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comment Best ways to avoid getting hit by cars?
I think this answer could be improved by talking about lobbying efforts, as per Stephan Matthiesen's below. While avoiding that one bad intersection or stretch of road is a good start, getting it fixed means that if you do need to use it (when you're in a hurry) you can, and other less safety concious cyclists will be safer too. Lately a lot of cities are a lot more receptive to bike infrastructure than in the past, so I think this bears mentioning.
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comment What accommodations might be made for riding a frame 4'' too large?
@Carel I've also heard this, and it seems that someone with my leg length can readily reach the cranks. It's just a question (as the other commenter point out), of whether I can ride it without a cup!
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comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@JigarGandhi If your goal is to lose weight, then exercise is only helpful if you don't eat (or drink) back the calories you burn. Unfortunately, drinking a small glass of juice is actually enough (~125 kcals) to undo more than half the calorie loss from a 7km ride (~250 kcals).
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comment best ride to burn tummy fat
Do you have a source for that? My experience is that tracking calories in, calories out, and weight or body fat % yields nearly exact agreement (+/- 5-10%). Thermodynamics would seem to suggest the same thing: if you burn more than you eat, the energy has to be released from your fat. Extra distance training can improve your ability to metabolize fat faster in the long run, but if your primary goal is weight loss, not being a good long distance cyclist, this is of limited benefit. You could spend less time to burn the same number of calories.
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comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@DanielRHicks To continue: it's true that over a very long ride you can burn more fat, but that really comes down to how fast you can metabolize fat. For most people, you can only get a few hundred kcals/hour, unless you have a ton of body fat. In practice, this means more than an hour or so of max effort will leave you either eating to recover energy, or else bonking. In contrast, at a more relaxed pace, you could go for hours and hours (since your net deficit is smaller, your initial energy stores last longer). If your primary goal is to lose fat, a short, intense ride might be better.
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comment best ride to burn tummy fat
@DanielRHicks Well it's true that a short hard ride will burn blood sugar, if you don't then eat back the calories expended, your body will obtain them from your fat over the remainder of the day. As Eric says, a sustained caloric deficit will induce lipolysis (and testosterone can as well), whereby stored fat -> gylcerol -> glucose to replace the sugar and glycogen stores once they're depleted. If you burn 1000 calories in glycogen or glucose in one hour or two, it still gets replenished the same way: either you eat, or it comes out of your fat. The difference is that 1 hour takes less time.
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