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How Do I Ride Blind Corners Without Losing Speed? | Ask GCN Anything


– Welcome to ask GCN Anything. It’s that time of the week when we go through all your questions, all about cycling. And in this week, what
do we have in store? – This week have how to stay motivated whilst commuting, how
to maintain your bike on a long multi-stage event, and which bike should you buy, aero versus climbing. – So plenty up for discussion there. But if you did wanna get
your question answered on next week’s ask GCN Anything, then use the hashtag torqueback and make sure you put in your comment in the comments below. – And if you want to be in with a chance of winning a three month
subscription to Zwift, then use the hashtag GCNTraining, and ask us your questions that way. – Right, first question from Onypop. “How come my power during
an FTP test is much lower indoors than it is when I do it outdoors? I recently did an FTP test indoors and tested 224 watts. Two weeks later I did the same but outside and I got 243 watts. What could be the cause
of this difference? Is it perhaps the fresh
oxygen I get outside?”. – Well there could be a
number of reasons for this, but, first off it, potentially the thermo regulation. So, up to 75% of your body’s energy goes towards controlling
your internal temperature. And unless you’ve got a
really good fan indoors, and really good air flow, the chances are is you’re gonna be kinda cooking yourself slowly really. So that’s one place to look. The next one is that actually whilst you’re outdoors you’re able to neever off
the bike a little bit, and also momentum comes into play, so that will also potentially
give you more power. If I was you, to be really honest, I would accept that the numbers are gonna be slightly different, but. – Yeah so basically I would kind of do your exercise or your FTP test indoors, and we’ve actually done a video on that, that Si’s doing here. – ‘Cause what we want from an FTP test is for it to be easily repeatable. One hour tests are absolutely brutal, and because of that, they’re also wide open to error, whereas shorter tests mean that you are more likely to be able to do them regularly, and they’re also gonna give you a much more accurate gage so you can compare them with one another to actually see your performance. – “How do I corner blindly? For example, on switchbacks when I can’t see because of rocks and trees et cetera. Every time I corner I always get scared and slow down”. Chris, you’re more than capable
of answering this question. – Yep, you know what? One of my absolute favorite aspects of being a bike rider, was racing down hills and descents that I’d never been down before, and try and nail the corners absolutely perfectly every time. And generally speaking, that was doable, but you need to call up, a little bit of experience there. So, the first thing to do would be to always stay within what you know is your limit, because as soon as you start
approaching your limit, the fun goes out of it pretty
quickly if things go wrong. – Yeah I’ve definitely pushed the limits on a few of my races, but yeah. – First time I ever rode with Hank he fell off actually. But anyway– – Plenty of videos out there. – Yeah there are. (both laughing) So always ride at around like 90 to 95%, and always kind of pay attention to what your bike’s telling you. So like, when you put input into the bike, how it moves underneath you and things like that. You really wanna be in tune with the feedback
that you’re getting through, because that’s how you’re gonna learn what you’re doing and
how to be in control. You also wanna make sure you get all your braking
done before the corner, and you definitely do not want be hanging off the side of a bike. When I was a kid, I remember racing in the wet one time and I was sticking my knee out like you see on the Moto GP. – Doesn’t work like that, does it? – Doesn’t work like that no. One of the older riders
came up and said look, if you’re just taking
the center of gravity away from your tires so, if you kinda think of your tires as, well they are your only contact point, and you wanna keep your weight over the top of them really, because that will give them the most grip. – Do pay attention to the roads and do, even if you can’t see the exit, keeping looking for it and eventually it’ll pop out. – Yeah exactly, the road will give you little clues as well, so by scanning for the exit, by scanning the road surface, and actually by scanning
the verge or the ditch, the curb, whatever you have there, you’ll start to pick up on how tight a corner’s likely to be or not. But you can also use
traffic that’s ahead of you, you can use, there’s so many things that you can pick up on. You kinda build like an image of the road ahead of you and it is absolutely possible to sort of half predict what’s coming, even when you’re on a descent
you’ve never seen before. – But go out and practice because cornering is a really enjoyable part of cycling. – [Chris] Oh it’s the best bit. – And, yeah you can gain a lot of speed from taking a corner fast. So do go out and enjoy it. We have got three, not one, but three, videos on cornering, so corner like a pro,
how to corner correctly, so please do check them out, and also if you like that video, do give it a thumbs up. – [Woman] Lets talk a
little bit more about leaning your bike. Lean is a fundamental way in which you get a bike around a corner. Your center of balance has to be further over to the inside, from the contact point of
your tires with the road. (electronic whirring) – And the winner of this week’s AskGCNTraining question is, Ranger MT. – Yeah Ranger. – Well done to you, Ranger. Three months free
subscription coming your way. – That’s cool that. – And for this question it was, “What’s the best way
to train for crit races if you only half an hour”, which isn’t a lot of time, “To spare; max effort sprints or
FTP threshold efforts? Thanks”. Well, good question because everyone wants to get as fit as possible, in a really short amount of time. And, it’s a good one. I mean there are some training sessions out there that– – There’s some really good ones. – That can kind of really increase your sprint. I think it’s more sprint
you’re looking at working on because it’s very, a crit is very much
sprint out the corner– – Yeah it’s all about running at a real high intensity
and punching out the corner, every couple of seconds really. – So, I would recommend, and we’ll put it in the link, the FTP w/ Bursts. That Si Richardson actually did on Zwift. So do go check that out and have a go at it, but make sure you get some kind of six, to eight really hard bursts, and that will really help you kind of get to the top end of where you wanna go. – It’s all about riding at
