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Stay fresh after biking 5 miles to workplace. [duplicate]

I've decided to use my bike to communicate from home to workplace. This a route of 5 miles. Last week was my first days of it. However, I didn't feel comfortable with the sweating. The summer is ...
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Advice for resuming riding after illness?

Just got a rude reminder a few weeks ago that I'm middle-aged (let's call it a cardiovascular accident), and I'll probably be a while recovering fitness. I've signed up for a rehab program at the ...
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What is the best pedalling technique to heal and prevent patellar tendonitis?

I have a very mild case of patellar tendonitis. But, it is a chronic and recurring problem I have been dealing with since 2011. I get it mainly from playing tennis. But, I notice that when biking I ...
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bike design for a crooked hip

One of my hips turns out a bit more than it ‘ought’ to. It doesn't affect my walking, but on a bicycle it means that my knee on that side must exert force at an unnatural angle. It was less of a ...
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Does cannabis affect cycling performance?

Some of my friends like to smoke (using both traditional methods and vaporizers that produce no "smoke") or eat edibles before rides, they say it makes it more enjoyable. I always wonder if it ...
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Is commuting 10 km on an empty stomach harmful?

I recently moved to a new place and I started taking my bike to work. It is a ride of 10-15km, depending on how fancy I feel about taking detours. I wake up at 7:45, and 15 minutes later I am already ...
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How to avoid/deal with exhaust fumes when riding in traffic

I live in Chicago, and I ride through the downtown area and other congested streets to and from work every day. Often when I am at a stoplight, I am directly behind or next to several cars belching ...
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exercise alternative to biking and upper body excercise [closed]

any alternative exercise to biking during when raining ? I have been fortunate enough to solve my insomnia with biking...something with it seems to connect and works well to solve my ages old problem ...
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Tips for cycling while pregnant, and is it safe?

To clarify, I am asking this for my wife! Blog articles and other webpages differ on the question of the safety of pregnant cycling. Most seem to think that it is okay, but some think that a ...
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Cycling's effect On The Bladder?

What effect does cycling have on the bladder? There is some information online: Beginner Triathlete It is not uncommon to have genitourinary symptoms caused by prolonged contact with the bike ...
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Long term benefits and risks of bicycling

For half a year now I commute to work by bike everyday. It's 30 km each day, about 18.5 miles. I have a good bike, it's comfortable as well as it has good components so I'm having fun riding it. ...
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How to decrease belly fat while cycling?

I've been cycling for about 1.5 yrs now doing about 1.5 hrs on a daily basis. I've been able to tone my muscles but I cannot lose my belly fat. Does anybody have any idea to decrease belly fat while ...
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Is 32km possible to ride with my body condition? [closed]

My work place is 16km away from my home and the route I am traveling has traffic round the clock. I am planning to get a Kross K- 40 26T Multi Speed Bicycle to travel but I weigh 80kg and I am not ...
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What is the best way to track your mileage, routes and calories burned?

Recently I got a new cyclocross bike and now I am daily commuting around 25km (not much, but daily) and I am trying to calculate my diet, calories etc. Now I am wondering if there is a good device ...
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How to identify lead paint?

I'm starting renovation work on an old bicycle. One of the things I want to do is a new paint job. I guess before that I'll need to sand the current paint off the frame. So I bought sandpaper. On the ...
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How much of a difference does giving blood make to recreational cycling?

I intend to give blood at some point this week at my local community centre. How much of a difference is this going to make to the effort required to keep up my usual pace? Or will the difference be ...
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How can I stop my toes from going numb on long rides?

I've begun trying to commute to work, which is a 70+ minute ride each way for me. I find that after about 30 minutes of riding, my toes in both feet begin to go numb. It's not a cold thing, because ...
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best ride to burn tummy fat

what type of ride should I choose? I own kross k10 bike. Currently I am doing 7.7 km lap with combination of slow-fast-slow (40%-20%-40%) of total path. Am I doing it correct?
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Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count? [duplicate]

I have heard this many times before. Is there scientific evidence for this fact? Or have any of you come across this in your lives?
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Is bike fit really needed?

I'm having neck pains and muscle cramps when I go for long rides (> 90kms) . I don't know if the reason is due to big kms or is it the fit of the bike. I live in India where a bike fit costs 12000 INR(...
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Credibility of my Bike fit

I have been an cycle enthusiast from my school days and I got a merida scultra 901 road bike recently. However I am facing difficulties while I go over 60-70kms in a single go. Though i complete a ...
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Noticeably more Muscle on one leg than the other? [closed]

One of my legs is noticeably more muscular than the other. I am also more prone to knee pain in the more muscular leg. Could this be related to my frequent (I ride 5+ days a week) cycling habit? ...
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How to protect yourself from pollution in city cycling

I live in India and have been commuting to office daily on cycle for nine months now. I have developed a permanent sore throat and my skin has also deteriorated because of pollution. I bought a neo ...
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How to prevent breathing issues during extreme cold

Yesterday I rode to work in -2°F / -19°C temps. When I got to my destination (only about 3.5 miles), my lungs felt terrible. My voice was hoarse and I was coughing a lot. All this despite the fact ...
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Trials: knee and elbow hurting, am I doing it wrong? [closed]

