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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

Like many things, bicycle mechanics is not difficult if you have the right mind for it, but not everybody does. In some cycle shops, new staff are taken on starting just to unpack and do the basic ...
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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

This isn't meant to be complete, more a collection of points addressing some of your sub-questions. In other (engineering) fields I've used practical tests as part of an interview process. If you're ...
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When starting to bike again: is volume of training more important than intensity?

Most training plans have at least one long&easy (2 hours or more) ride per week to focus on aerobic fitness. Unfortunately for you, cycling is (except for short sprints and attacks) an endurance ...
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When starting to bike again: is volume of training more important than intensity?

Now is my question, to increase my level of fitness with limited time (short trainings in the evening 1 to 1.5h) what kind of training should I prefer? Doing blocks or just low heartrate rides? ...
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When starting to bike again: is volume of training more important than intensity?

First of all, happy to hear you got the passion to ride back. The quick answer to “ Doing blocks or just low heart rate rides?” is: both. They both provide benefits. Blocks/intensity provides training ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

enjoying more time on the saddle For me this should be the main qualifier! If you lose the enjoyment of riding after eg. 80KM, then just don't. Sometime it can be fun to push yourself beyond the ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

Your question caught my eye as it really hit home. I have completed several (metric) centuries this summer (with the help of my local club) but these days, I no longer feel the incentive to go for ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

Giving the impressions of an overweight bloke approaching 60. Completing a century is just a natural goal. I did it with friends back in '79 as the first day of a tour we had planned but had to call ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

Having done about 100 km yesterday, to collect my cycle (velomobile) from the place best suited for repairs. In this case I have had to ride my VM there one week to go and collect it the next. My top ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

No one has actually said in it any of the current answers, I argue it does not matter. What matters to people is personal, and the more un-important it is, the more personal it is if it matters. It ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

For another perspective, sports should ideally have an achievement ladder with goals that are not too far apart in difficulty. Imagine that running's marquee distances were 10km (6.2 mi) and the ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

In other words, do the benefits of base kilometers not max out at some point? The benefits of base kilometers scale up to very high volumes of riding. However most people living normal lives (non ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

100km is a nice number and it demonstrates that you have put time in to cycling a decent distance. Not everyone wants to put enough time into cycling to achieve a 100km ride, even though my belief is ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

Competitions and personal bests: People just like to challenge themselves, set goals for themselves and boast about their achievements. For some people riding 20km is already hard and they’ll be proud ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

People like to get achievements that others can understand. The actual number is pretty arbitrary - in the case of a marathon, the reasons are more mythological than historical, but that's a sort of ...
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Why does the pursuit of a (metric/imperial) century matter?

If you are doing 80 km once a week right now, I have absolutely no doubt that you can do 100 km tomorrow, if you want to. What's so special about riding 100 km in a single ride? Here are some ...

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