Well .. depends on your definition of "granny gear". A lot of the pros ride with 34/32 bottom on the big steep climbs, which is pretty standard for an ordinary joe road bike. Of course thats not the super low that you can get wth a touring triple, so Im not sure if it qualifies as a "granny gear"
As well as supreme fitness and higher gearing there's also the big drafting effect of a large and very tightly packed peloton. Often you see riders cruising along happily relaxed and chatting and freewheeling at 40+ kmh in the shelter of the peloton.Amazing the speeds these guys get up to and it looks so casual and easy for them..
I’ve been watching the speed of pedal rotation they going at and l’m sure l go at a similar pedal speed but no way do l reach the speeds they do ..
Can someone explain why these cyclist go so much faster at what seems a similar pedal speed to us ..
My cardio is ok i spose resting heart rate is around 70, with a bp of 105/67 at 53 with a abusive younger lifestyle.I'm the opposite.......my CV system seems to be good but the old legs just don't want to work these days. Too many lower back/herniated disc/sciatic issues seem to have wrecked my leg strength.
Lovely low resting heart rate and it doesn't rise too much when exercising and I seem to recover quickly but legs just feel dead and heavy. Horrible.My cardio is ok i spose resting heart rate is around 70, with a bp of 105/67 at 53 with a abusive younger lifestyle.
Son in law, age 47, resting is 54.. His fitness is excellent.
Im usually exhausted after 20 mile chasing him.. To the point i struggle to lift my super light xc bike over gates!!
As for your back, i think you do well, cant be much fun with constant back trouble.
The reason for such big chainrings isn't necessarily for the ultimate high gear it offers. There are other benefits but most notably spending more of the time in the middle of the block improving chainline efficiency which saves a considerable amount of watts i.e free time in a TT'ing capacity.I don't mind the "spinners are winners" gearing of them.But trying ot turn this at speed...nah.
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