a high sustainable power, which is what you’ll be
doing in a crit race, and then punching out above that as well. And it’ll be about how your body copes
with recovering from it, from those high bursts,
without actually easing up. – Yeah. – It would be a good session, it’s not gonna feel great the first couple of times
you do it, I’m sure, but you will see the
benefits from doing it if you stick with it. – Yeah and do good, good luck from both of us in your upcoming crit races, and let us know how you get on. – Yeah definitely. – If you wanna chuck it
in the comments below. – Next up we have a question from– – [Both] TheBelgianDude. – “Two days ago I tried going from 23
to 25 millimeter tires. The front wheel had no
clearance problems at all, and at first sight, no problems on the back wheel either. Even though it was very close, the wheel span just fine. Today however, when going out for a ride and hitting a bump or something similar, Belgian roads”, we all
know what they’re like. – We do. – “Suddenly the back
wheel started dragging on the brake bridge. I tried fixing it by
just taking the wheel out and putting it back it in, but it kept on going back and dragging against the frame. So, I’m guessing the
minimal tire clearance is just too little. Is there any way I can increase it by a few millimeters, or, is there no other option than going back to the 23 mill tires I had on there before?”. Well, I quite like this question because– – Do you? – Well yeah I do– – Jump straight into
the answer, so crack on. – Yeah I know. The best thing you can do is actually stick with your 23 mill rear tire, I’d keep the 25 on the front though. – Would you? – Yeah, well ’cause why wouldn’t you? – Yeah. – Like you’ve got more grip
on the front then at least. But, there are certain
little tricks you can do. I’m not sure I’d really recommend them. – No you can actually put a bit of like, roll up a bit of cardboard and stick that in your drop outs. – Where a team mate win a race whilst doing that one, years ago. He wanted to do exactly what you’ve done and go to 25 from 23. – But we wouldn’t recommend it. – I just don’t, it’s just
not a great route to go down. So I’d stick with the 23 on the back, you’ll at least have the benefit of having a 25 on the front and just see how that goes. – Next up we’ve got a question– – [Both] From BillyB. – “How do I stay motivated while commuting in the early mornings and late nights once the weather and dark mornings start closing in? When it’s five a.m., it’s raining and pitch black, the car is very tempting”. Ah, I feel your pain here BillyB. – Yeah absolutely. It’s gonna be really tricky, isn’t it? I’m not looking forward
to doing that myself. – No but I would, I mean I, it’s what you’re
about to say wasn’t it? I’d really look at kind
of the positives about commuting. What are those positives Chris? – It’s free, for a start. – No cost in parking, no cost in fuel. – Fitness gains. – I mean you can get fit without even thinking about it. Who doesn’t wanna do that? – Yeah but actually
what I would do is just maintain your objectives so why are you commuting in
the first place by bike? Hold on to that, even when
the weather’s bad, and stick to it because, it can be alright to commute in the bad weather. You feel like you’re getting one over on the world if you’ve been out in the hail and the rain or whatever else you may have. – [Hank] And it feels insane. Like you get all those endorphins and– – Yeah exactly. – You get into your office
and you’re awake and you feel ready to work and you actually probably get more work done in those early hours than when you walked in and you’re kind of like drowsy and you’ve got bags under your eyes. – Yep. Think of the benefits. Think of the reasons why you’re doing it, and just remind yourself of that. Next up we have a question from Steve DS. “Hi guys, I will be doing a seven day multi stage event in January, averaging around 157 kilometers a day with three days over 200.” – Wowsers. – That’s a big event, that. “what kind of checks should
I be doing on my bike after each ride?”. – Well I’d start off with kind of working down then up on your bike, so start off with your tires, so make sure you’ve got good tread, you haven’t got any splits. Tire pressure, make sure you’re kind of, you haven’t lost air on your ride. And then chain, so make sure your chain is well lubricated, and, ’cause it’s the
last thing you wanna do is ride on a chain that is dry and you’re losing watts there, aren’t you? – You also don’t want your bike to get so filthy and dirty so. – So do go and check out
the GCN Tech channel, because that will give you a whole host of videos of how to maintain your bike, and get it in tip top working condition. So next question we have
from Survivalproduction “Please can you talk about the aero vs lightweight bike, it’s such a hard choice”. I feel you on this one because it is a really tough choice. There’s so many bikes out there, there’s so many different kinds of bikes. Which one do you get? And, I think we’re right in saying we’ve got a few videos on that, don’t we? – Yeah we definitely have. Emma went to the Duro recently so why don’t you click, well I don’t know where
you’re gonna click, but there’ll be a link
down in the description below for that one. – I wanted to ask you, why are all your riders on the Giant TCR and not the Propel? – Here we have the team is, basically good for climbs so, guys who we’re going to help on the climbs or before that. Nobody here is a real sprinter. – And then Si’s got a video on the screen behind
us right now, in fact. Aero versus lightweight versus endurance. – Now so much work has gone into creating stiff, aerodynamic tube profiles. But actually comfort had been sacrificed. Now generation two of aero bikes, pretty much across all manufacturers, have actually gone a long way to sorting that problem out. – So what would you go for then? – Well where I live it’s not crazy hilly, and my ride’s are pretty quick. They’re short and fast so I would go with the aero bike. – And I personally would also go for the aero bike. I’m riding a Trek Madon
and I am loving it. I’ve been on it for the last three days, and it is a dream bike really, for me. – But if I lived somewhere hillier I’d definitely choose the climbing bike. If I lived in the Alps, the Dolomites, (mumbles) for example. – But do go and check out those videos ’cause they really will give you a really good insight as to what bike to go for. The pros and cons to both different frames really. – I’m gonna add one last thing in here. – Go on. – Choose the bike that
