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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?

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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Does a bike-stalling speed exist?

The trick to pulling a track stand is that you are not in fact stationary. You rock forward and backward slightly. So it's not accurate to say that the minimum speed on a bike is 0. In any case, very ...
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Why do base kilometers help with time trials?

It’s all about maximizing the positive effects of training while minimizing recovery time and injury risk You want to target different systems in the body as effectively as possible. A naive approach ...
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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?

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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Take away bragging rights, Strava's kudos, and the sense of achievement, 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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Does a bike-stalling speed exist?

There is another kind of "stall" speed, which is to do with the maximum grade you can effectively climb. As the road pitches up, your rear wheel takes more weight and the front wheel has ...
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Does a bike-stalling speed exist?

Best control of a two wheeled bike includes some forward momentum. By design (trail)--and physics (caster)-- the front wheel of a bicycle will want to maintain a straight line when rolling. That's a ...
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Does a bike-stalling speed exist?

A bicycle "stalling speed" does not exist because bicycles do not stall like an airplane. Stalling is a reduction in the lift coefficient generated by a foil as the angle of attack increases....
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Why do base kilometers help with time trials?

I think what you are asking here is what's the better training routine: Ride 40 km at max effort (for that distance/time) - i.e. a 'time trail' every time Ride some shorter more intense rides mixed ...
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Smart trainer getting extremely hot during workouts

I have a similar Kickr Core. When you do the spindown, the Wahoo app shows the temperature (this temperature is from somewhere inside, though I don’t know where exactly). You can use this to get some ...
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Preparation/training for a 6-hour time-trial

I'm not a coach, and this may not be the best forum for answers. The folks on TrainerRoad's forum seem more than willing to help outsiders. Long triathlon bike legs are similar to your intended effort,...
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

This problem has been solved by many intrepid flatlanders, just tow an old car tyre.
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

Consider constructing a parachute similar to those worn by sprinters: https://www.amazon.com/SKLZ-Speed-Chute-Resistance-Acceleration/dp/B002CLK21C This would generate significant drag at moderate ...
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Why do base kilometers help with time trials?

It would be nice to understand what exactly happens when one rides at a leisurely pace, that eventually improves time trials. Do, for example, glycogen stores in muscle cells become gradually capable ...
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Should I add my base metabolic rate to a calorie estimate from a ride?

Summary All the numbers above are estimates. You should interpret things more like: given your weight, height, and sex, your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is 1,700 +/- a couple hundred calories. The ...
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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?

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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Take away bragging rights, Strava's kudos, and the sense of achievement, 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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Smart trainer getting extremely hot during workouts

For the same exertion, your choice of gearing won't affect how much heat has to be dissipated. Unless you have two modes of resistance used at once (I don't think the Kickr does properly, I've only ...
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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?

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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Take away bragging rights, Strava's kudos, and the sense of achievement, 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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Take away bragging rights, Strava's kudos, and the sense of achievement, 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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Does a bike-stalling speed exist?

I think there are two speeds to quote here - uphill and flatland. I have a "basement speed" of around ~3.7 km/h on my recumbent, measured by riding up a steep driveway. Incidentally, I can ...
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Do you oscillate your diet along with your riding?

Either is fine - in fact on this timescale there's not much difference. My suggestion: I suspect that what's most satisfying for your body and your desire to measure will be somewhere between the two -...
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

As your description implies that you'll be spending a lot of your time building up speed (i.e. stop-start riding), adding weight will add a fair bit of resistance. Ideally you'd fit 4 panniers with ...
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Preparation/training for a 6-hour time-trial

From this image: your saddle has a significant forward tilt. Your arms are likely to get sore and tired on long rides from having to continuously push yourself backwards to hold yourself on that ...
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Smart trainer getting extremely hot during workouts

With my measurements, I also asked Wahoo support and got a short but clear statement: Temperatures on the flywheel in this area are generally not a problem. As long as the trainer works properly and ...
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

Here are a couple of options I can think of. If you have access to some lumber and some blocks, you could build some ramps to provide you with a bit of incline to give you extra resistance. This won'...
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Fitting Shimano pedals into a 3/4" crank socket

I've never heard of a 3/4" thread on a pedal on a bicycle. It sounds like they intend for you to buy pedals from the maker of your exercise bike. However if you are handy, it may be possible 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?

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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Should I add my base metabolic rate to a calorie estimate from a ride?

Assuming the estimates are accurate you’ll have burned 3700kcal on that day and have to replenish them with food. As Weiwen already hints, don’t just eat after a ride, eat before and during the ride ...
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