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Questions about bicycle commuting, recreational biking or competitive biking.

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What stretches are useful before riding a recumbent trike?

I have a recumbent trike. Basically you sit back in a comfortable chair, pedal with your legs, and steer using the bars on either side. It uses different muscles from a regular bike, as one does not ...
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How does riding a unicycle compare to riding a bicycle for weight loss?

I see many on-line calculators for calculating calories burned while riding a bicycle. Would riding a unicycle be similarly useful for losing weight? I notice there are several differences between ...
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Is cycling significantly better for knees compared to running?

I've been running 3+ times/week for cardiovascular fitness and other benefits but recently been feeling a bit of strain on my right knee. Its not painful but I guess it's prudent to hear the message ...
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How to reduce belly and face fat [duplicate]

I am 26 years old, M, 5'7 height. I have been doing exercise running- 30 mins daily and cycling - 20 mins. I do crunches also in my daily activities. I drink lot of watter like hell, not taking ...
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No Rest Between Cycling And Running [closed]

is this ok if i don't take rest between cycling and running activities ... here is my routine first five days : running ( 30 - 35 km ) sat,sun : cycling ( 80 - 100 km )
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Optimal RPM when bicycling? [closed]

Regarding the RPM (revolutions per minute) while bicycling: I have heard that a too low RPM is bad for your knees. Both too low and too high is a waste of energy. What is the optimal RPM when cycling?
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Incorporating singlespeed cycling training into current freeweight routine.

I've entered a 100 Mile Cycling Sportive (that takes place in July 4 months to train) I intend to ride it on a singlespeed (non fixed gear) road bike. (with a gear ratio of 43-16) This will be the ...
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Working out vs. active lifestyle

Is an "active lifestyle" enough activity for maintaining health? For example, I don't do any sports. However, five times a week I cycle to work (about 20-25 minutes one way, very slow pace), almost ...
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Why am I losing more weight cycling than running?

I used to routinely run about 35 minutes each day. This was interval style running with 30 second sprints every 7 minutes or so. I kept this up for about 2 years. My stamina increased greatly doing ...
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Why can I run at 90-95%HRmax but not bike at more than 80-85%HRmax?

Is your HRmax when biking different then for running, or can you train to raise the HR you can achieve when biking to comparable levels? I think your absolute HRmax - the point when you faint - is ...
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Are cardio exercises that involve sitting prone to any of the same risks of prolonged stationary sitting?

There are a number of articles and studies that have found sitting for long periods is harmful. A lot of them cite cardio exercise as a way to help combat the harmful effects. Is this something ...
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Negative consequences to training with IT band injury?

Around 6 weeks ago I started to get pain in my IT band. I tried resting with stretching for 2 weeks almost immediately after the injury, and the problem has persisted. Currently I'm swimming 3 times ...
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How to find music at 60/90/180 bpm to sync with exercise? [closed]

I follow the recommendation that it's good practice to run with a close to 170/180 bpm pace, at any speed (slow or fast). That is, when running you should be hitting the floor around 180 times per ...
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What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall? [closed]

What does it mean to bonk or hit the wall during a run or a bike ride? That is the main question, but to generate a more detailed answer here please consider these corollary questions: Can this can ...
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Can I train to improve my Lactate Threshold?

From Wikipedia: Lactate inflection point (a.k.a. Lactate Threshold), is the exercise intensity at which the blood concentration of lactate and/or lactic acid begins to exponentially increase. Often ...
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How would I prepare for long distance biking?

I'm getting ready to go to college in about 7 weeks. But, it's too far to walk and if I was to take the bus, it would use the money they give me for transportation. I'm also not allowed to take a taxi ...
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Guidelines for using spinning (stationary bike) as cross-training for long-distance running

I'm interested in using spinning (group stationary bike class) as part of a long-distance-running training plan (from half marathon to ultra marathon). Typical plans include running at least 4 days/wk ...
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Cycling vs Gym(Exercise) for weight loss [closed]

Just like others I am looking for weight loss. For this time I have two options buying a bicycle or joining a gym to lose extra weight and get the body in shape just like a normal human and not a gym ...
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How to help recovery after long-distance cycling race?

