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    Pacing?

    It seems I can't ride at a "slower" pace. My commutes turn into training rides. How does one learn to pace? Sounds silly, I know.

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    Ride a singlespeed!!!

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    Age yourself about 40 years? Add about 75 pounds of groceries? Only ride into head winds or uphill? Lock a brake? Install your rear wheel so it rubs on the chain stay? Pull a trailer with kids or pets?

    Oh! Not just slower, but a slower pace. Hmmm.

    An old three speed would be another option. Install a heart monitor or a computer with cadence too and keep you heart rate in the 70-80% range or lower? have someone wire that to a dog shock collar to zap you if you exceed your presets? Make a 25 to 40 mile route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextek View Post
    It seems I can't ride at a "slower" pace. My commutes turn into training rides. How does one learn to pace? Sounds silly, I know.
    I can't do this either. No matter how hard I try, after about 4 miles in, I am hauling ass. The bike just wants to go fast on its own. I am just along for the ride.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextek View Post
    It seems I can't ride at a "slower" pace. My commutes turn into training rides. How does one learn to pace? Sounds silly, I know.
    Buy a heart rate monitor and set an alarm if you exceed 60% MHR, that's the only thing that worked for me. I normally split my rides going slow on one and burning on the other. I've got alarms set for 65% MHR for my ride home and 85% for my ride in. They always go off at some point but I have a few hills and 5 miles of loose gravel immediately after I leave the driveway or right before I get home so there's that.

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    My Garmin has heart rate. I'll have to give it a try. Singlespeed, no. My knees are just hanging in there......

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