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How to train for cycling rides or specific events. Can include questions about equipment and may involve aspects of exercise science. If the question involves power measurement, please also add the Power tag.

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If you had a power meter, would you use VO2max intervals to increase your functional threshold power?

As described in this blog post below: http://www.training4cyclists.com/threshold-power/ Example: 3 x (3+3min) at VO2max / recovery. If you use a heart rate monitor, your heart rate should be above 95%...
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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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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 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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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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Exertion time vs heart rate or %LT(Lactate Threshold)?

Are there any tables out there that show how long a person can exert themselves at a given heart rate or %LT (assuming adequate fueling)? events lasting up to(LT = 185): 3 hours: 170+ 4 hours: ...
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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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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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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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Commuting two days a week and resistance training the rest of the week

I have been working out at the gym five days a week for some time now (Upper, Lower, Push, Pull, Legs) and I have started to commute (40km round trip) twice a week to work. I do some high intensity ...
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Optimal Intensity training ratios

I have used my googlefu now but I don't come up with any good research articles. I read that a lot of elite riders train mostly on low intensity, is this the case and why? To increase fet oxidtion, ...
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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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What is the best breakfast right before cycling?

Sometimes I feel I will faint when I am cycling in the morning. I usually don't have this problem after lunch. My breakfast is rich in carbohydrates, but maybe I'm eating too much or missing some ...
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What are the 'easiest' ways to determine functional threshold power?

I recently picked up a powertap and have done a fair bit of riding around and a few races now with it on, so I've started to get familiar with some of the numbers. I would like to figure out what my ...
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When does power meter accuracy matter?

For a given use case power meter accuracy may or may not matter. Here are two use cases: BikeRumor - Power Meters Explained No matter which power meter you land on, the most important aspect is ...
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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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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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Is high-carbs consumption during Z2 rides efficient for weight-loss?

I am bit overweight (BMI: 30+, 89kg/170cm), riding regularly 3 times a week, 2hrs/50+km/flat road each time. Rides are mostly in Z2, with occasional Z4 ride (once every 2-3 rides). I enjoy the rides, ...
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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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How accurately do indoor trainers measure power?

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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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 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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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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Can you use bicycle boulevards for effective interval training?

Using commutes for training can be a time saving idea. Let's say biking to work takes you 5 to 10 hours a week. That's plenty of time for exercising. Why not use that time to actually get fit which ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Is it normal to stop so much because of thighs burning?

I've taken up cycling because of an operation I had in August 2015. My consultant made it clear I had to get regular exercise. I thought cycling was probably one of the best exercises I could do. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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