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How does biking speed correlate with the required effort?

The simple answer is that the faster you go the more effort/energy it takes but I would like to understand this in more detail, especially at relatively low speeds. Assume a flat smooth road and fix ...
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Daily commuter - stamina got worse after saddle height adjustment

Over the last three years, I’ve regularly commuted by bike - thirteen kilometers each way pre-pandemic, now I’m down to five each - and until recently, it’s gone smoothly. To my surprise (especially ...
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Does a build-up of CO2 in the lungs make you out of breath?

I used to get out of breath when cycling, running or swimming and a friend mentioned that it is important to fully breathe out when feeling slightly out of breath, as it is due to a build up of carbon ...
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What are (a) the source of and (b) the justification (e.g. experimental) for the concept of "normalized power" used in physical endurance training?

In lots of places, I see the concept of "normalized power" recommended for measuring the intensity of a workout and it is claimed in many of these places to be superior to "average ...
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Recovery time after daily cycling - before anaerobic sports

Just started riding daily (road bike) on a local university's outside running track that's paved with asphalt and cordoned off for only cyclists. Typical rides are 10-15 miles per day. However, I ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in the calorie-burning benefits of road vs. off-road cycling?

I monitor my rides using FitBit and Strava. I started out as a full-time road cyclist. However, I've recently begun gravel cycling. My primary purpose for cycling is fitness, in addition to enjoyment, ...
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I am a beginner to commuting by bike and I find it very tiring. Is it my fitness level or my single-speed bicycle?

Foreword: Sorry if this seems a bit long-winded. TL;DR: I can't figure out if there's something wrong with my bike or if I'm just out of shape. What's your opinion? I got the bright idea to commute to ...
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Is cycling in my DNA? [closed]

This is not meant to come across ignorantly or demeaning to other people I've cycled past. When I come across other cyclists in long or short rides, I feel like I'm holding back to save hurting their ...
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How can I stop a saddle from creaking in a spinning bike?

My housemate bought a spinning bike since all fitness places are closed due to corona. It has an ordinary (non-road/mtb) saddle which creaks when pressure is applied on its edges (nose, back, left/...
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Fitting Shimano pedals into a 3/4" crank socket

I bought a commercial grade spin bike (Niuweite F800 from China) for exercising at home during quarantine. I wanted to upgrade the pedals to Shimano pedals since I used to join spinning classes pre-...
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Hand numb during sleep after training ride [closed]

After a hard training ride, I am more likely to wake in the night with my hand numb. This does happen at other times, but more often after a tough ride. I drag it around on the mattress to wake it up. ...
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Finding my physiologically relevant maximum heart rate

I've always believed my maximum heart rate was 198 based on my performance. I'm 24 years old, so 220-24 = 196, but I routinely hit 197/198 during hard efforts in many rides, and never exceeded 198. ...
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Is cycling killing me? Excessive congestion [closed]

For lack of insight elsewhere I thought I'd turn to the this active Exchange to see if others have had similar experiences with their respiratory system while cycling. (note: I have already seen a ...
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Rider weight limits regarding a bicycle purchase

So I’m a 5’9 little over 400lbs, and I’m changing my life style. I’m eating better and swimming for exercise. Exercise is hard so I want to start riding a bike also. I’m only going to be riding on ...
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Does splitting long endurance rides really affect the training effect of the rides?

Does splitting long endurance rides really affect the training effect? It's quite often not recommended to split the rides even though the total duration is the same. Here are two examples. Assume ...
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Tips for a novice cyclist wanting to get fit with a turbo trainer before summer

I have decided to have a dalliance into cycling since a lot of people I know are quite into it themselves. I have bought myself a bike (Specialised Tri Cross). Only a cheap, used one for now as I can ...
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How do you optimize the recruitment of our glutes when using a more upright bike?

How do you optimize the recruitment of our glutes when using a more upright bike? According to an answer for a previous question, rolling the hips forward slightly makes the glutes easier to recruit ...
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How much cycling distance is needed to travel every day for good muscular exercise?

As a bicycler I used to travel on cycle daily for about half an hour to maintain fitness of my legs and body. But I want to know how much time and distance is needed for a good exercise.
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Are bikes with aggressive positions required to achieve high fitness levels when training on a bike?

Are bikes with aggressive positions required to achieve high fitness levels when training on a bike? My bike fitter claimed that a more aggressive posture is better for transferring power than a more ...
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Dual electric/pedal bikes to solve pedalling effort issues

I prefer the good old pedal bike. For obvious reasons, I cannot get to the office sweating, and I have no time to shower before I get into the office. I have no issues biking uphill and steep road ...
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I get dizzy when I dismount. Causes?

Saturday I went on a ride with the local cycling club. At a certain point in the ride (after about 20 miles/32 km), I was extremely tired to the point that I decided to get off of the bike and walk ...
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For fitness's sake, is it better to ride with low cadence in high gear or higher cadence in medium gear?

