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Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 361
Posted By rubiksoval

Spare wheels, spare bike, and all the tools to...

Spare wheels, spare bike, and all the tools to fix everything myself. You can learn anything bike-related on youtube.
02-27-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 223
Posted By rubiksoval

You should just go ride. You're overcomplicating...

You should just go ride. You're overcomplicating things to the nth degree. After riding for a while you'll figure out going harder/faster for various durations. It's not exactly complicated unless...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,912
Posted By rubiksoval

Many bike fitters don't seem to have a clue. I...

Many bike fitters don't seem to have a clue. I know people who have gone to 2-3 different bike fitters and been given a pretty different fit from each one. It may be fine for the general population,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,912
Posted By rubiksoval

At 5'11 and 165 lbs, I ride 38cm bars and 165mm...

At 5'11 and 165 lbs, I ride 38cm bars and 165mm cranks and have for a few years now.

Aero is vital for speed.
02-25-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,344
Posted By rubiksoval

I got my first power meter in 2005 and I have...

I got my first power meter in 2005 and I have never in my life done a steady state max one hour effort. My best 1 hour power was dong a few longer threshold efforts with z3 recovery with the odd...
02-25-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,344
Posted By rubiksoval

No, it doesn't. Age and fitness really have...

No, it doesn't. Age and fitness really have nothing to do with it.

The whole 20 minute test was NEVER about 20 minutes anyway; it was about a 5 minute blow out effort and THEN 20 minutes max and...
02-25-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,344
Posted By rubiksoval

Nope. 20 minutes tells you your 20 minute...

Nope.

20 minutes tells you your 20 minute power. Want to get the most accurate FTP estimation, you need to actually do something in the 50-70 minute range
02-22-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5,660
Views: 343,616
Posted By rubiksoval

This is precisely why I don't let Zwift upload to...

This is precisely why I don't let Zwift upload to my Strava.

I just upload my Garmin to Strava and then adjust miles accordingly to make the average speed commensurate with the effort as my Garmin...
02-22-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5,660
Views: 343,616
Posted By rubiksoval

Nice! I finally got mine this winter, too. Took...

Nice! I finally got mine this winter, too. Took me three entire winters to get it. Felt like forever.
02-21-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By rubiksoval

I got to where I could ride them for 30 minutes...

I got to where I could ride them for 30 minutes or so, but to what end, I never figured out. There was zero difference when I got back on my bike.

I guess it's called a spin scan. Scantron are...
02-21-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16,045
Views: 947,892
Posted By rubiksoval

Finally rode outside for the first time in... a...

Finally rode outside for the first time in... a week?

I've done 13 rides this week, 12 inside. I'm sitting at 9,876 kJ. Ahhh. Guess I'll hop on my TT bike tonight for 15 minutes to chase that last...
02-21-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By rubiksoval

That race two years ago at Dubai or wherever...

That race two years ago at Dubai or wherever where they finished on the dam and he just about came to a standstill with 100m to go...Ohhhhh, he needs to do some reckoning for that one. I want to see...
02-21-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By rubiksoval

You definitely notice powercranks. Using the...

You definitely notice powercranks. Using the computrainer scantron things, I always had a very good pedal stroke, but I couldn't use them more than 3 minutes consecutively the first couple of rides....
02-20-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By rubiksoval

That's interesting. I don't really get sore after...

That's interesting. I don't really get sore after rides anymore. I get deep-down fatigue, and I get to the point where my legs feel like blocks of wood, but nothing like the DOMS I get if I were to...
02-20-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By rubiksoval

Exactly. It just isn't an issue unless there's...

Exactly. It just isn't an issue unless there's actual pain or weakness. Not even at 6w/kg type of fitness.

And I'd surmise for the vast majority, doing actual riding that focuses on aerobic gains...
02-19-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 740
Posted By rubiksoval

I can't think of a single race in the southeast...

I can't think of a single race in the southeast that has a big downhill that would be worth the trouble and expense of this, so definitely don't think it'll be "common."
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,076
Posted By rubiksoval

Not if your reach is set up well.

Not if your reach is set up well.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,076
Posted By rubiksoval

Is your saddle level? Try tilting it down. A lot...

Is your saddle level? Try tilting it down. A lot if necessary.

Helps immensely.
02-18-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 833
Views: 163,010
Posted By rubiksoval

I bought a Mistica on Ebay for $60 bucks shipped...

I bought a Mistica on Ebay for $60 bucks shipped this morning, so I'm looking forward to getting that.

I also got TriRig's aero skewers a while back when they had a sale. They're really nice;...
02-18-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 833
Views: 163,010
Posted By rubiksoval

This bike, guys. Ohhhh.... ...

This bike, guys. Ohhhh....

https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/the-aussie-champs-tt-bike-6000-ti-bar-extensions-waxed-chain-and-a-58t/

There's a lot to unpack and drool over in this article.
02-18-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 16,045
Views: 947,892
Posted By rubiksoval

I have that one, too! I have a box fan type...

I have that one, too!

I have a box fan type thing on the floor angled up on my legs and torso, and then I have the Lasko at chest/head level about two feet away and only turn it on during hard...
02-18-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,344
Posted By rubiksoval

I keep thinking I won't use my G3 anymore, and I...

I keep thinking I won't use my G3 anymore, and I keep figuring out ways to need it (it's on my TT bike now). I'm going back and forth with rebuilding it in to a carbon aero rim...:)

I have looked...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,933
Posted By rubiksoval

Probably a 90-100m, but it really doesn't matter....

Probably a 90-100m, but it really doesn't matter. You don't choose a stem length based on what it originally came with. You choose a stem length based on what you need to achieve your desired reach...
02-16-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 5,660
Views: 343,616
Posted By rubiksoval

I started last month! I was also at 4.1% for 30...

