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Old 06-22-2009, 02:44 PM   #11236
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The easy rides should be easy enough that you can whistle. THAT'll help you get faster faster.
I was whistling Dixie the whole way... but there was a massive tailwind.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:47 PM   #11237
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I was whistling Dixie the whole way... but there was a massive tailwind.
I've had those rides...

Start out easy and realize her HAULING ASS.

Look at the grass near you and realize that yer on the outbound leg of a loop...

Then forward motion stops when you turn back towards home.

I've ridden into some SERIOUS headwinds over the years. One day in the spring stands out 'cause I was pedaling for all I was worth to to 10mph! So much for THAT easy ride!

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:59 PM   #11238
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I've had those rides...

Start out easy and realize her HAULING ASS.
Yep. Got to the halfway point, looked down and realized I was 2 minutes early. Thought "Now is the time to set a new personal best avg speed." One thing screwed me up though. At the 15 mile mark I heard train horns and hauled arse towards the crossing. Unfortunately, the gates went down 5 seconds before my arrival. Consequently, I got stuck waiting a couple of minutes for the passing train and yelling obsenities. Maybe anger helped on the ensuing climbs during the homeward leg.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:00 PM   #11239
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Back-In-The-Day, when I was racing and trying to get faster; the one thing that made me faster was interval training once a week on Tuesdays.

Why Tuesdays? Race day was Sunday, and Monday was a light spin to clear out the webs, and aches. Tuesdays were just that right point in my week. I rode very hard at those intervals so that after them I was beat like I'd just done the Saturday morning century or something. A good self leg massage and I was ready the next day for that days work out.
Back then everywhere I rode was uphill and into the wind. I learned first to spin, and next to climb. At 142 pounds I could climb all day. (a century would take me from my garage to the top of Mount Evans and back).
Now? Not so much.
Those intervals built a lot of lung and leg power. I never had the killer sprint, but nobody could hang with me on a hill.

Now, I ride for saddle time. So, an hour out and another back gives me two solid hours of work. I don't stop and I only coast down my hill at the start. I can hit 49 mph just tucking on the roadie, so no sense pedaling that.

Right now, my average speed is around 16 mph on the roadie. Back in the day I could average 22 mph all by my lonesome for mile after mile. Morrison to Boulder and back. Around 88 miles as I recall.

Somedays I could ride maybe ten mikles and feel like falling off the bike dead.

Other days, I was amazing. OK, I was faster and felt better.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:55 PM   #11240
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Have I told you how hard Madison racing/training is?

Have I told you how much effing FUN it is too? (in a chaotic kinda way)

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Old 06-22-2009, 05:09 PM   #11241
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4. CO2 is MUCH faster, but a typical 12g cartridge won't get you much more'n 100psi in a 23c tire. 16g is mo bettah if yer runnin bigger tahrs. You can even get bigger if yer runnin 29er/cyclocross tahrs. Life vest inflators and/or the 'Big Air' CO2 refills work well for the bigger tahrs.

HTH

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I just put Schwalbe Big Apple 2.35's on my 29'er.

I think I'd need a gross of 16g's to hit 10 psi.

OTOH - if I use helium, I bet I can fly!
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #11242
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I just put Schwalbe Big Apple 2.35's on my 29'er.

Please report back once you get some miles on them. I'm thinking about trying out a set for street/packed dirt. Also what pressure are you running?
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:34 AM   #11243
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no 29'ers in my stable but the guy who won in my category was riding a SS rigid 29'er last Saturday. I'd like to try one, maybe next year?
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:28 PM   #11244
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I was hanging with Tom...

...and got a photo so I thought I'd share.

Me and Tom.

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:48 PM   #11245
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Please report back once you get some miles on them. I'm thinking about trying out a set for street/packed dirt. Also what pressure are you running?
i'll have to keep you posted. Pumped em up to 40, but only got about 10 miles on 'em.

What, you say this road surface is really nasty?

I don't feel nothin.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:36 PM   #11246
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i'll have to keep you posted. Pumped em up to 40, but only got about 10 miles on 'em.

What, you say this road surface is really nasty?

I don't feel nothin.
What bike are you running them on? Mine is a rigid SS. Do you think they can handle light dirt (i.e. bike path)?
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:38 AM   #11247
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Cry <sigh>

I must have moved to the Pacific Northwet and not realized it.

About to get on the trainer for the third time in a week. Yeah, yeah, I know I could ride in the chill and damp. But I honestly just don't enjoy it much.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:29 AM   #11248
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What bike are you running them on? Mine is a rigid SS. Do you think they can handle light dirt (i.e. bike path)?
Salsa Fargo.

They handled single track with 10lbs of charcoal on the front rack, and 2 12packs of soft drink and 3 bags of chips in the panniers.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #11249
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I must have moved to the Pacific Northwet and not realized it.

About to get on the trainer for the third time in a week. Yeah, yeah, I know I could ride in the chill and damp. But I honestly just don't enjoy it much.
No shit! Someone turn off the faucet already!!
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:25 AM   #11250
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No shit! Someone turn off the faucet already!!
Third thunderstorm in less than 40 hours with Tornado warnings also. It just started to hail while I started typing. It is supposed to be 91 today, so you can just plan on a wonderful day watching softball this evening in the 100% humidity. YEEEEEE HAW
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