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I wish to get fit, therefore should I have a heavy bike?

A lot of people seem take up cycling to get fit, and they'll talk about how light their bikes are. However, as I understand it, a heavy bike uses more energy to pedal it. Should someone that wished ...
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What cadence should I aim for?

I recently got a cyclocomputer that measures cadence and I'm not sure what a good speed is or what benefit I would get by altering my natural cadence. On good, level tarmac, I find myself doing about ...
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How to make the most out of daily commute?

I have heard that bicycling is a great form of cardio exercise. I bike to and from work everyday and the whole way everything is flat. I am not sure what the best way is to make the most out of the ...
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Training fasted: just about weight loss?

Preparing for a 100mile ride in August I was thinking of following a training plan which came in a "Sportive Guide" given away with Cycling Plus magazine this month. Some of the days on the plan ...
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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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Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?

I'm about to purchase a bicycle in the very near future and have been shopping around at different bike shops to see what I like and what they offer. My primary goal here is to commute to work. It's ...
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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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How do you calculate aerobic and anaerobic heart rates?

What are some of the methods to determine my aerobic/anaerobic heart rate threshold.
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What might be the best cycling choices for a person looking to lower their weight? [closed]

One of the my colleagues is trying to trim down his weight through cycling. He is asking me what would be the best option for the purpose. I am no expert at this. But I need to know what will be best ...
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Multi hour ride nutrition

Ok. We're talking about when you'll be on the bike for 5+ hours. For example, a Century or 200K. What is the best nutrition for a ride of this type? So, I'll be on the bike for 5+ hours, with few ...
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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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Daily commuting - are dietary supplements recommended?

I've been commuting daily (Apart from holidays, illness and some other exceptions) for the past year, riding 12 miles daily (6 miles with 500ft height gain coming in, 6 miles 232ft height gain riding ...
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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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Drop Bar for Lespo Frame?

I've been riding my Lespo single-speed since April, and been contemplating whether to change my handles to a drop bar: Any advice if changing to a drop bar will have a dramatic effect on my fitness ...
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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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