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07-15-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 354
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The 6 Gap link you posted is to a ride. Never...

The 6 Gap link you posted is to a ride. Never take gradient values from a ride, only from a route. Go to your linked ride and hover over the max gradient figure. See where that is on the elevation...
07-15-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 132
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Another simple solution to problems like this is...

Another simple solution to problems like this is to go clipless and stiff-soled cycling shoes, like Sidi Dominator, and pedal with a level foot, getting much of the pedal force through the shoe's...
07-15-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 354
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

One thing that confuses me is the OP even...

One thing that confuses me is the OP even thinking about not making equipment changes. Those changes are tiny investments compared to the necessary investments in training time and effort. I guess I...
07-15-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 354
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's actually several climbs of 6%-7% and one of...

It's actually several climbs of 6%-7% and one of 8%-10% with one pitch of 12%. There are apparently no 20% grades. I would climb all of those seated but try to stand for short periods every 10...
07-15-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 354
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, modify your drivetrain, whatever it takes....

Yeah, modify your drivetrain, whatever it takes. It's time. At 74, my lowest gear is 26 X 30, about 23 g.i.. That's actually too low, but it's good for a bailout. Best to have a gear you never expect...
07-15-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Right now, your weekly mileage is 30. Increase...

Right now, your weekly mileage is 30. Increase that by 10% per week, not by making one ride longer, but by doing more shorter rides. When you get up to 50 miles a week, one 30 mile ride will be easy....
07-15-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

AFAIK, all those supplements are extracted from...

AFAIK, all those supplements are extracted from plants, at least 3 different plant species. I thought the study a bit amusing because apparently buyers might think that spinach is more OK than some...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Being a ride leader, I've planned many, many...

Being a ride leader, I've planned many, many routes using RidewithGPS.com. I have hundreds of them for this area. PM me. I've ridden so many roads in this area, that I just know about where to plot...
07-13-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Even without a power meter, and ignoring the HRM,...

Even without a power meter, and ignoring the HRM, Strava will calculate kj which are pretty much the same as calories. Not as accurate as with a PM, but a much better idea than from some HRM...
07-13-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

These folks are elites, too. My guess would be...

These folks are elites, too. My guess would be that they have their poop analyzed and see that they don't need it. It's the average Dick and Jane who would benefit most.
07-13-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Turns out I was wrong about this in my previous...

Turns out I was wrong about this in my previous post. Further research shows that it's available and not all that expensive. I didn't know the correct search terms. Try "Ecdysterone Cyanotis Extract"...
07-13-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

To some extent this is true. The problem is not...

To some extent this is true. The problem is not so much industry funding, which I doubt is really an issue, as it is general researcher bias. One assumes you've read many nutrition threads here and...
07-13-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,831
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, there's that. In my tire experiments, we've...

Well, there's that. In my tire experiments, we've usually pinch-flatted at low speeds trying to ease over something, like a curb-cut with a 2" lip at the bottom, or slowly crossing bad tracks. IIRC,...
07-12-19, 11:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 973
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Centenarians are the fastest increasing age group...

Centenarians are the fastest increasing age group in the US. Silly to think that trend won't continue. I had a doctor who said that researchers would be studying us athletic baby boomers for a...
07-12-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,350
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Doesn't have to be either way. See my last year's...

Doesn't have to be either way. See my last year's post 12 in this thread. Eat something while you get dressed. On the bike, eat high GI carbs. OTOH I don't think there's any evidence that what you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Strong, a positive TSB. Really strong, TSB of 10...

Strong, a positive TSB. Really strong, TSB of 10 or so. Looking at my HRV numbers, a high parasympathetic power will mean a strong ride. A low resting HR combined with a low standing resting HR can...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,871
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For platform, I use RidewithGPS.com, premium...

For platform, I use RidewithGPS.com, premium account. I have hundreds of routes saved there. I move the route(s) to my Garmin 800, purchased in '10. The Garmin Edge 830 is the newest in that line. On...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,871
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

31. The last long tour I took, I wished I had a...

31. The last long tour I took, I wished I had a tablet with USB port, so I could plot courses and move the TCX file into my Garmin. And I really wanted a halfway decent map screen. I haven't used...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,781
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

GPS. Garmin.

GPS. Garmin.
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 780
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Clear, just because I like to keep track of the...

Clear, just because I like to keep track of the level. That's the only thing that really matters.
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,664
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Clipless, Sidi Dominators - walkable no problem....

Clipless, Sidi Dominators - walkable no problem. Town shoes, La Sportiva trail runners - nice to be able to hike, too. We carry an REI Flash 18 daypack - 9 oz. It's good for shopping and hiking.
07-10-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,283
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I can remember one ride which did not leave me...

I can remember one ride which did not leave me with a smile: 70 miles in a 36° steady downpour. I didn't like that. All the rest I think - smiles. My wife says all I have to do is swing a leg over...
07-09-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,283
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My individualized recipe is to ride away from...

My individualized recipe is to ride away from home until you're tired, then ride back. That's a good ride. Endurance doesn't start until you start enduring. I started trying to ride the 5 miles...
07-09-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Those recs are not for endurance athletes, and...

Those recs are not for endurance athletes, and more particularly for aging endurance athletes. It's very possible that endurance athletes need more protein than strength athletes. Read the Hammer...
07-09-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,920
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think it's easy to fulfill your own prophecy. I...