I started last month! I was also at 4.1% for 30 and am now 2.1% for 15. I only have about 85k left, but with the additional I've been paying each month, this new loan will work out to be $10 a month...
02-16-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16,045
Views: 947,892
Posted By rubiksoval

It hasn't been above freezing here in the last 5...

It hasn't been above freezing here in the last 5 days, and isn't expected to until Friday. It snowed/sleeted an inch or two yesterday, too. The high is 18 today! This weather isn't unheard of, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,692
Posted By rubiksoval

It's not a discussion. It's a video. Not...

It's not a discussion. It's a video.

Not watching that.
02-14-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,374
Posted By rubiksoval

Oh, another thread about disc brakes.

Oh, another thread about disc brakes.
02-14-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,152
Posted By rubiksoval

Well, you can call it what you want, and dismiss...

Well, you can call it what you want, and dismiss it as you see fit.

But suffice to say, unlike you, I'm not the one polling random internet strangers about my training methodologies and clinging...
02-13-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,968
Posted By rubiksoval

And pretty much everyone else disagrees with that.

And pretty much everyone else disagrees with that.
02-13-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,106
Posted By rubiksoval

60,000 miles = forever? So now you're resorting...

60,000 miles = forever? So now you're resorting to simply making things up?

How nice.
02-13-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,106
Posted By rubiksoval

You said, "crash or not." If NOT, then no,...

You said, "crash or not."

If NOT, then no, there's zero reason not to continue riding it.

Silly assertion.
02-13-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 6,344
Posted By rubiksoval

I know of one 19ish year old Cat 4 with well...

I know of one 19ish year old Cat 4 with well north of a 300 watt threshold (he recently did 400 for 20 minutes at ~170 lbs), but he won't be a cat 4 for very long. Or a 3, either.

I'd say a good...
02-13-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,106
Posted By rubiksoval

I've crashed my Felt AR probably a dozen times,...

I've crashed my Felt AR probably a dozen times, but none of them were impacts (though I guess you could call flipping down the road a bit of an impact), which has the potential to greatly change...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,513
Posted By rubiksoval

Flat is even worse. Consider this: In...

Flat is even worse.

Consider this: In addition to headwinds, tailwinds, crosswinds, etc., Strava doesn't know if you're sitting bolt upright or in a time trial position. Doesn't know if you're...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,513
Posted By rubiksoval

They can be over estimated or under estimated...

They can be over estimated or under estimated (head wind or tailwind? group or solo?) They're best ignored 100% of the time. Not worth messing with.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,690
Posted By rubiksoval

Ah, for my own races, I'm talking about PRT and...

Ah, for my own races, I'm talking about PRT and P/1/2 crits. Still lots of times when the group bunches and everybody slams on the brakes. Just inevitable.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,690
Posted By rubiksoval

While I generally agree in theory, there are...

While I generally agree in theory, there are crits and times in crits where that just can't happen. Any 80+ person crit is likely going to involve some substantial braking from time to time (or a...
02-12-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 591
Posted By rubiksoval

100% no.

100% no.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-10-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,696
Posted By rubiksoval

:( Wut? That's just... huh?!

:( Wut?

That's just... huh?!
02-10-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,152
Posted By rubiksoval

Cavendish doesn't think so. In fact, he goes...

Cavendish doesn't think so.

In fact, he goes into great detail explaining how he saves every single ounce of energy possible in a race to ensure he can sprint as well as possible at the end of the...
02-10-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 591
Posted By rubiksoval

Average, because it tells you what you actually...

Average, because it tells you what you actually did. Normalized power is a mathematical formula that can be useful, but can also be gamed. For longer intervals like 20 minutes, it's even possible to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,332
Posted By rubiksoval

You must not watch much pro racing. He's...

You must not watch much pro racing.

He's done some very exciting things in races; surprise attacks on downhills, rolling breaks with Sagan, running up a mountain. Way more exciting than most...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,332
Posted By rubiksoval

??? He's complaining about the team's...

???

He's complaining about the team's equipment. Openly. That's not a common thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,332
Posted By rubiksoval

I think what makes this more interesting than...

I think what makes this more interesting than normal is the fact that he is a professional who is being paid to ride disc brakes, and yet he's still being vocal about it.

That's a bit of a rarity.
02-08-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,152
Posted By rubiksoval

Anecdotal as always, but I specialize in crits...

Anecdotal as always, but I specialize in crits (only meaning I suck less at them relatively speaking than I do at other things) and always have, racing elite and pro crits from the age of 20, back...
02-08-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,152
Posted By rubiksoval

Capillary density, plasma volume,...

Capillary density, plasma volume, hematocrit...probably more.

But why do you think strength training would help that more than on-the-bike training? If it did, wouldn't people (those paid to do it...
02-07-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,152
Posted By rubiksoval

[/color] To clarify this quote since I can't...

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To clarify this quote since I can't in the other thread...

I assert that strength is not a limiter in cycling. I'm sure just about everyone that "trains" can do 500 watts. But why can...
02-07-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 705
Posted By rubiksoval

??? Strava and Zwift do completely different...

??? Strava and Zwift do completely different things. Strava records and/or stores ride metrics, Zwift is the ride (virtually).
02-07-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,703
Posted By rubiksoval

I'm reading the book "Faster" by Michael...

I'm reading the book "Faster" by Michael Hutchinson and it has a chapter on nutrition.

"An elite rider can burn through anything up to 1,600kcal in a really hard hour... In a hard six-hour stage,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-07-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,696
Posted By rubiksoval

You can still ride and recover from bigger,...

You can still ride and recover from bigger, harder rides, you just need to ride easily.

The problem is that you have so little miles, yet you're trying to do 50 mile rides. You could probably take...
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