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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, ...
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How much rest (tendon or ligament), for a novice?

Given that 'training' is a valid topic, can you say how much rest a novice needs? My ambition is to commute 18 km each way, every week day: in Toronto (mostly flat, some hills, mostly bike lanes and ...
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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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Advice for resuming riding after illness?

Just got a rude reminder a few weeks ago that I'm middle-aged (let's call it a cardiovascular accident), and I'll probably be a while recovering fitness. I've signed up for a rehab program at the ...
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Is it possible to get distance travelled without gps

The GPS on my phone KILLS the battery life. If you going on a decent ride which I will be once i have the fitness required, then you'll need a portable battery of some sort. Is it not possible for a ...
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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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Minimum training maximum outcome

My question is: how to get most of minimum training? The problem is that I have limited time during week and I cannot go out for an 1hour or longer trip and I do not want to ride after dark for safety ...
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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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Am I ready for a century?

I've just learned of a local century ride that is only 2 weeks away. I'd like to join, but not sure if I'm ready. I've been commuting by bike for the last five years. The last year of my commuting has ...
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Most Crucial Gear/ Accessories for a (Road) Cycling Beginner?

Some background information on myself before I get to the question: I've decided to get in to cycling both as a hobby and because I need the activity. (Though I'm honestly driven more by the former - ...
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What is the best time to cycle during the day (traffic)?

I started cycling a year ago and I have a favourite route for my time trial training since it is very hilly. However, I cycle on a major road (just outside town) and thus I like to cycle when it is ...
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Training to become a good cyclist

I am a road cyclist but not a professional one. I am 21. Do you know a long term training,starting from zero, that can help me to become a good cyclist? I am 1,75 cm tall ,weigh 65 kg.My average bpm ...
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Training Tires or racing tires

I was browsing this site http://www.fastwheelsets.com/resources-2/ and it's talking about 2 different sets of tires. Is there a necessity to have both tires or I can go fast enough with my training ...
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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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How to improve my climbing? [duplicate]

I can ride on flat at high gears all day without a problem I usually go way faster that most of riders. But once it comes to hills I die... My heart beat rate jump up my stamina go away and I get ...
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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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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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Am I ready for 300km?

I've heard that once you've ridden 200km, the bigger distances are just about proper nutrition and hydration. Is this true? I want to know if I'm ready for a bit hilly 300km, if my current max is ...
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Increasing stamina while in the office

I started to bike again after 3 or more months of hiatus. I'm currently using a XXS Merida Scultura 300 (I previously used a Trinx R300 needed to upgrade because of the wrong geometry). Thing is I ...
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Tiredness after long rides

I did 140km ride 4 days ago, and 200km ride yesterday. After that second ride I was really tired. I didn't have any muscle sores, I averaged 25km/h, I could safely do more. But the whole body was in ...
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Bike fitting experiences

I just recently went through a Specialized BG Pro-Fit (was about $200), and have to say that I'm super happy with the results and experience. The fitter was telling me about some others out there ...
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Is the real world experience of riding a light bike understated by physics-based calculators?

Take the case where you have two identical riders, Joe Slo and Billy Whizz. They both weigh 75kg and have identical aerobic threshold power output. Joe has a 11kg steel audax bike, but Billy likes ...
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Time Crunched Cyclist Training Programs Relative Difficulty

There are 4 plans in this Time Crunched Cyclist book: New Century Experienced Century New Competitor Experienced Competitor I'm wondering what the relatively level of difficulties are of these ...
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Cycling training - 220km in 4 weeks [duplicate]

I have 4-5 weeks to prepare myself for a one day, 220km ride on a road bike, flat terrain (Germany, Ruhr Valley). This year my max is 70km (I could ride 100km, I'm doing bike rides since 2 weeks ago, ...
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Nutrition during long rides while reducing fat

I am reducing fat for a month doing gym and spinning, and now I'd want to add cycling to it. On spinning days I've been eating like in non-training days, about 2100kcal. But it lasted 1,5h max, what ...
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Training for long distance rides (> 200km)

I want to be able to ride about 200-300km in about 1-2 months, but right now there's no weather where I live for cycling, so until probably April I have to train in a gym. I'm 170cm and 72kg, since 3 ...
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Pacing for 90km time trial with heart rate monitor

I'm participating in my first race by doing the 90km bike part of a half-iron man relay - I'm hoping to complete within 3 hours. I would like to know how I should pace myself with a heart rate ...
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warm up without bike

