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  1. Randyforriding

    Interesting info about TDF bikes over the years.

    http://felixwong.com/2010/11/tour-de-france-bicycles-historical-bike-weights/
  2. Randyforriding

    Why aren't they going any faster?

    A friend of mine brought to my attention an interesting fact. The average speed needed to win the TDF hasn't changed much over the years. Supposedly the bikes are lighter and stiffer, training is better, nutrition is better, drugs are better (epo), and there is a larger base of amateur riders to...
  3. Randyforriding

    bike fit: the Randy method

    In the early seventies, I started getting a subscription to Bicycling! and got a couple books on cycling. In these, there were formulas on bike fit and general rules of thumb. For many years, I tried to get my bikes to fit the way they were "supposed " to fit and suffered for it. Years later...
  4. Randyforriding

    Help on adjusting SRAM derailleurs?

    I'm a Shimano guy. I know Shiman equipment pretty well. If the rear derailleru is reluctant to shift to a bigger cog, I screw the barrel out a bit. If it is reluctant to drop down ot a smaller cog, I screw the barrel in a bit. If it's making noise, I look from the back and try and see if the...
  5. Randyforriding

    power meter vs. heartrate monitor

    Power meters have gotten pretty popular, but they cost a ton and I'm sceptical about their value. I still feel that a simple and inexpensive heart rate monitor is a better indicator of how hard your body is working and therefore more valuable in making choices regarding equipment, technique...
  6. Randyforriding

    Is steel real?

    I'm going to start a fight for Christmas. Yes, I'm a Scrooge. Keep in mind while you read this that I have five bikes that are in working order and I ride at least once in a while. I have two mountain bikes with aluminum frames, a custom hybrid (probably not like you imagine) with a steel...
  7. Randyforriding

    Homemade nutrition bars?

    I'm a baker by trade. I'm looking into the idea of making my own nutrition bars. Something with both protein and carbs. I'd like a combination of fast and slow energy release. Something so tasty I'd eat it for desert. Today I made some brown sugar nut bars, from a recipe in one of my cook...
  8. Randyforriding

    An unconventional solution to saddle discomfort.

    If you've read my other posts, you know that I've been riding for a very long time. I am now relatively free of saddle discomfort. It wasn't always so. For a number of years I had a real problem with saddle discomfort. It was so bad, I considered getting out of cycling. I tried different...
  9. Randyforriding

    Frames: aero vs. conventional?

    Until very recently, I'd only ridden steel. I now have a relatively inexpensive bike with a carbon frame (Wilier Izoard). The performance jump is enough that I'm considering replacing my steel frame with a good carbon frame. Possibly a Cervelo. I have a choice. Get an aero frame with...
  10. Randyforriding

    What am I doing wrong?

    I'm 58, going on 59. I work nights at a job that requires me to stand for eight hours, and do a fair amount of lifting, so when I get home I don't have the time or energy to put in a lot of miles during the work week. To compensate, I do a lot of shorter, more intense workouts in the form of...
  11. Randyforriding

    my thoughts on cleat position with eliptical chain rings

    First I want to clarify something. A lot of people seem to confuse the current crop of eliptical chain rings, which do work, with Shimano Bio-pace, which didn't work. They are completely different, and in fact, work on the exact opposit pricipal. Leonard Zinn, who is a very smart man and...
  12. Randyforriding

    optimum crank arm length

    I've been using 195mm Zinn custom cranks for several thousand miles. These were actually shorter than Zinn's formula called for. I've recently had the chance to try 175mm and 172.5 mm cranks (not Zinn) on the same bike. I think I am now ready and able to make some judgements about crank arm...