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Old 04-02-2013, 06:25 AM   #27976
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I would think a shorter stem, bringing the bars closer to you, so its not as much of a bend over to get to them, and gives you a bit more upright position... It seemed to help me out when i switched from a 120mm long stem to a 50mm stem.

Also, ride more...the pain is pointing out some weak muscles in your back...the more you ride, the stronger they will get.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:29 AM   #27977
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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.
I think it was Ritchey (or Fisher) who said in that movie (or an interview) about him that the some of first "mountain bikes" they made were 650B's. They quickly moved over to 26" because of availability.... Pretty sure there was an original Ritchey 650B at NAHBS this year.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:35 AM   #27978
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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.
The only thing that worked for me (mine was on my road bike though), was exercises, core exercises, not weights, just exercises. Riding more just made it more sore.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:39 AM   #27979
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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?
We have been sticking people under about 5'8" on 650B's for about 2 years for riders around here. We don't have any really technical stuff though, either flowy or legs-n-lungs.....
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:32 AM   #27980
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Agreed 100% but how many tracks are there in the US? Not many.

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The May, 2013 issue of Bicycling magazine has an interesting article on tracks in the USA. Snip: "Though the number fluctuates-and what constitutes being open is open to discussion-the United States has 30-50 velodromes." It's a worthwhile read.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:53 AM   #27981
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The May, 2013 issue of Bicycling magazine has an interesting article on tracks in the USA. Snip: "Though the number fluctuates-and what constitutes being open is open to discussion-the United States has 30-50 velodromes." It's a worthwhile read.
Compared to the state-sponsored track programs in other countries, the US is woefully behind in the tracks/rider ratio. ...and we wonder why we keep getting our asses handed to us.

Take the mid-atlantic: 1 track in upper nowhere PA and one track an hour south of Charlotte. NOTHING in the middle. That's 10-12hrs of driving between em! Zero tracks in AZ. They gotta head to Sandy Eggo to do their State Championships. That's sad.

I still have almost all my track gearing, I just don't have a rear wheel or frame. One comes into being (yeah, right!) I'll be mostly ready.

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #27982
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #27983
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #27984
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Take the mid-atlantic: 1 track in upper nowhere PA and one track an hour south of Charlotte.[/snip]
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FWIW, I started racing track at Kissena which draws folks both near and far. It's a great learning track and a jump off point for more "legit" places like T-town.

If it wasn't for jockeys and horses, I think there would be a good chance that there'd still be lots of velodromes and track racers in this country. But then again... even with the gambling, it's still not that much of a popular sport, even in Japan where Keirin used to be so popular.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:39 PM   #27985
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FWIW, I started racing track at Kissena which draws folks both near and far. It's a great learning track and a jump off point for more "legit" places like T-town.

If it wasn't for jockeys and horses, I think there would be a good chance that there'd still be lots of velodromes and track racers in this country. But then again... even with the gambling, it's still not that much of a popular sport, even in Japan where Keirin used to be so popular.
The best thing about a track in the neighborhood is the programs for kids/others that otherwise wouldn't ride or race a bicycle. I know the juniors program at Sandy Eggo was successful in keeping at least a few kids out of trouble by giving em something to look forward to doing.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:38 AM   #27986
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #27987
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Endurance training

I'm wondering if there's any benefit to doing my endurance training on a mtb. The advantage of training on the road bike is that I don't feel beaten up from long rides on bumpy off-road trails, and the lack of distractions on paved trails allows me to focus more attention on things like pedaling technique, proper breathing, etc.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:06 AM   #27988
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How are you defining 'endurance training'?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:21 AM   #27989
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How are you defining 'endurance training'?
Most of the local trails are no longer than 3 miles. Looking at Strava results, I've noticed that mtb racers in my area can maintain their top speeds for much longer distances, whereas I begin to experience serious fatigue after only 1.5 miles.

I want to increase my endurance so that I can go flat out for at least 3 miles on mtb trails.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #27990
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Once, I went to a running clinic. Featured at this clinic was the Nigerian Olympic track team. They looked like a pack of human cheetahs. When they were asked about cardio, they said they ran 8 miles every, single, day. If you have good wind for 8 miles you'll have REALLY good wind for 1000 meters.

I took that advice to heart, and my cardio is a mix between intervals & distance work. Using that I was able to shave six minutes off my 5k time for a PR of 24 min 49 sec. Not bad for an old guy.
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