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07-10-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 68
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Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Oh wow, man, just wow. I'm 75 and have done all...

Oh wow, man, just wow. I'm 75 and have done all my own bike work since I was a little kid. I've randoed, been on at least 1000 group rides and am still at it. You really need to park your...
07-10-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,962
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I get some really good training on our tandem...

I get some really good training on our tandem which probably weighs 325 lbs. all up. The biggest difference is in the crank inertial load which basically means that there's always pedal pressure if...
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good for you. I've seen riders bonk because of...

Good for you. I've seen riders bonk because of sloshy stomach and once and only once nearly bonked myself before I figured out why. Calories go away quickly on multiple long climbs.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 581
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If 110įF or over was predicted, I don't think I'd...

If 110įF or over was predicted, I don't think I'd go out. On one ride I do almost every year, it's twice been 105į at the bottom of the last pass climb at about mile 100. Those rides went fine....
07-09-20, 08:51 PM
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Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No, didn't ride today but my saddle sore is...

No, didn't ride today but my saddle sore is finally healing. The dermatologist says maybe another 6 weeks of off-the-bike. I've been running instead of riding. My doctor told me today that for sure...
07-09-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,412
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

A lot of tech gear I buy basically comes with a...

A lot of tech gear I buy basically comes with a quick start guide and that's it. Manufacturers assume (and rightly so) that the buyer will know to go online to get the manual(s). I'm fine with that....
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Firstly, wear a HRM. It's hard to tell what's...

Firstly, wear a HRM. It's hard to tell what's going on inside without knowing HR while you're riding. After you've used one for a while, you'll know about where your HR should be for various efforts....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 514
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, for one thing not having a speed/cadence...

Well, for one thing not having a speed/cadence sensor means you'll get less info from a trainer/roller ride and it won't be as interesting. GPS won't help at all. It also makes the gradient number...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

^Yes. If I'm really going for it, I'll pick up a...

^Yes. If I'm really going for it, I'll pick up a higher pace in the last third. It's possible to ride harder than you think you can by getting yourself excited about it. Then maybe 5-10 minutes...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,854
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Interesting. My main ride is a '99 Trek 5200. I...

Interesting. My main ride is a '99 Trek 5200. I sanded off the garish, peeling paint so now it's nude carbon like yours, but no decals. Can't think of a single reason to buy a new bike. Build up a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The 4000 and 5000 have similar sidewalls and I...

The 4000 and 5000 have similar sidewalls and I expect about the same vulnerability. I really try not to hit the sides of sharp rocks about the size of golf balls. I'll use both until my 4000's run...
07-08-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 614
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Something carbon, but the main thing in...

Something carbon, but the main thing in emphasizing speed and comfort (don't we all!) is fit. Which may not be the fit you're used to, making it more interesting. It's not so much the particular...
07-08-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 329
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

So you got dehydrated, didn't you? The idea is to...

So you got dehydrated, didn't you? The idea is to not do too much of that. If you'd followed my advice, that wouldn't have happened. It's not far at all from your experience to a medical emergency,...
07-07-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Hit the fit calculator:...

Hit the fit calculator: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/fitCalculatorBike.jsp
07-07-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 329
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Then nothing. Sweat rate doesn't really matter...

Then nothing. Sweat rate doesn't really matter and looking at sweat rate calculations will have you using too much electrolyte and making yourself sick to your stomach. What matters is what you put...
07-07-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Homeyba, who used to post here, rode it that...

Homeyba, who used to post here, rode it that year, too. He posted a photo of a bike maybe 40' away, almost invisible in the blowing sand. The sand must have been just hell.
07-07-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I see. FirstBeat tech comes with some Garmin...

I see. FirstBeat tech comes with some Garmin products, in fact Garmin bought FirstBeat. So it is related to HRV as I guessed. I found: https://www.kup.at/kup/pdf/39.pdf

These Garmin devices come...
07-07-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The article is written by an ultrarunner who...

The article is written by an ultrarunner who coaches ultrarunners who run the Badwater. True, it's not a double-blind RCT. It's a report on what has worked well and what has not worked so well for...
07-07-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's how the pros train for the heat:...

Here's how the pros train for the heat: https://trainright.com/badwater-lessons-preparation/
07-06-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 363
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Added them to my cart. Too tight tires are a...

Added them to my cart. Too tight tires are a problem with many rims when you want to mount by hand and thin rim strips are not a good choice.
07-06-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 614
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yep. When running high pressure in tires, Velox...

Yep. When running high pressure in tires, Velox is the Only Thing. I had a similar experience many years ago. I used to run 140 lbs. on rando rides, worked great. The tires I used back then aren't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 366
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Rather than aero or weight, neither of which will...

Rather than aero or weight, neither of which will matter at all, readability might be a good thing to look at. The quicker you can glance and see what you need to see, the better. Not hitting stuff...
07-06-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 89
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm 66" and fit best on a 52. So the 53 sounds...

I'm 66" and fit best on a 52. So the 53 sounds good. If your lower back gets stiff, your position or fitness is probably an issue rather than the reach. So why didn't you try a shorter stem?
07-06-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 191
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I see you posted to the fitting forum, and you're...

I see you posted to the fitting forum, and you're probably right, it's a bike fit issue. You should be able to ride all day with no hand pain, CTS or not. Post photos of you on your bike from the...
07-06-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,962
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess about the shoulders is that you're right...