you like the look of, and you enjoy the ride of the most. Because then you’ll be
more willing to ride it, and you’ll look forward to riding it on. – Next question from– – Maarten de Groot. – Thank you Chris, I was gonna need help with that anyway. “I’m new to this whole awesomeness, but have just purchased
my first Canyon road bike. Any tips on a good build-up program for the next few weeks?”. – And in fact, you’re not the only person to ask this question this week, as Mathias Klose has also written in. “I am new to the sport, so how should I start training? For example, how long should the rides be and how often should I do them?”. – Yeah so I would aim to start building up from six to eight hours in your cycling week. So this is kind of like two hour rides, and then progressively onwards from that, really. – Yeah well the point is, you don’t have to aim for a two hour ride. You could break it up
into lots of little ones, you just kinda wanna build on that contact time with your bike. You want to get comfortable on your bike, and most cycling events, if you look at a calendar of any kind, they range from around the
50 to 100 kilometer mark. So that’s gonna take you, around two to five hours, so it is an endurance sport, it’s a time, a sport
that’s well rewarded by a good investment of time. So the more you do on
your bike, the better. So in those early rides you really wanna just get used to riding, how it feels. – So really just get progressive, no? – Yeah. You wanna understand the sensation you feel on your bike, and then when you’ve done a couple
of weeks like that, and you’re feeling adventurous, you can try some of our training videos. – Well I was just gonna say, you’ve just spent a couple of weeks doing your training videos, and I actually tried to
follow a few of them, which were actually really good. So yeah go and check those videos out, and they’ll give you kind of each week of training programs to try and– – They’re really good sessions to aim for actually. I’ve referred to testing a few times around the series. And whilst you may have only been training to improve your on the bike fitness, why not go out and test? And see how much you
have really progressed? – Yeah, now the preparation
for this kinda begins two days before, by taking
your final rest day. Now that kinda takes care of itself, provided you don’t spend your entire rest day eating cake. – Then we have Ethan Uhlfelder, “What is the best way to transition from an Enduro fitness into a more road cycling fitness level?”. So I would say, longer efforts. Higher sustained intensity, basically. More endurance work.
– More endurance work. I was gonna say, just concentrate on that endurance work and, ’cause you’ll progressively get better. – Yeah, Enduro’s good for your fitness and there’ll be lots of short,
sharp accelerations. And you’re gonna be missing out on those long go, the five, 10, 12, 20 minute efforts so, get stuck into a few of those I would. – And the next question from Papapouille? – Papapouille. – Papaouille? I’m sorry I murdered that one. But, his question is, “What is worn most during
summertime in the peleton, bibs or shorts?”. Well, that’s a very easy question. – Yep, bibs. – Bibs. – [Chris] Have you ever
seen a pro wearing shorts? And not bibs? – I don’t I’ve ever worn a pair of shorts. Next question from Sam Wilton. “Hi GCN, I want to do road
cycling and cyclocross but with only one bike. Should I get a road bike, and have a set of cross wheels to switch them to doing cross, or get a cross bike and put road wheels on it when I’m doing road riding? I ride on the road more and I’m thinking of getting a road frame so I can go as fast as
possible on the road, but I’m not sure. Thanks”. Quick question. – Cross bike. – Cross bike. – You won’t have tire
clearance on the road bike to put cross tires on that, so. – I wouldn’t take a road bike out on the mud anyway. So cross bike’s probably your way forward. – [Chris] It is be a compromised geometry won’t be quite the same but, definitely go for the cross bike. – [Hank] There you have it. – Cool. Next up, bugboy152000. “Just purchased a Canyon Aeroad. What can I expect going aero from an endurance bike?”. – Fast ride. – More aggressive handling. – And you should feel much racier. – Yeah. It’ll feel good, it’ll
feel quick and it’ll be a little bit sharper. – Next question from Larry Arrington. “Hello and thanks for the great content”. Well we are glad we are here to give it you. – Nah, he means Si and Dan and Emma. – Oh, probably. – Cool. – I’m lost in a sea of
training plan options, and no event to prep for. What training objective should I use when I don’t have event
details for which to plan?”. – Set a goal that you
would like to achieve, maybe a long ride, is
a good place to start. Set it six to eight weeks in advance, so you can really build
towards it as well. Doesn’t haven’t to be an organized thing, can just be your own personal challenge. Sometimes they’re the
most fun ones to conquer. Next up we’ve got a
question from Gulliermo. “I’m having a little tricep
pain during my rides, and especially on the long ones. Is there any way to prevent this, or will my body get used to it? I get a new bike, and I passed from a 54 to a 56, maybe
that’s the problem? I’ve already got a shorter stem, thanks in advice”, in advance
sorry, “You guys rock”. – Well Chris you’ve got some pretty big triceps there, what
do you do to kind of sort that problem out? – Well personally I do absolutely nothing, apart from sprint. But, there are a few things you could try and actually I would almost say that having a longer stem is more likely to take the pressure off your triceps. Because if you’re trying to hold it in like a crunch position there, as opposed to a slightly
more neutral position there, it’s gonna create a fatigue. – But you can also do some kind of specific exercises to
strengthen your triceps. For example– – Press ups. – Press ups or– – [Both] Tricep dips. – Yeah get out on your little stool and. – But you don’t want biceps as big as his. Well actually, mine are slightly bigger. – But you will over time
also get used to it. But I would really look
at your position first, because you shouldn’t really have any localized pain
whilst on the bike. – Yeah, exactly. You wanna feel as
comfortable as possible, and we hope that kind of, some exercises, and the changes that Chris has mentioned will help you kind of feel more comfortable on the bike. – [Chris] Yep, let us know how you get on. – We’ve come to the conclusion of this week’s– – Not already.
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  1. Get in your questions using the #Torqueback or if it is training related #AskGCNtraining 👇

