First big road ride

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leevil knievil
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First big road ride

Postby leevil knievil » Sun Feb 17, 2013 09:02 am

Did my first big ride on the new road bike yesterday, from the oldham area to holmfirth aroung holmes moss 40 odd miles plus, was ok until i hit the climb at holmes moss, really did struggle on the climb with the compact chainset but also i think it was my hill endurance.

Normally do 20- 25 plus on the mountainbike with various hills but think the granny really helps, i am not going to change the chainset because i think i just need to train more and lose some poundage to increase my power to weight ratio.

Did enjoy it though, felt a bit different on the downs more vibration than i am used too but you certainly can get speed up on the rolling flats.

Just need to keep pushing, my main goal is to lose more weight and maybe do a sportive in the future.
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Re: First big road ride

Postby ShutUpLegs » Sun Feb 17, 2013 09:24 am

Well done, sometimes its easier to hit the big climbs first. Depending on what ratio cassette you have you could go to a 26/27/28 if you are really struggling.
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Re: First big road ride

Postby ednino » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:20 am

Take the granny ring off your mountain bike.

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Re: First big road ride

Postby team47b » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:50 pm

ednino wrote:Take the granny ring off your mountain bike.


will it fit his road bike? :D
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Re: First big road ride

Postby smidsy » Sun Feb 17, 2013 16:05 pm

Compact chainset is easiest there is so look at cassette with a 30
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Re: First big road ride

Postby Kieran_Burns » Sun Feb 17, 2013 16:50 pm

smidsy wrote:Compact chainset is easiest there is so look at cassette with a 30


Not strictly true - the compact has a 34 inner ring but the triples come with a 30 (30/39/50)
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Re: First big road ride

Postby smidsy » Sun Feb 17, 2013 16:57 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:
smidsy wrote:Compact chainset is easiest there is so look at cassette with a 30


Not strictly true - the compact has a 34 inner ring but the triples come with a 30 (30/39/50)


Point taken, I never really consider triples so was not even on my radar. :oops:
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Re: First big road ride

Postby leevil knievil » Sun Feb 17, 2013 18:30 pm

Thanks for the input gents, think I just need to train more and mtfu, although my heart rate on the climb was pushing 174-176 steady and I know my max is about 186-187.

My legs felt it last night and this morning a few pints this affy have sorted that problem out though.
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Re: First big road ride

Postby LittlePlums » Sun Feb 17, 2013 21:24 pm

I have recently bought a road bike and been out on a longish ride for the first time. I commute 25 miles round trip every day on a hybrid, so not huge distance but the point I'm making is that I have a degree of cycling fitness. My legs today feel like I've been participating in a completely different sport.

Like you I have a compact on my road bike, but felt like I was running out of gears even on quite minor climbs. I never use the granny ring on my hybrid and usually grind it out on the big one, unless it's a "proper" hill. I'm hoping that this is just positional, ie that the road bike is using slightly different muscles which will take a while to adjust and I'll be OK once I fully embrace Rule #5. I had a buzz for hours after my ride though, something I haven't had in a while on the commute. I wasn't pushing particularly hard as it was more a case of familiarisation and getting some miles under the belt than setting KOMs on Stravs, but my average speed was definitely a lot higher than usual.
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