My guess about the shoulders is that you're right and they're wrong. Unless you had a hard fall or a weight lifting injury, impingement is the more usual cause of shoulder pain....
07-06-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 341
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You'll have to compare watt-hours, but my guess...

You'll have to compare watt-hours, but my guess is that an IR sauna will use less electricity than an conventional dry sauna. That's a definite maybe. You won't have to preheat an IR sauna.

As far...
07-06-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 342
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You got it. That popular meme is the exact...

You got it. That popular meme is the exact opposite of what works. The standard drop bar road bike with it's standard position is that way simply because it's the most comfortable and especially the...
07-06-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 803
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks. I see that they stopped the ban entirely...

Thanks. I see that they stopped the ban entirely in 2004. Surprisingly to me, they also stopped the ban on pseudoephedrine. High urine levels of caffeine are still banned by the NCAA.
07-06-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 803
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

WADA has a maximum caffeine blood level, over...

WADA has a maximum caffeine blood level, over that is a violation. Interestingly, that blood level is the same level at which caffeine ceases to be beneficial. I agree with the idea that it's legal...
07-06-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 803
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My breakfast before hard rides is malto and whey...

My breakfast before hard rides is malto and whey protein, same for recovery drink if any, and my on-bike food is the same, but only 7/1 ratio on the bike. Yes, it's good fuel. Got the idea from...
07-05-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 937
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

But still pain when descending stairs? That's the...

But still pain when descending stairs? That's the usual diagnostic symptom. So keep doing what you're doing as long as it keeps getting better.
07-05-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Really? How do they do that? What's the sensor...

Really? How do they do that? What's the sensor and how does it transmit data? HR varies if one breathes deeply, which is very noticeable when taking an HRV reading, so perhaps that's what's being...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, I just love the "for your age" remark....

Yeah, I just love the "for your age" remark. Not.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 454
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm riding a mix of 10 speed and 9 speed on one...

I'm riding a mix of 10 speed and 9 speed on one bike, 9 speed on two other bikes, with one full 10 speed bike. I have a box full of components.
07-05-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My wife got hyponatremia on one of our 10-day...

My wife got hyponatremia on one of our 10-day backpacks. The weather was cool and showery. We hiked maybe 6 hours. After we made camp, she was obviously not OK, pale, nauseous, confused. It was a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes. 4 riding buddies of mine got Afib: one has...

Yes. 4 riding buddies of mine got Afib:
one has completely aged out of riding, 3 years older than I,
one still rides pretty hard, just dialed it back a bit and quit coffee,
one got ablation, is...
07-04-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You don't need a respiratory meter. All you need...

You don't need a respiratory meter. All you need to know is what the breakpoints at AeT/VT1 and AnT/Vt2 feel like so you know about where you are in the effort continuum. That'll sub for the HRM,...
07-04-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The first sign of serious trouble in the heat is...

The first sign of serious trouble in the heat is that those nice little beads of sweat on your forearms aren't there anymore. Dry forearms and you need to be somewhere shady where there's water...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I should include an anecdote: a small group of us...

I should include an anecdote: a small group of us was riding on a winding 2-lane road, no shoulder, in a paceline with maybe 8 bikes when a car passed us on a blind left-hander, definitely a no-no in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Happens all the time. Cars pass on blind corners....

Happens all the time. Cars pass on blind corners. If you're worried about that, it's a good thing because it means that cars aren't staying in their own lane and just barely missing you. You need to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, there you go. Sometimes we need a good kick...

Well, there you go. Sometimes we need a good kick in the butt. Being lighter helps with the living forever thing plus a big help on the domestic side. Personally, I pay very close attention to my...
07-04-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,944
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've done several pass climbs in 100į+ heat on...

I've done several pass climbs in 100į+ heat on rides from 8-10 hours, mostly in my 60s. One needs to train in the heat, wear an HRM, know where your water sources will be, wear a Camelbak, and use...
07-04-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

HRM are still popular because they can be...

HRM are still popular because they can be inexpensive and work for everything: bike, run, swim, hike, walk, gym, etc., etc. Thus triathletes all use HRMs. They also have a big price variation, from...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good call. Your heart will do a lot better if you...

Good call. Your heart will do a lot better if you don't get Covid.

Fueling: no harm in experimenting. Try taking a couple 500/250 calcium/magnesium tabs an hour before riding, then one more right...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had that feeling from time to time and...

I've had that feeling from time to time and always when resting for maybe 20 years. It's just that my heart has become very muscular - thick ventricular walls. Of course I feel that. I can feel it...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,537
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I thought for sure someone would have brought...

I thought for sure someone would have brought this up by now. You may have "patellofemoral pain syndrome." (PFS). Google that. Add the word "exercises" and google again. That's the easy part. You...
07-03-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 613
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Same bike you've been riding pain-free for years?...

Same bike you've been riding pain-free for years?
The Numb Hands post: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/752905-numb-hands.html#post12953035
Could be something to do with a neck vertebra.-...
07-02-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 609
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The "official" KOPS measurement point is from...

The "official" KOPS measurement point is from that bony protrusion just below the kneecap, on the front of the lower leg.

For sure moving the saddle forward opens the hip angle and allows a more...
07-02-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,706
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

^^ Quite. The less time one has for training, the...

^^ Quite. The less time one has for training, the more time needs to be spent riding with intensity. It's not an across-the-board percentage thing, though we sure see a lot of that 80% kind of thing...
07-02-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 905
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

HR helps with that "which" question. HR goes...

HR helps with that "which" question. HR goes down, it's fuel. HR goes up, it's hydration.
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