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Nathalie

Netherlands
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Posted - 10/13/2012 :  03:38:14  Show Profile  Visit Nathalie's Homepage
Hi! I'm a cycling myself and when I looked at the speed records on land, the following question immediately popped into my head. How much do you guys train? I know that the aerodynamics etc. play a big role, but in the end the cyclist is the one that has to do it!! Do you have other bikes besides youre racebike for example? Just curious!! Hope to get answers!

upright mike

USA
27 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2012 :  21:04:42  Show Profile
Hi Nathalie,
Yes, in the end the cyclist is the one who has to provide the power to make the machine go. The fun thing about this sport is that we've had records set by by all sorts of cyclists that could be defined as:
"juniors", "amateurs", "professionals", "former Olympians", "college students", "masters". These cyclists have trained on recumbents and traditional bikes. You can be a mountain biker, road-bike racer, or track sprint specialist, but ultimately if your racebike is a recumbent, you should train on a recumbent.
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upright mike

USA
27 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2012 :  21:12:36  Show Profile
I am an amateur recumbent racer, age 38. I train about 3 to 4 times per week, riding about 65 minutes at as fast of pace as I can sustain, then may ride another 35 to 45 minutes as a recovery. My speciality is time trials.
Another thing about this sport, is that at Battle Mountain, many of the best riders learn how to judge their efforts better as the 6-day competition progresses. A streamliner takes 4 to 6 minutes to build up to top speed, unlike a track bicycle that can reach top speed in about 20 seconds.
Also you have to have confidence in riding your machine, how to handle sudden wind gusts, so that you can continue on pedaling at full power.
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cindyjohn

China
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Posted - 12/24/2012 :  23:16:40  Show Profile  Visit cindyjohn's Homepage
Hi! I'm a cycling myself
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sandyjohn

China
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Posted - 12/29/2012 :  18:11:01  Show Profile  Visit sandyjohn's Homepage
Hi! I'm a cycling myself
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berry

Aruba
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Posted - 01/18/2013 :  18:48:03  Show Profile  Visit berry's Homepage
i like cycling


Edited by - Don S on 01/20/2013 07:09:08
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billyclearance

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  03:04:31  Show Profile  Visit billyclearance's Homepage
What should be the best bike should buy for a beginner like me?
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Don S

USA
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  17:29:20  Show Profile
Billy,

That would depend on your cycling experience, your budget, what you would like to accomplish with the bike (trips to the store, ride to work, racing, cross country trips, etc.) as well other criteria that should be considered like current fitness level and body weight.

Don

"it's important to understand what makes them fast. It's more important to understand what keeps them from going faster." DS
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