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Bike General

- Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:34:21 EST p3gamIK/ No.93696
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Anyone here ride bikes?

XC? Offroad? Roadie? Track? Velo? Commuter?

How do you manage bike training and weight training?
Hai Baikerz !!vVWR8L52 - Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:10:14 EST YljS3eiB No.93699 Reply
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Hey man,
I'm actually right now in the process of buying my first bike.
My goal is to do a duathlon (10km - 40km - 5km) somewhere next year.

See pic.
Can you maybe give me some pointers or things I should keep in mind as a beginner? The only sport I have been doing the last five years is muay thai.

William Giddlegold - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:52:59 EST p3gamIK/ No.93702 Reply
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Muay thai is a good base, strong core, lots of use of legs.

If money is not a concern then go for your pic related. If money is a concern, try out the bike in a store, but buy last years or maybe even an older model of the same line. The frame you posted is a good frame for someone who is new, it allows for a more relaxed riding position but you can get aero and race/ride with a group.

Some basic stuff is not to mash the pedals, as in keep your cadence high and the gear just high enough to move you without too much lactic acid buildup. So what you want is a good balance between mashing and spinning like crazy. Most people have a "natural" cadence which they are comfy with. Mine was 75 rpm when I first started but I've trained myself to slowly get to 95.

High cadence usually means less torque on the knee joint so keep those knees happy.

Get at least one pair of padded tights. Its a night and day difference. Bibs are better but way more expensive. Your sit bones and the skin on your bum still need to harden up a bit but padded shorts go a long way in helping.

Clipless pedals and cycling specific shoes with cleats are a game changer. You go from utilizing only your quads to hams, calves and even the muscles around your shin. You produce more power with wayyy less work.

If you wanna train outdoors get Strava on your phone and use it was a free way to get data on speed. I like to do that as well as use a trainer indoors with various sensors so that I can get accurate data on power, cadence, heart rate etc. Its not needed at all but very helpful in structuring training and making progress.

Make sure you ease into it so your knees and all the tendons and muscles around it have time to adapt and grow under new stresses.
William Giddlegold - Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:57:02 EST p3gamIK/ No.93703 Reply
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Fuck I forgot, sizing and fit are more important than brand name. Make sure you spend some time in a store trying out a few bikes to see what is best for your body shape. Not just how long your legs are but also your torso length and arm wingspan in relation to your leg length.

When i first started I bought a bike too small for me (I have a short torso medium wingspan and long legs) and nearly quit because of knee pain. Dont be like me. Take some time and try out different brands and even different lines of models for different brands. These are not one size fits all kinda things, esp if you use it for performance based events.

Frederick Clinninglod - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:40:47 EST VwPEoZ4H No.93707 Reply
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Commuter here. I manage by not biking to the gym on leg day. I've been a commuter before I started lifting, and I am glad I did because all of that lower body work REALLY made my commutes easier. I'm not competing in BB, OWL or PL so I don't really care or think about the whole "but cardio kills yer gains brah" stuff. The heavier I squat, the heavier I deadlift, the easier it is to crush those hills. And I like to go faster.

that said, never let it be said that cyclists can't get leg gains, even if you're not a supermutant like Robert Forstemann here.
Lillian Hubblemodge - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:59:52 EST Z/RoOxAa No.93748 Reply
I have a 21 speed mountain bike, but I do more long distance with it than mountain biking. I haven't gone biking for a few months because I've been trying to gain weight and build muscle, but when I do bike I usually go for 20-30 miles on the greenway, or 2-3 miles on the off-road trails.
Rebecca Fanfuck - Fri, 23 Nov 2018 03:06:53 EST F5U5izXz No.95142 Reply
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Do people actually use bicycles for commuting? Exercise before work is taken care of then.
Jarvis Nungerfud - Sat, 02 Mar 2019 20:14:07 EST BY9fjUO9 No.95222 Reply
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Ive met more than one who do so. I couldnt be bothered, its a sport/exercise to me, not commuting. I could save about $130 a month doing it over bussing, but I like to be driven places (as a passenger on the bus). During winter I dont want to have to buy another bike to deal with the snow and ice, and during summer I couldnt stand sweating on my commute to work more than I already do.

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