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Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 2,548
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's called neuromuscular coordination which has...

It's called neuromuscular coordination which has to be wired into your spinal ganglia. This takes more time than one might think. There's an easy path to getting there. The following works much...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 2,548
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The OP should just try it. If his flats can't be...

The OP should just try it. If his flats can't be fitted with toe clips, rat trap pedals, clips and straps are all quite cheap. The big investment going clipless is the shoes. Good shoes make a...
07-24-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good video. Saddle height looks good. You are too...

Good video. Saddle height looks good. You are too far forward on the bike. Move the saddle back until the hand pain goes away. Leave the stem alone for new. Notice how your lower back is rounded. You...
07-24-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 357
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Big slot down the middle. Narrow slot doesn't...

Big slot down the middle. Narrow slot doesn't work for everyone. Don't get up on the nose. Stay back over the slot. I like saddles which don't have much curve in the profile. I think that curve can...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Leather always worked for me. They should have...

Leather always worked for me. They should have buckles like this:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0073/9033/0978/products/sf5211_1024x1024.jpg?v=1622808817
Replies: 53
Views: 915
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For a very long, very hilly with a time limit...

For a very long, very hilly with a time limit ride like PBP, I'd choose the fastest equipment available to me. Multispeed hubs are not as efficient as derailleur. The difference is small, but it's...
07-21-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,133
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I ride more than my birthday miles every year,...

I ride more than my birthday miles every year, just not on the day. I'm not a big celebrator, though we did ride my wife's age on her 70th. One thing is wanted to do and didn't get to do, is to ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,396
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In my youth, riding my motorcycle way too fast in...

In my youth, riding my motorcycle way too fast in the Alps, I found that starting with the a light rear brake to sort of steady the bike and then adding as much front brake as necessary worked best....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 646
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bending the elbows is good and solves some...

Bending the elbows is good and solves some problems. But elbow bend should be independent of bar height, unless one were lowering the bars more than max hip angle would allow, which does point to the...
07-18-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bright lights! Bright clothing alone doesn't do...

Bright lights! Bright clothing alone doesn't do it. I run a 200 lumen white blinking light in front and a 300 lumen red blinking light in back. They can see that light for a mile in the rain. I run...
07-18-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've been riding in the winter rain here for 25...

I've been riding in the winter rain here for 25 years. Never crashed, and we have a lot of steep hills here. One takes it easier in the rain, allows more room for everything. I use rim brakes and...
07-17-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

What happens is that we forget that riding in the...

What happens is that we forget that riding in the rain is actually just fine and a lot of fun. The fun part is imagining how all those onlookers are thinking you're some kind of crazy nut when...
07-12-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 709
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

44g powder + 36g fructose = 320 calories, maybe...

44g powder + 36g fructose = 320 calories, maybe double what you should be doing. Your drink is 6%, perfect. Maybe no dates? If you're only doing one pass, a 400 calorie high-carb breakfast and a...
07-12-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,589
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Certainly agree with trying a softer gait. Look...

Certainly agree with trying a softer gait. Look at "shuffle running" on YT. Also, I think leg strength and fitness has a lot to do with being able to run with a soft gait. I got a nasty case of...
07-11-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've looked at the bike. Height of top tube is of...

I've looked at the bike. Height of top tube is of course not an issue, only the length of it. You don't want the saddle that low in any case. With normal saddle height, one can just barely touch the...
07-11-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I can't think of one other than the rider's...

I can't think of one other than the rider's objection to doing that, which would mean a different bike. Bike is too big. Reach might be too great and bars too high, which might not be particularly...
07-08-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I didn't think I needed to mention it, but guess...

I didn't think I needed to mention it, but guess I do: The first thing one does is adjust saddle position, then stem. My bike fit primer is here: https://www.bikeforums.net/21296948-post3.html...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,692
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Sizes?

Sizes?
07-06-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yours seems to be a more complex case than the...

Yours seems to be a more complex case than the usual overtraining syndrome (OTS). I suggest you see a doctor and get a full blood workup. Make sure there's no underlying issue or issues of some sort....
07-06-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine My...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine

My wife had quinine prescribed for bad night leg cramps. Her doctor advised her to stop after the FDA warning came out. The cramps gradually went away as she...
06-28-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,517
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We just got back from a hub-and-spoke bike tour....

We just got back from a hub-and-spoke bike tour. We've been doing weekly rides for many years with this group. At 148, we definitely don't climb like we used to, but our 24 X 40 gets us up the hills....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,143
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, that's what triples are. I like a 24 or 26...

Well, that's what triples are. I like a 24 or 26 granny ring so I can have my rear cogs even closer together.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,143
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IME one wants one's steepest anticipated climbing...

IME one wants one's steepest anticipated climbing cog to be the second largest. As mentioned above, sometimes things get different near the end of a hard climb.

I still run triples on all my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,143
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In my 50s, low was 30/25. In my 60s, it was...

In my 50s, low was 30/25. In my 60s, it was 30/27. Then it was 26/27. Now it's 26/30. I always hope I won't have to go any lower, but . . .We have 26/40 on our tandem.
06-16-21, 08:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 886
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

With your hands on the hoods and your forearms...

With your hands on the hoods and your forearms horizontal, when you pedal do your quads hit your chest or stomach? If not, you could go a little bit lower, but really there's no need. Smaller bikes...
06-16-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,660
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In a "Thrones" voice, "I recognize some of these...

In a "Thrones" voice, "I recognize some of these men, but not their meaning. And except for "HRV", none of their titles."
06-15-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,660
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

R-Rs are fairly simple to measure, only thing is,...

