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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Get a room you two.
Piss off. This is my personal blog don'tcha know?!
1st ride with the new Edge. 1st ride in 17 years with an HRM. I got UP to 105bpm. Tried to keep it down 90-95 bpm, but a headwind into a slight rise got me going.
No jacket. No booties. No heavy gloves. No beanie under my helmet. This is Jan?!
yes, I'm kidding you!
My heart rate goes above 105 if I look at my bike. I think I'm at about 90 right now at my desk.
Looks like I'll be spending the weekend practicing some of this:
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Triathletes on a hill...
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That's a gearing problem; not a triathlete problem.
Pulled the Vitus out from the back of the shop, pumped up the tires and lubed the chain. Ready for another year!
Did the annual battery replacement in the Avocet--only 165 miles last year :huh Most of that riding with the younger boy to school. Looking to do a bit more this year.
Really curious where you got this image from because it looks strangely familiar. I'm thinking it's a Mercian with a custom barbor pole paint job and Vigorelli lugs...
A local Niner dealer has one in the box that he offered to me for $1400. Retail price on these is $2400. Should I buy it?
So I picked up a set of nashbar PVC parabolic rollers for use during the icy winters here, which of course caused a heat wave melting the snow, but thats besides the point.
Never did ride rollers before, and man do I have to say these things are a real sonovabitch. I can get up using the wall for a support, but to just do a freestanding start is nearly impossible. Any tips? I will say once you get moving they are much better than any resistance trainer ive used, and wear you out trying to maintain speed to help your stability.
The nashbar units appear to be of decent quality, though the rollers scuff easilly. For $150, I cant complain and would reccomend them for anyone tired of dodging snowflakes. I havent even massively ate shit off them yet (although it sure felt like I was trying for the first day)
If you have an unfinished basement use them there if it's not too dank and has headroom. You can grip over head.
Or two boxes one each side. .
Low gears toi begin your spin and balance.
Proper set up of the wheelbase match to the roller spacing will help a lot.
Don't watch TV at first. If you're indoors you'll need a fan. If the rollers have plain bearings with some good drag you won't need big gears.
Rollers reward smooth pedal strokes, i.e.pedaling squares.
I gave mine away and told the guy they were free if he promised to never bring them back. I'd rather ride on ice.
NEVER, EVER ,EVER watch anything on TV that will make you flinch. Walking Dead would send you flying!:eek1
Practice is the only thing that worked for me, concentrate on SMOOOOOOTH.
Here's how you do it:
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IME triathletes are mostly runners and swimmers that ride a bike because their sport requires them to. They're not cyclists that run and swim. ...and I'll agree with the 'its a gearing issue' to a certain extent because of the above.
Speaking of gearing... Mark your calendars now! The Devil's Backbone ride is going to be on 23Mar13 this year. (details on the web) I'll be there. Had a great time last year at both rides. Bring rain stuff, the ride goes off rain or shine. ...AND bring a 27t cassette. You'll need it!
After a short while, you'll be able to stand up to relieve some of the pressure 'down there,' you'll be able to ride no-handed, and you'll be able to get a drink out of your cages. It really all just comes down to 'ride em more.'
Turning the wheels faster = easier to go straight. (but I'll bet you've figured that out by now)
If it's the right size, yes! However, it overlaps what you already have.
I would bust my butt about 15 seconds into that.
I'd rather ride outside! And seeing as how I don't live in Minnesota or Wisconsin or Alaska, I can!
A good day of cycling is when you work a course for the first time in six-ish weeks, and you pass fellow pedalists going up the gnarliest hill on the course. 18.6 miles pedaled, 15.6 mph average, time 1:11:10, max speed 34.3 mph.
I'm not gonna be olympic-eligible anytime soon, but I felt pretty good about it.
i usually set a chair up (back towards me) nearby just to have something for reference when i'm getting on and off, but with a little practice you'll find you're using it less and less.
don't worry about the discoloration on the rollers; that's just proof that you're using them. i have a set of old alloy-drummed Kreitlers (because Kreitlers last for-freakin'-ever, and have a headwind fan for wind resistance that blows the wind back *at* you), and they're polished clean-looking in the center while the rest is considerably dingier looking.
practice riding low gears and just spinning easy initially; riding faster will make it easier to keep your balance, but you'll also find that your mistakes get amplified quicker as well.
key is staying loose on the bars; rollers teach you that you're steering from your saddle, not your handlebars, as doing something wrong at the bars on rollers will quickly put you off the side.
one of the best things about roller'ing is that it teaches what *not* to do, and how to not fight yourself or waste energy. there's a reason Time Trialists and mega-milers spend time on rollers; spend a little time on them yourself, and you'll understand. (try doing a short ride after spending some time on your rollers, and you'll really appreciate it; it feels like you're on a rail that you couldn't get knocked off of.)
but mostly, just practice doing it easy for a while until you relax on them. you'll find that as you relax, it gets easier.
don't forget to have fun!
I miss my rollers, never should have sold them.
I took a quick, cold ride into town to stock up on supplies (booze) today. Although I didn't have any trouble with the snow and ice, studded tires would be nice at times like this when my mountain bike with tire chains is overkill.