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Old 10-15-2012, 05:56 AM   #25516
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Just wondered what the best strategy is for obtaining the fastest 2 mile sprint time:

1. Push as hard as you can from start to finish.
2. Keep some energy in reserve and go all out towards the end.

A guy I ride with mentioned that his track coach advocated #2, but I don't know whether this applies to bicycle sprinting.
IME you can really only go 'all out' for 2-300m max. Even Cav can only keep up his sprint for 4-500m.

So, negative splits it is!

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:36 AM   #25517
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IME you can really only go 'all out' for 2-300m max. Even Cav can only keep up his sprint for 4-500m.

So, negative splits it is!

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Yeah, I wondered about that while trying to set a PR on Strava this weekend. I went full blast right off the starting line, but ran out of steam about 2/3rds of the way through. By the time I reached the end I was so exhausted that I was seeing stars. All my strength was gone and all I could manage at that point was to turn around and coast back.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #25518
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Yeah, I wondered about that while trying to set a PR on Strava this weekend. I went full blast right off the starting line, but ran out of steam about 2/3rds of the way through. By the time I reached the end I was so exhausted that I was seeing stars. All my strength was gone and all I could manage at that point was to turn around and coast back.
Good job you weren't racing eh....
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:15 AM   #25519
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Good job you weren't racing eh....
I only did it to beat the record set by a local rider who I can't stand. I'm going to beat his personal record by a wide margin and rub his face in it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #25520
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A local mountain biker I know finally bought his first roadbike, a Trek Madone 5.9. This guy works out with weights and has massive leg muscles coupled with tremendous endurance, and a body fat percentage of 7%. I assumed that because of all this, he'd be winning all the KOM's in the area, but so far his best placings have been 4th and 8th place on the leader board - losing out to riders who don't look to be in better shape than the average person. These KOM's consist of sprints or hill climbs, which don't require skill, just strength and endurance - which he has in spades. So why wouldn't someone who has his degree of physical development and a fast bike like the Madone 5.9 be able to easily outrun everyone else in these kinds of 'races'?

Totally different disciplines.

And no skill to a sprint or climb?
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:26 PM   #25521
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I only did it to beat the record set by a local rider who I can't stand. I'm going to beat his personal record by a wide margin and rub his face in it.
kinda takes the fun outta it, eh?
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #25522
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Seriously Aurelius, it seems to me that you are taking all the joy out of bicycling by turning every ride into a competition. I am very competitive, but my riding buddy still kicksmy butt on hills. I can haul ass on the flats. Then we have a good laugh over post ride beers. Lighten up, and enjoy yourself.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #25523
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Started trying seats today.

Grabbed a WTB Volt because it is similar size to the stock seat but is thicker in padding. Don't like it. Taking it back tomorrow.

Tried a Specialized Body Geometry something or other that weighed a ton and was huge but it was really plush. It made the bike shrink.

Now to find low profile, wide, with give while being narrow at the front and light.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:48 PM   #25524
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Started trying seats today.

Grabbed a WTB Volt because it is similar size to the stock seat but is thicker in padding. Don't like it. Taking it back tomorrow.

Tried a Specialized Body Geometry something or other that weighed a ton and was huge but it was really plush. It made the bike shrink.

Now to find low profile, wide, with give while being narrow at the front and light.
heavily padded saddles squirm under you, and are painful on longer rides... you need a big wide saddle on a bike where you are sitting straight up and down, like a cruiser... anything else, you should be leaning forward enough that your weight is distributed between your legs, your arms and only some of it is on your butt, and for these, you want a firm slender seat, just wide enough in the back to be under your 'sit bones' (the ishium loops).

of the Specialized BG seats, for a hybrid style bike, and a casual rider, you might try the Sonoma or Milano, and /not/ the Gel versions. For my butt, I like the Milano in the 175 width...
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:00 PM   #25525
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heavily padded saddles squirm under you, and are painful on longer rides... you need a big wide saddle on a bike where you are sitting straight up and down, like a cruiser... anything else, you should be leaning forward enough that your weight is distributed between your legs, your arms and only some of it is on your butt, and for these, you want a firm slender seat, just wide enough in the back to be under your 'sit bones' (the ishium loops).

of the Specialized BG seats, for a hybrid style bike, and a casual rider, you might try the Sonoma or Milano, and /not/ the Gel versions. For my butt, I like the Milano in the 175 width...
I tried the Sonoma. That was the Cadillac seat in feel and weight.

They are going to show me a light weight Specialized seat with an air gap in the middle.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:39 AM   #25526
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Say what you want about cheap Chinese products, but I have been very very happy with the cheap tubes that I bought 5 years ago after suffering two flat tires in a span of ten minutes. Asked for a tougher more durable tube and the bike shop owner, Chinese no less, said that for what I was asking, he only had cheap Chinese tubes that weren't the best quality, but were a thicker rubber. I said "sold."

5 years. 1 flat tire on tonight's bike ride. That's a great return on my investment as far as I am concerned. Of course, now i need a compact pump that will work in five years time. The one I had was utterly useless. I wonder if it's also Chinese....
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:39 AM   #25527
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Started trying seats today.

Grabbed a WTB Volt because it is similar size to the stock seat but is thicker in padding. Don't like it. Taking it back tomorrow.

Tried a Specialized Body Geometry something or other that weighed a ton and was huge but it was really plush. It made the bike shrink.

Now to find low profile, wide, with give while being narrow at the front and light.
Considering that you live in Vegas and it doesn't rain as much out there. I would HIGHLY suggest investing in a Brooks B17 saddle. Best money you will ever spend on a bicycle is improving the contact points between your butt and the bike.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:15 AM   #25528
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I tried the Sonoma. That was the Cadillac seat in feel and weight.

They are going to show me a light weight Specialized seat with an air gap in the middle.
The ONLY one that worked for me is the Adamo Road Saddle:



It differs from all the others in one important respect: its geometry allows you to change the location of the pressure points by sliding backward or forward. On every conventional saddle I've tried, the pressure points remain in the same place regardless of how I position myself on the seat. With the Adamo, there is a pronounced difference in feel between sitting on the two 'prongs' in front, and sitting on the large padded area further toward the back. As soon as you feel a bit of pain in one position, just slide your butt forward (or back) to relieve the pressure on the affected area. By regularly altering your seating position, you can ward off pain for much longer than would be possible with a conventional saddle.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:30 AM   #25529
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Seriously Aurelius, it seems to me that you are taking all the joy out of bicycling by turning every ride into a competition. I am very competitive, but my riding buddy still kicksmy butt on hills. I can haul ass on the flats. Then we have a good laugh over post ride beers. Lighten up, and enjoy yourself.


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Old 10-16-2012, 06:31 AM   #25530
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Started trying seats today.
That's going to be a PITA, literally.

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Say what you want about cheap Chinese products, but I have been very very happy with the cheap tubes that I bought 5 years ago after suffering two flat tires in a span of ten minutes. Asked for a tougher more durable tube and the bike shop owner, Chinese no less, said that for what I was asking, he only had cheap Chinese tubes that weren't the best quality, but were a thicker rubber. I said "sold."

5 years. 1 flat tire on tonight's bike ride. That's a great return on my investment as far as I am concerned. Of course, now i need a compact pump that will work in five years time. The one I had was utterly useless. I wonder if it's also Chinese....
Funny story.

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Considering that you live in Vegas and it doesn't rain as much out there. I would HIGHLY suggest investing in a Brooks B17 saddle. Best money you will ever spend on a bicycle is improving the contact points between your butt and the bike.
I run a B17 Imperial and it has a totally different shape (much less crown), despite the "B17" nomenclature.
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