Finding Your Sweet Spot

I’ve been alternating between my bikes lately just to change it up.  What I’ve grown to really love about my old bike is just how strong it made me when I tried to rack up miles on that beast.  Riding on my old hybrid really makes you crank out a lot of energy to get where you’re going.  It’s rugged and sturdy but loses momentum quickly when I stop pedaling.  I started realizing how I knew where the sweet spot was when I change gears.  Does that make sense?  I basically know what gear I seem to ride most efficiently and at a constant speed.

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I am slowly starting to feel it out on my road bike but when I rode a couple of days ago, I never really tested out my bike on it’s high-end gears.  Wow, talk about pushing power through your legs but it felt good also.  The speed at a dramatically slower cadence than I’m used to was interesting to see but I’m always paranoid of “bonking out” so I always drop to a lower resistance.  Is it better to train your body at a higher resistance to gain more power?  Won’t that just make your legs get bigger?What I can say about biking is that now that I’m testing out what kind of limits I can push on the bike, I keep thinking how I can modify this puppy to my liking.  Possibly a new wheel set, currently using the stock FSA Gossamer crankset but now in the 2010 model of the Trek 2.1, they’ve upgraded all the 2.1 components to all Shimano 105 components.  Jealous mainly because it’s a definitely upgrade, especially that they stock them with Shimano wheel sets now on the 2010 models.  Or is that just on Cannondale?  I thought I got a great deal on the bike, but did I now?

Back to my crankset.  I LOVE the stiffness compared to what I was riding with.  I think I’m still in the honeymoon phase over my bike and as long as I’m in this phase, I’m content with what I have because well…I have nothing else to compare it to unless I hop on another bike and feel the differences.  In the future, I may sell and upgrade my bike but I’m happy with what I have with the money budget that I have currently have and it’s a great way to get out there instead of waiting.My Shimano 105 pedals.  Love them.  Simple, light, efficient and makes biking feel easy breezy.

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Finding Your Sweet Spot

I’ve been alternating between my bikes lately just to change it up.  What I’ve grown to really love about my old bike is just how strong it made me when I tried to rack up miles on that beast.  Riding on my old hybrid really makes you crank out a lot of energy to get where you’re going.  It’s rugged and sturdy but loses momentum quickly when I stop pedaling.  I started realizing how I knew where the sweet spot was when I change gears.  Does that make sense?  I basically know what gear I seem to ride most efficiently and at a constant speed.

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I am slowly starting to feel it out on my road bike but when I rode a couple of days ago, I never really tested out my bike on it’s high-end gears.  Wow, talk about pushing power through your legs but it felt good also.  The speed at a dramatically slower cadence than I’m used to was interesting to see but I’m always paranoid of “bonking out” so I always drop to a lower resistance.  Is it better to train your body at a higher resistance to gain more power?  Won’t that just make your legs get bigger?

What I can say about biking is that now that I’m testing out what kind of limits I can push on the bike, I keep thinking how I can modify this puppy to my liking.  Possibly a new wheel set, currently using the stock FSA Gossamer crankset but now in the 2010 model of the Trek 2.1, they’ve upgraded all the 2.1 components to all Shimano 105 components.  Jealous mainly because it’s a definitely upgrade, especially that they stock them with Shimano wheel sets now on the 2010 models.  Or is that just on Cannondale?  I thought I got a great deal on the bike, but did I now?

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Back to my crankset.  I LOVE the stiffness compared to what I was riding with.  I think I’m still in the honeymoon phase over my bike and as long as I’m in this phase, I’m content with what I have because well…I have nothing else to compare it to unless I hop on another bike and feel the differences.  In the future, I may sell and upgrade my bike but I’m happy with what I have with the money budget that I have currently have and it’s a great way to get out there instead of waiting.

My Shimano 105 pedals.  Love them.  Simple, light, efficient and makes biking feel easy breezy.

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I got a road bike!  “Didn’t you always have a road bike?,” you exclaim.  No, I’ve been riding on my dad’s Diamondback Parkway hybrid.  There’s a whole great store about this summer and my Diamondback bike.  I love this bike for more than just recreational reasons but personal also.  I’ve told myself that I’m going to keep this bike for as long as I’m around and maybe pass it on in the future.  Sure, it’s your run of the mill bike from your everyday commercial sports store but it’s the bike that I rode around the neighborhood when I was younger and the bike my dad would ride when him and I would ride together.

