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10-13-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By BengalCat

Age is the toughest "competitor." Where I live...

Age is the toughest "competitor." Where I live bicycling is very popular. The majority of serious recreational road riders use Strava. I am in the 70-74 age bracket. On climbs of the thousands of...
10-13-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By BengalCat

IMO Nate is the best. Stands out from any other...

IMO Nate is the best. Stands out from any other fitter that I've personally dealt with and or used over the decades.
10-07-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,291
Posted By BengalCat

Want to be a great climber and excellent...

Want to be a great climber and excellent all-around road cyclist? It's all about power, especially the power to weight ratio, and for most, (not all), the ability to efficiently do sustained high...
10-07-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 626
Posted By BengalCat

Trek for ISO speed, flexibility in tire sizes,...

Trek for ISO speed, flexibility in tire sizes, and the best warranty in the industry.
10-06-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,294
Posted By BengalCat

On the plus side when you are old as you or...

On the plus side when you are old as you or worse, like me at 73, if you fall over everybody comes out of the woodwork to help the poor old codger. Cars stop, multiple people standing nearby offer to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,226
Posted By BengalCat

You can never have too many gears, so to speak....

You can never have too many gears, so to speak. The last thing one never wants to experience is except in an aberrational situation is to run out of gears on a climb.

I run a 50/34 11-40 eleven...
09-28-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By BengalCat

I'm a long-time experienced ride about to turn...

I'm a long-time experienced ride about to turn seventy-four years old.

First off I strongly suspect that based upon your statements and description of rides and heart and breath response that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,146
Posted By BengalCat

Is weight a relevant factor in performance on a...

Is weight a relevant factor in performance on a road bike? Yes. It is, however, IMO without a doubt by far the most overrated variable. Power and lactate threshold trumps weight by a country mile,...
09-26-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 690
Posted By BengalCat

Seventy-year-old riders that do consecutive or...

Seventy-year-old riders that do consecutive or regular hard days, (4-5 days a week) and recover adequately, exist. They are the exceptions rather than the rule.

After many years off the bike, I...
09-26-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 310
Posted By BengalCat

You may not be able to do so. Distance between...

You may not be able to do so. Distance between the devices can be a factor. If you can move them further apart it might do the trick.
09-25-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2,996
Views: 270,815
Posted By BengalCat

Does wearing a helmet reduce the likelihood of an...

Does wearing a helmet reduce the likelihood of an injury or lessen the severity of an injury to either your head or your brain? Well, yeah, especially to your head, (skull and tissue covering it),...
09-25-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,680
Posted By BengalCat

My current road bike was purchased in early 2015....

My current road bike was purchased in early 2015. It was a 50/34 compact 11 speed 11-32. I could handle any grade tossed at me up to 18 percent. I used to love to climb. Now it is 11-40 with a...
09-17-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By BengalCat

If you like it that is what counts most but you...

If you like it that is what counts most but you might wish to recheck the label of Neutrogena SPF 70:

How to Use


Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure
Reapply:
After 80 minutes...
09-17-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,302
Posted By BengalCat

The OP was talking about injuries to his labrum...

The OP was talking about injuries to his labrum and muscles. You are talking about ligaments, (completely separated you say), so that means torn and surgery is mandatory.
09-16-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,302
Posted By BengalCat

If the torn labrum and supraspinatus muscle are...

If the torn labrum and supraspinatus muscle are in the same shoulder and you a middle age or younger surgery is your best bet IF, and BIG IF, you can get quality long-term physical therapy and are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,099
Posted By BengalCat

IMO the choice is clear, you should buy a quality...

IMO the choice is clear, you should buy a quality endurance bike. Functionally they climb as well as a "climbing" or conventional geometry bike and they are significantly more comfortable for the...
09-14-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,784
Posted By BengalCat

A front flashing, blinking or strobe light during...

A front flashing, blinking or strobe light during the day really increases the visibility of vehicle drivers approaching from a side street. That's what I use. The same light works if you are in...
09-14-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,697
Posted By BengalCat

The best is what you like the most. Factors that...

