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    How To Bicycle Further

    1. Carbo-load for a fast or long ride during the preceding 24 hours.
    2. Set an easy pace for the first third of the ride.
    3. Avoid going over or into your power threshold.
    4. Fuel from the start.
    5. Focus on the positives mentally.
    6. Have intermittent goals to focus on.
    7. Draft if the group pace is too fast for you.
    8. Lead going uphill as drafting is not as effective going uphill.
    9. Pack spares, patches, pump, tools.
    10. Dress appropriately.
    11. Become more aerodynamic when facing the wind.
    12. Gradually build up to longer rides.
    13. Change your routine to make more of your endurance training.
    14. Ride before breakfast to burn more fat.
    15. Eat while riding.
    16. Ride with a group to share pace-setting.
    17. Slower/less strenuous riding pushes you more into your fat burning zone.
    18. Change your route.
    19. Ride with a tail wind.

    How To Ride Long Distances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TTGRLcXFyk

    How To Ride Further: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzHGrduO2DA
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    How To Ride Long Distances
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    How To Cycle Further

    #2
    Wildbears, I like the GCN crew. They are funny, don't take themselves too seriously, and offer useful information. Thanks for posting this.

    For what it's worth, I've done quite a few "centuries." The toughest being the LandRun 100, (now "MidSouth"). That race is run in March on muddy Oklahoma country roads through some single track and worse, along with a bunch of gravel roads. I'm 5 for 7 with one DNS because of a heart ablation procedure the week before.

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    • Bobby
      Bobby commented
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      Keep it up!

    #3
    Bicycle passes sport bike....then gets cut off!
    https://www.facebook.com/federalheal...15153598591538

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    • ZATO
      ZATO commented
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      What a bad showing for the gas powered smucks. It would have been a great vid to have watched the bicyclist roll down the road.

    #4
    Originally posted by wildbears View Post
    How To Bicycle Further

    1. Carbo-load for a fast or long ride during the preceding 24 hours.
    2. Set an easy pace for the first third of the ride.
    3. Avoid going over or into your power threshold.
    4. Fuel from the start.
    5. Focus on the positives mentally.
    6. Have intermittent goals to focus on.
    7. Draft if the group pace is too fast for you.
    8. Lead going uphill as drafting is not as effective going uphill.
    9. Pack spares, patches, pump, tools.
    10. Dress appropriately.
    11. Become more aerodynamic when facing the wind.
    12. Gradually build up to longer rides.
    13. Change your routine to make more of your endurance training.
    14. Ride before breakfast to burn more fat.
    15. Eat while riding.
    16. Ride with a group to share pace-setting.
    17. Slower/less strenuous riding pushes you more into your fat burning zone.
    18. Change your route.
    19. Ride with a tail wind.

    How To Ride Long Distances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TTGRLcXFyk

    How To Ride Further: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzHGrduO2DA
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video How To Ride Long Distances


    How To Ride Long Distances
    Preview YouTube video How To Cycle Further


    How To Cycle Further
    Ride with a tailwind? LOL...did 37 miles yesterday and into the wind no matter which direction I faced! UGH!

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    • wildbears
      wildbears commented
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      Well, usually on a back and forth ride you've got a head wind both ways!

      How does that always happen???
      Last edited by wildbears; 09-14-2020, 07:19 PM.

    #5
    You Can Shift Too Often

    Modern shifters are built right into the brake levers, and are sold on their convenience. Folks who like them often say, "Now I shift so much more often!" Well, people sitting on couches and holding remote controls change channels more often, too. Often-ness isn't the goal. Convenience can take over, it can be distracting, and it can make you lazy. Absolutely, you should shift as often as you like and whenever it feels right, but there is satisfaction in grunting just a little to crest a hill, and there's refreshment to be found in pedaling both slower and faster than the textbook optimal range of 95 to 100 rpms. For a lonely rider on a homely road, there's a case to be made for grunting five-percent harder or spinning four-percent faster to get past the harder or easier part. It's a more natural way to ride. Today's interest in single-speed riding is a backlash against more gears and ever-increasing pressure to shift at the slightest provocation. These riders find it liberating to not even have the option to shift. If you need a role model, there's Lon Haldeman. Lon has won RAAM a few times and continues to ride 15,000 miles or so a year by himself and with his PacTour groups, and rides a derailleur-less bike with a single chainring and three cogs in back. He rides it everywhere, over all terrain. And there are thousands of others out there who, like Lon, have figured out that constant shifting isn't all it's cracked up to be. Bar-end shifters are plenty convenient, but just not too.
    https://www.rivbike.com/pages/shifting

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      #6
      Stayer Bikes and Pacing Races...

      Bicycles and motorcycles working together.