  2. Staying motivated for commuting.  I have a fair amount of experience.  Over the last 6 years I have commuted about 5 days a week all year long for an average of about 6,000 miles/year.Tip#1:  vary your route if possible: a change in scenery, even if it is the next street over is refreshing. Tip#2: keep a log of your rides and mileage, like on a spreadsheet. This allows you to look back at where you rode, when to change wear items (chains, sprockets, tires, etc.). It also facilitates setting short term goals like "what can I do to get an extra 50mi this week?"  Tip#3: occasionally switch bikes. A couple of times I have ridden in on my big pink beach cruiser. Not only does it provide an opportunity to do something different, it looks cool in the bike rack at work, it is a challenge, and help appreciate my regular commuter.Tip#4: Recovery meal/drink after arriving at work. I usually do a serving of oatmeal or some chocolate milk. There is nothing great about being bonked out at your desk. Tip#5: Greet and chat with the fellow cyclist on the way.  This promotes a socialization of the community, and you never know who you might meet ( or town-sign race)Tip #6:  Strava! … but not all your rides.  Checking your favorite segments for best time of the day is rewarding, and if you are like me, KOMs are VERY infrequent (I do have one that is on my work-site where I would have gone faster if I wasn't slowed down by a Camaro that was doing the speed-limit).  Taking a break from Strava also changes the nature of the ride. I am more likely to chat with other riders, or catch up on some recovery.Tip #7:  In the words of the Jim Carey character in "Liar Liar"  "Obey the law, a##hole!" Observing (stops, signals, and right-of-ways) helps alleviate the stress of unnecessary adrenaline. For anyone riding at speed, it has absolutely been proven that riding with traffic is much safer.  Stopping at all intersection (junction) stops is a good ambassador thing to do as well as the law, which brings us to #8…  Tip #8: Be a good ambassador for cycling. Over a long period, most of the drivers you see will see you again, how do you want to be remembered and treated (the golden rule thing is especially important since a cyclist is ALWAYS out weight-classed >15 times over by almost any car.  I have learned long ago to refrain from shouting at drivers who make bad decisions and I now wave with all my fingers.  Letting drivers know you see their lane crowding or near cut-offs (turning in front of you thinking you are going slower than you are) by simply waving or just shouting "Hey!"  Sometimes the good ambassador thing to do is to alert authorities of drivers or cyclist absolutely doing something malicious.Tip #9:  Take "ownership" of your routes.  By this I mean deal with overhang tree branches and hazards that will effect others (or yourself the next time through).  For small jobs I deal with them myself, but also know who to call (gov. agency) if it is appropriate.  Taking a little bit of responsibility adds to the meaning of the ride and it is refreshing to do something or see someone else cares enough to do something.Tip #10:  Move to Tucson,  I can ride 365.  The summer heat is bearable with an early start and two chilled bottles, and the monsoon storms are infrequent enough to absolutely enjoy getting soaked, or you can just wait an hour and it will clear.  This last tip is meant to convey something like "find something awesome/challenging about where you live, or move somewhere you can"Thanks for listening.  I really should copy this down for myself…

