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Is there any use to motor pacing for people in the cat 4 to cat 2 range actually useful?

In the local cycling club some people are keen on racing but are no higher than cat 3 in the events that they can enter and the power that they produce. The general consensus is that motor pacing ...
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Can I use Edge 510 as an indoor trainer computer

I'm setting up for the winter (yes it's only October, this is Sweden). I need to set up a speedometer for my rear wheel while I use the turbo trainer, I have a Garmin Edge 510 with cadence sensor, and ...
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Career in bicycling industry [closed]

Each time I sit on a bicycle seat, I end up getting inspired for the rest of the day. I would like to spend the rest of my life around bicycles. Can I make a career in designing bicycles in some of ...
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1/3 Century or Metric Century?

Should I choose the 1/3 Century or Metric Century for my first organized, supported group ride? In one week I will participate in my first organized ride since buying my road bike in May. The longest ...
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Can I get my sprinting ability back?

At the end of January this year I purchased a power meter in an attempt to improve my training and general speed. I also performed the obligatory barrage of tests for 5 second, 1 minute, 5 minute and ...
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Massive and sudden increase in heart rate and vomiting after when cycling [closed]

The heart thing has happened a few times before, and the vomiting only once; but I haven't cycled in about a year and am getting back into it. I used to be a gymnast and did pretty extreme ...
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How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?

How do you best train for climbs in a flat area? I am aiming to tackle some UK climbs in N. Yorks and the Lakes come autumn but I only have access to the flat local countryside at the moment. I ...
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Is it worth separating your vo2 max wattage's on the flat and hill climbs in order to provide clearer goals during training?

My watts per kg on hill 5 minute hill climbs seems to be 30 to 40 watts higher than what I can achieve on the flat. This is where I get dropped the most often during group rides and races. My ...
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Is there a way to make activity wristbands read bike rides more accurately?

Is there a way to make simple activity tracking wristbands like the fitbit work more accurately during a bike ride. Currently I wear the wristband on my wrist, but the rides tend to read like barely ...
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Is there a cycling equivalent to Naismith's rule

After doing some training rides on courses without bigger ups and downs where I didn't make significant elevation gains, a recent ride was in more rough terrain. Of course, the relief changes the ...
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Should I let chronic training load drop (as in stop training) to end my current level of tiredness or continue riding? [closed]

I currently feel very tired yet have not been doing much interns of high mileage, I have however entered a Tuesday night tt series which is usually 10 miles but the week it was a 25 mile tt. I feel ...
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Trainers: Fluid or Mag

I'm looking at getting a trainer because I have next to no time to get on the road and want to start up with Carmichael's Time Crunched Training Program. Part of the program is to ride do high ...
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How should I train for a hilly ride while living in a flat country?

I'm kicking around the idea of riding the Curadmír in the spring of 2015 (almost 600km over 3 days across Northern Ireland), a ride that would obviously have a lot of elevation changes in it ...
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What format should I select for automatic upload to Strava?

I have three choices of file format to use for automatic uploads from my device to Strava: GPX TCX FIT. Which if these will provide the best data? Are there other issues that distinguish them — such ...
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How do I train to gain Tony Martin/Fabian Cancellara/Bradley Wiggins esq abilities to turn over a big gear 58t, 11t,? [closed]

Assuming you had access to a power meter and a heart rate monitor. What sort of training would you do?
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Where can I purchase/download UCI Pro Tour/pro cycling race footage? [closed]

I love watching old races - they're especially great for long sessions on the trainer. However, I can find only a few stages/races on Youtube, and most of the videos are simply highlights. Where might ...
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what should my training schedule look like if I'm racing every sunday?

I plan to do as many cyclocross races as I can until the season ends in early march and the next few weeks have at least one race every Sunday for the next six weeks. How should my training schedule ...
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Turbo training programs for long distance events

Can anyone suggest good turbo trainer workouts (or tell me what features are necessary) for training for a long distance cycling event (Vätternrundan ~300 km)? I need to be fit enough to cycle that ...
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Proper Weight input for a indoor power meter

When setting up the power meter on an indoor Elite Digital Mag Trainer should I put in my weight plus the weight of my bike when I input the weight?
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How can I develop my abs while I ride my bicycle?

I have a mountain bike, and I wonder if I can develop my abs if I take my bike to work everyday.
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Teams in the Age of Specificity

Specificity, periodization, power meters - training for competitive cycling has changed a lot over the last few years. I am wondering about the effects of the movement towards training alone on ...
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How easy are Parabolic v. Standard Rollers to use?

I cycle a track bike and want to do some training over the winter. After a bit of research I've decided to go with rollers. I haven't used them before but I'm sure with a bit of perseverance I'll get ...
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Finding Elevation Change, any method

So, I think it'd be cool - for goal setting for example - if I could keep track of my elevation change. The problem is, the local cyclocomputers I looked at seem to use barometric pressure to ...
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Improving metabolic efficiency

I'm doing road cycling, on hills, over long distances. Typically at the moment, I'll do two 30-40 mile evening rides in just under 2 hours. Generally either 50ft per mile climb or 100ft per mile ...
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Recovery from surgery, and want to race in November

I'm six months after a double ankle joint fusion surgery. Both my surgeon and my physio have suggested cycling. I have a wind trainer and have plinked my road bike on it and being working on my ...
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Training fasted: just about weight loss?

