Questions about bicycle commuting, recreational biking or competitive biking.

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Why is it hard to cycle when its cold outside?

I bike quite a lot (getting to work "15km one way" and general getting around) and been biking for past 12+ years, I also believe I have a relatively good sum of stamina. Unfortunately I would not be ...
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Can I cycle or run with shoulder niggles?

I have developed a slight niggle in my right shoulder. Reason could be because of over workout in swimming. The niggle is light pain when I move my shoulders a bit fast with some weight on it. For ...
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Wanting to lose weight cycling is this enough?

I had the opportunity to live in Antigua for 2.5 months and I got here about 2.5 weeks ago. I decided to ride my bike back and forth to work everyday to shed some pounds while I am here. I am a 5'3", ...
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Coffee with sugar after cycling (or any cardio)?

There is ample discussion on the internet suggesting that we need carbs after exercise (for example here and here). The second link also shows contradicting answers: complex carbs vs simple sugars. ...
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How to gain weight? By higher calorie intake or muscle building through exercise?

My BMI is 18.5. Age 24, height 172.5 cm and weight 55 kg. I am undergoing training for triathlon. I swim 3 to 4 days a week (6-8 km in 4.5hrs - 6 hrs). I cycle around 50 km a week in 2.5 hrs. I run ...
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Toe nails damaged after marathon

I find that my friend recently had a toe nail peeled off and the other leg's big toe nail is also about to peel off. He asked me why does it peel off, for which I didn't have any answer. Also the long ...
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Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?

I cycle most evenings when I get home from work. I read about Tabata on here and wondered if it would be any good for me? Maybe cut my total time down to 30 minutes, 5 mins warm up, 2 mins Tabata, 5 ...
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Advice needed in training for heavy mountain biking weekend

Hi I have a heavy moutain biking weekend coming up at the end of January. I have not been on the bike reguarly for the past 3 months and so my fitness has suffered. I wondered what best I could do ...
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I'm unable to run because of flat feet. Is there anyway for me to run?

I've never run in my life more than 300 meters because muscles below my knee swell and my feet and ankle hurts. Most of the muscle below my knee stiffen. When that happens, it hurts to walk and it is ...
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Cycling speed and fitness

I have a number of health issues (including heart) but love cycling and am determined to train for a long distance ride. I am 68 years old and a beginning cyclist. I have worked up to a distance of ...
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Road bicycles for weight loss

Due to an injury, I can no longer run, however, I would like to use my road bicycles to lose weight. Assuming I have the discipline, and I use a trainer for the training sessions, What type of ...
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Muscular tiredness from biking — is it endurance related?

I bike every now and then, but used to ride bike quite often before. One thing that never has changed is how I get dead tired instantly. The tiredness is muscular and it's all in the legs, like a ...
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Does cycling tighten hamstrings?

I've always been unable to touch my toes. This is becoming increasingly problematic for my yoga. Of course focusing on stretching my hamstrings helps and I'm making progress but I'm concerned that my ...
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How should I track workouts on a magnetic exercise bike?

I recently bought a magnetic exercise bike to try and get extra training in around the family (normally do mountain biking using android app and mapmyride.com). I am a bit confused as to how I can ...
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What effects will cycling for 60 minutes a day have on my body?

I have been sedentary for most of my adult life so am looking to see what I can do to be fitter. I'm not aiming to run a marathon or enter the Worlds Strongest Man, just improve my fitness, but for a ...
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How to train general stamina (e.g. 12 minutes running)

There are activities where I consider my fitness above average: Long-term stamina (hiking or cycling for several hours) Going up a hill, or going up stairs I have friends (same sex, same age as ...
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New at mountain biking

I have been biking for about a month and really enjoy it. However my legs just give out on me. I run 6 miles two days a week then bike 6-8 3 to 4 days a week. Any suggestions on how I can improve ...
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Does the fructose in my supplement hinder my cycling routine?

Products like CYTOMAX (with Stevia) boast enhanced energy for endurance sports, and I have certainly felt a boost at times when I need it. However my local nutritionist said that Fructose inside it ...
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Why is the weight not dropping off?

I set out to loose 40lbs this year. I cycle approximately 50 miles(10 miles Monday to friday) each week, and have been on a diet of less than 2000(~1700) calories each day for the most part of this ...
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What workout should I do if I want to prepare my condition?

During weekends I'm doing a lot of sports, e.g. snowshoeing in the winter and biking and hiking during summer. I personally think, my condition is slightly above average, but the problem is, I now ...
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Can't run for more than ~1700 ft [closed]

So I'm trying to get into better shape, who isn't? And from what I've seen, some combination of aerobic training and weight training is the best way to do it, exercise-wise. Also, from what I've read ...
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Can I do cardio exercises after an appendicitis operation? [closed]

I got operated on 3rd of January this year (it was an appendicitis operation). The surgery was open. Now its been more than 3 months and I have putted on a lot of weights. I just wanted to do cardio ...
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Losing weight rapidly

I am 25 years old. My height is 172.5 cm. My weight as of today(26th Apr, 2013) is 54.3 kg. I was 56.5 kg, 4 weeks back. My BMI is 18.25. I have been swimming really hard in this period, covered ...
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What are the merits of cycling vs running for a beginner?

