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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?

Was going to comment, but I'll make this an answer - it's the bike, not you. No, I really do mean it's the bike..... The bike as a fixie with 48/19 gearing is suitable for a cycle fit 20-something ...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

The gearing of your bike seems reasonable, the 26 front/34 rear combination will (eventually) make climbing hills easy. But till then… Before you do anything else, take @cherouvim's advice and make ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I agree with the comments that 9 miles is a not a short ride for somebody not in shape, but you’ll get in shape for it really fast, so you should go for it. Just get ready to be sore in funny places ...
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Is it normal to stop so much because of thighs burning?

More than likely it is normal and frankly your legs probably aren't used to it. 17 miles is a long way for a beginner so I would pat yourself on the back for that. You may also benefit from a proper ...
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I get dizzy when I dismount. Causes?

It sounds like you over-exerted yourself and "bonked" – your body ran out of sugar so you fainted. In that case, you reduce the risk by eating more while you ride* and by listening to your ...
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How to decrease belly fat while cycling?

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 ...
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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?

Great effort on both the write-up and the commitment to start riding again. Try and separate the issues: Your route was suboptimal due to trusting google Getting off and walking a bike is ...
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Is it normal to stop so much because of thighs burning?

In addition to the answer by @Nate, I also commend you for putting in 17 miles after a 24 miles ride. Don't beat yourself up over struggling a little. Be sure you allow plenty of recovery time. You ...
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Speed and distance for a beginner

A few simple tips: Whether it's cycling, running or any other physical activity the more gradually you build up your mileage, the better off you'll be in the long run. A good rule of thumb is don't ...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

Just keep on doing the same route and you'll see progress very fast. Also this will soon not be true: It's not so fun on the way back though Some tips to make it: make sure that the tyres are ...
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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?

In terms of losing weight immediately, the obvious answer is to use whatever gear combo allows you to produce the greatest energy output. For most people this will likely be a hair lower than the "...
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Speed and distance for a beginner

Wait a little before you buy a new saddle. It takes some time for both your butt and the saddle to adjust to each other. Wider and softer saddles are only more comfortable for shorter rides or very ...
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Is cycling in my DNA?

If you really want to find out, look for a local time trial route and see what people can do on that. There's also an advantage coming up behind someone - not so much the aero advantage as you have to ...
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How to avoid the road bike physique

This would be a great problem to have for most of us roadies. Simply eat more if you find yourself losing more weight than you care to lose. You can alternatively balance with more strength based ...
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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?

4.1 miles, mostly flat, are on paper doable by any human with two legs in about 90 minutes. Walking. A bicycle? it should be at least 1/3 quicker (although I would expect it to be 3 or 4 times faster ...
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How much of a difference does giving blood make to recreational cycling?

If you are riding near your aerobic limit you'll definitely discover that you've lost aerobic capacity during the next 12-24 hours. It can take that long to replace the red blood cells you've lost. ...
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How much cycling distance is needed to travel every day for good muscular exercise?

As individual speeds vary depending on fitness, bike and conditions, most information on this subject discusses intensity and time spend exercising, rather than distance. Most leisure cyclists ride ...
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Is cycling in my DNA?

Daniel, what is your actual question? Us strangers on the internet cannot tell you if you are genetically gifted, you must test your biology yourself. I guess the best you can expect from this ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I've cycled 15km (or 9.3 miles) to work for over 2 years. You'll get used to it very fast. I can reiterate what @tim.farkas is saying about that wearing a backpack will get old fast. I've bolted a big ...
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Daily commuter - stamina got worse after saddle height adjustment

A change of saddle height won't change your stamina. 'Stamina' is a crude term that reflects many processes within the body which contribute to powering the bike forward. At a very basic level, we ...
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How much of a difference does giving blood make to recreational cycling?

Depends on exercise intensity. In a day or two you can return to your normal/moderate exercise. A complete recovery of oxygen delivery can take as much as 3/4 weeks. This means a professional athlete ...
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Is there a standard equivalent for effort between distance and elevation?

If you really want to measure how much effort you're putting in, you should look into getting a power meter. It measures the actual wattage you output, and can therefore be used to calculate total ...
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Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?

No - Struggling away in the small rear cog/large front chainring combo is bad. Fitness is an overall term that has many components, so: If you want power you need to work on intervals, which is as ...
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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?

This is an updated form of my answer, partially in response to the other answers. It is you, not the bike. The bike may be a bit of a tough, perhaps over-ambitious choice, but it is in principle ok ...
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Does a build-up of CO2 in the lungs make you out of breath?

This is a huge topic. It is true that the breathing reflex is controlled by CO2 in your body (not just in the lungs). The key is the acidity of the cerebrospinal fluid. If you reduce your CO2 level, ...
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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?

Riding at 30kph average for 3 hours, in a hilly area is a solid effort. Assuming your pack riding skills are sufficient, you will also likely do fine in in a club ride that averages 30-40kph (but see ...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

There are no shortcuts, it's about building the legs, and lungs, and body. There may be some factors that could make it a little easier, but the main factor is getting strong enough, which takes some ...
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Does anyone manufacture a seatless bicycle?

Most trials bicycles are designed without a seat. However, they are likely to be uncomfortable when ridden for long distances. You may want to consider what what you mean by "stay fit". Fitness ...
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Does anyone manufacture a seatless bicycle?

You can get a trials bike. They often do not have a saddle or seatpost, by design. They are meant for doing tricks, jumps, balancing, etc. This doesn't sound like what you are doing but if you must ...
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Is cycling in my DNA?

Get a power meter or borrow a bike with one. Bicycling is all about power in relation to your body weight and aerodynamics. Measuring your watts per kg will answer your question. Don’t just measure ...
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