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SCALPEL IN THE MIDDLE, CHAINSAW ON THE SIDES


In the post about the new Specialized Slaughter tire, which comes in 650B and 29 sizes, David asked:

“Hi Lee – do you have any suggestions for similar 26”s out back? I love this concept!”

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August 13, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (3)


AFTER ONE SKILLS SESSION …

Our friend Keith, a Cat 1 XC racer with legs that were crushing but skills that were disappointing, has signed up for 20 hours of skills sessions.

In session #1 we covered the basics, laid down some baseline metrics (time trials!) and plucked some low-hanging fruit.

Keith raced the following weekend. Here’s what he said:

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August 12, 2014 : Posted In: Coaching,Reader mail,Skills/training : Comments (0)


BUTCHER VS. PURGATORY FOR THE FRONT?


In the post Early impressions: Specialized Slaughter tire, Tjaard asked:

“What is your feeling on the Butcher vs Purgatory for the front?”

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August 9, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (5)


SPEED LADDER FOR MTB?


Hi Lee,

Thanks for Pump Up The Base, I rocked it last winter and now I am gaining the benefits (aside from the leg speed, “climbing” on a trainer helped my posture while climbing).

My question is, does the speed ladder help in MTB? I came across a speed ladder and I thought that the foot speed(?) and agility exercises were nice and since I do MTB, maybe I can incorporate it to my training.

Pin it!

Niño

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August 6, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (1)


ARM POSITION WHEN PUMPING?


Lee,

I have pump track envy! That just looks like so much fun.

I also have a question about arm/wrist position when pumping. I notice that some people cock/flex their wrist more at the grip that leads to a more elbows out position, and others keep their wrist more perpendicular to the bar and elbows more inline with their body. Which is correct? Or more effective?

Max

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INTEGRATING BIKE AND STRENGTH FITNESS?

Our friend Lars has an interesting question about timing his Pump Up the Base and Prepare to Pin It training programs, plus integrating strength work.

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FIRST XTERRA WIN FOR A KUNG FU STUDENT!

Hey Lee, I don’t know if you remember me, I attended the Utah clinic you guys put on last spring … anyway, my daughter and I have been on the trails almost every day since then, always yelling out whatever Lee taught us that the other is not doing … I finally won my age group at an XTERRA, on the most technical course I’ve done. I still can’t keep up on 4,000 ft of climbing because I am 30-40 lbs heavier then the other guys, but the technical riding and more punchy climbs are mine. I have gotten to the point of zero hand callouses, no wrist pain, and no arm fatigue from death gripping the bars. I think about what you taught daily, and still go back and read your books fairly often. Thanks for taking the effort to single me out and give me some help.

Carl

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July 30, 2014 : Posted In: Coaching,Reader mail,Skills/training : Comments (0)


I KNOW GIRTH IS IMPORTANT…BUT REALLY?

Lee,

Hey there! Its EJ from Tampa. I did a clinic with you at Mulberry Gap this spring. After the clinic I came back and really tried to process all of the great coaching and begin to apply it. As always it is a work in progress but I am definitely seeing results as I am finding better and cleaner lines on my local trails that I had always struggled to keep my composure.

Anywho, recently read your article on your clinic with Curtis Keene and your tire selections. Great stuff! It was timely as I am in the final stages of pulling the trigger on a new ride. I hate to say, that I am pretty convinced to get a big wheeler. Since I am smitten with my current Ibis Mojo SL, I have decided to get the Ripley with the new Cane Creek DB Inline rear shock and Pike 140 front fork. Since you have ridden with me, you know I am not race oriented and really want a capable and fun trail bike. With that being said, my questions are:

1.) In your experience, would a rider of my ability notice a significant difference riding carbon hoops? For reference I currently ride 26” I9 Torch Trail 24 spoke aluminum wheelset.

2.) Current trends with carbon wheels have the inner width up to 35mm. For 2.3 tires is this overkill? What rim width do you see as the sweet spot for a 29er trail bike?

Thanks in advance for any wisdom you share!

Eric

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July 29, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (6)


CADENCE FOR HARD INTERVALS?

Hi Lee.
I finished your Pump up the Base program (and loved it) and I’m now moving on to Prepare to Pin It. I do have a couple of RPM related questions:

Sprint Workouts: You mention the 5 seconds being “full gas” but you then recommend sets maxing out a 100 RPMs. I can definitely mix it up but I’m wondering how hard it should be shooting for ultimately.

Red workouts: Similarly, what RPM should I focus on to in the intervals to reach the desired power? In PUTB, you were very prescriptive on this which really helped. Since this affects my gear selection, I could use some guidance here as well.

Thanks for everything!! Not only is this helping me on the trail, but I’ve slimmed down which is great everyday!

Rene

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July 16, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (0)


POWER METER FOR PREPARE TO PIN IT?

Hi Lee,

I’m trying to do your Prepare to Pin It in-season training program, I just bought your book but I can’t really get it with the watt measurement. I have a Sigma Rox 9.1 cycle computer that ¨calculates¨
the watt I´m generating.
The power meter you refer to in your book is the one that goes in the crank?
Should I better go by bpm´s?

Thanks a lot for your time,
José

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