Paceline Podcast 196

Paceline Podcast 196

Ever considered doing Iron Cross? If so, you’re not alone. This week, Selene, Iron Cross’ winningest racer, addresses a listener question about what sort of preparation is required to do the event. In addition to training, she and Patrick talk bags, bottle cages and tires. It all matters on a day like that.

For the past two days Patrick has been attending a trade show, albeit a virtual one. Reveal brought together more than two dozen brands in the cycling and outdoor markets to give the media an update on new products and how they are managing to stay sane while sheltering in place. Patrick also takes on a listener question regarding a leg strength imbalance. He discusses ways to address it as well as the best way to diagnose it for certain and to chart progress as a rider works to correct the imbalance.

Correction: in the episode we reported that Rapha will donate $10 from the sale of each Tour for All jersey; in fact they will donate their full margin in addition to the $10. 



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Show links:

Nittany Mountain Works Manything Bag

Rapha Tour for All Jersey

How riding may help protect against a Covid-19 complication

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  1. Quentin

    Since you mentioned bike fit, I have a related question. I’m in my late 40s and am using a bike setup that hasn’t changed all that much since I was a teenager, other than raising my bars a bit. For the last decade or two I’ve rarely had time for more than one or two rides a week, generally 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length. This year I’ve done some longer rides for the first time in many years, and I’ve noticed that starting around 2 hours into a ride I start to get mild pain in one knee and sometimes the other foot. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this did not happen to my teenage body back when I was doing really high mileage decades ago. In this week’s podcast you mentioned both adjustments to bike fit and strength training as potential solutions to power assymetry. Which of those is more likely to be the solution to pain problems? I’m considering a professional bike fit, which I’ve never done before. I’m wondering what I should be looking for in a bike fitter, as someone who is not pursuing any competitive goals, but does want to take care of my body so I can keep doing this through my 50s, 60s, and maybe beyond.

    1. Author

      The quickest possible solution would be a bike fit as strength training will take time. It is, however, not a guaranteed solution, but if you’ve never had a professional bike fit as an adult, there is a chance you might be overdue. I would ask around in your community simply for a fitter who is known for doing a good job with recreational riders, not just racers. Typically, the most frequent issue is see in professional fits is too aggressive a position, though that is a truly rare occurrence. If you don’t have any recommendations from friends, check to see who the nearest Seven dealer is.

  2. JASON B


    The garmin Edge units, at least, have “incident detection” which will notify anyone you select within 30 seconds of an accident (as long as it is paired with your phone). And, the Vector 3 pedals will give you all the exact data and more that you were talking about the: pedal stroke.

  3. Scott M.

    Listener question:

    Shortly after the lockdown began, Selene mentioned a study that indicated a massive increase in trail use — like 375% on one trail. I’ve seen this locally and, from what I hear, it’s a nationwide trend. Selene mentioned that bike sales have skyrocketed (My LBS is consistently turning about 250 bikes a week) and that Maintenance must be scheduled 10 days out (my shop is now scheduling 3 to 4 weeks out).

    My question is this: Are there more recent studies covering more of the country? Has anyone done more in-depth analysis (age, bike type, e-bikes, experience level, distance, etc.). What’s Strava data say? (I see many experienced riders cutting back — possibly due to lack of group rides). On the down side, a report out of the UK said that Bike vs. Car fatalities doubled there over the prior year (possibly due to higher vehicle speeds). Any new data in the US on accidents? Any other interesting findings or trends?

    1. Scott M.

      In my mind, I’m hoping someone, somewhere is tracking the data and will eventually analyze what it all means. I think the question everyone in the industry is asking is, “Will it stick?” But, that’s a much longer study.
      Maybe I should listen to less Freakonomics Podcasts and more from The Paceline, FastLabs, Cinch, Cyclingtips…

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