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well that would, but I've tried that and found it...

Well that would, but I've tried that and found it much trickier to do the 1 minute leg-unloading spin and be at the bottom of the hill at the 1 minute mark. Way easier on the flat IME, that's all.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

27" wheels means not hooked rims. Too much...

27" wheels means not hooked rims. Too much pressure will blow the tire right off. 90 is plenty, 80 maybe better.
11-14-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My understanding of what's called HIIT is that...

My understanding of what's called HIIT is that the second letter is the key to it. High intensity is not 2 X 20 or hill repeats or whatever we commonly do out on the road. There are many different...
11-13-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,224
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not an ultrarunner, but on the bike the big...

Not an ultrarunner, but on the bike the big caloric issue is moving the calories across the stomach wall at high intensities, like on a long climb. The best is a mix of maltodextrin and fructose, the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My post 10 covers it, I think. Main thing is...

My post 10 covers it, I think. Main thing is everything on the upper body easy to blow air through except for the wind shell or wind vest. No wool except socks. Synthetics only. Wool dries too...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The need for insulation and care of the...

The need for insulation and care of the extremities varies a great deal, from being able to ride bare handed in the snow, to Raynaud syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynaud_syndrome). I ride...
Replies: 11
Views: 342
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

REI sells small bottles with a squirt cap....

REI sells small bottles with a squirt cap. https://www.rei.com/search?q=small+storage+bottles
11-13-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,224
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Ketogenic fat adaptation is obviously a real...

Ketogenic fat adaptation is obviously a real thing if you stick to it long enough. However, from your linked article:

One does not have to read between the lines to see that this is another...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Try the Voler wind jacket instead. I can't wear...

Try the Voler wind jacket instead. I can't wear anything marketed as waterproof/breathable. I've tried convertible jackets, but they're bulky and the converting process is so slow that everyone's...
11-11-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, my mom was osteoporotic, especially spinal....

Yes, my mom was osteoporotic, especially spinal. Not an athlete. In a convoluted way, she died of it. OTOH, I'm one of a very small number of cyclists whom I know who never broke a bone cycling. The...
11-11-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,224
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Actually it is an adaptation coded in our DNA. It...

Actually it is an adaptation coded in our DNA. It happened during the "starving time" as a way to keep the DNA moving down the chain, the key being that our brains can run on ketones if food is not...
11-11-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I had to take a longer course of it. My...

I had to take a longer course of it. My rheumatologist ordered a hip and spine scan on a DXA machine, and, sure enough, I'm osteoporotic. Been lifting weights most of my life, gym member since '79,...
11-11-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, that's all quite intentionally vague. I...

Well, that's all quite intentionally vague. I don't have the software to diagram it out, and that's not suitable for a forum anyway. So . . .

1) Chronic pain of the sort you seem to be suffering...
11-10-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I meant why are you in pain? What do the doctors...

I meant why are you in pain? What do the doctors give for a reason for the pain? What sort of pain where? There really aren't any pain relievers which are not known to medical science. That said, not...
11-09-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If I may ask, what's your issue? Ignore if you...

If I may ask, what's your issue? Ignore if you want. Re trials: self-experimentation is perfectly valid, especially since placebo effect is sometimes demonstrably stronger than clinical effect....
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,909
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My position on our tandem, on which we both sport...

My position on our tandem, on which we both sport ride and tour. Our position for both modes is identical. For what reason should it not be? So far our longest day ride has been 15 hours, 10,000'.
...
11-09-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's true as far as it goes. Supplements which...

That's true as far as it goes. Supplements which don't work are useless, like you say. OTOH, supplements which do work are another story. And there are supplements which do work, a great long list of...
11-09-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,388
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Cocaine and laudanum were very popular with some...

Cocaine and laudanum were very popular with some of our great artists. But CBD, nope. Ginkgo Biloba, nope. Nicotine: Joni Mitchell for one. Caffeine demonstrably improves cognitive function, but it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,429
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I keep a spreadsheet with complete clothing...

I keep a spreadsheet with complete clothing records for various temperatures and ranges. It goes back years with changes as my choices became more optimized.

As ridden 36-41 and dry:...
11-09-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,293
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This came in my email today: 6 Reasons Cyclists...

This came in my email today: 6 Reasons Cyclists Need Strength Training (Updated) (https://trainright.com/cyclists-benefit-strength-training/)
11-09-19, 12:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Frame size is good. You might try moving the...

Frame size is good. You might try moving the saddle back a cm. or 2. Reach could be longer. Yes, not used to the normal fit. I like to see the upper arms make a 90 with the straight torso. You're...
11-09-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I grew up in Fairbanks and was outdoors a lot in...

