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Training rides, training for rides, preparing for training rides, equipment for training, and training routines.

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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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How to slow yourself down (for playing nice with others)

I have a road/touring bike that I take on longer rides with other folks. Sometimes other folks are riders of similar ability, and sometimes not. When I ride with people who ride slower, rather than ...
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Trainer for recumbent bikes

I've been thinking about getting a trainer for my M5 CHR. Wahoo Kickr seemms nice, but they do not recommend it for use with recumbent bikes. Is it just because they lack the experience or would it be ...
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Aero bars are a pain in the neck - are there strengthening exercises?

I've got a set of aero bars on my tourer, and now I've got the hang of them I rather like them, especially when solo and into headwinds or trying to put some distance behind me on a long straight. A ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I'm considering to do a 50-55 km distance on a mixed surface. Mostly asphalt and gravel, maybe even a little bit of sand. Haven't done any training or exercise, basically been sitting at home all day, ...
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Daily commute as HIIT training?

I'm cycling to work every day. It's 2x8km it takes around 30 mins (depends on weather, traffic and whether I want to push it or just cruise. I'm starting to see it as an opportunity to make it some ...
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What is the science behind interval training?

How did coaches/scientists come up with specific interval training programs like X sets of Y intervals at Z heart rate/power, lasting T seconds? How are these numbers produced? Are these trial and ...
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Why do I never get DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from cycling but I do after walking?

I'm in my late 30s but never in my entire life did I get delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from cycling. But even walking at a slow-moderate pace (less than 6 kmh / 3.7 mph average) for 2-3 hours ...
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Preventing use of low gears while training

I'd like to avoid using my two lowest gears while training for a hard and hilly cyclosportive. I am able to resist, but nevertheless do occasionally make a mistake. Is there anything I can do to ...
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Does splitting long endurance rides really affect the training effect of the rides?

Does splitting long endurance rides really affect the training effect? It's quite often not recommended to split the rides even though the total duration is the same. Here are two examples. Assume ...
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Tacx Flow Smart trainer calibration issues with 700x35c tyre

I'm getting into cycling properly and I have bought myself the Tacx Flow smart trainer along with an adventure/gravel bike. I chose adventure/gravel over a road bike as I can see myself wanting to ...
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Fasted training - is it worth it? Is it different when the focus is endurance?

One thing I notice riding with an endurance-focussed club is that I need more, and more frequent, feeding than many of the more experienced riders. As I start to think about longer days (e.g. 400km) ...
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Training weights

Most of my cycling is with my 6 year old so I get little actual exercise out of it. I was thinking of trying something like a runner's weighted vest, but that seems like it would put a lot of weight ...
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Affordable trainers for winter conditioning [closed]

I've just bought a 2018 Specialized diverge with 30mm tires. I'd like to purchase an affordable and efficient trainer that won't cost me too many bananas. Any recommendations? I've perused amazon and ...
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Checking 'plumb' when mounting bike on trainer

From my former questions, y'all might be aware that I prefer to ride indoors - for various reasons no hordes of people of median IQ in 1500kg death machines waiting to smoosh me; no need to wear ...
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Pushing it to my max on a 7% 2kft climb. I'm cardio limited, but legs never hurt. How do I push it harder?

I have a climb by my house that is about 2,000 ft over 5mi (610 metres in 8 km or 7.6% grade). I ride it a least once a week and I've got a ton faster (at 35min right now). Recently my legs stopped ...
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Is riding on hilly road better than flats for long distance training?

As you may know from my previous questions that I am training for a 150km ride. I want to know if riding on hilly road for 20km is better than riding on a flat road for 40km?
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