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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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This winter/spring I have just gotten into Road Biking. Mainly because I have been training for a couple Triathlons but it has become so much more. I am biking over 20km a day to and from work and think more about my bike than my Mz3 hell I would rather bike all over this city than drive it.

I think about upgrading and modding my bike much like I did at first with my car (out grew that desire fast) and am pretty sure my next bike will be worth more than a turbo set up for my Mz3.

Any other Roadies on FMV? Anyone else to share a story with?

I know there is other biking threads but I am specifically talking Road biking here.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 12:11 PM
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My road bike is in my sig - off to a good start this season, 165 miles so far.

I'm thinking about doing some crazy stuff this summer.

http://www.pmbcaz.org/theanswer.html - 325 miles 22,000 feet of climbing over 3 days in Arizona

http://crmbt.com/ - 439 miles in Colorado over the course of a week.
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If you're up for the challenge, enter Death Ride. http://www.deathride.com/
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i used to be big into it. did the Davis double century a long time ago.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cannot see your sig Alvan what are you riding?

Nice that deathride looks sweet FGH.

My big ride this summer is the MS road tour. Charity Ride but still 180 KM over 2 days.
then we will see where it goes from there.

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Kestrel RT700

2 year old version of the RT800 - http://www.kestrelbicycles.com/Road/RT-800.aspx

[img width=1024 height=592]http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/kestrel/images/rt7_blk_2100.jpg[/img]

I'm debating getting another bike this summer because it's a bit too big.
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What's your typical heart rate on a ride?

It seems that at the beginning of the year I have a much higher average heart rate. Sunday I averaged 182 bpm over 31 miles (50 km) at 19.2 mph.

Typically in the summer I average around 168-175 bpm on rides.

The highest I've logged was during a Crit race 188 bpm for 70 mins at 23 mph.
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Nice I am riding a Trek 1.5D as I figured for my first bike it was better to get high end entry level rather than dropping 5-6 grand.

hmmm I do not usually track my heart rate. My biggest concern is my cadence and keeping that over 90rpm.

The decrease does make sense however. As you condition your body, your cardiovascular system becomes stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, meaning lower a lower heart rate.

Last stationary bike I rode had a heart rate monitor and over 33 Min I rode 20KM (goal is 30min) and had a heart of 164 at the end of it.

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I got a good deal on it, only 2k. My dad urged me not to get anything cheap because I had been riding one of his bikes, normally it was his 2001 Cannondale tri-bike with all dura-ace components. Saying that once I used the high end components I would hate the regular stuff, but I'm not so sure if he's right.

I was just curious about the HR thing, most of the people I ride with are older adults, so their maximum HR is well below my average HR for a ride.
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Yea I have heard the same about the components. your's are only a step up from mine thought. You have the 10 speed correct?

By the end of next season I will drop the money on a higher end bike. Mainly because I will want it for my Tri Competitions.

Have the older adults been riding for a long time? do they exsert the same effort as you?

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