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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:21 am 
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ride harder gears and build bigger thighs ?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:38 am 
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The two are not connected nesseciarily.

In short, train more.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:36 am 
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TW, I could only presume that your comment was tongue in cheek.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:43 am 
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Just a tad ;)

Generic question gets smart arse response...


OP, can you be a little mkre specific as to what you are trying to achieve?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:53 am 
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looking for more power to increase bike avg speed


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:09 am 
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Pedal harder!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:52 am 
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so i spin my current gear more times per minute.
or ride slower and push the same gearing harder at the slower pace.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:20 am 
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If you are talking about increasing your sustained aerobic power output I suggest reading through the forums, plenty of info there.

Muscle size is not synonymous with aerobic power. The best cadence for you is the one that produces the most power for the longest period of time. For some this is 70rpm, others 100rpm. Although flippant my earlier point does stand, more training to elicit these adaptations will make you more "powerful". There are many, many ways to "skin the FTP (functional threshold power) cat".

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:24 am 
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so my lack of today's lingo in training
is the tool used to prevent giving advice to develop more leg power.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:31 am 
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Ok, let's see if I can make it more simple - what kind of race/event/riding do you want to get better at? Criteriums, time trials, track sprinting, mountain biking, touring, BMX etc etc?
A more specific question yields a more specific answer.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:40 am 
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backflat, please either be polite and concise in your replies otherwise this thread is going nowhere.

Attacking those looking to help isn't going to achieve anything.


And for the record your question stated off as quite ambiguous, so they are asking for more info otherwise they're shooting in the dark.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:50 am 
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Effective way is to buy an indoortrainer like Kurt Kinetic or Computrainer and use for example TrainerRoad http://www.trainerroad.com/ or ErgVideo (Computrainer) or program training sessions yourself like I do for Computrainer.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:10 am 
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The answer to your question is increase ride length and intensity.
If you want more details, I would recommend reading articles and books on the subject. Your question is to wide to fully answer in a post in a forum.
What does your current training schedule look like?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:08 pm 
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For efforts longer than a few minutes its not about strength or leg power or leg size. Any effort over a few minutes long is aerobic which means, it about getting energy to the muscle. As a former competitive Body Builder who was 75 pound more than now, I can tell you that I did get fast on the bike until I got rid of all that leg muscle. It sucks up the most important component of the aerobic energy system which is oxygen. large muscle mass is like having a lawn mower carburetor on a dragster, you would have a hard time making it idle much less making it go forwards. Where as the same carburetor on a minibike might go 30mph. So the minibike is faster than the dragster.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:25 pm 
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rockdude wrote:
For efforts longer than a few minutes its not about strength or leg power or leg size. Any effort over a few minutes long is aerobic which means, it about getting energy to the muscle. As a former competitive Body Builder who was 75 pound more than now, I can tell you that I did get fast on the bike until I got rid of all that leg muscle. It sucks up the most important component of the aerobic energy system which is oxygen. large muscle mass is like having a lawn mower carburetor on a dragster, you would have a hard time making it idle much less making it go forwards. Where as the same carburetor on a minibike might go 30mph. So the minibike is faster than the dragster.


that's actually a really example (at least for me)

now if only i could figure out how to make my legs smaller =(


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