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When you exercise your muscles burn two fuels; a) fat b) glycogen Glycogen is carbohydrate stored in the muscles. Glycogen is quick and easy to metabolise, fat is slow and hard. Your body burns these fuels at different rates depending on how intensely you are working. At a low heart rate you burn more fat than glycogen. At high heart rate you start burning ...


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An 80kg person who rides vigorously for an hour burns about 2600kj of energy. There is 37000kj in 1kg of fat, which is equivalent to the energy spent over 14 hours of vigorous riding. However, depending on the intensity, much of this energy will come from glucose in the muscles, so to burn 1kg of fat it might take 2 - 3 times longer. Say 28 to 42 hours of ...


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I had the exact same issue. I was on a swim team and biking to work every day, but staying the same weight. It changed when I started replacing carbs and sugars in my diet with fiber, protein and fat. This meant eggs instead of cereal or toast at breakfast, a big salad instead of a sandwich at lunch, and avoiding pasta, pizza and tortillas at dinner. It ...


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what worked for me was serious, hard, (90 to 100% ) maximum heart rate interval rides. any good cycling training book can give you more specifics. they only need to be done 2/3 days a week. the other days you can ride in a more relaxed/recovery ride type of way. a lot will depend on how hard you are riding presently, if your heart rate isn't high enough, you ...


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You cannot outride (or outrun or out-any-other-exercise) a bad diet. On top of that, decades of research shows it's impossible to "spot-reduce". Your options are: Eat some combination of food that results in fewer calories in. Shoot for somewhere between 200-500 fewer calories for moderate weight loss. Ride some combination of harder and longer while ...


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I don't know your body condition: so ... "maybe"? Or, "maybe not now, but maybe soon"? I did 36 km per day (18 km each way): my body is male, aged 50+, weight 75 kg, height 182 cm, but with normal BP. For the first month or two, I didn't do 5 days/week. Some alternatives for you might include: Fewer days/week Only do it one-way somehow (e.g. cycle there, ...


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Everyone is different (apart from physical condition, there's also tolerance of discomfort, strength of will, etc.), so I would suggest to simply borrow a bike from someone and try (carefully) for yourself... Anyway I agree with other answers that if you have no "blocking" medical conditions, you should be able to train yourself for this.


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You might be capable to do this, but not immediately. Endurance is an ability which can be trained very well. Except for people with serious health conditions or disabilities, everyone should be able to train themselves to a level where they can ride 2x16km a day comfortably. But wanting too much too early can be counter-productive. I would recommend you to ...


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Adding to the answer by @andy256 (especially the need to discuss with a doctor)- 32km / day from cold is almost certainly too much, doing it 5 days in row definitely too much, but something that you (baring health problems other than blood pressure) should be able to build up to. You friend is probably right - unless he is saying you will never be able to ...


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32km per day is a lot for some one who is out of shape. I added the [commuter] tag to your post. If you click on it, you'll see hundreds of posts about commuting. Some are like this one, so your question may get closed if it's a duplicate. Since you know you have health issues, the conservative advice is to discuss your plan with your doctor. If it's ...


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I've just started using an android app called IPbike. If you like tweaking settings and getting the items displayed just right it could be good for you; if not, look elsewhere. It can apparently sync with Strava etc, though I don't use that feature, and can import routes. It uses openstreetmap (a plus point for me as I've made a few contributions ...


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There are several phone apps / web sites you can use. They all have a free mode and a premium mode. A few of them are: Endomondo Last time I used this (a couple of years back) it was able to give real time updates and "coaching" on your performance. It can handle many different sports and activities. MapMyRide I haven't used this; some other people here do ...


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So I asked the same question on the chemistry forums. They came up with interesting answers. For those who are curious: http://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/32831/how-to-detect-lead-paint-on-a-bicycle Btw, I've tried scratching a bit of paint off the frame. It works just fine without chemical stripper. Won't take more than a few hours!


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Rough up the paint with sandpaper, and then use Aircraft Remover to get the paint off, if you try to sand it, you'll go crazy. DO NOT use aircraft remover inside, and wear a filter mask, it will make you sick if you don't. It will rip the paint right off. http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/auto/paint-chemicals/aircraft-remover



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