Stupid TT Question

Bike Numpty trying to train for Outlaw

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30/10/2012 at 10:50

errm - whatever suits??

there's no hard and fast rule here Pix - and what suits CW may not suit someone else.  they key is to get the benefit of a session no matter how you use the turbo.  if you feel you need to add resistance do so; if not, just have the wheel touching the roller.

our turbos don't have resistance adjustments so we use them just as if we're road riding and use the gears to vary the resistance.  to me that's a much more simple method and still brings rewards so why compicate matters?   

cougie    pirate
30/10/2012 at 14:38

The key to it is to make the resistance feel realistic.

If you overdo the resistance you may knacker the tyre too. 

Once you're happy with the resistance you have on the machine - either count how many turns of resistance you put on it, or time how long it takes for the wheel to stop after youve spun up to 20 mph or so. So you can get it to be about the same for next time. 



30/10/2012 at 17:35
Will a bigger wheel fit your frame ?
30/10/2012 at 18:17

Are your tyres wearing that fast EP - plenty of people find there's no need to use a different tyre for turboing - but then plenty find they do - if you are lucky tyre wear might not be an issue.    You probably wont use it that much in Summer anyway so if you don't have expensive soft race tyres on over winter that might help too.   

Dustboy    pirate
30/10/2012 at 18:59

Still trying to figure out how I got a puncture in my turbo tyre last year? WTF? Turbo tyres are quieter if you have the DVD on

cougie    pirate
30/10/2012 at 19:13
Was it heat dustboy ?

The longest session I do is only about an hour and I've not had a flat on the turbo.
Dustboy    pirate
30/10/2012 at 19:39

Ooh, never thought of that. Did a mind rot 3 hour session last year, maybe that was it. I'll retube and see what happens. Cheers.

Running Postie    pirate
30/10/2012 at 19:51
I just use cheap and nasty tyre that I don't care if it gets wore, doesn't cost a fortune to replace
cougie    pirate
30/10/2012 at 19:56
Good god. 3 hours is a huge time. What %hr was that at ?
Dustboy    pirate
30/10/2012 at 20:22

Hmm, think I sat around 140bpm so about 65%, maybe a bit less on average coz I needed to get off for a wee

30/10/2012 at 22:24
I've once done 3hour turbo when the weather was awful 2 winters ago! No idea how I endured it (watching come dine with me on the telly) ...
1:30 is my max these days
31/10/2012 at 09:29

I have a 2:15 turbo session which I occasionally do in winter if my mind is on it - but that's the longest.  I once did a 3hr session to see what it was like - once was enough to tell me it wasn't worth 3hrs of my life

Dustboy    pirate
31/10/2012 at 10:03

Echo that FB

31/10/2012 at 10:51

My nuts go numb within an hour.  Maybe I need to experiment with different saddles.

31/10/2012 at 15:28

Wasn't it Mouse or Hope that do long turbos sessions when the weather was shite this year?

31/10/2012 at 15:28
PhilPub wrote (see)

My nuts go numb within an hour. 

Dirty boy

31/10/2012 at 16:45

I seem to remember reading that you set your turbo up so that it takes 10 to 15sec for the wheel to totally stop from pedalling at a decent effort. Works for me, I only use the bike gears to change resistance.

Unless I have at least 90mins then I dont bother going outside apart from commuting. However, I dont see any point in watching TV at a low HR for hours. I did 2 hrs Sunday and it was 10min w/u, 10x(8min effort/2min easy), 10min w/d. Work hard on the turbo and make it into some sort of session and the time passes much quicker. I have other (HR based) sessions i do too.

PP - same happens to me somtimes, its cos you dont get to shift your weight around like you do outdoors.

31/10/2012 at 16:57

I do need to borrow back my turbo that I leant to a (running) club mate in injury rehab, especially if I'm gonna go mad and buy a TT bike, help with setting up and practising position, etc. 

In the mean time, strangely enough, I feel just as comfortable doing a tempo type session on the exercise bike in the gym. The saddles are so ridiculously wide I can perch myself on the front, TT-style, with occasional jiggling to prevent pins and needles.  Something like 1hr incl. 2 x 15mins hard gets me a ridiculous sweat on. The only problem there being the rather antisocial puddles of liquid that form in very interesting places; the gym towel over the monitor mops up most of the facial drips but I get secondary pools generating from my elbows and the backs of my legs when the cycling shorts are completely saturated.  I really am a sweaty bastard.

31/10/2012 at 17:45

"However, I dont see any point in watching TV at a low HR for hours."

likewise.  all my turbo sessions have some structure - a mix of established sessions that I can play around with (gearing, times, cadence) and Sufferfest videos cover most things.  or just working to music tempo (I have a turbo playlist) can see some hard work being done.

"I really am a sweaty bastard."

me also!  what time until the first drip hits the floor is an indication of how hard I'm working  in a cold garage, it's usually around 8 mins on a 30 min session as 5 mins of that will be warmup and then bam into some high intensity to get the 1st drip rolling down.  my missus conversely doesn't puddle the floor anything like I do although she'll be working as hard.

Dustboy    pirate
31/10/2012 at 17:47

It's quite fun seeing how much you can get the garage temperature to go up as well through your efforts. Think I managed about 4 degrees C once

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