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  1. Fatty Lumpkin

    Need advice on training fatigue

    Hi. I felt some real fatigue a couple weeks ago. I then took a week very easy (almost off) and felt better. Last Tuesday I did a fairly hard 42-mile day with some concerted but controlled efforts. Felt a little tired during the ride but okay. After another easy ride the fatigue is back, not as...
  2. Fatty Lumpkin

    Tour de france roadside fans are killing me!

    I consider myself new to cycling. I'm watching as much of the Tour as possible and am really enjoying it. All of it except for one thing... The fans that get too close to the riders - or touch them - are making me crazy! Someone tell me...is my frustration with this due to some unrefined...
  3. Fatty Lumpkin

    Does this make me look fat (photo included)?

    The answer is yes, I look fat, but the real question remains . . . is the fit okay? I'm embarrassed to post this (that's why you can't see my face!) but I have such a hard time purchasing good jerseys. And I really want one sleeveless one! My wife hates it and does not get cycling gear. She...
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    700x20c-25 vs. 700x20c race 28 vs. the theory of everything

    Here I am with another noob moment when I ask for help. This time, it’s about inner tubes. Over the past year, when I need a new inner tube for either of my bikes, I got them directly at the bike store. They looked at the tire and picked it for me. Then I went and ordered some online but they...
  5. Fatty Lumpkin

    New bike hurting achilles - please help

    I bought my first fast bike, the 2017 Specialized Roubaix Comp. I got good advice about that on these forums. The thing is an absolute pleasure to ride and in fact it has made me faster and able to hold a better pace longer. It’s all true; a good bike helps. Unfortunately, the fit is an issue...
  6. Fatty Lumpkin

    Noob needs winter training advice

    I'm the noob, just in case you were not sure. How should I train in the winter? I want to “peek” this August but what should I be doing now, in Feb-and April? Can someone point me in the right direction (websites, etc.) in terms of training? My current mentality is that every mile during the...
  7. Fatty Lumpkin

    Picking my first carbon road bike

    Hi All! I have my first “year” (8 months) of “serious” cycling under my belt. I purchased a Surly Long Haul Trucker – which I LOVE – but over this time have developed a keen desire to ride fast. Strava segments are addicting. I like both sprints and longer segments. I’ve been able to get at or...