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03-06-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 145
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We've been most satisfied with Conti 4000IIs in...

We've been most satisfied with Conti 4000IIs in 28mm and Conti 5000 in 32mm. They are both the same size inflated. We don't have the cleanest roads here, they put nasty flints on in the winter if it...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 801
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I take a tire off when it starts to flat. For...

I take a tire off when it starts to flat. For some reason, nearly new tires seldom flat, but squared off ones do. I guess just the rubber being thinner? I've never worn a tire down even close to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 227
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

RWGPS. I use it for planning hikes, too.

RWGPS. I use it for planning hikes, too.
03-06-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I also didn't gat back into road riding until 50,...

I also didn't gat back into road riding until 50, a 30 year gap. 75 now, and it's been a great ride, still lots of fun.
03-06-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 124
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Generally speaking, saddle position is determined...

Generally speaking, saddle position is determined by balance on the bike, not reach. Reach is the last thing you adjust, and you do it with the stem. When your balance is correct, your hands are...
03-06-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 291
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Ah. That is, in some ways, more interesting....

Ah. That is, in some ways, more interesting. You're really training for personal satisfaction rather than any particular goal. Non-goal oriented training is a bit different.

I'll specify that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 872
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that it's his shorts. Good cycling...

My guess is that it's his shorts. Good cycling shorts have to be, well, cycling shorts, with a pad and tight. They're tight enough if you can just get them over your butt. If you can't, they're too...
03-06-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 291
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you're finishing in the top 3 in group rides...

If you're finishing in the top 3 in group rides and you're thinking about racing with only a year of cycling behind you, it's time to find a faster group. You want to be with a group which drops you...
03-05-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 291
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm not and never was a racer boy, but I've done...

I'm not and never was a racer boy, but I've done over 1000 competitive group rides. Maybe you racers here can help me out . . .Is there a scale of TSS/week according to race length? I'll do 150-160...
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When I do really long rides, I have one consuming...

When I do really long rides, I have one consuming interest - to get my butt off the saddle as soon as possible. I ride a carbon bike, carry little with me, run a saddle that's comfortable for 18...
03-03-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 313
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I just read your Newbie thread, which I hadn't...

I just read your Newbie thread, which I hadn't seen. I think you're on the wrong track in this thread, not that nutrition isn't important. So let's take nutrition first because it's simplest. Rules:...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 939
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thank you for the succinct explanation!

Thank you for the succinct explanation!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 939
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm a dinosaur. I do everything the simplest way...

I'm a dinosaur. I do everything the simplest way possible. I have used Garmin 800s for 10 years or so, never a complaint, but I have old-fashioned computer habits. I never plug the Garmin into a...
03-02-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,794
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As we used to say, There it is.

As we used to say, There it is.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 469
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

All my Conti tires have always done this, going...

All my Conti tires have always done this, going back 20+ years. It's never been a safety problem. Every now and then I pull the loose threads off the calipers and break off any others I see. The tire...
03-02-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 625
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's what I've found. There doesn't seem to be...

That's what I've found. There doesn't seem to be a relationship at all, percentage or otherwise, between short tests and FTP. I admit to being dumbfounded to discover what a huge portion of cycling...
03-02-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,794
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Really? 400 calories an hour and one bottle of...

Really? 400 calories an hour and one bottle of water? You're better than a TdF pro! All a result of riding fasted, eh? :rolleyes:
03-02-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 625
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah,, FTP is a lot more interesting than most...

Yeah,, FTP is a lot more interesting than most folks think. I used to use the short tests. They don't tell the whole story, particularly they don't tell you anything about your aerobic endurance....
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,680
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Goes to show how personal saddles are. Neither my...

Goes to show how personal saddles are. Neither my wife nor I can ride an unslotted saddle. The slot on mine is wider than my wife's - about 1-1/4". The group I ride with has a total membership of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 612
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IME posts 9 & 10 are correct. When Specialized...

IME posts 9 & 10 are correct. When Specialized first developed their Body Geometry saddles, which were supposed to end the possible ED issues among cyclists, they recommended that even with the BG...
03-01-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The spacer really doesn't do anything good. I...

The spacer really doesn't do anything good. I went through the same thing. Firstly, did you have your individual leg bone lengths measured by a orthopedist? If so, which bone(s) were different? If...
03-01-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As above, only if you need to have different...

As above, only if you need to have different pedals, which you shouldn't anyway unless one bike has a pedal-based power meter and you want SPD for the other. Cleat position and tuning should be the...
03-01-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I used to do a rolling shift schedule in the...

I used to do a rolling shift schedule in the Army. I didn't do much during a shift period, mostly weights, but then I did a lot of stuff during the off times. That worked fine when I was young. I...
02-28-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,166
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Deep back squats are actually good for your...

Deep back squats are actually good for your knees, if properly performed. Like most athletic endeavors, form is everything:
https://wisconsinmedicalgroup.com/knee-injury-from-squats/...
02-28-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We have both on our tandem. The 28mm 4KII are...

We have both on our tandem. The 28mm 4KII are almost identical in size to the 32mm 5000. We are moving to that 5000 as we use up our stock of 4KII. Recommended. We are 287 lbs., run 95 lbs in the...
02-28-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Post 4 is correct. Look on youtube for TdF back...

