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How can I track an estimate of VO2max, short of being on a treadmill in a lab?

Sports watches can reportedly give an estimate of one's VO2max. Tracking changes in this number is useful for training (even if the absolute numbers turn out to be unreliable). Can I track (...
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Preparation/training for a 6-hour time-trial

I'm a relatively fit hobby cyclist and want to set myself a challenge for (mid) 2024, competing in a 6-hour TT challenge. It's a relatively flat to moderately hilly 18 km loop (1% average gradient, ...
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How do I evaluate a Crit race (based on stats)

So I recently did a Crit race (I only do 1 a year in my home town) this year I upgraded the bike and it's fitted with a power meter so I can see the race statistics. The race was locals only. and ...
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Training vs increasing gear ratio

I’ve just done a 1500km ultra cycling event, the lowest gear setup are front 30t back 40t. Along the journey there are many very long climbs that have more than 10% gradient. To conserve power I ...
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Using an e-bike as part of an endurance training?

I recently bought an e-bike and use it much more than my conventional "fun bike" (still need to do some maintenance on it), and was wondering how complementary it could be for endurance ...
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What is the ideal physique for a hand-cyclist? [closed]

A handcycle is a tricycle that is powered by the rider's arms, not by their legs. an upright style. Note lap-belt and foot straps, and an extremely laid-back head tube angle. An aggressively aero ...
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Training for driving on the left in the UK

In contrast to the rest of Europe, the UK has a drive on the left policy. It is not easy to follow the rules, coming from Europe. Is there a written or in person training for this? I have found this: ...
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Direct drive trainers vs smart stationary bikes?

I ride up to about 175km / 3500m ascent a week (although lately less as I’ve been doing other sports as well). Basically I’m in good shape, but not a pro. I’m looking to get a biking setup at home, ...
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Anyone heard of the ZCycle ZBike? How would it (or any stationary bike) compare to a Kickr Core setup? [closed]

I've been looking for some time to get an at-home training set-up (I ride about 175km a week, 3500m ascent, but need something for when I don't want to/can't go out), and had finally settled on an ...
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Wahoo Kickr Snap vs Kickr Core: both good for at home training? Is the Snap suitable for hard workouts?

I'm a regular rider -- I average 175 km with 3500 meters ascent a week. I'm looking to be able to do some training at home, for rainy days, and also because during the summer the area where I train ...
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Should I add my base metabolic rate to a calorie estimate from a ride?

Hı, I am beginner in cycling . I learned my body's Base Metabolic Rate (BMR) is burning 1700 calories at rest. For example I burned 2000 calories in 4 hour cycling workout. Should I eat 2000 burnt ...
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What’s the MTB equivalent of road bike mileage for training rides?

Due to my current life situation, I can no longer have both road and mountain bikes for their respective types of riding. I'm currently doing everything on my mountain bike. For long-distance on-road ...
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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

Sorry if this question isn't sufficiently bicycle specific, however I thought this board could lend some insight! I'm recruiting at a community bicycle shop, and I'm increasingly curious as to how ...
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When starting to bike again: is volume of training more important than intensity?

I am starting to train again to achieve an acceptable level of fitness (for me). I raced from 16yo to 23yo (races where UCI points were given to have an idea of the level). Then I retired for 10 years....
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Take away bragging rights, Strava's kudos, and the sense of achievement, why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

TL;DR Take away all psychological factors, including that 100 or 160 km are round numbers. Also take away that a bike is a transportation device (and hence training for 160 km means one can visit ...
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Cannot steer my bike with with new adult training wheels

I just had adult training wheels put on my bike and I cannot steer it properly. The roads in my neighborhood are all cambered (raised in the middle) and the bike keeps pulling strongly to the right. ...
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Why would I use a trainer instead of riding outside?

Though it's not the case for everyone, I'm comfortable biking through four seasons and this keeps me in an acceptable condition. Say that I entered a race and wanted to train to improve my performance....
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How to convert calories to watts on Strava rides?

I'm trying to find out how I can convert calories into Watt hours on Strava rides. I know the formula that 1 kJ = 1000 Ws but calorie unit is different. When I looked up to the formula to convert ...
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Where can I find removable training wheels?

Where can I find training wheels that would fit into these slots: All the training wheels I've seen online are ones where you have to attach by removing the hex nut on the center of the back wheel. ...
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What is the maximum watt per kg a human can sustain?

I think there was a formula for that by Michele Ferrari but I can't find it on the net. I think it can't be bigger than around 6,5 watt per kg for at least an hour or so. Does anybody know the exact ...
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How do I prepare to ride 60 miles (100 km) a day for 8 days?

I'm taking part in charity bike ride which involves riding 60 miles (100 km) a day for 8 days at an average of 14 mph (22.5 km/h). I can do 69 miles but unsure of exactly how to ramp up the training ...
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Metabolic equivalent of task (MET) vs cycling power in W/Kg

In the Wikipedia page of the Metabolic equivalent of task, one MET is defined as 1 MET = 1.162 W/Kg. In the same page, it's claimed that the activity level of bicycling, on flat, 10–12 mph (16–19 km/...
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Should a competitive cyclist be concerned with CO2 tolerance?

I've read a few things about CO2 tolerance, the Bohr effect etc - this link has an overview of it but there are many similar sources including some scientific papers (although not necessarily focused ...
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Golden Cheetah - Speed and cadence values keep dropping every few seconds

I'm trying to use Golden Cheetah to record my indoor riding data this winter, and I'm having an issue trying to get the sensors to read consistent data. Every few seconds it will show the correct ...
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How to ride faster?

