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  1. #16
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Traveling Nomad

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    Ride with cyclists who are stronger than you are...it will make you a stronger cyclist.

    It works!


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  2. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Mrs. KnottedYet
    commute advice:

    get everything ready the night before, tires pumped, clothes laid out. nothing spoils your resolve to ride as "I can't find my helmet, oh s***, I'll drive".

    If you're ready to go you'll go.

    charity rides/centuries:
    have a routine to get into and outa the rest stop quickly. mine is: keep spare cliff bars etc in jersey pocket I ride in, park the bike, try to remember where it is, doff the gloves, rotate my water bottles, get into the porta pottie line

    eat, drink, stretch in line. Exit porta pottie stage right, wash hands *then* go get food. Eat if I'm still hungry and get an extra bar or two for the same routine next stop.

    for our TE ALC'ers-inflate your tires on your way OUT each day. Many ALC riders try to save time by pumping the tires full when they come into camp. I tried to remind them to top it off in the morning.

    Remember HS science class? Hot air expands, cold deflates. You come in from the ride your tires are hot, your bike stays outside all night that air you put in? Gone and you're more likely to get flats.

    So when you get into camp park the bike and enjoy a good meal, hot shower, massage, concentrate on recovery. Leave the floor pump for the morning.

    latest I learned from jobob:
    need a break on a hill? The best place is right before a switchback. Likely it's flat, visible and best place to get going before the turn.
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  3. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    I second this one...

    Quote Originally Posted by ccnyc
    1. Sit all the way back on the seat when riding uphill (especially steep ones).
    I've taken to doing this recently and it seems to have helped my hill performance significantly (not to mention the fact that my crotch seems to appreciate the change of scenery as I rarely stand ). That and riding more regularly than I had been. Distances still aren't increasing (I'm still blown at the end of the ride), but I'm riding faster and feeling stronger.

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    New York
    Hold your body up with your core muscles (only they weren't called "core muscles" at the time), and you'll feel an obvious difference in the power going to your pedals.

  5. #20
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Tustin, CA
    I've gotten lots of good advice over the years but most recently... to relax and take a rest while climbing up hills. OK what does that mean? It means use your low gears, start out slowly and comfortably and once you hit a nice cadence, pick it up slowly. Near the top you shuld have enough left to stand and dash (or on a mountain bike, pick up the cadence and push). I used to rush the hills and peter out towards the top. No more!!! I used to avoid hills and now I seek them out. I eat hills for breakfast!
    BCIpam - Nature Girl

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Utah, Gateway to Nevada, not to be confused with Idaho
    Draw a circle with your toe.

    I think about this when I'm in a particularly tough climb or otherwise feeling puny. I think it works because it forces me to really focus on that one image (and motion) and I find that I usually end up going a little faster without extra effort.

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    BC, Canada
    road: learning about drafting

    mtb: stand up and pedal in technical sections

    Abarensfield7, if it's really wet and your mtbing on wet roots, letting a little bit of pressure out of your tires will give you more grip. Not enough to pinch flat, just enough to give you a little more tread on the roots.

  8. #23
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Glendale, Arizona
    Mountain Biking: When faced with a difficult part of a trail: Do, or Do Not. In other words, make a decision to ride it fully committed, or get off and walk it. It's when I am hesitant that I am likely to wreck.

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    North Central Florida
    Two things for me too:

    Stand up more.

    If you focus on it, you will hit it. (That's kind of related to look where you want to go- don't look where you don't want to go!)

  10. #25
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Never let on how much you're suffering (especially important when riding with men)

    Bring a snack

    Don't wear cotton underwear

  11. #26
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Hmmm....so many of these are great.

    Couple of different ones that really helped me...

    1) In the sand...keep your speed, shift down and pedal like mad to get through. Do not turn the handle bars to change direction. I used to be really cautious at sandy bottom hills and would fall all the time!

    2) First started mountain biking...SHIFT!!! Shift all the time

  12. #27
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Ride with people who are faster and will drop you. I find that when rides that regroup I don't push as hard to stay with them. And, depending on the group, think like a guy-otherwise you'll drive yourself crazy.

  13. #28
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    On The Edge
    Great thread!

    From my D.H.: "We don't stop on hills, we just slow right down and slog away 'til we get to the top".
    Second the advice about sitting back in the saddle.
    Life is Good!

  14. #29
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    San Diego
    1. eat every 15-20 miles on any ride over 20...and drink in small sips continuously... taking big gulps doesn't give your body time to absorb the fluid... resulting in the need to pee frequently

    2. put your extra tube in a ziploc with some baby powder... the tube then slips into the tire easily and reduces the chance of a pinch flat!

    3. always keep your core covered as that is where your power comes from... will reduce the risk of injury, and always cover your knees in temps below 60 degrees (these two from John Howard!)
    There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".

  15. #30
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    the dry side
    "the saddle is not a sofa. Get off the sofa" (mountain biking)
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