Saddle/Shorts/HRM/Training Tips ???

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    Hey All,

    I'm riding in an MS-150 and am about to purchase some new items for the training and ride. I've
    ridden once before, but it was years ago.

    I'm considering a new saddle, shorts and maybe even an HRM. I'd like to make the most out of my
    training rides and have heard good things about HRMs. I have very little saddle time this year and
    2months to prepare. I'm 6' 195lbs.

    In the past I've experienced numbness after rides (saddle) and some pains shooting from my knee down
    my leg I changed to a better shoe when I was experiencing burning in the middle of my foot as well.

    I'd like to approach this ride as best as possible and could use suggestions on those pieces of
    equipment in particular. I've read thru reviews on roadbikereviews.com. Still, I'm wondering if
    there isn't a better place to be looking for reviews.

    Saddle: So far I think I've narrowed the saddle down to a Koobi Au Enduro per good reviews...not too
    pricey either.

    Shorts: I've read some good things about both the Sugoi and Performance Elite Multi-L in terms of
    longer rides.

    HRM: No clue. I'd love one that I can download to PC and see a visual of how my training is going,
    but they're soo expensive... and being that I'm just a novice, I'm probably crazy to even be looking
    at those higher models.

    I'm so inexperienced at this that I even have fundamental questions such as how many pairs of shorts
    is best....any logic to it that escapes me besides the obvious "Depends on how often I do laundry"?
    I could also use some suggestions on shirts/socks material.

    Finally, where can I get the best deal on all these things? I've decided to allow myself a budget of
    $500. I may have to do without some things, but I'm sure thats more than enough to get me thru.

    Endurox R4 is a drink I used last time I trained for the ride and remember feeling as if it helped.
    Anything newer/better that I should consider?

    Thanks for any info. I know I've bounced all over with topics. I sincerely appreciate any
    suggestions.

    Also, if anybody has any training tips based on: 2months 'til the ride, practically zero saddle time
    in the last 6mo... I have an indoor trainer and can manage one good practice ride per week. I have a
    cyclometer, a decent bike (old schwinn circuit w/newer ultegra gears...downtube shifters), an ugly
    pair of Sidi genius 3's, and a camelback along w/some basic tools.

    Thanks again, JP
     
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  2. In article <[email protected]>, JP <[email protected]> wrote:
    >Hey All,
    >
    >I'm riding in an MS-150 and am about to purchase some new items for the training and ride. I've
    >ridden once before, but it was years ago.
    >
    >I'm considering a new saddle, shorts and maybe even an HRM. I'd like to make the most out of my
    >training rides and have heard good things about HRMs. I have very little saddle time this year and
    >2months to prepare. I'm 6' 195lbs.
    >
    >In the past I've experienced numbness after rides (saddle) and some pains shooting from my
    >knee down my leg I changed to a better shoe when I was experiencing burning in the middle of
    >my foot as well.
    >
    >I'd like to approach this ride as best as possible and could use suggestions on those pieces of
    >equipment in particular. I've read thru reviews on roadbikereviews.com. Still, I'm wondering if
    >there isn't a better place to be looking for reviews.
    >
    >Saddle: So far I think I've narrowed the saddle down to a Koobi Au Enduro per good reviews...not
    >too pricey either.

    Fine choice if it fits you. Saddle reviews are worthless since it is only YOUR anatomy that the
    saddle needs to fit. How it fits anyone else is of no interest. You might also consider the SI
    model ($50-60).

    >Shorts: I've read some good things about both the Sugoi and Performance Elite Multi-L in terms of
    >longer rides.

    Likewise a personal choice. I like the Sugoi but some shorts are right for some people, others not.
    Sugoi Ultimate is $50 and I think it's a great deal.

    >HRM: No clue. I'd love one that I can download to PC and see a visual of how my training is going,
    >but they're soo expensive... and being that I'm just a novice, I'm probably crazy to even be
    >looking at those higher models.

    Shorts, saddle and a very nice HRM fit easily in a $500 budget.

    >I'm so inexperienced at this that I even have fundamental questions such as how many pairs of
    >shorts is best....any logic to it that escapes me besides the obvious "Depends on how often I do
    >laundry"?

    If you're riding once a week then I can't see needing two pair.

    > I could also use some suggestions on shirts/socks material.

    This is a personal preference. I suggest avoiding cotton.

    >Finally, where can I get the best deal on all these things? I've decided to allow myself a budget
    >of $500. I may have to do without some things, but I'm sure thats more than enough to get me thru.
    >
    >Endurox R4 is a drink I used last time I trained for the ride and remember feeling as if it helped.
    >Anything newer/better that I should consider?

    No, just about anything will do. If the ride is around 2 hours or less then I'd just drink water.

    >Thanks for any info. I know I've bounced all over with topics. I sincerely appreciate any
    >suggestions.
    >
    >Also, if anybody has any training tips based on: 2months 'til the ride, practically zero saddle
    >time in the last 6mo... I have an indoor trainer and can manage one good practice ride per week.

    Here's the problem that no amount of equipment is going to solve. You need at least 1 long ride and
    2 short rides a week if you expect to make any appreciable progress and adding a 4th ride in the
    week would yield a great deal more.

    > I have a cyclometer, a decent bike (old schwinn circuit w/newer ultegra gears...downtube
    > shifters), an ugly pair of Sidi genius 3's, and a camelback along w/some basic tools.

    Your stuff is all fine, you could do the MS150 once a week on that equipment. Can you use the $500
    to buy some days off for more rides? You're going to need the extra mileage.

    --Paul
     
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