The best is what you like the most. Factors that tend to determine that are what's your power to weight ratio, your riding or training goals, and what terrain do you ride. The bigger ring means...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,488
Posted By BengalCat

How could anyone be so wrong on such a simple...

How could anyone be so wrong on such a simple matter as you are here? Oh, Washington D.C.! You must be a politician. That would explain it.

When we switch from DST to Standard Time in...
09-04-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,240
Posted By BengalCat

I've like Pearl Izumi Elite gloves. Fit well,...

I've like Pearl Izumi Elite gloves. Fit well, look good, and have excellent padding. The only time I ride without gloves is to get a tan on my hands to eliminate that deeply tanned arm contrasted by...
08-26-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,730
Posted By BengalCat

When climbing and trying for best effort or time...

When climbing and trying for best effort or time I've found that for me I can maintain an HR of 90-91 percent of maximum on Cat 3 and Cat 2 climbs. My legs tell me what cadence and gear combo to use....
08-26-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,449
Posted By BengalCat

The knees"tolerance" or health is very...

The knees"tolerance" or health is very individualistic. That said, the harder the gear the greater the stress on the knee, especially if done while seated. Pushing too hard of a gear puts a strain on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,138
Posted By BengalCat

Checking the derailleur is always a good idea...

Checking the derailleur is always a good idea when the bike falls over or the rear bumps up against something.

I was struggling up a 14 percent grade near the end of a climb on a narrow road...
08-24-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
Posted By BengalCat

For most people 6'7" a 62 cm may be workable but...

For most people 6'7" a 62 cm may be workable but usually is too small. A 64 cm if available should work for the majority of folks that are 6'7" tall.
08-24-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,300
Posted By BengalCat

Anything in the fit that doesn't properly set you...

Anything in the fit that doesn't properly set you on the saddle will cause problems. One sign of a good all-around fit besides comfort is that you will naturally and comfortably be balanced on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,387
Posted By BengalCat

Go for a long ride in what would be considerate...

Go for a long ride in what would be considerate mild or moderate weather. Drink lots of water on the ride. When you get home, drink lots of water and eat as regular. Weigh yourself the next morning...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,162
Posted By BengalCat

I'm 6'4" with a long torso and 36" arms. I ride a...

I'm 6'4" with a long torso and 36" arms. I ride a 62 cm Domane. My stem is 120mm. Perfect for me.
08-16-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,782
Posted By BengalCat

FYI IMO the 105 or 5800 is the best for the buck...

FYI IMO the 105 or 5800 is the best for the buck Shimano drivetrain and although Ultegra is excellent it is IMO not really better than the 105 or 5800, especially when you consider the price...
Forum: Foo
08-15-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,889
Posted By BengalCat

As a heavy regular user of Amazon, I don't write...

As a heavy regular user of Amazon, I don't write reviews on all of the stuff I buy, just those that IMO justifies a review. When I do write a review I try to be accurate and informative while...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,387
Posted By BengalCat

When it comes to riding in the "heat" all I can...

When it comes to riding in the "heat" all I can say is personally as I aged past 60 from there on my tolerance to heat while exercising began to significantly decrease. I'm 73 now and I have to...
08-15-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,592
Posted By BengalCat

The story within a story of the article from the...

The story within a story of the article from the OP is the importance and impact one's metabolic function has on an individual's health and weight.
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,914
Posted By BengalCat

I'm 6'4 230 pounds and 73 years old. I never get...

I'm 6'4 230 pounds and 73 years old. I never get dropped because I ride alone. The past 3 years I've lost 65 watts to age and disease. On the flats and more so on climbs I seldom pass anyone. OTOH...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,468
Posted By BengalCat

It seems to me that cadence is very individually...

It seems to me that cadence is very individually specific. I'm old and heavy and reasonably fit with low power to weight ratio. Nevertheless over the course of the past five years despite getting...
08-03-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,460
Posted By BengalCat

Seems a bit high to me. I guess unless there is...