R-Rs are fairly simple to measure, only thing is, they aren't very interesting. What I watch particularly, the best gauge of my readiness level, is my standing HF (parasympathetic) power. I also...
06-15-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,660
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you want to investigate HRV, you have to have...

If you want to investigate HRV, you have to have the right HR sensor. Wrist and optical sensors are useless for HRV and IMO for sports use. You need a 4 lead type of sensor like a Polar Pro strap or...
06-14-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,660
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Some Polar equipment does HRV and orthostatic HR....

Some Polar equipment does HRV and orthostatic HR. I've been using a V800 GPS watch for several years. Not made anymore, but still supported, on ebay, and never had a problem with one. I very much...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,869
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As has been said, you charge a fee and hire cops....

As has been said, you charge a fee and hire cops. That's not simple though. No real good answer really. My personal solution is to hang as far back as I can as those sorts of obstacles are approached...
06-14-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Forest bathing!...

Forest bathing! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580555/
While I haven't done anything scientific, my wife and I notice that day hikes in the mountains are good for you. When we...
06-13-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 25,972
Views: 2,660,362
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not today so far, but I rode yesterday. I did my...

Not today so far, but I rode yesterday. I did my birthday ride. First I rode with my wife on our tandem on a 59 mile group ride. Then I got on my single and rode the 17 mi8les home from that group...
06-09-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In the photos in post 6, see how straight his...

In the photos in post 6, see how straight his upper back is? That's key: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/722724-riding-position-discovery.html

And leaning forward is not the culprit. Most...
06-09-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,232
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Question for the OP: So what goes wrong with you...

Question for the OP: So what goes wrong with you when they ride away from you? Are you panting so hard you think you'll pass out? Or do your legs seem to simply go away or not feel as strong as they...
06-02-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 25,972
Views: 2,660,362
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No mamil photos, just a ride on a route that I...

No mamil photos, just a ride on a route that I haven't felt strong enough to do since 2016. 2.5 hours, 38 miles, 1060 kJ, 9 PRs. Consistent training helps a lot. The route has a couple of...
05-29-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,353
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Another approach would be to do five 20 mile...

Another approach would be to do five 20 mile rides next week. On 2 of them, do a few 1 minute max effort seated intervals with 5 minutes between them. After a couple of the other rides keep the...
05-28-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,353
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, it's just being out of shape. It's not...

Yes, it's just being out of shape. It's not hydration or electrolytes. It's going to take time. Do more time at lower intensity and one-legged strength work. I like 1-legged knee bends from a chair,...
05-26-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,657
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think the OP is curious, is all. It's a good...

I think the OP is curious, is all. It's a good question. Those who've replied about HR must have thought they were in some different thread. Nothing in this thread about HR or calorie calculators,...
05-24-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

:) I once went to a New Years Eve party attended...

:) I once went to a New Years Eve party attended by a number of roadies. On the big screen TV, we watched an almost unedited front cam video of a mountain group ride we'd all done many times. Like...
05-23-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, group rides are back. Our 25 y.o. ride is...

Yes, group rides are back. Our 25 y.o. ride is attended only by the fully vaccinated. We didn't make that a rule, but we're all sensible folks who want to live long, healthy lives, so that's just how...
05-18-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,684
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

To get kJ, you have to upload to a website...

To get kJ, you have to upload to a website that'll calculate that for you. I use both HR and power and compare my kJ to what the HRM reports for calories and they just aren't the same, sometimes not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I now use CX-Rays on all my wheel builds - for...

I now use CX-Rays on all my wheel builds - for myself. Costs more, but the build is so much easier and the wheels do seem a bit faster. I use them on my single, 20 X 24 and our tandem 36 X 36. These...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,406
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, two 8 oz. cups. Fluffed up by mixing with...

Yes, two 8 oz. cups. Fluffed up by mixing with the whey, I think that's about 750 calories. I don't bother to weigh it every time. A bottle lasts me 3-4 hours on long rides. The longer the ride, the...
05-13-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,407
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Historically, we do strength building twice a...

Historically, we do strength building twice a week ending in December. In January, we reduce the number of exercises to ~7, reduce reps and increase weights. Starting in April, we only lift 1 day a...
05-12-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,523
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Nice bike! Yeah, so what is your measured pubic...

Nice bike! Yeah, so what is your measured pubic bone to floor measurement? That looks like a fairly small bike. The saddle and bar setup looks fine to me.
05-12-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,011
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This is me many years ago in my winter fat trim,...

This is me many years ago in my winter fat trim, on our tandem. Note that my back is neither one way nor the other. The bend is distributed between hip and lumbar spine and the upper back is fairly...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You are might be a little late to the party,...

You are might be a little late to the party, depending on your current fitness.
See the SIR website: https://www.seattlerando.org/
You'll need to be both an RUSA and SIR member to ride brevets....
05-11-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,523
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm also with phughes. What caught my eye is that...

I'm also with phughes. What caught my eye is that you set saddle height using heel-on-pedal and then pedal toes down, which means you're reaching for the pedals. You're probably reaching when you do...
05-11-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, it is a thing to have your knees almost...

Yes, it is a thing to have your knees almost touch the top tube. It's more aero. That used to be the desired practice, but now coaches feel that the knee should be directly over the pedal to produce...
05-11-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,848
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have had 3 riding buddies so far who got Afib....

I have had 3 riding buddies so far who got Afib. Here's a good recipe: Be in your 60s, lifetime of hard training, wall full of long distance medals, your 3Xweek normal workout is a 60 mile ride...
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