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Old 09-20-2018, 03:00 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I wouldn’t think the chain is worn out yet, with under 200mi on it?

The sprockets look nice still?

I did clean the crud off them by using WD-40 and compressed air...

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Old 09-21-2018, 04:21 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Keep them clean and oiled and they last for years. I use chain and cable spray lube.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:17 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Rode my bike to work today, for the first time in almost two weeks... it’s insane how much I’ve gotten out of shape in that time... with the near constant rain my bike has just sat... I lost two on three minutes on my commute and arrived completely out of breath and exhausted... I’m embarrassed to have taken so long; what happened to my 10 min casual commute? I used to consistently nail a sub 11 min time and had my breath within 3-5 min... today it was like 13 min and coughing/panting for every bit 20 min
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:02 AM   #64 (permalink)
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I think that my issue the other week was due to cold, humid air... however due to how long I spent so badly out of breath, I have to ask what you guys are doing to help you breathe in weather under 50F? Literally I drove wife’s car to work today because I didn’t wanna spend the first half hour of my shift coughing up a lung...
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:17 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Being Dutch (and therefore also used to cycling between 25-85F) the best advice I can give you is try and breath trough your nose most of the time. This is your body's built in WAI and it helps an awful lot. When your stamina improves, you'll notice that the lungburn will decrease by itself. How I read it you're both overasking your lungs in capacity and temperature-sensitivity

Still, really good you keep up the cycling!
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:43 AM   #66 (permalink)
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I’m in better shape now than when I started. The first week I would about pass out after making a 12min trip to work, and now when weather cooperates I can usually do 10min and change, and have managed an 8:50 run home (2.2mi) when motivated to push it... part of me thinks that if I would intentionally show down to take around 15 min in the cold I’d be fine, but since I don’t have any way of judging speed I don’t seem to actually limit my speed much...
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:14 AM   #67 (permalink)
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Best way to regulate would be to use a heartrate monitor. But a cheap bicycle computer to keep an eye on your speed already helps an awful lot. In the past I rode a racing bike for sport and now I have a hard time cycling in a relaxed way, (I tend to go all-out all the time) but by mounting a cycle computer I can now regulate myself way better and also keep the sweating to a minimum
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:52 AM   #68 (permalink)
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I have the same issue, on the flatter portions of my commute, I keep grabbing higher gears on the cassette keeping my legs loaded, I’m not as comfortable at a very high cadence... there’s a portion that’s just ever so slightly downhill (just barely noticeable in the car), that I usually go into the drops for and go at (I’m guessing) 22-25mph...

On the return trip home, I’ve had numerous co-workers pace me at above the speed limit on the last leg... I get a decently steep downgrade down which I wind out 7th gear on my middle chainring and then tuck in as tight as I can for the rest... at the bottom, of I catch the green light I probably go through at 35mph...

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