I've started riding to get fit and lose weight. As part of that, I set little challenges for myself, eg: "I'm going to ride these next two blocks as quickly as possible in the highest gear". I'd be ...
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What's a good way of cooling down my legs after a long ride? Are pain-relief sprays a good idea?

Usually, after doing some legs intensive exercise (150 burpees, 2 hours of football) my legs burn and I have problems to fall sleep, and to keep asleep. I'm planning a small bike touring trip, that ...
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Will my commute get easier?

I cycle 20 miles total per day, on 3 or 4 days week, commuting between work and home. Will this get easier? as stupid as it sounds. I start work at 6:30am and can't drive so I cycle until I can ...
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Best Gearing for a very fit but on his way out 52 year old [closed]

Firstly, I'm no beginner. I've just bought a so called good bike from a major retailer. Why would a "good" bike come with "beginner" gears? Chainring 50-34 with 10 speed cassette 12-28. I enjoy ...
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How to avoid the road bike physique

Due to a house move I am soon to become a road bike commuter with approx. 18 miles to cover. I could do with loosing a few kgs but am worried about developing the emaciated physique so apparent in ...
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Is it normal to stop so much because of thighs burning?

I've taken up cycling because of an operation I had in August 2015. My consultant made it clear I had to get regular exercise. I thought cycling was probably one of the best exercises I could do. ...
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Does anyone manufacture a seatless bicycle?

I need to stay fit and cycling is a great non-impact exercise. I don't see the point in sitting when cycling, instead I rather standing as such as it creates a better form of exercise. Are there any ...
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What is better, Average speed or long distance?

I am rebuilding my bike fitness and was wondering the effects of slow long distance training vs maintaining a decent average speed. What difference it makes if i choose one of the above?
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Is it possible to avoid anaerobic 'burn' on ascents?

As a total noob to cycling the thing that really kills me is hills steep enough I get into anaerobic territory. My general fitness lets me cycle for hours without really getting tired even working ...
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Standing up, worth practising for a casual cyclist?

I have no interest in racing, for me a bike is a mode of transport or a pleasant way to enjoy the countryside. Currently, the only time I ever stand is to accelerate from stationary or for a very ...
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cancer survivor and fitness [closed]

I am a two-time cancer survivor ...head/neck and lung (they removed a lobe in the second instance) ... I have been biking for a couple of years now (I bought a fixie, since it was cheap and I wasn't ...
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Flat land speed development

I guess I'll start off by saying that I am not a necessarily experienced rider. After years of doing ultra-marathon running I decided to move to triathlon to cross train. I signed up for a 70.3 a few ...
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I need help on Buying a Bicycle [closed]

I want to buy a bicycle for losing weight. I need a single speed one, though my budget is Narrow (like too narrow). Please help me what type of bike should I buy.
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Quick warmup before descent

When going for a day ride, climb a hill, have a beer and a sandwich and then shread on the familiar path down - all is well and fun. However, if I go on a after-work-and-sleep-in-sleeping-bag ride or ...
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Is the real world experience of riding a light bike understated by physics-based calculators?

Take the case where you have two identical riders, Joe Slo and Billy Whizz. They both weigh 75kg and have identical aerobic threshold power output. Joe has a 11kg steel audax bike, but Billy likes ...
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Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?

I just wanted to know if I will be doing more effort while riding at the maximum gear all the time, rather than changing gears constantly. My commute is an hour long, but I want it to be tougher on ...
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What muscles am I using when wheeling?

I recently received a MTB as a birthday gift. I'm 18 now but have been riding bikes since I was 6. I've always wanted to wheelie for longer distances and now I learned how to after praying. But anyway,...
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Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for $...
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How far can one cycle without food? [closed]

What is the furthest anyone has cycled without food in an official race setting?
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Road bike or hybrid for fitness (also including some commuting and loose gravel)?

I'm new to cycling and want to start riding regularly as a form of exercise. I'm mostly going to be riding on roads/pavement but may come into contact with the occasional gravel-isn road https://...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

I'm a complete beginner cycling and I've recently started 3 times a week commuting on a hybrid 8 miles to work and 8 miles back. On the way there is a 5% gradient hill about half a mile long which is ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

I'm starting to keep track of how far I ride on paper and while it's nice to have the data, I'd like to know how different rides stack up. I have one path I like to take which is really flat and goes ...
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Speed and distance for a beginner

I'm 26 and haven't ridden a bike since I was 15. I decided to start again and purchased a nakamura crossland, last Saturday, to get back into action. Last Sunday, I did 17km in 50 minutes on a mostly ...
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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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One Month to Build Endurance

I've got a seven day cycling session in the Alps coming up in about a month. Unfortunately, I've not been great about getting on the bike in the past month (or even the past year, to be honest). From ...
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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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Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...
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How does increased upper-body strength affect riding, and which muscles make the biggest difference?

I am a college student, in Air Force ROTC, and I bike for 1.5-3.5 hours a day. My cardio and core strength are great, but I haven't found the motivation to build my upper body. I'm a skinny build, ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I'm not the fittest guy so I'm wondering if I would struggle??
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