Preparing for a 100mile ride in August I was thinking of following a training plan which came in a "Sportive Guide" given away with Cycling Plus magazine this month. Some of the days on the plan ...
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Ride with someone who is less trained

Barbie and Ken both love to ride the bike. Ken is a strong guy who likes to ride 60km as fast as possible, enjoys of getting to the edge of his strength. Barbie is more relaxed, likes to enjoy the ...
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Minor hamstring pull, can I keep going at easy pace?

I'm 53 and for the past year have been pushing it slightly. Have always been careful to not push it too hard, but yesterday I got a mild pull in my right hamstring. Just a slight soreness right ...
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3x increase in endurence in 3 months?

I am currently using a hybrid bike, 10kg of weight(quite light for the category I've head) and my longest ride has been 65km at an average of 18km/h in a mostly flat terrain. In this ride for many ...
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How should I train for a century while still commuting by bike to work?

I'm going to start training for a May gravel century at the end of March. This is my first century. I plan to follow this training schedule here: http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=54755. My ...
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Time trial improvement from new bike

I can average 21.7mph for a 20 mile time trial (00:55:15), on my 2001 Rockhopper with 1.25" fatboy slicks, no lock out on shock. My bike weighs 25.25 lbs. I'm planning on buying a Cervelo 2012 r3, ...
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How accurate are indoor trainer power meters?

I recently got a Tacx Flow trainer, this being the first time using a power meter. For about 10 years, however, I have been doing monthly "uphill time trials," whereby I put the time into that formula ...
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Effective use of heart rate monitor

I have a Garmin Edge 500 with hear rate monitor, which I use while riding. Now I have all this hear rate data which I don't know how to apply. Can anyone point out how I should use this data for ...
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Advice for increasing endurance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my stamina? I would like to improve my endurance while bicycling. I'm especially interested in increasing my endurance while going up a slope (since ...
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What are the pros and cons of a Turbo Trainer over Training Rollers?

For the winter, I'm looking to get either a Turbo Trainer (like this one) or Training Rollers (like these) What are the pros and cons of each? I don't think I like the idea of not being able to turn ...
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Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when cycling?

I just watched the 'Road to Glory' documentary about Team Sky. I noticed when they were warming up on their Turbos, some of them had cotton wool up their noses. Is this because it's better to ...
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Effective breathing for efficient cycling

It seems silly to say I don't know how to breathe, but I don't. When doing weights, I know you exhale when you do the work part of the rep. In Yoga similarly breathe out on the stretch. Rock ...
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How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?

I recently upgraded my bike to a Merckx EMX1 and started doing some serious riding. I am riding 50–70km(30–45 miles once a week usually including a second cat climb and sometimes one or ...
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Should I use a road bike or track bike on my rollers or trainer?

I have a road bike with a triple, a track bike with a high gear ratio. Which should I use on my trainer for use with training videos? Should I use a geared bike, freewheel single speed or fixed ...
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Is it normal to wear out the rear tire with in a few months when using a trainer?

Early this year I attached my bicycle to a trainer, around the December time frame of 2011. The rear tire and inner tuber where shot by March of 2012. Riding about 24 Miles per week. Is this normal ...
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Simple plain English explanation of VO2 MAX

What is VO2 MAX and how is a measurement taken? By how much can VO2 MAX be increased in the average person?
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Which parameters should I track with bicycle computer so I can analyze changes in my riding?

I'm building Arduino-based bicycle computer with GPS at my free time as a hobby project. So I have to find out which parameters of ride will be useful to track to see a progress (or any changes) in ...
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Attacked by birds

I have been having some problems being attacked by several red-winged blackbirds when I am riding. It seems to be the same birds because I am only having this problem in certain areas. I have talked ...
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How can one estimate drag for a bicycle?

I am curious how to estimate drag for a bicycle. This has two different framings: Find the amount of power required to ride at a certain speed. That is, when one is traveling at a constant speed, ...
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What's a good setup for an experienced but rusty cyclist training for his first triathlon?

I've got my first (sprint) triathlon coming up at the end of July. I need a bike to train and race on. I'm comfortable on both road and MTB style bikes, but haven't ridden on either in several years. ...
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How to train for a long tour?

Recently my interest was piqued with a very long tour: http://tourdivide.org/ Being time constrained by an 8 hour job, how does one train for a ride that will require 160 kilometers (100 miles) per ...
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Does spin class prepare you for a long bike ride?

I need to train for an upcoming bike ride and i wanted to see if attending a spin class 1-2 times a week (45 min course) would be appropriate way to prepare for a long bike ride (50 - 75 miles)
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What should I be doing a week before a long distance bike ride?

I have a 50 mile bike ride in 1 week. I have been training for a while and I am trying to figure out, at this point, if I should be: Training hard, doing a few long bike rides to get prepared ...
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Is training by heart rate really a good thing? [closed]

I'm a 44 year-old male, fast-recreational cyclist -- about 6,000 miles/yr. -- who has used a heart rate monitor on and off for nearly 15 years. Quite honestly, I find it kind of aggravating, as it ...
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How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?

I often hear people say “your bike is a whole-body gym”. I know my upper body workout will never be close to the workout my legs get, but so long as I’m a bike commuter, I figure I ought to get as ...