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07-16-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By gregf83

I just do 20 min intervals on a KK trainer so...

I just do 20 min intervals on a KK trainer so only ever use 2 to 3 gears, a couple for the interval on the big ring and the little thing for recovery.

If you have a smart trainer and do swift you...
Replies: 64
Views: 2,177
Posted By gregf83

Your experience, while unfortunate for you,...

Your experience, while unfortunate for you, applies to approx .00001% of the population who live in countries that Canyon doesn't ship to and want bikes shipped to intermediate European countries.
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07-16-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,906
Posted By gregf83

+1. Higher cadence is less efficient but helps...

+1. Higher cadence is less efficient but helps minimize fatigue in your leg muscles.
07-16-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 504
Posted By gregf83

We'll never be safe...

Police looking for cyclist who was clipped by car in downtown Victoria...
07-16-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,661
Posted By gregf83

People who focus on diet alone (like most of...

People who focus on diet alone (like most of America) also have trouble keeping the weight off. The key is to have a balanced life and to recognize that when you are losing fat you're likely going to...
07-15-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,661
Posted By gregf83

You could also make no changes to your diet and...

You could also make no changes to your diet and by riding your bike for 1 hr a day you could lose 1 lb a week. There's more than one way to skin a cat.
07-13-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 820
Posted By gregf83

Thatís ~195W. Unless youíre a lightweight you...

Thatís ~195W. Unless youíre a lightweight you must see that in training?
07-11-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 813
Posted By gregf83

Try to 'empty the tank' once in a while:...

Try to 'empty the tank' once in a while: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/272km-44kmh-chris-froomes-astonishing-empty-tank-training-ride-strava-367378
07-10-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,661
Posted By gregf83

I weigh about 75kg and average around 40 Cals/mi...

I weigh about 75kg and average around 40 Cals/mi commuting to work. Hard rides don't change it much unless there are bigger hills when it can go up above 50.
07-08-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,988
Posted By gregf83

If your bike weighs over one ton weight matters....

If your bike weighs over one ton weight matters. If youíre talking about adding a few pounds then, no, it doesnít matter. Yes, it might take an extra Watt of power but it wonít make any difference to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,790
Posted By gregf83

Everyone has different strengths and agendas for...

Everyone has different strengths and agendas for a group ride. Riders who are racing the next day are not going to go as hard as someone using the ride for training. Some riders are stronger than...
07-04-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 20,750
Posted By gregf83

I guess your back pedaling is appropriate for a...

I guess your back pedaling is appropriate for a bike forum but it appears you don't really know how ebikes from any of the major manufacturers work.
07-04-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 20,750
Posted By gregf83

None of them states that a turbo-charger or gas...

None of them states that a turbo-charger or gas engine is not an option either, that's hardly evidence that those are options though.

I had a quick look at Trek, Giant and Specialized and they all...
07-04-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 20,750
Posted By gregf83

I don't think any of the bikes reviewed here...

I don't think any of the bikes reviewed here https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22132137/best-electric-bikes/ have throttles. They indicate class 2 bikes which include a throttle are not popular.
07-03-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

When I started cycling regularly about 11 yrs ago...

When I started cycling regularly about 11 yrs ago my MaxHR was 5 or 6 beats higher running up a hill than anything I could do on a bike. After about a year my max was about the same for both. I...
06-28-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By gregf83

Thanks! I just loaded the app on my 520 and it...

Thanks! I just loaded the app on my 520 and it looks very simple to use. In the past I've always taken a laptop when traveling because I didn't have a way to transfer routes created on an iPad into...
06-28-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,845
Posted By gregf83

The trick is to get it close and not worry about...

The trick is to get it close and not worry about it. Your brain will adapt 1 2 seconds and you'll continue to ride in a straight line regardless of how straight your bars are.
06-26-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

If you're talking about untrained people I would...

If you're talking about untrained people I would agree as running is more natural than cycling. For trained athletes it's less clear. Physiological Differences Between Cycling and Running...
06-26-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

I suppose I simply disagree with you that an...

I suppose I simply disagree with you that an intense interval on the bike is somehow less stressful on the heart than running. Your only evidence seems to be that running all-out for one minute feels...
06-25-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

I don't really know what your point is. Everyone...

I don't really know what your point is. Everyone accepts running is harder on the body than cycling and runners generally put in fewer training hours per week.

You're on a bike forum so most...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,952
Posted By gregf83

It's not exactly "Measurement Free" if the rider...

It's not exactly "Measurement Free" if the rider gets his pace displayed every lap.
06-24-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

You're not making any sense. Start your 1 min...

You're not making any sense. Start your 1 min biking interval at 650W and see if you can hold it for the min. If your 'all out' on a bike is only 450W of course it's not going to feel hard.
06-24-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,606
Posted By gregf83

60 Seconds all out on the bike is painful. I'm...

60 Seconds all out on the bike is painful. I'm not sure why it wouldn't be similar in terms of bang for your buck training.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-19, 11:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,361
Posted By gregf83

I think the little wires get pushed flush with...

I think the little wires get pushed flush with the tire and canít easily be detected on the outside even with cotton. I canít feel them with my finger and doubt youíd find them with cotton.

I...
06-22-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By gregf83

Are you certain it's the cassette slipping rather...

Are you certain it's the cassette slipping rather than the middle ring? I had to replace my large chainring recently for exactly your situation. I could never see the chain slipping on the big ring...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,505
Posted By gregf83

With a range of efficiency between 20 and 25%,...