  3. Would you say it's worth waxing a chain on your race day bike just to try and gain some marginal gains? Or does it simply just work to keep the chain clean? #TorqueBack

  4. #askgcntraining I think there might be a video on this but I can't find it: what's a good way to break out of a fitness plateau? I increased training volume a little bit but I haven't had a PR on my normal route in a while 😔

  5. @Sam wilson; get a CX/Gravel bike with road geometry. It’s not so common, but there are some brands..I use Sione from Sione-Bikes.

  6. #TorqueBack I'm a tall rider 195cm. Being a taller rider what discipline should I focusing on? Many tall pro riders like Taylor Phinney and Marcel Sieberg are TT or lead out man's.I've been cycling for 2 years and have been getting coached for 9 months where my training is all hill effort.

  7. Aero vs Climbing Bike – I am in the market for a new bike and one deciding factor ir price. A lot of the aero bikes are quite a bit dearer than a climbing bike. Eg Tarmac and Venge for example. If you don't have a fat wallet you will probably go climbing bike

  8. So Chris says keep the centre of gravity over the wheels, but then you play a clip of emma saying the centre of gravity needs to be closer to the corner.

    Eh?

  9. Hi GCN, love your vids!
    I am fairly new to the sport of cycling, but have been experiencing some pain in my thigh muscles. I recently aimed for my first 100k ride, I was well prepared and fully energised. However, after about 2300ft of climbing and 40 miles, I got this excruciating pain in my thighs. Even after stopping it continued; just managed to get home. Was I just not ready? Or could this pain be something to do with my cleat alignment, as I have had it before at the end of longer rides. #torqueback

  10. Belgian dude you should get rims with a greater internal width. Like 18 or 19, especially if you have 15 now. They will make the tire wider which makes it shorter that give you more clearance. Also the ultegra 8000 brakes are rated for 28’s, the frame is still ultimately an issue but they have just a little more room for tires. Like 1-2mm more.

  11. #Torqueback – What is the best way to ride over cattle grids? Should I go fast or slow down? And should I keep peddling when crossing them or freewheel for a bit?

  12. What is the best way to change gears when going from the big ring to small ring or vise versa? Either I'm spinning too fast or grinding gears before chaging gears in the cassette. Do I change the gears on the cassette before the chainset? Or change gears in the chainset before the cassette? What is better? #TorqueBack

  13. One way to "cheat" a corner is, to look at a garmin or other gps and study the shape of the descend for a few seconds. Do this before the descend, not during. Also, these devices are good, but not perfect. Don't rely on them too heavily.

  14. Dt swiss prc 1400 or mavic cosmic carbon pro, which one should I get for longer life and faster wheel? #AskGCNanything #TorqueBack

  15. For commuting motivation, I take the car to work on Monday morning (or Sunday evening if I’m being super-keen), along with a week’s worth of clean clothes. Then, in the morning I haven’t got the option to take the car. Leave the car at work all week and bring it home again at the weekend. Ok, it’s more compulsion than motivation but it’s always easier to ride home than to ride in so the temptation to take the car in the evening is less than in the morning… works for me!

  16. Hi GCN, I'm fairly new to the roadbiking segment, but used to do downhill for over 8 years from now on. I'm not saying that I'm changing of discipline, but I want to combine roadbiking with seasonal downhill.
    Now I do live not so far from the Kemmelberg in Belgium, which is a 17% hill at one side and the other is 11-20% grade.
    My issue is that the road of the hill is unfortunately been fit with cobblestones that haven't been maintained.
    Do you know a good technique to handle those cobblestones, as well uphill as downhill as flat?
    #Torqueback

  17. I have fulcrum zero nite wheels designed for tubeless and clinchers. I'm running clinchers and find the Vittoria Corsa tires very difficult to install and seat properly. I've broken many tire irons in the efforts of trying to mount them. Any tips to save my fingers, patience and irons? #torqueback

  18. #askgcntraining is it beneficial to ride long climbs only out of the saddle to increase strength

  19. What a perfect dinamic duo make this two sprinters, love seeing them present together. Keep the good work guys… Cheers

  20. Hi guys what is the best way that I can train for team 24hour races ie being able to do multiple 2 hour intensive rides in 24 hours on minimal sleep #askgcntraining

  21. My right chain stay has a huge dent in it and do I need to buy a new frame. My bike is a size small and I think I need a medium sized bike. My weight is 155.3lb. #torqueback

  22. I had the same tire clearance issue. I moved from Conti to Schwalbe tires. They stand less proud from the rim. I gained several mm of clearance on both the front and back. To quantify, I used post it notes as a feeler gauge. There was a night and day difference

  23. #AskGCNTraining #Torqueback I'm a larger rider so I have been good at sprints, but have also been doing some good (flat) time trialing efforts. Can I keep or better my top end while increasing my FTP/time trial power, or will my top end decrease when I try to increase my threshold?

