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MNCYCLIST
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5/23/12 10:37 P

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Thanks BARRONBC for the thoughts, I do have a Cyclops and I'll do what you've suggested. It might have the additional benefit of motivating me to lose that extra 10 lbs when I see how "chunky" I really look is these form fitting clothes!

Blessings to you,
Charlie

P.S. Thanks, Don, for your thoughts, too, we all have our sweet spot and I actually like having my hands on the hoods but, especially when I ride into the wind, I like to keep "cadence high, body low"! Have a good one!

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5/23/12 10:17 P

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Don't know an awful lot to share other than that I find my pedaling to be more efficient while in the drops...I probably use the drops more than most cyclists because they just feel so "right" to me.

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5/23/12 5:00 P

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If your cadence is 90, that is still in really good place.

Look at your position in the drops carefully. Got a winter trainer? Put your bike in there and put a laser level on parts of your body. Check your knees to make sure they are coming up in the line of force. Ride and record the video from front, side, and rear in all positions and at different cadences. What do you notice? Bouncing, alignment of your knees or bowing out, lack of hip tilted correctly?

Don't worry about fatigue, worry about correct position and efficiency.


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5/23/12 3:03 P

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For several reasons, which I won't detail here, I like to pedal at a cadence of 95-100. But I find that when I go into my drops it's very difficult for me to keep that up. It's much more comfortable and sustainable to lower my cadence to around 90 but I'm concerned that if I develop this kind of pattern my muscles will fatigue on longer rides. I have fairly large bars, stock on a 2000 Giant OCR 2, so when I go into the drops I really drop! Perhaps the significant change in body position demands that I pedal at a lower cadence, I don't know.

Any thoughts? Advice? Have a great day, and thanks in advance!

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy´┐Ż4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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