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Might biking lower forehead temp readings at destination?

The body controls its core temperature, not the skin temperature. Skin temperatures will vary significantly, to the point they are generally considered an unreliable way to measure core temperature, ...
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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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Is cycling an aerobic or anaerobic exercise? What is the effect of cycling on weight loss?

The answer to the Title question, "Is cycling an aerobic or anaerobic exercise?", is yes. Aerobic exercises are endurance-type exercises that increase a person’s heart rate and breathing ...
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How can I learn cycling with polio in my right leg?

I think the consensus in recent years has been to not use any kind of training wheels when learning to ride a bike. For young children there are balance bikes which don’t have any pedals or drivetrain ...
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Stiff but short daily commute leading to "heavy" legs

How hard do you ride? If you ride hard and in hard gears it could be that your legs are accumulating fatigue and simply don’t have enough time to recover from one day to the next even though it’s only ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

The primary consideration in finding a saddle is how well it suits your sit bone shape and groin tissue. Some people do best with saddles that have massive cutouts (heck, even those ones that look U ...
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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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What's the proper science-driven way to treat mild scrapes/abrasions (that have a bit of dirt in them) from a mountain biking crash?

Briefly, a quick rinse with clean water, and possibly dressing it, are probably all you need to do on the trail. This assumes a day visit to a typical trail centre or cross country riding near to ...
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Is cycling an aerobic or anaerobic exercise? What is the effect of cycling on weight loss?

Cycling at moderate intensity is mostly an aerobic cardio exercise. How many calories you burn in an hour depends on your power output. A heavy professional cyclist (90kg, 6W/kg 5W/kg) can probably ...
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How long should one wear a backpack while cycling

This is an impossible question to answer without a physical examination by a medical expert, which I highly recommend. Enduring back pain and poor posture are not things you want to take lightly, as ...
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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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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 can I keep riding with bad knees?

I think you really have to see a professional (or several) for this. The first priority would be to make sure your seating position is not causing or aggravating the issue. A physiotherapist who’s ...
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cyclist's palsy: how long does it last

"Cyclist's Palsy" shouldn't happen at all. Find someone competent to help you fit your bike. My first suggestion is the nose of your saddle it too low causing you to lean forward and put ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

Saddles are the most personal contact point on the bike. If you prefer a cutout, or specifically don't like cutouts, then you have the option of either. Gender and differences come into it as well, ...
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How do you keep from coasting too much on a bicycle?

You are correct - keeping the bike in the appropriate gear is important. Generally, you should have a preferred pedaling rpm, or cadence that you try to keep constant. Change to lower gears on uphill ...
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False hrm results

Try replacing the battery, it could be running flat. Make sure you're getting proper contact with your HRM to your chest - try adding some conductive gel. Try a different soft strap, they wear out ...
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How can I learn cycling with polio in my right leg?

In many countries there are groups that have an interest in helping people with disabilities get into cycling - e.g. https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/ . I would suggest such an organization if you ...
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Minor but persistent saddle sore - Safe to continue riding?

I'd perhaps look at your saddle again. Padding isn't everything and there is a lot to be said for fit/sit bone width. Consider getting measured/fitted. I know what width fits me in the brand I buy. ...
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Stiff but short daily commute leading to "heavy" legs

Find an alternate route When commuting, we tend to gravitate to the shortest route, which is rarely the most fun or picturesque. You know you can ride 4.5 km, so look out for some 5-8 km routes. ...
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Might biking lower forehead temp readings at destination?

One factor could be the lower emissivity of sweat compared to human skin. At a given temperature, different materials emit different amounts of infrared radiation for the thermometer to detect. Skin ...
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Is cycling an aerobic or anaerobic exercise? What is the effect of cycling on weight loss?

You have several questions mixed into one here. You're asking about "losing calories", and about losing weight. Those are two different things. You also ask if cycling is aerobic or ...
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Cycling into tunnels

Will you be in Hokkaido? We toured there extensively this summer and cycled through several dozen tunnels: here our findings. They might apply to other parts of Japan. Newest tunnels on big roads ...
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Bicycle design for a crooked hip

Similar to the other answers it would be worthwhile getting a professional to assess your current bike fit (and potential modifications that may be required). If possible I would suggest a sports ...
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How do you keep from coasting too much on a bicycle?

Your speed on any kind of bike is limited by the power you can put through the pedals to overcome air resistance. Air resistance increases with speed so, if you pedal with a level of effort that's ...
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What exactly do seats with a cut out in the middle achieve?

The depressed channel running down the middle of the saddle is what is taking pressure off the perineum, not the actual hole in the middle. Some saddles merely have the channel with no actual hole.
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Stiff but short daily commute leading to "heavy" legs

If the 160m climb is right at the end of your commute, overshooting your destination by a few hundred metres then turning back to get a light spin as a cool down may help. This of course doesn't work ...
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What's the proper science-driven way to treat mild scrapes/abrasions (that have a bit of dirt in them) from a mountain biking crash?

Simple skin abrasions/grazing: Symptoms: bleeding, can still walk. Sit the patient down out of the way. Let the blood flow for a short time to help push out embedded debris. Rinse the area with ...
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How can I keep riding with bad knees?

You may need to see three different specialists, and may even need to get them talking to each other. A sports-medicine doctor A physical therapist A bike fitter Depending on the particular ...
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Does cannabis affect cycling performance?

Are you asking about the immediate effects while high or long-term effects? I can't find any unbiased, well-cited sources except for one from the British Journal of Sports Medicine which basically ...
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