I think it's easy to fulfill your own prophecy. I continue to train and ride about as I did 20 years ago. I use the techniques, intervals, easy rides, moderate rides, hard rides, just like any...
07-09-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Pullups have nothing to do with cycling ability....

Pullups have nothing to do with cycling ability. I haven't done them since I was a teenager. Pushups however do help, but being able to do 20 seems to be enough.

The problem gets to be that...
07-09-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Of course recovery slows. That gets to be the...

Of course recovery slows. That gets to be the main limiter. One can no longer workout hard enough, frequently enough, to preserve one's cycling ability. There are work-arounds: train smarter, not...
07-09-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There are a zillion different opinions on this....

There are a zillion different opinions on this. IME, if your legs hurt while you're on the bike, you're protein deficient. Studies have been done on endurance athletes which show they need up to...
07-09-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 928
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I do intervals using HR. It's more difficult than...

I do intervals using HR. It's more difficult than using power, but one can learn how. One has to learn to do intervals with power, also.

Say you want to do 3X3', probably the most difficult to get...
07-08-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,373
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that these chemicals do work. Looking...

My guess is that these chemicals do work. Looking at reviews of this stuff sold online, apparently none of those supps contain any steroid at all. I think the real stuff costs like $200/g.
07-08-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,076
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Interesting. You might have a look at this, too:...

Interesting. You might have a look at this, too: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2737854?
One of the authors of quoted study is a friend of mine whose son has CTS. It might not be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

OK, here they are:...

OK, here they are: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Royce-Titanium-Hubs-Mavic-Open-Pro-CD-Ceramic-Rims-DT-Spokes-32h-Wheelset-Wheels-/323778499887
The title says CD but the text says that's mistaken and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

18 months is about right IME. Back in the day . ....

18 months is about right IME. Back in the day . . . Mavic made a version of Open Pros with ceramic coated rims. They also made a cheaper version, a CD rim but it's not the same thing. My rain bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,748
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It also doesn't make sense because that's not...

It also doesn't make sense because that's not what's happening - being told us by someone who has a bone to pick. I've frequently gone by the leaders with a 5-10 mph speed differential. I don't...
07-07-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 692
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Do you mean "calculated" or measured as in that...

Do you mean "calculated" or measured as in that link I posted? One can't calculate an inseam.
07-07-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,470
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Maybe that's your favorite road bike, but that's...

Maybe that's your favorite road bike, but that's actually a terrible frame. You know your size and measurements. Look online for a used 9 or 10-speed carbon bike. I'm still riding my '99 5200. Don't...
07-07-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 692
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Saddle's probably too high and your hips are...

Saddle's probably too high and your hips are rocking. There are many ways to determine saddle height, try them all: https://www.mantel.com/blog/en/how-to-determine-the-correct-saddle-height/
...
07-07-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 928
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Never base zones off what you think your MHR is....

Never base zones off what you think your MHR is. You'll be wrong. Instead, base them off your lactate threshold. That's determinable by testing. There's a sticky on that at the top of the Training...
07-07-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,874
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Exactly. Confidence, being smooth, and knowing...

Exactly. Confidence, being smooth, and knowing what you're doing is key. I don't find I know less about cycling as I age, so I descend even better than I used to. Plus my fitter just made me buy a...
07-07-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I do it the other way: ride my guts out for...

I do it the other way: ride my guts out for several hours, then do a 4-5 hour hike the next day. Works great. IMO best recovery ever because it adds strength and endurance. Gives me a leg up on the...
07-06-19, 10:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bicycling loves that sort of thing - vague enough...

Bicycling loves that sort of thing - vague enough to be true, impossible for the rider to figure out. This time of year, I ride and hike and workout at the maximum level from which I can recover each...
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's The Octopus' advice:...

Here's The Octopus' advice: https://www.bikeforums.net/long-distance-competition-ultracycling-randonneuring-endurance-cycling/785252-training-your-first-fixed-gear-century.html
He's climbed Ventoux...
07-04-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,681
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Photos sounds good. We don't need to seem them....

Photos sounds good. We don't need to seem them. You know what to do.
07-04-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

To me, bike riding always meant freedom. When...

To me, bike riding always meant freedom. When women first mounted bikes, the whole world changed. I say she could learn to ride a single, no problem. Freedom is a big deal. Google "how to learn to...
07-04-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,400
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You could simply switch to a flat saddle with a...

You could simply switch to a flat saddle with a similar size and shape.
07-04-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,525
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you haven't been riding bikes quite a bit for...

If you haven't been riding bikes quite a bit for the past few months, it could be just newbie soreness. Remedy is to ride 30' every day for many days. The butt gradually adapts.

If that's not the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,748
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Smart. When they go over the top without you,...

Smart. When they go over the top without you, it's because you've held the highest pace you can hold for a long period. So just keep holding that pace. They'll ease off because they're about blown,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,748
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This is not that complicated. As most of you...

This is not that complicated. As most of you know, I've done maybe 1000 group rides and led a couple hundred or so. Some people climb faster than others. Club rides do usually wait for folks to catch...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My main single ride is still my '99 carbon Trek...

My main single ride is still my '99 carbon Trek 5200. Maybe 70,000 miles on it, frame and fork still perfect. One new BB, 2 new brifters, many chainrings and cassettes, 3 wheelsets. I can't think of...
07-03-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My wife rode her 70th as stoker on our tandem...

My wife rode her 70th as stoker on our tandem this past April. 70.1 miles, 2350'. I'm not bothering. Rode 90.3 and 5200' on my single this past Sunday. Surprised myself with some long solos off the...
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