I just started learning trials stunts. I'm currently playing at a trackstand / wheelie / endo level, so basic stuff. Yet, my knee and elbow on the lead foot side are hurting... I know quite a few ...
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Safe and proper (or vice versa) left turn in traffic

I'm new to commuting in traffic, and I realized immediately that the left turn (US traffic rules, right turn in UK) in an intersection with a traffic light is just dangerous. My basic questions are: ...
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How can I reduce back pain on a shared bike with poor shock absorbers

I ride a bicycle to work every day for several months now. I use a bicycle sharing system that my city offers, and it's very convenient: I don't have to worry about locking the bike or maintenance, I ...
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Safe saddles for men's health

As a continuation to Why is it important to have good saddles? I would like to know: Are there non-expensive saddles that are safe for men's health that you can advise. A slightly different question, ...
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Is it safe to ride while taking mucinex (guaifenesin)? [closed]

I've been getting over a chest cold, most of the worst symptoms are gone (like the sinus headache and tiredness). However, I tend to have a bit of congestion that hangs around for a couple weeks ...
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Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?

The last part of my commute to work has some significant bumps in the road which are really quite jarring, since I'm on a road bike that, of course, has no shocks (but has a carbon fork). Most of the ...
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How can I avoid thigh chafing despite already wearing cycling shorts?

About one year ago, when I first started cycling, I noticed that during long trips (60km or more) I get skin burns on the inside of my quads. That is when I decided to buy myself a nice pair of ...
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Is there a reason why one's calfs would ache on a Turbo or Spinner, but not when riding on the road?

I'm not on my own on this one as at least two other people in my Spinning class suffer the same: when Spinning or on the Turbo Trainer, I can feel pressure on my calf muscles after a bit of time (...
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Recovery from surgery, and want to race in November

I'm six months after a double ankle joint fusion surgery. Both my surgeon and my physio have suggested cycling. I have a wind trainer and have plinked my road bike on it and being working on my ...
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Is it OK to use coffee or other drinks to clean road rash?

This may seem like an odd question, but I was wondering if it's safe or a good idea to rinse road rash with iced coffee or other drinks? My usual strategy for road rash is to clean the fresh wound as ...
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Does exercising solely through cycling cause injuries?

I get most of my exercise through cycling. Does cycling without cross-training cause injuries? If so, are there specific injuries to which cyclists are susceptible (knee, hip, etc.), and is it ...
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I am going cycle touring. What should I carry in my first aid kit? [duplicate]

I am going cycle touring and I am packing a first aid kit to take with me. What items are essential to have in there, and what items are 'extra'? I have found it difficult to find clear information ...
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Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?

I know riding and drinking only water can potentially lead to dangerous Hyponatremia or minor issues like muscle cramping. So I often supplement with electrolyte pills in my water like nuun or gu-brew,...
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How to avoid sore nipples while riding

I have a recurrent problem when riding in high humidity climate, either with hot or cool weather: after some hours riding, my nipples (in the chest, not in the wheel :o) get very sore from friction ...
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Exercises to Counter act muscluar imbalances

I have overdeveloped quads, which has affected my knees, what are some exercises that will help counteract this imbalance?
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Effective breathing for efficient cycling

It seems silly to say I don't know how to breathe, but I don't. When doing weights, I know you exhale when you do the work part of the rep. In Yoga similarly breathe out on the stretch. Rock ...
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Why do i have a cramp?

I think Ive been getting a cramp in my right quad. I assume its a cramp, but ive never had one before. I bike 10 miles per day 5 days per week. I always ride the same way (to and from work). On one ...
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What is the optimal cadence?

I have heard that one ought to turn the pedals at 90rpm. However, I do so much slower, especially while standing, and would like to understand the argument behind this number (or any other number). So:...
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Does pedaling while standing damage my knees even if I don't feel pain?

I am in my mid forties and ride a seven speed cruiser or maybe mountain bike. I enjoy pedaling while standing, and I don't really care about speed or efficiency. When there is even the slightest ...
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Best bike for neck in straight position?

What is best bike for person with neck problems ? To be more specific, problems in inclining and looking up - I feel good when I am in straight vertical position. (for example, for long reading I use: ...
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What are the side effects of blood doping?

It has been in the news that endurance athletes such as cyclists sometimes increase their red blood cell count by blood doping. I don't understand how you can just pump more blood into yourself, there ...
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Dealing with a scrape (cleaning a wound)? [closed]

A couple weeks ago I bought a new road bike for commuting to work with. Part of the commute is along the beach bike path, so there's usually some sand on it. Last week my tires slipped on the sand and ...
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Avoiding being wiped out after work commute?

I work ~15 miles from home and have made the decision to make the commute via bike. This is for a couple reasons. First of which being I don't actually have my license yet, second being that taking ...
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What is the purpose of the channel in my seat?

What is the purpose of the channel in my seat? Is it just for comfort or does it have some medical benefits?
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How do I find out which channel size I need in my seat?

How do I find out which channel size I need in my seat? I am male and want what is the healthiest choice.
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Simple plain English explanation of VO2 MAX

What is VO2 MAX and how is a measurement taken? By how much can VO2 MAX be increased in the average person?