Honestly, I think I’ll still ride it every now and then just because I feel like it’s a great bike even thought it is about a decade old.  It’s made me stronger and I just get how to ride that bike.  It’s fun, it’s comfortable but it’s limited.  I love it anyway.

As for my road bike, I bought a 2009 Trek 2.1.  I really wanted to get a full 105 groupset but for the price that I was able to get this bike, I consider it a steal.  I never thought I could trust looking at bikes on Craigslist, but I talked to the guy gave it a shot.  I rode a handful of bikes all around that same price range and I never got the feeling that the bike I was riding on was “worth the money” yet.  It has a Shimano 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra front derailleur and shifters.  I’m impressed with now because it’s leaps and bounds over my previous bike, obviously.  I can always upgrade my components if I want to also.  I’m anxious to play with my shiny new toy.  Should be fun.  Here’s to another beginning and another chapter in my book to talk about and look back on.  I can’t wait.

My past

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and my future…

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I need to get some better wheels on this bike though.  Also waiting to get my Shimano 105 pedals in the mail. Special delivery!

a Trek Star

I got a road bike!  “Didn’t you always have a road bike?,” you exclaim.  No, I’ve been riding on my dad’s Diamondback Parkway hybrid.  There’s a whole great store about this summer and my Diamondback bike.  I love this bike for more than just recreational reasons but personal also.  I’ve told myself that I’m going to keep this bike for as long as I’m around and maybe pass it on in the future.  Sure, it’s your run of the mill bike from your everyday commercial sports store but it’s the bike that I rode around the neighborhood when I was younger and the bike my dad would ride when him and I would ride together.

Honestly, I think I’ll still ride it every now and then just because I feel like it’s a great bike even thought it is about a decade old.  It’s made me stronger and I just get how to ride that bike.  It’s fun, it’s comfortable but it’s limited.  I love it anyway.

As for my road bike, I bought a 2009 Trek 2.1.  I really wanted to get a full 105 groupset but for the price that I was able to get this bike, I consider it a steal.  I never thought I could trust looking at bikes on Craigslist, but I talked to the guy gave it a shot.  I rode a handful of bikes all around that same price range and I never got the feeling that the bike I was riding on was “worth the money” yet.  It has a Shimano 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra front derailleur and shifters.  I’m impressed with now because it’s leaps and bounds over my previous bike, obviously.  I can always upgrade my components if I want to also.  I’m anxious to play with my shiny new toy.  Should be fun.  Here’s to another beginning and another chapter in my book to talk about and look back on.  I can’t wait.

My past

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and my future…

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I need to get some better wheels on this bike though.  Also waiting to get my Shimano 105 pedals in the mail. Special delivery!

Oh snap, I think I found my bike.

It’s a beast of a ride for the price and for the components I’ll get? Put a sticker on it, I’m holding it until I figure out what to do.Seriously though, what’s the big deal on the compact gearing as opposed to the standard double gearing?  Is there any advantage on that?  Guess I gotta ride to find out.  Now I have to find some stores that carry Jamis.  I have to keep telling myself, the money you spend on this is an investment.  Man that’s a grip of money though.  We’ll see.taken from Bicycling.com

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Jamis’ new Xenith Endura series is intended as its answer to the Roubaix “endurance road” category. The Endura 1 is $1,925 with a full-carbon frame (BB30, tapered 1 1/8-1 1/4 steerer) and Shimano 105. The big changes from the Xenith Race series are a taller head tube, relaxed head tube angle and longer wheelbase, plus compact gearing.

Oh snap, I think I found my bike.

It’s a beast of a ride for the price and for the components I’ll get? Put a sticker on it, I’m holding it until I figure out what to do.

Seriously though, what’s the big deal on the compact gearing as opposed to the standard double gearing?  Is there any advantage on that?  Guess I gotta ride to find out.  Now I have to find some stores that carry Jamis.  I have to keep telling myself, the money you spend on this is an investment.  Man that’s a grip of money though.  We’ll see.

taken from Bicycling.com

Jamis’ new Xenith Endura series is intended as its answer to the Roubaix “endurance road” category. The Endura 1 is $1,925 with a full-carbon frame (BB30, tapered 1 1/8-1 1/4 steerer) and Shimano 105. The big changes from the Xenith Race series are a taller head tube, relaxed head tube angle and longer wheelbase, plus compact gearing.