I am intending to start working out in the morning. I am a fan of being outdoors so would prefer not to go to a gym or use any indoor equipment. My goals are to remain fit and in shape. I am not ...
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Weak knees - recumbent bike VS elliptical

My knees are on the weak side. When I bend, they make snap, crackle, pop. I eat healthy and portioned control because the extra weight would worsen my knees. I was told that 30 minutes recumbent ...
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ITBS recovery methods, techniques, advice

I got into triathlon about 2 years ago and developed ITBS last year. It was severely debilitating. After seeing a specialist, taking the specialists advice, which consisted of: a 6-8 month break, a ...
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Actual amount of calories, I'm burning when riding bike

I've just finished my first GPS-tracked bicycle workout. I tracked my "achievements" using two different sport trackers -- Endomondo and Runastic (I'm using both in the same time purely for testing ...
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How do I lose fat? I tried cycling but it does not work [duplicate]

I am doing cycling from last 6 months for loss of fat. I have a fat belly and my friends always makes joke on this. This is the reason I started cycling. But I did not get any result Please give me ...
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Upper groin hurts when riding stationary bike (Experienced cyclist)

Not the butt or crotch area but the groin muscles, left upper inner thigh. Could be borderline hamstring. This is really weird issue for me because I have a long background in bike racing. I no ...
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How to leverage short bicycle ride to work?

I'm cycling every day to work. It is a very short distance (2km or 1 1/4 miles). I'm usually there in 6-7 minutes. How would I use this ride to increase my endurance? I read about tabata, would it ...
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Will exercising for a shorter time at a higher resistance on a bike give the same benefit?

I read an article a few weeks ago that mentioned a study finding that you need to use an exercise bike for 40 minutes before you see any benefit from it. Unfortunately I can't find the article ...
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Does bicycling improve abs?

I have been noticing recently that my abdominal area (over the stomach) has been getting really firm. I think it is the abdominal muscles. I have been bycycling fairly hard for about an hour every ...
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Cycling the day after squatting

Currently I am doing a program similar too 5x5 stronglift, which contains squats. The squats are getting heavier each week and are making my muscles sore(in a good way). Every week day i cycle to ...
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What is the best way to spend 2h/week on Cardio (Vo2) training for biking?

I'm a 46 year old male. I mountain bike pretty hard at least one day a week. I've been doing High Intensity Interval Training off and on for the last year and it's really improved my Vo2Max (which is ...
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How worried should I be about overexertion?

I'm fairly young (about 30), and I ride my bike almost every day (commuting) and try to push myself, so I'm in decent shape. I also like to do longer rides, which involve riding steep roads up a ...
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Road Cycling on a Gravel Path [closed]

Recently I have started cycling on a new route. About half of it is road but the other half is sort of a gravel path. It is not bumpy (I'm on a road bike here) but it is certainly not smooth like a ...
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How can I lose weight as a young teenager?

I'm 13 and I am classified as Overweight. I eat healthy,mostly fruits and I always have vegetables with a meal. I go for a 1 hour bike ride with my friends at a fast pace almost daily.I also play ...
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How to keep my leg muscle from increasing in volume while still exercising?

First, some words on my fitness history: I was quite a scrawny kid growing up but in high school I joined the high school's Cross-Country team and started running regularly for part of the year. I ...
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Recommended max resistance on cycletrainers

I'm about to buy a trainer to start the indoor season on the bike. Different trainers come with a different maximum resistance, commonly ranging from 800-950 Watts. My main goal is finishing the ...
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How to get the best cycling results / improvements in 30 days?

I have a bet with someone who can cycle just a little bit better than me. Our average is about 30 km/h for 75 km in a group. We always cycle together with some friends on Monday evenings (using Racing ...
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Best diet for lots of cycling and 3 kettlebell workouts a week?

I cycle 140 miles a week and do a high, medium and light intensity kettlebell workout. It seems to me like I need a high carb and high (ish) protein diet to sustain this. Currently I eat anything but ...
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How to decide what should be the correct height of bicycle and its seat height would be appropriate for me? [closed]

I want to buy a new bicycle which I would use to go to office and occasionally for longer rides. and my aim to reduce the weight as well as enjoy bicycling by going with groups to different kind of ...
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What is the effect of carb consumption on fat burning during exercise?

I do a fair amount of cycling over what some would consider long distance - ~40 mile rides every 2-3 weeks and shorter rides more frequently. I have to consume a fair quantity of high GI carbs while ...
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Cycling, fitness and nutrition help?

I used to be a long distance runner and cyclist about a year and a half or so ago (~10-15 mi/day) at 6:30 pace. Weighed 118 lbs 5'6" 18 y/o male. I joined engineering school and lost that running ...
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Is it possible to exercise while being massaged? [closed]

Would there be a benefit to having a sock with integrated shiatsu massage while in the middle of exercise or does a massage prevent exertion?