Post 4 is correct. Look on youtube for TdF back in the day. This is French Fit on a 1970 bike. Note how little seat post is exposed and that the bars are barely below the saddle. Also note the...
02-28-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 375
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that sprinting out of the saddle is...

My guess is that sprinting out of the saddle is as good as you can do on the bike for your training. Point your toes down like dancing in the ring and put all your weight into the pedals, do not lean...
02-27-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 449
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's not clear if you are talking about a spin...

It's not clear if you are talking about a spin class/bike or your own bike on a trainer. If it's a spin bike, most have flats and toe straps on one side and SPD on the other, so MTB shoes would be...
02-27-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 373
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As said above, photos in your normal cycling...

As said above, photos in your normal cycling position would be better. However, please have a look at my bike fitting primer, here: https://www.bikeforums.net/21296948-post3.html

Your goal is to...
02-27-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 375
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't box, but that sounds good, or at least a...

I don't box, but that sounds good, or at least a good start for aerobic activity. Seems like you'd also do weight work and plyometrics, but that's up to your coach.
02-27-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3,311
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Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, do it the other way around. A happy wife is...

Yeah, do it the other way around. A happy wife is worth the world. Myself, I'm not sure that one affects the other IF one's saddle is the right one and in the correct position. My only issue with...
02-26-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I see. It's simply having a strong ride, for...

I see. It's simply having a strong ride, for which the forecast is having normal numbers on the scale in the morning. Learned correlation. A long time ago, I tried to do a 40 mile moderate pace...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,680
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I know a woman who rode PBP on a Brooks, got...

I know a woman who rode PBP on a Brooks, got bloody, took 6 months before she could do anything interesting again. So there's that. There's a reason that in the world of slotted saddles, the women's...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When that happens, if you're using RWGPS, you...

When that happens, if you're using RWGPS, you simply switch to "Draw Lines," then once over the difficulty, switch back to Driving or Cycling. I do that a lot. So it's really simple - don't draw your...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's critical how you set up the tracking page...

It's critical how you set up the tracking page (how to follow a course). You have to have an experienced user show you the exact settings which you have to use. I can't help - I'm still using an 800,...
02-26-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, one can tell one's low on glycogen if one...

Well, one can tell one's low on glycogen if one just can't move the bike normally - assuming there's no other good reason, like lack of recent exercise or really sore muscles on the bike. Glycogen...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 06:10 PM
02-26-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

https://tanita.eu/body-composition-scales/ ...

https://tanita.eu/body-composition-scales/

Water content changes muscle conductivity. My muscle percent between when I get up and later in the day goes up 1 or 2 percent. Similarly after exercise...
02-26-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,166
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Is that Russian slang from the Soviet days? Have...

Is that Russian slang from the Soviet days? Have you read Secondhand Time: the last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Aleksievich?

I liked the photo very much.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,299
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Still, metal is an isotropic material and so will...

Still, metal is an isotropic material and so will always be at a disadvantage w/r to anisotropic materials when trying to create an object with very specific properties.
02-25-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Try it first thing in the morning, then after a...

Try it first thing in the morning, then after a workout. Mine goes up .2 - .3 and for no conceivable reason other than that my scale gets bone and muscle a bit confused.
02-25-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,607
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you want to know how to pedal seated, look at...

If you want to know how to pedal seated, look at the video in post 25. At least one can aspire to that even if it's at half the watts. For pedaling standing, look at Pantani's form. That's where...
02-25-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My bedtime snack is 15g whey protein in water....

My bedtime snack is 15g whey protein in water. That's worked surprisingly well. This morning's weigh-in found my weight unchanged, water up, muscle and fat both down from yesterday morning. My...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,342
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've seen folks ride single speed balloon tired...

I've seen folks ride single speed balloon tired bikes on doubles, and a woman rode one of those, complete with flowers in the basket, on PBP. She was not your average rider, however. If it were me,...
02-24-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I did the workout, though I got interrupted in...

I did the workout, though I got interrupted in the morning and had to quit halfway through. I did the other half, which was identical to the first half, in the afternoon. Both were about 45'. Results...
02-24-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have a similar scale. I notice that the day...

I have a similar scale. I notice that the day after maybe a 2 hour workout, if I did not adequately replace carbs, my weight the next morning is down by a pound or so. If I do have an after-workout...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,376
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's what I noticed. The place to learn how to...

That's what I noticed. The place to learn how to sprint is on the road. Accelerating mass on the road and increasing power demands at the cube of the speed is a whole different thing. Moving the bike...
02-23-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 759
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Our tandem team weighs 285. I build my own wheels...

Our tandem team weighs 285. I build my own wheels for it, but always 36H because of having 36H CK hubs. I've used both double-butted and CX-Ray and never a broken spoke. The bigger deal than spoke...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,299
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The reason I brought that up is that the Thunk is...

The reason I brought that up is that the Thunk is what makes carbon special - vibration damping. You can get the same stiffness in metal, but without the vibration damping. That's a product of the...
02-22-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,680
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We have Avid Single Digit 7 V-brakes. Funny that...

We have Avid Single Digit 7 V-brakes. Funny that you should ask about the pads. I bought a pile of SwissStop GHP2 green pads back in 2015, still have a few pair. Sure enough, they don't make them...
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