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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Riding track teaches you how to pedal and gives you gobs of power to boot.
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of Aurelius peeling out of his driveway headed for the nearest Santa Cruz dealer.
Hell, yeah. I got out for 72 and 7K of climbing on Saturday. This weekend will be about 80 and 8K.
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!
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!
What sort of strength exercises have you been doing?
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.
yeesh, 650B wheels on a mountain bike? 26 (559) is too small, and 29er/700c (622) is too big, so we need 584mm rims?
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.
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.
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.
All in good fun Aurelius!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.