With a range of efficiency between 20 and 25%, the error contributed by efficiency is more like +/- 12% which you should add to your power meter accuracy so youíre up around +/- 13.5%. Still very...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,505
Posted By gregf83

You're misunderstanding how a spider based...

You're misunderstanding how a spider based powermeter works. It doesn't separate the power into left and right but it correctly measures the power from each leg. There is no 'doubling' going on. Hang...
06-21-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,021
Posted By gregf83

You're watching guys who've already mastered...

You're watching guys who've already mastered their craft. That doesn't mean they didn't wipeout more than a few times while learning. No question you can improve and become a decent rider without...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 04:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,565
Posted By gregf83

I use wax in the summer but switch to oil in the...

I use wax in the summer but switch to oil in the winter. Wax never held up well for me in the rain.
06-21-19, 03:50 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,021
Posted By gregf83

Obviously the crashing doesnít teach you anything...

Obviously the crashing doesnít teach you anything but it is a natural consequence of riding/driving/skiing on, or close to, the Ďedgeí. I take it you donít ski?
06-20-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,021
Posted By gregf83

Ever see a fast skier who hasn't crashed?

Ever see a fast skier who hasn't crashed?
06-20-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,021
Posted By gregf83

Likely need to wipe out a few times to learn to...

Likely need to wipe out a few times to learn to ride close to the traction limit. I accept that I'm too old to want to learn how to ride gravel or dirt at maximum speed.

As for which bike to get...
06-16-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By gregf83

Heart rate isnít going to tell you much about...

Heart rate isnít going to tell you much about performance during short intervals. The power from your bike will tell you all you need. Nothing wrong with monitoring HR just donít expect to get any...
06-14-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Posted By gregf83

I think that's a fairly common sentiment....

I think that's a fairly common sentiment. Unfortunately, it was voiced at a sensitive time for you. No idea if it impacted your speed of care, one would hope not.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-19, 04:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,044
Posted By gregf83

It’s normal. Your quads take most of the load.

It’s normal. Your quads take most of the load.
06-07-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,469
Posted By gregf83

Do you really want to drink that much Gatorade?...

Do you really want to drink that much Gatorade? I'd start with a couple of bottles and then switch to some solid food along the way, dates, rice cakes etc
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,978
Posted By gregf83

Not trying to convince anyone of anything just...

Not trying to convince anyone of anything just laying out some facts. Whether power is meaningless is an individual question.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By gregf83

I don’t know Cycling routes in Montreal but what...

I don’t know Cycling routes in Montreal but what I do to find good local routes is to explore segments on Strava and look at the leaderboards for hilly segments. You can usually find groups of riders...
06-06-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,469
Posted By gregf83

You could always make a batch of Gatorade syrup...

You could always make a batch of Gatorade syrup and then carry it in a little bottle. I make chocolate syrup from sugar and cocoa powder. Don't see why it wouldn't work with gatorade powder.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,978
Posted By gregf83

They suck on the flats but based on the data I...

They suck on the flats but based on the data I have they're accurate for hills 7+%. If you don't have a powermeter you can get a very close estimate of your power for a given duration by riding up a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,978
Posted By gregf83

The physics work well on hills and unpredictable...

The physics work well on hills and unpredictable wind is less of an issue. No reason power estimates should be off significantly on steep hills as the math is not complicated provided you know speed...
06-06-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,065
Posted By gregf83

Firebird had it basically correct in the first...

Firebird had it basically correct in the first answer. To maximize speed over a given course it’s beneficial to apply higher than average power on hills and into headwinds. Ideally, the best strategy...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 8,978
Posted By gregf83

They can be quite close on hills. I looked at a...

They can be quite close on hills. I looked at a recent 7%, 8min hill and the Strava estimate was within 2% of my SRM.
06-05-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,065
Posted By gregf83

I commute to work on a 4 lane (2 ea direction)...

I commute to work on a 4 lane (2 ea direction) highway and generally 95+% of vehicles and trucks are considerate and move over to the far lane or move over in their lane. A while back I recalled a...
06-02-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,065
Posted By gregf83

With 36,000 automotive deaths/yr in the US alone...

With 36,000 automotive deaths/yr in the US alone I think the bar is awfully low for autonomous vehicles to clear. On average, they're probably safer now and will only get better, unlike humans who...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 04:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,206
Posted By gregf83

I did some steep climbs in Spain with a 34-26 and...

I did some steep climbs in Spain with a 34-26 and more recently spent some time climbing the canyons around Malibu with similar gradients to the Brasstown Bald using 34-29. You will enjoy it much...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By gregf83

The L/R data you see is not applicable and won't...

The L/R data you see is not applicable and won't tell you whether the power meter is working properly. Best way to test is to borrow a powertap from someone and an extra head unit and compare the...
05-30-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,611
Posted By gregf83

It's possible your chainring is shot. I had to...

It's possible your chainring is shot. I had to replace mine recently after letting the chain go too long.
05-30-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,344
Posted By gregf83

Most of my flats lately are due to a very fine...

Most of my flats lately are due to a very fine piece of wire, presumably, shards from the steel in tires. It usually takes a few minutes to find and extract the culprit. Another 5 min to replace the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,640
Posted By gregf83

Plenty of good advice in this thread from...

Plenty of good advice in this thread from experience racers. I always thought the point of Cat 5 was a place to experiment and observe, and less about winning. Learn how to animate the race by...
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