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cafe stops and puncture stops?

tom22tom22 Posts: 59
i was wondering how much stopping mid-ride affects the your training quality?

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  • markos1963markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    Depends what you're training for? If it's a club ride then it's essential to get the cafe stop just right. :wink:
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    Totally depends on the training session, although I can't ever remember having a cafe stop on a training ride.....

    Punctures and mechanicals are out of your control really, so you just have to deal with them as and when.
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    Nowt wrong with a cafe stop on a training ride.

    Training
    Cafe Stop
    Ride or "Commute" home.
  • simon_esimon_e Posts: 1,676
    An argument for not stopping: http://www.cyclosport.org/15-Nov-2008/t ... -stop.html
    However, if you like stopping for a cup of tea and a natter during a ride then do it. Life is for living.

    If punctures bother you buy better tyres.
    Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
  • SlackSlack Posts: 326
    tom22 wrote:
    i was wondering how much stopping mid-ride affects the your training quality?

    Depends on the stop duration and what intensity the ride is at.
    Plymouthsteve for councillor!!
  • nmcgannnmcgann Posts: 1,780
    Simon E wrote:
    An argument for not stopping: http://www.cyclosport.org/15-Nov-2008/t ... -stop.html
    However, if you like stopping for a cup of tea and a natter during a ride then do it. Life is for living.

    If punctures bother you buy better tyres.

    I've tried both riding solo + not stopping and having a normal club ride with a stop as part of my training schedule and I can't observe any difference at all in my fitness or race results.

    This is only on longer rides though (over 3h). I never stop for more than a few seconds on short rides.
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    "Because the cycling is pain. The cycling is soul crushing pain."
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    Simon E wrote:
    An argument for not stopping: http://www.cyclosport.org/15-Nov-2008/t ... -stop.html
    However, if you like stopping for a cup of tea and a natter during a ride then do it. Life is for living.

    If punctures bother you buy better tyres.

    Bontrager Race Heavys?
  • simon_esimon_e Posts: 1,676
    freehub wrote:
    Simon E wrote:
    If punctures bother you buy better tyres.
    Bontrager Race Heavys?
    If a 350g training tyre is a problem then you need to eat less ;)

    Seriously, I'd say 100-150g is a good trade-off for the Hardcase's toughness. I would expect the Durano Plus to be similarly robust but I've not tried it. The Race X Lite is 250g and seems more supple but the protection layer doesn't feel as strong. I would rather pull those extra few ounces uphill than waste time fixing a puncture, especially on a cold, wet morning. After all, isn't a training ride is meant to help you get fitter?
    Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
  • cristoffcristoff Posts: 229
    I rode all winter in a set of hardcases, despite having all manner of slashes, marks, etc in them - not one puncture.

    I know what i will be buying come October this year!

    Only this time I will be prepared for the additional weight/rolling resistance :shock:
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