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Old 04-28-2009, 12:13 PM   #10591
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So after doing some adjusting to the fit of my bike and cleats, I have upped my route mileage to a 10 mile every other day with some short JRA with the kids on off days. Now when I get done with a ride I feel like have worked out! If the weather would start to cooperate I could ride more often. 10 miles is taking me 40 minutes with a lot of that time used with the climbs. Sometimes I wish I didn't live in the bottom of a large bowl. Broke 33 mph yesterday! For about a minute anyway.
When I lived along the front range in Colorado, I often lamented living where it was always uphill to anywhere, including back to the house , and into the wind. It made me stronger.

Early miles, I'd personally concentrate on spinning and length of time rather than top speeds. I have always had torn up knees so for me that meant staying out of the big ring for my first thousand miles, (back then that took a month), now that takes about five months.

Saturday while spinning the 56 or so miles we did. I only used my 39 up front and the 17 through 24. Mostly the 17. That last hill back up to the house was a mile of heck for sure.

Tonight if I'm able I need to go spin twenty.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:23 PM   #10592
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I've always had trouble with spinning. I can maintain 80-90, but much faster and I fade. I'm hoping to work my endurance up so I can ride to work(48 miles round trip). I also want to be able to climb up and over the Nebo loop like I used to be able to. Over and back is about 50 miles with 5000+ feet gain in the middle each way. Someday... I do feel pretty good about things so far considering I haven't exercised seriously since high school, and smoked a pack a day for over 20 years.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #10593
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I've always had trouble with spinning. I can maintain 80-90, but much faster and I fade. I'm hoping to work my endurance up so I can ride to work(48 miles round trip). I also want to be able to climb up and over the Nebo loop like I used to be able to. Over and back is about 50 miles with 5000+ feet gain in the middle each way. Someday... I do feel pretty good about things so far considering I haven't exercised seriously since high school, and smoked a pack a day for over 20 years.


Hills never get easier, just faster

My personal take on this is they don't get any faster either.

You've now ridden yer bicycle more'n I've ridden the ATK. Damn work!

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Old 04-28-2009, 01:53 PM   #10594
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As long as you are staying in that range you're spinning just fine. I used to be able to spin easily at the 100 to 120 levels, but then I used to weigh about 40 pounds less too.

For the next year or so, I have a 11 mile each way commute. As soon as I figure out the logistics I'll be on the pushbike. I don't need to buy anymore Orange County gas than I have to. Besides, maybe I can burn off some of this middle... 50 mile commute would do me in. I mihgt be able to get there, but, I'd never get home. And I'd be no good and smell like a goat once I did get there.

Back in the day, (the jacket does not fit as loosely anymore...
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:17 PM   #10595
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:46 PM   #10596
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Hills never get easier, just faster

My personal take on this is they don't get any faster either.

You've now ridden yer bicycle more'n I've ridden the ATK. Damn work!

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Old 04-28-2009, 06:38 PM   #10597
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Bikes AND motorcycles?! Bring the summer on!

I just got my first motorcycle this week but up until that I was all bicycle. I can tell I am gonna get down with this forum.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:02 PM   #10598
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Hi. Ok I'm the guy on the ground in that picture that Mr Head posted. What he didn't tell you is that moments before the positions were reversed. After seeing him resting and stretching his legs, it seemed like a good idea. I really need to start bringing the camera more.

First longish ride on the new (to me) road bike. Felt pretty good and a whole lot lighter than my hardtail MTB.

I think I'm goning to like this once all the adjustments are set. Working on solving some knee issues at the moment.

Mr Head was correct. I waited untill a used bike my size came up with a triple. Makes the hill climbing much easier. Low gears and spin. Not as low as the MTB, but like I said, much lighter.
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:38 AM   #10599
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I just got my first motorcycle this week but up until that I was all bicycle. I can tell I am gonna get down with this forum.


a motorcycle....what's that?
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:13 AM   #10600
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a motorcycle....what's that?
A bicycle that you need not propel yourself.

The dude in the stocking cap is riding a motorcycle.

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:24 AM   #10601
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a motorcycle....what's that?
Dangerous. That's what it is.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:38 AM   #10602
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Dangerous. That's what it is.
I guess I'll have to sell mine?
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:39 AM   #10603
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I guess I'll have to sell mine?
Yes. I'll give ya 10 bucks for it. US mind, not Canadian so that's a hell of a deal.

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:46 AM   #10604
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phew, for a minute I thought I'd be stuck with it? As is so you'll have to come get it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:18 AM   #10605
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phew, for a minute I thought I'd be stuck with it? As is so you'll have to come get it.
Deal!

Where is it exactly?

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