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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,427
5/2/13 9:26 P

What matters is the intensity with which you ride (ie. the combination of speed and resistance), not what type of ike it is.

While you will use your core muscles more to stay upright and balanced on an upright bike, this is pretty insignificant compared with if you are truly pedalling hard, as against just cruising along.

Use your heart rate or Rate of Perceived Exertion as a guide to how hard you are working. If it is up, then the activity really doesn't matter.


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
5/2/13 9:12 P

go peddle your a$$ off and not worry about it. Good 4 u.............

BEEZAUR SparkPoints: (525)
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5/2/13 12:59 P

I've been transitioning to a recumbent bike myself after years of riding a standard upright bike. After landing on my head in a bad crash last year I feel safer going feet first, just a subjective choice thing. I have no physical limitations.

Recumbents are different machines and work your body slightly differently than an upright. There are differences in their performance compared to an upright - they generally (but not always) climb hills slower, but they go faster on flats. They are also much easier on your body because of the way your body is supported.

As far as exercising effectiveness, recumbents work you just as hard but avoid problems like wrist, neck, and back pain, as well as various pelvic issues.

Recumbent bicycles are difficult to learn to balance. They usually are like learning to ride all over again. Trikes are simple. You'd have to go off the road to turn one over.

But if you are talking about something held in a trainer indoors, much of the same applies. In my recovery I rode one of my uprights in a trainer 40 minutes a day. That time goes by really slowly. Others have reported using their trikes in trainers and having a much better time.

Comfort on an upright certainly is possible (I put many thousands of miles on mine) but it takes some effort and you have to know what you are doing. Comfort comes with a recumbent. It's actually difficult to get uncomfortable in them.

SIMARIA1 Posts: 383
5/2/13 12:26 P

My daughter bought me a recumbent bike and I love it. But someone tells me that the stationary is more effective. I've had stationary and after awhile on it I was uncomfortable. Is this remark true or does it even matter?

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