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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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“DOWNGRADING” TO A RIGID SINGLE SPEED?


Hi Lee,

I’m only asking because I highly value your opinion!

As an adult sometimes I have to make adult decisions. In the next few months we are looking to move and bit a bigger house, so I’m thinking of freeing up some cash by selling my current ride. It’s not imperative that I do it, but it would help a bit.

I would still want something to ride in the meantime, and I don’t want an entry level bike necessarily. Looking at some options and the Crave SL single speed looks interesting and a good price. It might be fun and a new realm to try something like this for my FL XC trails.

What do you think, is having a single speed as an only bike for a few months a good idea? Is it possible to still pursue some off season structured training and continue pump up the base and later PTPI?

Thank you!

Greg

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June 8, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment,Reviews : Comments (3)


HOW SHOULD I PUMP A 180 BERM?


Hi Lee,

I’ve been working hard on your different pumping techniques in Pro BMX Skills (really like the detail of the different techniques). I finally have a pump track near me and there’s been a massive improvement since I started riding it. The bit I’m struggling with is my entry to the 180 degree berm, at the end of the track. I’m always losing speed on it, when others are gaining speed. Should I be unweighting over the entry roller, then one slow pump down the backside of the roller and round the berm? Or should I pump the backside, unweight again, then pump the berm?

I gotta say, riding a pump track is proving very beneficial for my overall riding. I’m off to Fort William in the morning for the World Cup, so I imagine I’ll see some good pumping technique there. :-)

Thanks,
Andy

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HOW DID MATT HUNTER DO IT?

Hi Lee,
I don’t know if you saw this photo yet:

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/10883974/

Can you explain how this is even possible? It might make for a good lesson on cornering for all of us who can’t come close to this. The only thing I can think of is he must be going like Mach 10.

Jim

UPDATED with Matt Hunter’s side of the story!

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May 22, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (6)


BALANCE ON THE BMX TRACK

Hi Lee,

I’m new to BMX racing and have been finding your book Pro BMX Skills very useful, however my coach keeps telling me to keep my elbows up and out. I’m riding a cruiser and am 170cm tall. I find this really difficult to do when I am hanging back behind the seat (weight still centered). My front wheel becomes very loose. Do you have any tips which will let me learn to keep my elbows up even whilst pumping but keep the front wheel planted. I seem more in control with my elbows in. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Jess

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May 9, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,BMX,Skills/training : Comments (1)


WILL PUMP UP THE BASE HELP MY BURNING THIGHS?

Hi Lee,

DH season has started here in Japan. I know it is already early summer but I want to increase physical strength. If I want to do it, do I read and follow Pump up the base?

I go to like1500m DH course but I need to take a break once or twice in between because I feel so tired in my thighs and I can’t continue riding. By increasing my strength I want to ride through to the bottom of the course without any break. Does Pump up the base provide how to increase strength for my situation? Any advise will be appreciated!!

Thanks/regards,
Hiro Komori

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April 28, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (0)


SHIPPING A BIKE FOR A POOR COLLEGE KID

Dear Lee,
I am in somewhat of a predicament. I am traveling to Oregon by plane for a ten week internship. I am curious about what is the best way to fly with your bike? I want the bike to arrive safely but I don’t want to spend unnecessary money to do so. this is because I am a poor college kid that most likely can’t afford the excess baggage fees that can come with flying.

love the website, books and the pumptrack I’m building in my back yard! thanks, cheers.
Leif

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April 10, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (1)


FLAT PEDALS FOR MY WIFE?

Hi Lee,

My wife, who is a great athlete, is wanting to pick up mountain biking and I’m very excited as it’s been my “thing” for years. I ride SPDs but she’s nervous about not being able to click out and crashing. I know a lot of people are riding flat pedals now but what would you recommend a new rider start on?

Thanks!
Chuck

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March 12, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Tech tips : Comments (1)


P2PI AND LONG EVENTS


Matt is using the Prepare to Pin training program to prepare for a long event. How should he adjust the program for greater endurance?

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