I am relatively slow road rider. My avg speed is usually around 24km/h around the town. When I ride flats I go around 30-35 km/h. On the downhills I can go up to 45 km/h but I tend to start braking ...
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What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

In lots of places, I see the concept of "normalized power" recommended for measuring the intensity of a workout and it is claimed in many of these places to be superior to "average ...
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Smart trainer compatibility

I am about to purchase an Elite Turbo Muin Smart Trainer, will it work with RGT Cycling ? Does it have all the necessary power data to be accurate? If not, what smart trainers do work with RGT Cycling ...
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Increase bicycle resistance? [duplicate]

I'm riding a lot with my girlfriend. We just ride - no training or such. Yet I do like to train. The intensity I normally ride with her is not enough for any training benefit. I guess adding weight ...
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How do I know what nut to get for training wheels?

We got a dynacraft kids bike for my daughter off facebook market, but need nuts to attach the training wheels. The ones we have don't seem to be threaded right or something (won't tighten all the way ...
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What is the purpose of rollers

I have not ever done any bike specific indoor training other than a stationary bike. I have a rough idea what smart trainers do when it comes to simulating load and terrain. I am curious though what ...
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Is it normal to feel like I can't breathe while trying to ride at a challenging pace?

I have been riding for about 3 months now, and when I try to keep a faster pace for about 15km I notice that my legs are not tired or burning, but I get hyperventilated and my hearth beats quickly. I ...
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How can I keep improving after my first 30km ride?

I'm a 17 year old girl. I started riding in November, and I don't know how to keep improving—I'm a bit lost. So I will describe my journey up until now and maybe you can help me. One day my friend ...
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Completely new to indoor cycling, is there a MUCH cheaper alternative to power meter that would be compatible with the RGT app?

I'm planning to get a cheap, not-smart mag trainer, to cycle inside. I'm currently a stay-at home mom and I would like the cheapest, yet enjoyable app-wise, set up for indoor training with virtual ...
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How much hydration is enough hydration during long rides?

I have been doing some experiments to see if I'm hydrating enough during rides of moderate length and intensity. Basically, I weigh myself (naked) and my water bottles before and after a ride, to ...
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Is there a cornering warm up routine?

I noticed my cornering confidence improves as my ride progresses (which seems be a little odd). Is there some sort of cornering warm up routine I can perform before a ride to help be confident ...
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What can I expect within a year?

I've just started road cycling 1.5 months ago, I'm a 15 year old guy with no serious experience, my avg speed on a road bike is 16,8mph is that a good speed?, what can i expect in one year in terms of ...
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How long does it take living at altitude to fully adapt?

I recently moved from about sea level to about 5000 feet (1500 meters). I've read VO2 max goes down something like 2% or 3% for every 1000 feet of elevation gain, and my personal experience seems to ...
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How to approach zone practice if heart rate zones are completely inaccurate

I recently started training with a heart rate belt. However, my heart rate zones seem completely different from the information I could gather online. First, I'm in my mid-thirties but have a maximum ...
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What would short distance training do for my endurance performance?

Due to limited time I've been working on short intervals (generally 1-6 minute repetitions) and the longest ride I've done in 4 months is 90 minutes which, while I've been pushing on the climbs, I ...
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Professional bike mechanics & maintenance training courses

Recently I have been doing some small fixes in own bikes, I have enjoyed it a lot, then comes to my mind the idea that would be nice to help others as well, but in a more professional way. What is the ...
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Is cycling behind a truck a bad practice?

Sometimes on a highway outside my city, Nairobi, I have been passed by fellow cyclist cycling behind trucks. As much as it is similar to holding onto the back of the track this is different since you ...
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Recovery Routines after Training Sessions

Hey is anyone following any flexibility/recovery routines? Started to up my cycling but have had previous knee and hip problems and want to stay on top of it. Someone has suggested a vibrating foam ...
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Determine Heartrate Zones with Sport Watches

I have read that the usual way to determine the maximum Heart Rate is to do a lactat test or so. Is it possible to determine Heart Rate Ranges with a watch only? I have read about the Ownzone ...
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Type of permitted folding bikes on London trains & Tube?

I have found quite a bit of information about taking folding bikes on trains and the Tube in London. Specifically it says you can take a folding bike pretty much anywhere. However, having examined ...
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Finding my physiologically relevant maximum heart rate

I've always believed my maximum heart rate was 198 based on my performance. I'm 24 years old, so 220-24 = 196, but I routinely hit 197/198 during hard efforts in many rides, and never exceeded 198. ...
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Loading training plans on to Elemnt Bolt for free

How would one go about loading training plans onto a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt without using an app like trainer road or training peaks? Is this even possible? I'd like to use a free tool on my laptop such as ...
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Most effective > 200 mile ride training

On the 17th of August I'm doing a 250 mile ride in the UK in one day. I'm no stranger to longer rides often completing 100 mile rides and my longest ever was 175 miles (it was fairly unpleasant ...
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Performance consistently better in the evening?

This has been on the back of my mind for ~5 years after I started riding consistently but never got around to asking it. I always get faster average speed/power (Strava estimate, I don't have a power ...
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Fixing leg position while turning

I've recently landed on asphalt because I've met the ground with the left pedal when turning left... It was painful, but no visible damage to me or bike... The problem is, that my natural position ...
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Pedaling at different gear ratios on flat terrain: what's the point?

I have seen many cyclist pedaling at different gear ratios on the same (flat) terrain and cruising at (roughly) the same speed. They move quite fast, but when I look at how fast they pedal, I realize ...
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