Next weekend I'll participate in a relay triathlon (1100 mts. swim, 7 kms. run and 13 kms. MTB). I'll be doing the bike section, which is the last. Bike needs to be at the boxes area an hour before ...
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Training involved to ride 175 miles (281 km) in a day

I want to be able to ride 175 miles (281 km) in a day (to do the Ride Across Wisconsin). I used to be able to do about 60 miles (96.5 km), only once hitting 80 miles (128 km), but I'm out of shape now....
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Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting

Are there any types of indoor trainers that are suitable for training sprints insofar as they allow the rider to tilt the bike to get leverage as one would when sprinting on the road?
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Good cycling goals?

Last year I used a power meter, loved the progress and the tool. I am trying to set some power goals for Maximum 5Min and 20Min. What are some good goals to aim? Last year I had 16% increase in ...
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Traning for 2x250km in 4,5 months [closed]

Is this possible? The goal is to do this in 3 days - ride 250km one day, then take one day off, and ride 250km again the next day, all on a road bike, with about 2500m of total elevation gain, in 30C ...
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What muscles am I using when wheeling?

I recently received a MTB as a birthday gift. I'm 18 now but have been riding bikes since I was 6. I've always wanted to wheelie for longer distances and now I learned how to after praying. But anyway,...
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Safe rate for increasing long rides

I'm a runner who has just started cycling. I did a 20 kilometre (12.5 mile) ride last weekend without much trouble, and a total of 50 kilometres (31 miles) during the week. I'd like to cycle more and ...
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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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Forcing myself to run a heavier gear [duplicate]

1 mile of elevation gain over 20 miles. This takes me 4 hours. It takes the pros 1.5 hours. We're riding at roughly the same cadence (if anything I'm a bit faster), but they're turning over a much ...
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Training for 340km in Greece

I'm flying to Athens, in 5 weeks. I'm going to do a 340km route from Athens to Patras and back, on the both sides of Ionian Sea. Right now my max achievable distance is 200km (trekking bike, avg ...
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How stay fit enough to make moderately hard rides a couple times a month?

When I have time I like to get my bike and canoe out and do a day trip. Doing a mile or two is not hard but a good day trip is between 8 and 14 miles. When I started at the beginning of the year 6 ...
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I wish to get fit, therefore should I have a heavy bike?

A lot of people seem take up cycling to get fit, and they'll talk about how light their bikes are. However, as I understand it, a heavy bike uses more energy to pedal it. Should someone that wished ...
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What exercise should I do in the gym to assist with hill-climbing?

I have a few events coming up this year which have a fair amount of climbing (one is over a hundred miles with about 6500ft of ascent - that's an average of just over 1% for the entire distance). ...
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Train cycling legs for a long walking trek

Cycling is my sport. I'm training for a multi-day ride (four days). Each day will we be hard riding but not too long. The week before the event however I'm going on a four day trek with a 20kg ...
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What are the most effective exercises to improve stamina and speed on my cycle to/from work?

I have just turned 40 and despite running many marathons in my younger days I'm finding it hard to get fitter again after too many years at a desk. I have a reasonable racing bike which I use for my ...
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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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How to get back into racing after an accident

I had an accident where I broke my collarbone. I was totally out of cycling for 13 weeks. Before the accident I was racing in local MTB races. I'm still an amateur but I had good endurance to be a ...
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best ride to burn tummy fat

what type of ride should I choose? I own kross k10 bike. Currently I am doing 7.7 km lap with combination of slow-fast-slow (40%-20%-40%) of total path. Am I doing it correct?
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Anti-aero resistance training jerseys?

Is there any manufacturer that makes specific anti-aero training jerseys for increased effort at lower speeds? Sort of like a braking parachute but more practical and subtle? My reason for asking is ...
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How much to eat and drink during a 50km ride?

I want to try a 50 km ride for the first time, to be completed continuously one morning. The most I've even done before is an 18 km (70 minute) each way commute (out in the morning and back in the ...
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Help for a 169 mile bike ride

I am not a pro and I have never taken a long bike trip before, but I think I am up to it. The trip is not going to be one-go. I'll stop for rest. I am thinking that if I do 10 miles a day, I should be ...
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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 difficult would it be to maintain 17.5 Mph for an hour?

Whats a good target speed to maintain inside a velodrome for an hour? I believe Bradley Wiggins maintained an average speed of around 35 Mph for an hour, how difficult would it be to maintain half ...