  24. Why bib shorts in the Pro peloton? I've only ever used regular (strapless) Lycra shorts and never had a problem with them slipping down/off or… anything really. Am I missing something that makes them worthwhile? #Torqueback

  25. TheBlegianDude. I had a similar problem with my frame as well. Specialized makes a 24 mm tire. So kind of in the middle! they work great for me!

  26. How do I get stronger without gaining weight? In other words, how do I boost my watts/kg? #torqueback #AskGCNtraining

  27. 8:41 this is a big issue. i moved from europe to the tropics and its so much easier to get motivated here to go cycling.

  28. Going faster through blind corners? It’s like asking: how do I jump out of a third-story window face-first and not die? It’s a blind corner; slow down as if your life depended on it (it does).

  29. Re 25mm clearance question. I had same exact issue with my brand new Diamondback road bike. Just stick with 23mm. If they are Conti tires, it’s likely the 23mm is actually 25mm anyways since they tend to run pretty wide.

  30. I have to say, I'm surprised at your answers to the cycling around blind corners question. How about just accepting that you'll have to take them slower, traffic coming won't see you till the last second and you won't see them. Losing a few fractions of a second has to be preferable to literally risking your life.

    If you want to do a timed route regularly to track your progress how about picking a route without blind corners. Please folks put safety over speed!

  31. I live in a hilly area, Toowoomba, which is an extinct volcano and also part of the Great Dividing Range.

  32. #torqueback My sunglasses, Specialized Cortina adaptalite, always slip down my nose when I get sweaty. Is there any way to fix this?

  33. “I have never worn shorts.” That is strange to hear out of context.

  34. #AskGCNtraining

    Hi guys 😀 This is my first season on a road bike and I'm wondering what's best for building fitness during winter (Poland-cant ride my road bike) for my next season a MTB, cross bike or an indoor trainer? 🙂

  35. How do I avoid sweat dripping on the inside of my sunglasses when riding in hot weather? #torqueback

  36. #Torqueback Hi guys and thanks for the show. I ride a Wilier Zero 7 with an Ultegra R8000 groupset. I have noticed that when I'm on a group ride I tend to shift gears more often than the other riders, both up and down. I think I have always been inclined to changing gears more frequently than other riders. The gears are indexed, chnage smoothly and the bike rides beautifully. Am I doing something wrong or is it just the type of rider I am?

  37. I've lately been having issues with pain in my big toe (almost exclusively in my left foot) and I've been experimenting with different things to try and relieve it. I don't do any running or other high impact sports. I've noticed some things work better than others, but I'm still having an issue once I ride for more than an hour or an hour and a half. Any ideas of what I can try moving forward? #Torqueback

  38. In Thailand, Thais in cars,lorries buses and motorbikes only overtake on bends,if blind even better, so be verrrry careful coming in the opposite direction

  39. Can we get Lasty back on the screen or even the actual brick these two are Awful!

  40. commuting in bad weather: take some of that $$ saved and invest in GOOD QUALITY poor weather kit–night and day difference…or perhaps rain and more rain…

  41. #Torqueback hi guys I'm from Greece my city isn't so friendly to cyclists.
    what should I do when imon the road and there isn't any bike lanes

  42. Is there any disadvantages from putting a wider tyre on the front? (Ex. 28mm on front and 25mm on rear) #torqueback

  43. Hi guys how do I train for steep hills either indoors or outdoors? I’m fine on long hills but as soon as they go over about 12% I’m toast and my legs just go. Also how many times a week should I train for theses hills thanks in advance #askGCNtraining

  44. Is he saying "GC Anything" or is he saying "GCN Anything" as it sounds like the first one.

  45. I’ve recently been off the bike for about a month for a variety of reasons. I tried to stay active during that time but definitely not at the volume or intensity as usual. What are recommended workouts to prepare for a race in one months time? #askGCNtraining

  46. #ASKGCNTRAINING
    hi, last season i traind with a aluminium bike during the week and in the weekend races with a carbon bike, why do you ask
    Are you thinking?, so i have to push harder with a aluminium bike and with a carbon
    But does it actualy help?

  47. So, after taking a tumble 4 weeks ago (resulting in a broken collar bone, shoulder blade and a couple of ribs) followed by 3 weeks in France eating croissants, cheese and drinking bucket loads of vin rouge, I’ve piles on a load of weight! What’s the best way of losing it quickly? I can only trainer on my turbo (Neo) and I hope start running in 2 weeks time #AskGCNtraining

  48. #ASKGCNTRAINING Some professional riders shave their arms but should us amateurs get into this habit or not ?

  49. #AskGCNTraining Hi Everyone at GCN, I’ve been running and riding for several years, but my goals for each discipline vary throughout the year. My question is, how do I balance training for both running and cycling to gain the most benefit? I’d ask Heather and Mark (#GTN), but I’m not too keen on getting in the water. Sorry guys.