Seems a bit high to me. I guess unless there is official or verified data somewhere we will never know.

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08-02-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,460
Posted By BengalCat

Sorry, I wasn't clearer in my post. I meant 6.3...

Sorry, I wasn't clearer in my post. I meant 6.3 watts per kilo on the final climb in the mountain stages.
08-02-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,460
Posted By BengalCat

A reasonable position in a specific context....

A reasonable position in a specific context. However, since all most everyone doped from 1991 and all of his TdF rivals from 1999 to 2005 also did, then I take it you do not consider their stats...
08-01-19, 12:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,215
Posted By BengalCat

I've worn a Garmin Chest Strap HR Monitor for...

I've worn a Garmin Chest Strap HR Monitor for four years. It came with my Garmin 1000. I've never physically been bothered by it or for that matter even noticed it when I've ridden the X thousand of...
07-31-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,864
Posted By BengalCat

When the shifting settings are correct does my...

When the shifting settings are correct does my bike shift properly? Yes? For me chain is OK. It's only when I start to experience some unsolvable issues that I check my chain. I use the Park...
07-30-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By BengalCat

My LBS will straighten a bent hanger just one...

My LBS will straighten a bent hanger just one time, no more should it get bent again. However, my personal preference is to replace bent hangers. It's a matter of peace of mind and it isn't...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,878
Posted By BengalCat

Man, that's the truth. C1-C3? Amazing. ...

Man, that's the truth. C1-C3? Amazing.

Best wishes and success on the right bike and a continued long life of pleasurable cycling.
07-29-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,845
Posted By BengalCat

I go by the following general standards: One...

I go by the following general standards: One gram of protein for each kilogram of weight at a regular normal activity. If training including cross-training a lot one and one-half gram per kilogram....
07-29-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,944
Posted By BengalCat

It probably will never happen but the best future...

It probably will never happen but the best future outcome would incorporate a lot, not all, functions into a Heads-Up-Display.
07-29-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,721
Posted By BengalCat

Used it for years in sunny Southern California...

Used it for years in sunny Southern California and I have a totally bald head and have never gotten any burn or noticeable tan. In fact, since my face gets so tan from riding while my head stays...
07-28-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,460
Posted By BengalCat

In general, I don't care for descents, especially...

In general, I don't care for descents, especially long very fast ones that with sweeping and some sharp turns in them. They are just way too dangerous and disproportionately influence outcomes in...
07-27-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,460
Posted By BengalCat

Armstrong at 165 pounds was among the heaviest of...

Armstrong at 165 pounds was among the heaviest of the great climbers. Weight is very important, of course. But more accurately it is mostly about the power to weight ratio and sustainable power...
07-26-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,404
Posted By BengalCat

Relax, relax, and relax. Put breathing completely...

Relax, relax, and relax. Put breathing completely out of your mind. If you are able to do that you will not able to breathe anyway except the most optimal and naturally beneficial for the workload...
07-26-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,721
Posted By BengalCat

I wear a lightweight white-colored SPEG UV-Pro...

I wear a lightweight white-colored SPEG UV-Pro Cycling Head Cooling Helmet Liner, SPF30 Skull cap. It fits all. Offers moisture wicking, cooling and UV30+ protection for those with medium to...
07-24-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,678
Posted By BengalCat

IMO the best advice I can offer is given the...

IMO the best advice I can offer is given the parameters you stated for what and where you want to ride is that a standard road bike is definitely not for you. If you accept that advice as offered...
07-23-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,005
Posted By BengalCat

His success inspired my first adult bike purchase...

His success inspired my first adult bike purchase in 1983 and I'm still riding today.
07-23-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,530
Posted By BengalCat

Generally speaking, a "better bike" will not make...

Generally speaking, a "better bike" will not make you functionally or relevantly faster. It has a greater potential to make you more comfortable, but that too has its limits.

Overall fitness and...
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