      The "Stayer" bikes are designed to get the bicyclists as close as possible to the back of the motorcycle for drafting. Hence the reversed fork and the smaller front wheel. The reversed fork also increases "trail" to provide more stability at the high speeds (75 mph?).

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      http://45chop.blogspot.com/2011/01/stayer-bikes.html
      Last edited by wildbears; 09-16-2020, 07:03 AM.

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        #7
        https://www.wired.com/story/denise-m...ecord-168-mph/

        Did ya know BMW now are offering a line bicycles...

        https://m.msg.bmwmotorcycles.com/nl/...83200916131011
        Last edited by Aa3jy; 09-16-2020, 04:42 PM.

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          #8
          Here's Denise doing 184 mph....

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoUmgMhn2iY

          And this all started in the 1890s when Charlie “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy rode behind a train chugging at 60 mph on plywood boards between the rails...
          Last edited by wildbears; 09-17-2020, 12:16 PM.

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          • wildbears
            wildbears commented
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            Textile and leather luge suit and motorcycle helmet.

          • Bobby
            Bobby commented
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            I think I'd opt for more protection like an airbag jacket or maybe a Moto GP race suit.

          • wildbears
            wildbears commented
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            Especially considering her predecessor broke 24 bones when he crashed!

          #9
          Wildbears, et al.:

          The Tour de France this year was the best in many years. I am all in for Team Jumbo-Visma and Primoz. Dadgum. The most deserving rider won it!

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            #10
            Back in the late 70's, our bicycle racing club, the Queen City Wheelmen, had about 12 regular members, participants. I was remembering the bikes recently and the stable included Gios Torino, Bianchi, Colnago, De Rosa, and Basso brands. Mine was a 1978, black, Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 and later the San Rencho Super Record Cyclone with the Campy Record groupo..

            Many of the riders were cat 3s and a few were cat 2s. I never made it out of cat 4 (USCF).
            Last edited by wildbears; 11-06-2020, 02:02 PM.

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              #11
              Guys, I have binged on bike racing videos this week. Fantastic racing all over the place. The Giro. The Vuelta. L-B-L. Tour of Flanders. Amstel. Fleche Wallonne, Dreidgaase Brugge de Panne, and more. Most can be seen via delayed highlights. Steephill.tv is a great place to start. But Youtube has lots of action, too. Former UCI pro racer Chris Horner has a terrific youtube show almost every racing day called The Butterfly Effect in which he breaks down in detail all the events and strategy that went into the race he is analyzing. Terrific use of 10-15 minutes every day!

              Even though these races are all being run at the wrong time of the calendar because of the virus, this has been a couple of months of terrific racing. I LOVE it!

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              • wildbears
                wildbears commented
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                Thanks for the cycling info!

                I knew the Giro was starting but got waylaid.

                Will definitely go to steep hill and youtube to watch whatever is available.

                Got the Turbo Trainer set up near the big screen.
                Last edited by wildbears; 10-29-2020, 09:07 AM.

              • 955i
                955i commented
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                Flat Stage 9 of the Vuelta is today. Giro is over, but if you start watching even the short highlights of the Giro at Stage 17 combined with Horner's Butterfly Effect of the corresponding Stages, you will get the sense of an absolutely amazing Grand Tour. Similar to this year's Tour in many ways. It's hard to avoid "spoilers," but you can do it if you just are careful.

                The extended highlights of the 1-day races on Youtube are great, but they often have spoilers in the title. But if you get in without seeing the winner first, they are better than the official highlights.

              • wildbears
                wildbears commented
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                Big thanks!

              #12
              From Flatistan. Yesterday's ride.

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              2018 BMW S1000R
              2000 BMW K1200 RS
              2017 Honda CRF250 L ABS

              "Where you stand depends on where you sit"
              Rufus E Miles JR.

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              • wildbears
                wildbears commented
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                Man, I miss Florida!

              • Pete_Tallahassee
                Pete_Tallahassee commented
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                It's nice and warm here. Today it's raining but the last two days have been a high of 87 low of 70. Perfect for water sports and at night you can open the windows.

              • 955i
                955i commented
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                Nice picture, Pete. My Welsh friends this week did a gravel back roads ride where they gained 100' per mile!!!

              #13
              Training for a long distance tour?

              Here're some tips from the PAC Tour site:

              https://pactour.com/training.html

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                #14
                Spin classes deemed dangerous during COVID...but maybe not if precautions are taken:

                https://bc.ctvnews.ca/dr-henry-s-com...says-1.5178841

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                  #15
                  18 mph winds from the SE today. Gusts to 25. Yuck. Maybe only a short ride today (since I can't find anywhere NW of here I want to go!).

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