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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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How can I pedal in circles?

I couple of years ago I switched from using a normal pedal to using a clipless pedal. It takes a little while to get used to. Now, to be able to use it optimally I need to learn how to pedal in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I taper for a century+ ride?

I am doing a 210km (130 mile) ride on Sunday. I assume it'd help me to taper but I'm not sure about the most effective method. How much should I ride in the last 3-4 days before the ride? My current ...
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Couch to Century

Due to injury I've got to take a little time off from biking. My physical therapist recommended doing a "couch to marathon" program when I'm feeling better to get me back into the swing of things. ...
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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, 16....
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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 right ...
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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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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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Effective 'equipment minimal' leg strength training for cycling?'

What are the most effective 'no equipment' (bodyweight only) or 'equipment minimal' strength exercises for cyclists? There's a lot of info out there about core strength, so I'm working on that. ...
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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 gear?...
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Recommended inexpensive heart-rate monitors?

Since I last used a heart rate monitor (about eight years ago), wrist-watch only monitors seem to have increased in popularity (based on the offerings at Amazon) update apparently these watches come ...
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What is a good way to learn how to ride a bike on rollers?

After seeing a few questions about rollers pop-up, such as this one, it has spiked my interest in these things again. So how do you learn how to ride on rollers? How long does it take you to get the ...
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How much do you need to concentrate when using rollers?

I'm consider getting bicycle rollers for use over winter, and I expect after the initial newness has worn off it might become boring. Can I realistically watch a DVD while using rollers? Or do they ...
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Online turbo / spinning resources

Where can I find free online spinning or turbo classes? Ideally videos, but just audio or even an annotated playlist would do.
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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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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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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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Suggestions of a good video on intermediate Mountain Biking skills: getting up (and down) 1' obstacles

I'm looking for a good training video on intermediate mountain biking skills. (I've been mt biking for about 12 years and I'd like to improve my skills.) I'm looking for a video that really breaks ...
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How can I improve my stamina?

Generally I'm doing a lot of sports, (volleyball, hiking, soccer, swimming, etc.) and while hiking I have no problem to do 3000 meters or more in a day (uphill ;)) but when I go mountain-biking I have ...
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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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Should I buy a PVC or aluminum roller?

I'm currently trying to choose between the CycleOps PVC roller and the CycleOps Aluminum roller. How big of a difference is there between them? I don't really care about riding the roller outdoors, so ...
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Best rest length for “getting your seat”

I am just getting back on my bike after a couple years and have quickly been made to remember that it takes time to get your butt used to the saddle. I've read articles about "getting your seat" and ...
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Age-specific information for cyclists

I was reading a discussion (Cycling: mashing versus spinning) in which someone commented ... In the big picture, winning against other age-groupers is pretty unremarkable. ... which implies ...
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Needed training time or speed for each category of racer

What type of training time or average speeds are needed to qualify for each category of racer? I realize that it can varry based on a hilly or flat route so lets assume a time trial of 40km that's ...
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Techniques to increase average cadence for endurance-riding?

According to the Wikipedia entry here: Recreational and utility cyclists typically cycle around 60–80 rpm. According to cadence measurement of 7 professional cyclists during 3 week races they ...
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Can I do cyclocross if I've never really been very athletic?

I've never really been very athletic - I started cycling around the city a few months ago, did a 30 mile ride recently (and felt great after it - could have done more, although the pace wasn't very ...
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How to measure calories burned?

How can I accurately measure the calories burned while using my bicycle? My bike computer tells me how many calories I have burned. But it has no cadence meter. The only measurements it has are my ...
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List of accessories and training for commuting [closed]

It's been about 10 years since I last rode on a bike. My wife and I have decided that we need to get ourselves into shape, and one method we've decided on, encouraged by our daughter, is to bike back ...
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Understanding overunder intervals

I'm reading The Time Crunched Cyclist and trying to work out a training plan for a century later on this year. I am having a really simple problem understanding the overunder (OU) interval shorthand. ...
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What is this simulator like device called?

The following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I13wJyUZL_4 has a man limp to a bike (a Pinarello) leaning against a wall, climb on to it and ride the bike for a good minute to a minute and a half, ...
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How to significantly lower HR[avg] while improving performance output

On my Saturday's ascent race I was riding 181bpm HRAVG and saved some power for the last km where my HR peaked at 190 (which is my highest ever recorded HR at my 37 years or age). I felt rather normal ...
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Why recover with carbohydrates, instead of with protein?

Many enthusiasts and intercessors talk about a superfast refill of carbohydrates after exercise. Why carbohydrates? You need those during exercise, but after? You also have a lot of recovery products ...
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BMX: Training routine for a beginner?

At the ripe old age of 20, I finally moved to an area with a BMX track, so this summer I'm finally going to be able to follow my life-long dream of racing. Other than spending a lot of time riding ...
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Should I eat breakfast before or after morning ride?

I am planning to do some (1-2 hours) base training rides in the morning before work. Should I eat something before the ride? From my knowledge, there should be enough glycogen in muscles to power me. ...
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Cross Training routines for longer rides

I am trying to build up to longer rides (75 - 100 miles). I usually only have time for one long ride a week. I can squeeze in one or two shorter rides of 20 miles or so. How can I build mileage under ...
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What should I look for when buying rollers?

What should I look for when buying rollers? What sets more expensive models apart from their cheaper alternatives?
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Training on a bike path

Is there a liability to using the path for pedestrians and bikers while training on a racing bike - in Florida? Can I use the path, too?
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Do I need to buy a special stand for my front wheel when using my turbo trainer?

I have seen available special "stands" (please tell me the correct terminology) to be placed under the front wheel when using a turbo trainer. I normally just put a copy of the phone directory down ...
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What do I need to know about Turbo Trainers?

I'm about to get hold of my first turbo trainer (borrowing it from my triathlon club). Before I start, what do I need to know about turbo trainers?
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Will stretching make me slower?

I have heard rumors that (excessive) stretching can hurt cycling performance. Specifically, stretching one's hamstrings and/or quadriceps supposedly reduces sprinting power. Is there any factual basis ...
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How do you calculate aerobic and anaerobic heart rates?

What are some of the methods to determine my aerobic/anaerobic heart rate threshold.