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Old 04-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #19711
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couple o days ago, someone asked me for action-pictures.
hope u njoy this

Schladming Dh Track on pinkbike.com

Great video! Thanks for posting it. Looks like a fun track.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:28 PM   #19712
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #19713
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OK, that scared me.

Cool stuff, but it scared me.

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:36 PM   #19714
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So, there you have it - after all those months of training, after all those hours of racing, after all those gels and Clif bars and stuff that counts as nutrition but barely counts as food I finally heard the words: "Francisco, you are an Ironman!"
I dunno, I've really come to like Clif bars.

Good job, Ironman
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:57 AM   #19715
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So, there you have it - after all those months of training, after all those hours of racing, after all those gels and Clif bars and stuff that counts as nutrition but barely counts as food I finally heard the words: "Francisco, you are an Ironman!"

Cheers, thanks for reading, and above all thanks for all the support!
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Congrats Francisco! A great accomplishment for anyone!
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:01 AM   #19716
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So I took yesterday off work to get in a century with one of my teammates. Now I am suffering my choices for being a dumbass and forgetting to put on sunscreen prior to being on a bicycle for the greater part of a day. Arms, face and knees are crispy well done... At least I got to explore new roads, passed by VIR and found a new coffee shop in Danville.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:35 AM   #19717
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It's pretty comfortable on these chip n seal roads they have around here. Much better than my Cannondale Caad 9. So I end up riding it more.
We have the same, plus farm roads, which is why I switched to a 'cross bike.

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Talk to me about pulling a kid....

I am about to have my first. I am looking forward to dragging him around town behind me on the bike.
What trailer's are good?
How old does the kid need to be?
What have I gotten myself into?
I pull my granddaughter in a Chariot Cougar. It's light, super-high-quality, foldable, adjustable suspension (adjust as the kid grows), full harness, bag for her crap, windscreen or net options, and pulls easily. The only time I notice I'm pulling a trailer is uphill. Otherwise, I don't feel it hitting bumps or feel her moving around. Luckily, she just enjoys the ride and doesn't heckle me. If she does, no DQ for her.

BTW, A trailer is much safer than a child-seat attached to your bike. The trailer has framework that completely surrounds the child, in case of accident. With a seat, the child has no protection. And, if you crash, they get slammed to the ground (Think: being in the top of a tree as it falls-much higher rate of fall than being near the trunk).
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:27 AM   #19718
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Cliples Pedals

I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals. The guys at the lbs say I'll be "20%-30% more efficient." I'm not sure how that relates to speed. Can you folks quantify that a little better / differently for me? How much difference will it make to my average speed? For instance, last night I averaged right at 18.0 mph for an hour. How much faster (roughly) would I be with clipless pedals? I'm just looking for a ballpark figure. Anecdotal stories would be great also. My bro-in-law estimated 2 mph.

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:44 AM   #19719
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I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals. The guys at the lbs say I'll be "20%-30% more efficient." I'm not sure how that relates to speed. Can you folks quantify that a little better / differently for me? How much difference will it make to my average speed? For instance, last night I averaged right at 18.0 mph for an hour. How much faster (roughly) would I be with clipless pedals? I'm just looking for a ballpark figure. Anecdotal stories would be great also. My bro-in-law estimated 2 mph.

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Faster is relative to your efficiency on the bike. The clipless pedals will make your pedal stroke more efficient by allowing you to pull on the upstroke as you are pushing on the opposite pedal. The pedal stroke should be as smooth and circular as possible without any mashing, or pressing down unless you are sprinting or climbing a hill. Even then it is to your benefit to pull on the upstroke rather than mash.

You will also need to address seat height relative to the pedals you choose to run (Speedplay, LOOK/KEO, Shimano, Attack... etc) The cleat will raise your shoe height slightly and you may need to adjust saddle height accordingly. My personal preference is Speedplay but, among cyclists, it's almost as bad as arguing oil choices among moto-heads...
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:51 AM   #19720
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Faster is relative to your efficiency on the bike. The clipless pedals will make your pedal stroke more efficient by allowing you to pull on the upstroke as you are pushing on the opposite pedal. The pedal stroke should be as smooth and circular as possible without any mashing, or pressing down unless you are sprinting or climbing a hill. Even then it is to your benefit to pull on the upstroke rather than mash.
Does it just sort of happen, or is it soemthing you have to concentrate on at first?
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:59 AM   #19721
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Does it just sort of happen, or is it soemthing you have to concentrate on at first?

At first you will have to concentrate on it and your muscles will have to adapt to the new load being placed on them. After a few weeks though, it will become second nature and you should see good results. I know it helped with my climbing legs as well as distance and endurance. Think of it as utilizing a whole new set of muscles in your legs for increased distance, speed and endurance. Rather than just using the tops of your thighs and calves to press the pedals, you can now call on your glutes, hamstrings and calves to pull with as well.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:23 AM   #19722
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^^^ Man, that looks like fun!
You should come do one. You're right smack dab in the center of the US gravel road racing scene. There's more and more events popping up every month.

http://www.gravelgrindernews.com/p/2...-calendar.html
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:46 AM   #19723
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I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals. The guys at the lbs say I'll be "20%-30% more efficient." I'm not sure how that relates to speed. Can you folks quantify that a little better / differently for me? How much difference will it make to my average speed? For instance, last night I averaged right at 18.0 mph for an hour. How much faster (roughly) would I be with clipless pedals? I'm just looking for a ballpark figure. Anecdotal stories would be great also. My bro-in-law estimated 2 mph.

Thanks,
Awesome.

The more efficient spin isn't about speed (but you may see a slight gain), so much as effort. The same energy output on your part will push the bike further.

And keep your cadence up! Depending on your size and conditioning, you should be shooting for somewhere between 80-90rpm. Rotating the pedals at that rate will help you get the muscle memory for proper spin technique, too.

My wife started with flat pedals on her roadie because she lacked the confidence that she'd be able to unclip if she started going over. When she decided to try going clipless, we started off slow on an isolated street and she practiced popping out and stops and starts. Once we took off for a ride, she couldn't believe how much easier it was to spin.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:48 AM   #19724
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First of all, THANKS TO EVERYONE for all the kind words of encouragement before the race, and of celebration afterwards!

--snip great report--

So, there you have it - after all those months of training, after all those hours of racing, after all those gels and Clif bars and stuff that counts as nutrition but barely counts as food I finally heard the words: "Francisco, you are an Ironman!"

Cheers, thanks for reading, and above all thanks for all the support!
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Great job! Definitely an inspirational story, too.
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:01 AM   #19725
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Nevermind the added support of actual cycling shoes and the ease of lifting the rear wheel over curbs and such.
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