Yesterday I finished an anual bike race - 100km of cross-country riding with 6000m total elevation that many amateurs (over 2000) around here attempt. For most people it takes between 5 and 12 hours ...
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How to train for marathon

I really really want to train for a marathon, but I can't find anybody to do it with me, and I just can't seem to be able to train alone. At the beginning of the year I found someone to do these ...
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Training zones and training plans

I decided to recently try create my own cycling training plan, but I think I misinterpreted some of the info and am overtraining. I used Strava to get a lot of information and also read up from online ...
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Plan for 120 km bicycle race

I have a 120 km bicycle race coming up this weekend, which is just outside of my comfort zone and I need a plan. When cycling with a team, I can keep 30 km/h for about 2:20 or so and do my fair share ...
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Cycling and abs exercises [closed]

I commute to my work by bicycle everyday except weekend 12.6 km and back (totalling 25.2). I cycle this route in low-intensity between 60%-70% MHR. I would like to add some abs exercises as my belly ...
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What can I do to alleviate hip/groin pain on the upstroke?

I used to be able to ride my bike for miles and do spin classes with no problems. I stopped when I started working a graveyard shift. It entailed sitting for hours on end. I did this for a few years. ...
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Running vs Cycling vs Stairs

What is best way to burn calories? Some of my friends do cycling and I do running. I have seen statistics from fitness App and I found that I am burning more calories then them if we keep distance ...
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What does road biking do to improve your running?

Marathon training has greatly helped build my cardio in running such that my rare bicycle ride has been the longer than ever - and faster. This and the pushing part of the pedal stroke seem to be alot ...
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Lower body exercises that would complement my cycling [duplicate]

I commute by bike and go to the gym two or three times each week. At the gym, I usually do upper body workouts, since I already cycle a lot. Not all my lower body muscles are exercised when I cycle. ...
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How to measure my Maximum Heart Rate with a stationary bike and a heart monitor?

I've just bought a heart monitor. It looks like the fundamental number for my training is my Maximum Heart Rate (MRH or Max HR). This number changes if you are cycling or running. I've seen ...
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Am I ready for a long trip in bicycle? [closed]

I've been training for the last three months to complete a 90 Km route. I feel my legs are ready for that, but I'm affraid my weight can be a problem. I'm 31 years olds, 165 cm tall (5' 5"), and my ...
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Max heart rate over 190 at 51 [duplicate]

I'm 51 and, when cycling or running, (I do about 120-150 km per week) I find myself comfortable at over 160 BPM and even at 180 BPM for a few km or when climbing a long climb (5-8 km, which means ...
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cycling 10km everyday for fitness and weightloss

I am 38 year old male 173cm height and weighing 80kgs and yes my bmi is little above normal. I have been on and off working out in gym through my 20s but never serious could bench max 80kg. I recent ...
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Benefits of increasing treadmill elevation while running?

Last week I was able to run on a treadmill for 2 miles at a constant speed of 6.0 (which is a 10 minute mile pace) at an avg elevation of 3 (I started at 4 and dropped as I got more and and more ...
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Multi-workout sports programme?

I have recently bought a bike and would like to find a good program/plan to follow that includes cycling, weight training and maybe another type of sport (which I can do by myself). What I am looking ...
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Too high pulse while running [duplicate]

I'm 36 so my max pulse is about 184. I'm a bit overweight, 98 kg. My problem is that I can't hold my pulse down. My usual pulse is about 148-154 (~80%). I'm not able to run slower. I would like to run ...
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Exercise Bike vs. "Real Bike"

How accurately does an exercise bike simulate "real" biking? Are the statistics displayed on the screen realistic?
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How do I know if I'm fit for triathlon?

I am signed up for a triathlon in June 2016, It goes from 9 AM-9 PM, we must run 30 miles, bike 60 miles, and swim 3. I believe I am fit for it because I can bike 15 mph forever on, but I swam a half ...
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Shortage of breath - is this a sign of overtraining [closed]

I know there are lots of QAs available on over training and shortage of breath, but I could not find specific answers to my doubts/problems. I know few things cant be decided over a forum and I may ...
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Increasing resistance vs increasing speed?

I am new to HIIT and would like to gain the most our of it. I mostly do indoor cycling for my HIIT workouts. As I am progressing, it is better to increase resistance or increase speed ? Use case : ...
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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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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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Is cardio really counter-productive to "gains"?

I've heard from a lot of different places, perhaps with their tongue planted firmly in their cheek, that cardio is antithetical to "gains". I've only started hitting the gym since about a year ago. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 will be the impact of cycling 20 km a day in a city on my lungs?

I am planning to go my office using a bicycle. My office is 10 km away from my home. Half of the road is almost packed with motor cycles, diesel cars and buses. So I would like to know if this air ...
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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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