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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 4:46 am 
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This afternoon I was climbing my favorite canyon and overtook a guy near the top of one of the steepest sections. He was shirtless, a tad overweight, on a mountain bike painted camoflage green. As I passed him, I noticed something odd in the frame triangle. Painted the same camo-green, two ten-pound barbell weights on each side of the headtube, bolted through, so that they gripped the top, head, and down tubes, and thus were effectively an integral part of the bike. I couldn't help but remark to him, and his reply was something like "that's my ammunition".

I'm not sure what to call him. To a certain extent, he has my respect, having climbed 2500 feet on that weight-enhanced rig, but on the other hand... :noidea:


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:03 am 
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That is how commando's train for hill climb time trials!

"GET TO THE CHOPPA!"

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:12 am 
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"masochist" maybe

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:40 am 
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I can't imagine doing but a hill climb on that bike. Could you imagine the center of gravity change on that thing...?

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 6:10 am 
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Feed the warrior 20 lbs!!

I think he got the idea from this commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHtFixj0cWk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I also think hes the guy holding the camouflaged shoes. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 8:36 am 
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was he in the granny ring spinning an easy gear?
seems a bit pointless if he was


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 10:05 am 
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Lon Haldeman who won the first 2 RAAM's used to train with a product called a Porkbelly. It was a 50 lb weight that attached to your bottom bracket. Lon would do very hilly long rides on it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 12:04 pm 
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I've seen these guys with added weight before too. I never understood the point. Does the extra weight somehow make you produce more power? Seems like it would just make you slower for the same power.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 1:10 pm 
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The effects are all psychological.
Power outputs would be the same.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:10 pm 
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But if it makes you slower doesn't that effectively lengthen the hill? Maybe he just wants to be going up for a long time :noidea:


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:22 pm 
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I guess the power output could be the same and he'd do more "work". If Lon Haldeman did it, I'm sure not going to criticize.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:25 pm 
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As Prendrefeu noted, it is psychological. Years ago when I used a bike trailer, I had the same effect. You tend to want to go the same speed as you would without the extra load. You push it harder due to psychology. Plus, you get used to tne load and when you do not have it, you feel like you are having a no chain day.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:34 pm 
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I think it's more about muscle memory in performing a motion of cycling. Most will likely spin a particular cadence they are accustomed to.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 11:06 pm 
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he should just go buy one of these:

http://www.retrospecbicycles.com/

I test rode one thinking it might be a good >300 beat up bike to ride around downtown on and it was such a dog, I figured I'd be faster walking!!!!


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You must be slow or overly dramatic, then. Even if the bike was 30 pounds I don't see it being that bad...

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