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  1. DNAtsol

    endurance training: hr or cadence emphasis

    So it begins again. This year I completed my first century (5 1/2 hours), got myself over a cat 2 and been riding with a group @~20mph. I'm starting to train for the same goals, only faster on all three elements. I'm starting with my endurance base. The program I'm working with uses both %Max HR...
  2. DNAtsol

    Developing power/endurance advice needed

    I did some mountains for the first time this summer (Cat 4 and 3 according to MMR) and noticed I could keep up with my riding partner for a while but eventually my ability to push a gear big enough to keep up with him resulted in significant HR elevation and lots of lactic acid and I would drop...
  3. DNAtsol

    Bamboo bikes

    Just heard a story on the beeb about bikes being made of African bamboo and sent off to the US. Sounds very cool and was wondering if anyone knew who the distributor was so I could get a closer look.
  4. DNAtsol

    so many sweet choices how do I decide

    I'm looking into purchasing my first road bike after having a MTB for several years. I've started doing 40+ road rides with climbing to get some climbing legs and distance training and doing the road ride on my MTB is getting a little under my skin. I've done some road in the past but...
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    cycling shorts advice wanted - more or less spandex better?

    I've been looking at a number of cycling shorts (who knew there would be sooo many to choose from). One thing I've noticed is than many shorts use "muscle support" as a important feature. In looking at the fabrics I've noticed these tend to differ in the amount of spandex (10-18%). So, which...
  6. DNAtsol

    wind/rain/winter shoe cover recommendations?

    Hi all, I'd like to solicit some recommendations regarding shoe covers for my winter riding. I have a mountain bike and shoes with some pretty significant cleats so typical road shoe covers just are not going to get the job done. Also, I'm in North Carolina so it rarely gets...
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    wind/rain/winter shoe cover recommendations?

    Hi all, I'd like to solicit some recommendations regarding shoe covers for my winter riding. I have a moutain bike and shoes with some pretty significant cleats so typical road shoe covers just are not going to get the job done. Also, I'm in North Carolina so it rarely gets...
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    newbie with shimano issues

    Hi all, Here I am finally riding regularly and of course that leads me to thinking about better components, getting a road bike as well as my current MTB..... you know, typical male "I want better stuff" mentality. Currently I'm trying to understand derauliers and the different...