  50. About two months back I did a short steep climb during my lunch hour to get the most out of my limited time. The hill has a nice sharp corner towards the top posted as a 15mph corner which I did not see on my way down (would have been helpful). Any way I got into that corner at about 30mph leaning super hard and then….all of a sudden my front wheel started skipping and sending me towards the other lane. Amazingly enough I did not panic and the only two things that went through my mind were that's interesting and I'd better slow down before the next corner. That was fun and a fantastic story only to be done once as I choose to live. 🙂

  51. @BelgianDude – To give a bit more clearance for your 25 mm tires, you can try adjusting your brake cable to bring the brake pads closer to the wheel. This may slightly raise the bridge. This worked for me (on my front wheel) when I went from a 25mm to a 28mm. Good luck.

  52. Oh, this was about racing, taking blind corners is easy, once you exit the corner hit your front tire on the wet centerline on the road, hit pavement and slide under the safety rail to a 20 m drop.

  53. Corning: I have been an advanced motorcycle instructor and the golden rules are much as said in the video but I would add, never take the racing line unless it's a closed road. Always be as far left for right bends or far right for left bends as allowed so you give yourself the best sight line possible. I have followed many a student and using my line compared to their typical untrained racing line I would be faster mainly because the better vision of the bend would mean more speed in and therefore faster out. Another big advantage to this non racing line is you are not exposed to the centre of the road, how many of us have seen other drivers taking a bend just that bit too wide meaning you have had to brake or adjust to give them more room. The only downside is that you do have to be aware of the outer edge surface often potholed so don't go too wide.

  54. Hi guys it is with deep regret that Richard James Taylor past away in Andorra in a cycle event.. still waiting on details , but lost control of his bike on a descent and went over a wall and passed away with his injuries .. Rick has won a few Hacks on your site, and just got his 1st cat licence last year and only 31yrs old.. a very talented rider who joked a lot and made everyone laugh , he will be missed by all and his girlfriend Kerry .. could you please put a mention in for such a great rider please .. cheers
    Wayne
    Ps great work on the GCN show

  55. #ASKGCNTRAINING Hi guys, i would like to know how many hours you trained daily when you were racing pro? I've seen 4 past videos about training, and want to have a better idea of my training compared to pro guys. I've been doing those zwift excellent training plans and improved a lot. Thanks a lot. Daniel from México.

  56. Is it safe to buy a canyon aeroad?
    I know alot of ppl who have the forks of their aeroads broken in half which may be due to the thickness of the fork.

  57. Would riding in the drops of an endurance bike simulate riding on the hoods of a bike with much racier geometry? I currently ride a cross bike, fully slammed, on the road and I'm thinking to upgrade to an aero road bike at some point but want to prepare myself for the change in geometry. Should I ride in the drops for longer periods of time to get my body used to being much lower? #torqueback

  58. #ASKGCNTRAINING What can I do to find my muscle fiber type and then train specifically for it?

  59. #torqueback, 3 years ago I got into cycling and bought a used 2003 trek 5900 from a friend. Since then I've become a regular cyclist, riding 3-4 times/week. I've had to replace some parts (shifters, front crackset) but the bike remains functional and fun to ride. Being 15 years old (the bike) do I need to get a new bike or will this last for 5+ years?

  60. #Torqueback I have done the London-Surrey 100 twice now (2017 and 2018), but as a puncheur-come-sprinter have walked up Leith Hill twice. Is there anything I can do to improve my climbing skills on the longer, steeper, hills?

  61. Great video made by "Staing alive" and "Aero"! Always fun see how new presenters are and Chris and James seem be like this.

  62. Is chain rubbing going to break my bike , or can I just leave it there? #Torqueback

  63. #torqueback why is the hour record always attempted on a track bike and never a road TT bike? Are road TT bikes not allowed on the velodrome?

  64. You guys are awesome to watch/listen to!!!! Cheers! Good banter and great advice

  65. #Torqueback So I bought a new KHS bike a few years ago from a shop. Though recently, at my new local bike shop, when they removed the rim tape, we found at least four and half holes unused that were drilled in the inner wall. The original rims are double-walled, so I did not noticed these holes during the day of purchase. Nonetheless, is that supposed to be normal? Should I be outraged by this? I have a video recording of my wheel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKgEKO8XYaE (I give you permission to use screenshots of video if you wish to have them in Ask GCN videos). Also KHS will not replace my wheel since its warranty covers for only 1 year.

  66. "Keep looking for the exit and eventually it will pop out."
    If nothing else, on 3 o'clock 😉

  67. #torqueback how accurate and reliable is garmin data?i have power2max crank based power meter connected to my edge820.but the power data keeps on jumpimg a lot.i have done the calibration method.

  68. #AskGCNtraining Hi Guys…I have been commuting fasted to work daily for a few weeks now ..however I have actually been having an orange juice with some spirulina powder…is this small sugar boost a no no if I wished to get the full benefits? Thanks Dan – Ireland.

  69. #AskGCNTraining what is the etiquette and best approach to crit racing? I want to get into crit racing after trying cyclo-cross but have no idea what sort of level I need to be at. Are there also any do's and don'ts such as if you get dropped or anything that ticks off the peloton? Thanks, best channel on YouTube.

