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3/18/11 3:35 P

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it is a shame too! some of my favorite roads for training are falling apart, and riding on them last years was rough, I feel they will be unridable this year and it sounds like little to no maintenance is going to be done on any of the states roads, so I guess I have to figure out a new plan for training this year. I might have to get a crosscycle just to ride the roads.


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3/18/11 2:45 P

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Well Gary, you know I live in the same state as you, and although the weather is finally starting to warm up, we still have tons of sand on the road and the pot holes are horrendous. That being said, i hate exercising indoors, and the thought of riding a trainer makes we want to poke my eyes out.
I do have a hybrid, so I think I may try to get outside and do some riding before I break out for tri bike for the season. The time change does make it more challenging for you in the mornings, but the extra daylight at the end of the work day sure is nice.
Motoguy, thanks again for all your tips!

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3/18/11 10:17 A

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well, I live where there is still snow on the ground and lots of sand on the roads, as much as I dislike riding indoors, right now it is still the best option, and being I ride more in the AM, dark and cold. the trainer is my safest and best option at this time, and I can get a good ride in,but I agree with the ideas posted by motoguy, Thanks,, and enjoy your training.


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3/18/11 9:41 A

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For those in the northern 1/2 of the country, we must content with sandy pot holed filled roads until half way through April. Some folks love their traininer and have no problem riding tempo for even 2 hours in the basement watching TV. NOT ME! With warm clothes, you can get out and trian by early ot mid Feb. on warmer days.

One of the best solutiosn is to have a 2nd bike liek a Cyclocross bike, Mountain Bike or Hybrid, set-up with heavy duty rims and tires.

If you have 1 bike, it's handy to have a second set of wheels with some good heavy puncture resistant training tires, perhaps even 25c (slightly wider too) with a little bit of tread. Keep the pressures a little lower for better traction and shock absorption over bumps.

A good way to end up with a 2nd set of wheels, is to purchase a set of inexpensive race wheels used, then take the original wheels that came with your bike (If you bike costs less than $2500, they are probably not very fast wheels). There are also some knock off wheels sets of under $400 that will make good durable wheelsets. Don't forget, you'll need a 2nd cassette. best ot have the lowest and widest gear range possible for trianing, and tighter taller ratios for racing... unless it's a very hilly race.

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