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    Balance between geared and ss training

    What do you guys think is a good balance between riding geared and ss for xc training. My geared bike is and will be my race bike. I just got a ss and love riding it but need to find the right balance of riding both bikes.
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    I'm no expert, all I can tell you is what I did. However, I am faster this year than last. Last year was also my first year XC racing, so I could probably say that no matter what I did with my SS. But I did take about 10 minutes off my first race of the year. More than anyone else who did the race both years.

    Anyway, I pretty much rode my SS Mukluk all winter, but now that I have my geared bike out (starting about mid-March), I have been riding it almost exclusively for MTB riding. But I still ride SS on the road. With sometimes commuting, I spend about 40% road, 60% dirt time-wise. Seems like a good mix to me.

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    I generally ride gears for 'training' type rides, not that I do a ton of those, and SS for rides that are more fun oriented. I think mixing gears and SS is helpful, mostly due to the way SS encourages keeping momentum up on Singletrack.

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    I like the rigid SS when I am working offload on things like lines, handling, etc.

    I like the gears when I am doing intervals and want to keep the hr in a specific zone for training.

    The percentage is whatever I feel like that day. I can't help but be happy when I am out on one gear.

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    The SS is a great way to get in a fartlek interval session. I race the SS, so I use the geared bike for recovery rides.

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    CB - do you only train on the SS then? I race SS also, but I feel like if I trained on it exclusively, I'd need more rest days than if I mix up training between the SS, geared, and road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks View Post
    CB - do you only train on the SS then? I race SS also, but I feel like if I trained on it exclusively, I'd need more rest days than if I mix up training between the SS, geared, and road bike.
    Recovery rides are part of training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Recovery rides are part of training.
    Of course, but I was more wondering about hard training efforts though - if you did all those on the SS or if you mixed it up.
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    In the past I would ride the SS once a week for XC training, now that I race SS I only ride the geared bike for recovery rides. I can usually go 3 days in a row on the SS before I need to lighten the load to gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longshanks View Post
    Of course, but I was more wondering about hard training efforts though - if you did all those on the SS or if you mixed it up.
    Generally my hard efforts are on the SS.
    But if that's a rule it's made to be broken.

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