  70. Seems brutal that schedule for complete newcomers, 6-8h/wk seems like allot depending on the starting point.
    I bought my bike a couple of months ago, first bike I've owned in like 20 years. I've mostly been a couch potato for the past 15y, and i was really struggling to complete 10km at first, Took me around 45mins. 3-4 rides a week around 30 mins each has gotten me to the point where I'm not completely dead after 10km, and I'm actually able to do another 10 home from work, and I've got my avg speed up from sub 18 to around 24 when i'm really going for it, and I'm only now planning to try my first longer ride of around 50-60km

  71. #Torqueback Is it normal to have an unquenchable thirst after a long ride despite drinking throughout the ride? I usually down over 2 liters of water over the course of a half hour when I get home. Does this mean I'm not drinking enough during the ride?

  72. #Torqueback Are protein drinks meant to taste nice. I just started using them will I get used to it

  73. I just picked up my first carbon roadie. I find that bike rack I use to transport (Vertex 4) around could damage my frame during transport, as I find any bumps on the road the rack slightly jumps. What do you guys recommend I should can do to ensure the frame doesn't get damage or should I be looking at another carrier. #Torqueback

  74. Re commuting motivation: move to London. If your only alternative to the bike is the Tube, you'll pick your bike any day 😉

  75. I myself do not feel any need to lose weight but I am training to improve my speed and strength on the bike. When I see pro cyclists with twig-like physiques (e.g. Bardet, Martin) I struggle to understand where they are generating the power to turn the gears that will keep them moving along at 50 km/h (or faster). You don’t see weight-lifters with twig-like arms competing at the top level so how is that these tiny cyclists are able to push the gears required to move at that speed? #Torqueback

  76. #AskGCNtraining

    I have a bit of a long winded question so bear with me here. 🙂

    When I built up my bike I got it a set of training and a set of race wheels. On the training wheels I have an 11-25 cassette. And on the racing wheels I have an 11-28 cassette. This is paired up with my 36/52 crank. Recently my fitness has gotten to the point where I can be seeded with the pro riders in my country. And I can keep up with them for the most part. But I loose them in climbs. I recently saw this in a 4 day tour up a 19km long cat1 climb.

    When I am training I often hit some 10-12% climbs. They are really tough on the 11-25.

    But will climbing/grinding those hills on an 11-25 make me a stronger climber so that when I use the 11-28 it just feels easier on the smaller gears and I go faster? Or would using a smaller cassette say an 11-28 help develop my climbing better than grinding in an 11-25?

    Essentially. Which cassette would help develop my climbing skills best? Grinding in training = flying in racing? Or floating up in training = floating up in racing?

  77. Cornering: Always ride as fast as you can see. Works for road, mountain, etc. The concept is simply – go only as fat as you can stop within the distance you can currently see. You have to manage for the unexpected… deer, raccoons, cats, downed trees, gravel, puddles, cars, trucks, slower riders, pedestrians, whatever… you're eyes connected to your hands connected to your brakes will dictate how fast you should go… there's a fine line and you can push it; but you're just pushing up the risk/reward levels.

    Side note – if you do have to stop very aggressively – throw your weight as far back over the back tires at the same time you are yanking the levers it significantly increases your stopping power. Learn and practice this and your 'fast as you can see (stop)' speed will increase. GCN Braking Vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frIKK_XU-qE

  78. There have been many a time when climbing I have had to slow or stop which breaks my rhythm and i find it very hard to get that cadence and rhythm back i had before, most of the times i have to grind gears to the top. Is there a better/easier way? #TorqueBack

  79. #AskGCNTraining a lot of the training sessions seem to require knowledge of power or cadence. But I currently do not have the funds to get these sensors on my bike. Are there training sessions which i can do to improve my cadence and/or power without these sensors?

  80. #Torqueback – Do you find that other sports / activities can become more difficult the more you cycle due to the rigors specific to cycling? Like for Football, tennis … dart?

  81. Hey guys hope you can help me or maybe anyone in the comments. If I do high intensity (10sec – 1min) workouts like in zwift academy on the turbo the power output is calculated from my FTP and personally I don´t find those types of efforts really challenging. My FTP is up to date but for such short efforts it isn´t the way to calculate the right power like mentioned in a video on your channel. Is there a way to calculate it for the erg-mode or do I have to turn it of and do it oldschool and push as hard as possible? #Torqueback

    Greetings from Germany

  82. #Torqueback When I try to shoulder my cx bike t is too heavy for my measly cyclist arms to lift and when its finally on my shoulder it is uncomfortable and painful.Any ideas for solutions to this or how to make the shouldering more comfortable?

  83. #AskGCNtraining How can I absorb that chronic training load(fitness) when my fatigue is very high and my form is very low(near overload). Should I rest completely or should I go for a 30min high rpm recovery ride?
    Whats the best?

  84. Blind corners? Go for it as fast as you can, as wides as you can. no one ever cuts the corner coming the other way. Carrying medical insurance and a donor card is more aero.

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