I grew up in Fairbanks and was outdoors a lot in winter, down to -65F. One does adapt. One of my rules was no long johns until it was -11F. That was my breakpoint for blue jeans only. It helped. I...
11-08-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,293
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I used to worry about that, too. However after 40...

I used to worry about that, too. However after 40 years of compressing my spine, it seems all the healthier for it. The main thing is to work your back muscles. Working abs like all the beautiful...
11-08-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,456
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Something odd is going on then. Heat raises HR...

Something odd is going on then. Heat raises HR pretty drastically. Never drops it. Besides, you live there. You're acclimated. I'm going to guess it's something hormonal, probably related to age,...
11-07-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Tuesday is my upper body day, mostly pulling...

Tuesday is my upper body day, mostly pulling work. I do pushing and legs on Thursday. Anyway, when I'm doing dumbbell work, it's mostly done standing, curls bent over with bent knees, etc. After an...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,286
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Your reach looks about right, maybe a couple...

Your reach looks about right, maybe a couple centimeters too short. Definitely not too much reach. Your elbows should be bent a lot more. The modern bar/shifter arrangement favors a low position,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Never had any discomfort, though I was just a...

Never had any discomfort, though I was just a teenager. Feet got cold in the winter though, all that metal. But even then, I knew not to hammer the pedals. That's what the grooves and straps are for....
11-06-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

1) I've been strength training since I was in the...

1) I've been strength training since I was in the Army. Wife and I joined a local gym in '79. Hindsight. Still at it twice a week for an hour. My wife had never done anything physical except hike. No...
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,252
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's been said, but no matter how high viz your...

It's been said, but no matter how high viz your gear is, you completely disappear in shade on a sunny day. You don't reflect enough light to register on a eye that's stopped way down. Lights, lights,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When I ran clips 55 years ago, I used soft-soled...

When I ran clips 55 years ago, I used soft-soled shoes, so that my rat traps would wear grooves in their soles. When I strapped down, those pedals were bombproof.
11-06-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

On group rides, I find it most effective to match...

On group rides, I find it most effective to match the cadence of riders around me. That smooths things up. It's good to have a range of effective cadence.

When I used to lead the fast group, I'd...
11-06-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For the most past among equally trained riders,...

For the most past among equally trained riders, climbing cadence, and cadence in general will vary with VO2 max. IOW riders with better native aerobic ability tend to pedal faster. This is because...
11-05-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I realize that some of the cognoscenti here crap...

I realize that some of the cognoscenti here crap on my training prescriptions to improve pedaling ability. However none of the said cogs have ever tried it, so as far as I'm concerned, they are...
11-05-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,456
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

About how many hours/feet of elevation gain when...

About how many hours/feet of elevation gain when this starts to happen? It'll happen to anyone when they're exhausted from riding beyond their recent efforts. It's not a bonk, just pooped. If that's...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I use much the same screens for touring as...

I use much the same screens for touring as training. Mine is set up so that if I've loaded a route, which I usually do, I have 4 data screens from which to choose, with slightly different data on...
11-04-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My understanding is that the 90 number comes from...

My understanding is that the 90 number comes from human natural gait frequency when running. It's probably coded in our DNA. I like climbing at @~80, flat @~88, hard intervals @~96. But everyone's a...
11-04-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This is a very good point. A good symptom of good...

This is a very good point. A good symptom of good cycling neuro-muscular coordination is the ability to pedal fast without bouncing in the saddle. An experienced cyclist should be able to pedal well...
11-04-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,138
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This has all been somewhat interesting,...

This has all been somewhat interesting, especially the little controversy about how all this counting should be done. My system is to weigh myself every morning, after pee and before doing anything...
11-04-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,138
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

AFAIK, that's not true. While BMR varies with...

AFAIK, that's not true. While BMR varies with muscle mass, it doesn't seem to vary with exercise or at least not enough to matter. EPOC seems to be another scam. ...
11-03-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,066
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I started again at 50. It's really slow going at...

I started again at 50. It's really slow going at first, but one picks up steam with the accumulation of miles. Won't be long and like you say, you can ride anywhere you want. Anywhere.
11-03-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,486
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I doubt wheel weight has anything to do with it....

I doubt wheel weight has anything to do with it. Even bike weight makes very little difference to average speed. My guess is that it has something to do with road feel to her. Try switching wheels...
11-03-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Pedaling at high power and high cadence is a...

Pedaling at high power and high cadence is a matter of training. As above, that combination is optimal for human performance, but not for all humans at all times. Work on gradually pushing the...
11-03-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 441
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, I've bonked. No, it wasn't intentional....

Yeah, I've bonked. No, it wasn't intentional. Yes, it's completely miserable, no redeeming features. Yes, it's good to bonk when one is starting training, just so one knows what it feels like. Other...
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