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Old 04-01-2013, 10:47 AM   #27961
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Mtn biking helps develop power and bike handling skills.

Road riding helps develop fitness.

Doing both makes you a better cyclist all around.

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Riding track teaches you how to pedal and gives you gobs of power to boot.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:54 AM   #27962
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Since Huck-n-Roll was bought out by competitive cyclist I have been getting their e-mails about twice a week now. Today's e-mail. All I could think was: Should I post this in the mid-life crisis car thread up in Shiny Things?

I am fairly certain that bike would be wasted on the trails I have locally.
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of Aurelius peeling out of his driveway headed for the nearest Santa Cruz dealer.


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Old 04-01-2013, 12:07 PM   #27963
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Today's shenannigans:




I hadn't ridden since Monday and have fighting a bit of a cold. I felt it. I had intended to ride all of May's century route, but didn't have enough left to attempt the final loop and its extra 2000' of climbing.

Next weekend is a road trip up to Medford for The Rouge Flahute.
Hell, yeah. I got out for 72 and 7K of climbing on Saturday. This weekend will be about 80 and 8K.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #27964
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I was inspired by the sight of some roadies I met last week. These guys had massive tree-trunk thighs and virtually no fat. I kept thinking about how fast I could go on the trails if I were in that kind of shape, so I'm putting myself on a strict diet combined with every day rides, instead of just riding on weekends.
I've had tremendous gains with strength training, particularly my glutes and core. When the quads are failing, it's nice to activate glutes and return rolling. Core strength ensures power goes to the pedals instead of rocking my hips on the saddle and other waste.

This has helped me get smaller, but the number on the scale is about the same, I hate to say. At least I'm pedaling around less useless mass.

And, as my trainer says, "Ass moves mass", so build those glutes!
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:21 PM   #27965
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Hell, yeah. I got out for 72 and 7K of climbing on Saturday. This weekend will be about 80 and 8K.

Go Ned!
Thanks, Dave. If it fits into your training schedule, consider coming up for the actual ride on May 5th. 9500' of climbing for the century and 12,500' for the super!

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Old 04-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #27966
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I've had tremendous gains with strength training, particularly my glutes and core. When the quads are failing, it's nice to activate glutes and return rolling. Core strength ensures power goes to the pedals instead of rocking my hips on the saddle and other waste.

This has helped me get smaller, but the number on the scale is about the same, I hate to say. At least I'm pedaling around less useless mass.

And, as my trainer says, "Ass moves mass", so build those glutes!
What sort of strength exercises have you been doing?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #27967
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Went out for a little over 23 miles this morning. Temps were in the mid 20s when we left ...April 1 and mid 20s...and I brought the wrong gloves. I almost thought I was going to have to bail cause my thumbs got really cold right away, but they got better. My toes got cold too, even with neoprene shoe covers and heavy socks.

I sick of this cold crap.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #27968
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Since Huck-n-Roll was bought out by competitive cyclist I have been getting their e-mails about twice a week now. Today's e-mail. All I could think was: Should I post this in the mid-life crisis car thread up in Shiny Things?

I am fairly certain that bike would be wasted on the trails I have locally.

yeesh, 650B wheels on a mountain bike? 26 (559) is too small, and 29er/700c (622) is too big, so we need 584mm rims?
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #27969
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Riding track teaches you how to pedal and gives you gobs of power to boot.
Agreed 100% but how many tracks are there in the US? Not many.

I've outsprinted other riders while seated as they were standing and flailing. About a decade of racing track'll do that.

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #27970
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yeesh, 650B wheels on a mountain bike? 26 (559) is too small, and 29er/700c (622) is too big, so we need 584mm rims?
yup.

Supposed to be the newest, bestest thing that's been re-discovered after being lost. First mtn bikes ever were evidently 650B bikes.

Me? I like the idea that there's not quite as many geometry compromises for us shorter guys.

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #27971
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Agreed 100% but how many tracks are there in the US? Not many.

I've outsprinted other riders while seated as they were standing and flailing. About a decade of racing track'll do that.

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You ever race in T-town PA? If so, I'll bet we've been to the same races.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:44 PM   #27972
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You ever race in T-town PA? If so, I'll bet we've been to the same races.
Nope. T-Town is a heck of a drive from DC.

Raced SoCal primarily. Sandy Eggo and Encinas. Where the Home Depot track is now (Domingues Hills) was torn up most of the time I was racing and the new indoor track was finished right after I jacked up my back.

I'm not built to go up a hill. ...but the banking at the track?! I always tell people 'if the biggest hill I ever have to climb again is the banking at the velodrome, I'll be perfectly happy.' Not one person has really believed me.

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Old 04-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #27973
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If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of Aurelius peeling out of his driveway headed for the nearest Santa Cruz dealer.




All in good fun Aurelius!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #27974
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Supposed to be the newest, bestest thing that's been re-discovered after being lost. First mtn bikes ever were evidently 650B bikes.
We sure didn't have any 650B stuff up on Mt Tamalpais in the early 1970s. All we had 26" fat tire, (hey, it was that or road bikes, with 27", or tubulars).

I had a couple 26" old gaspipe steel cruisers, some folks converted these with 5-speeds, but more frequently they were 1-speed with coaster brakes. Pretty soon loons like Ritchey were making their own 26" monsters, lighter, stronger, with gears and actual brakes. I never could afford anything like that.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:20 AM   #27975
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Does anyone have any pointers on reducing lower back pain on MTB descents? I use attack position, elbows out, knees bent, but by the end of my descent my back is killing me. Would a slightly longer stem possibly help? I was thinking by stretching out a little further my back wouldn't be bent at such an angle. I'm starting to think my next MTB will be a longer, lower sprung 29er.
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