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6/4/08 2:45 P

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The hills will get easier. Promise. Make sure you're in an easy (small ring in front, large cog in back) gear when you tackle them. Over time they'll get better and better.

I used to ride loads when I was younger, gave it up for about 8 years and then restarted last year. I LOVE it, I don't know why I gave up! And I've seen results so I'm sure you will to.

Last winter here in Canada I put the bike on a stationary trainer and rode it while watching TV. That was great for working on technique and keeping the fitness during the winter. However, my bike handling skills went to pot so this year I'm investing in some rollers. I also did loads of skiing and running...

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6/4/08 1:17 P

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OwlWhisperer Hello,
Last June when I first rode up the hill above my house I was finding it downright grueling too and is almost seemed silly how low I geared my bike to just barely make it. Just keep persevering and you will be surprised how quickly your stamina will improve. I thought riding a bike would be easy since I walked so often and for so many years. Not! I found it took developing new muscles and practice. It will happen if you keep at it...and it gets to be much more fun and you will be rewarded by seeing how much improvement you can make. From riding around the neighborhood I now find 17 miles easy to ride 5 to 6 days a week. If I can do it so can you! (You are decades younger than me.)
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6/4/08 11:52 A

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Hi. I just wanted to comment about the gear shifting, I just recently bought my 21 speed bike, I use low gears for the hills between a 1/1 or 1/2 setting. I peddle reletively fast, just to make it up those hills. I don't want to give up before I am at the top. Its darn right grueling! By the time I reach the top, I am huffing and puffing!! My friend comes along with me, and she is originally from VT which is really hilly. She is about my weight/height, and she is always in the lead, and can make those hills with no problem. I don't know what it is, or what I can judge it by, but I would think she has better endurance then I, or is in better shape. I ultimately, really want to continue riding, making my trails longer, and tougher overall. I think this will work, by the time I am done I feel like I have done a big workout...I feel that fatique that comes with exercising.

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I have been cycling for almost a year and do use this as a great form of exercise. I have three dogs so I do walk briskly with them fairly often. Living in Colorado, Winter means lots of shoveling snow for exercise and I do bundle up for walks too. I also have a bowflex that I utilize even more often in Winter to stay in shape.

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6/3/08 10:26 P

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Those hills are going to be your best friends in losing the weight and they will get easier. Time yourself going up once in a while and you will see improvement over time. See if you can lenthen those rides out a bit too. I put the bike on a trainer in the winter. It's boring...I last only about 30 min but it helps keep my butt in shape for when I do get out. My daughter really saw the weight come off after a plateau in the winter and switching to riding outside...she can ride so much longer now.

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6/3/08 9:33 P

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Most of use cycleing for the exercise and have had some results using it for weight loss... Good luck to you as well!!

Here in Colorado, we often have spells of "rideable" weather (dry roads/trails and not too darn cold) even in December and January and I take advantage of them whenever I can. When it's snowy, I take my dogs (2 Australian Shepards) on a snowshoe hike. There are many parks and open space areas where I can snowshoe not far from where I live. You can get as good a workout as you'd like on the snowshoes... When I have to stay inside, I use a recumbent stationary bike. I turn on the TV and watch a show or movie while I spin away on it to keep from getting too bored.

Now, if only I could figure out what to do in our spring and fall "mud seasons..." ARGH!!







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6/3/08 8:46 P

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When I decided to lose weight, I turned to riding a mtn bike around town. That was the BEST thing I could have ever done for myself. I dropped 65 lbs in less than a year. And I've kept it off for 2 yrs now, by sticking to my bikes. I love them, I love the exercise, and I just flat cannot imagine not having it in my life.

During the winter, we get a lot of snow here as well, and temps below zero are common. Sometimes I'd bundle up, put a fender on the mtn bike and ride the snowy trails. I also used a treadmill at the gym for running. There are spin classes that people like.. I never tried those, but I hear they are a good thing.

I have a trainer for my road bike. I honestly can't stand it. I get so bored. Though when we had the bike shop open, on slow winter days I'd bring my bike and trainer down there and watch videos, ride and chat with customers. That wasn't so bad.

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6/3/08 6:23 P

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i've been riding a several years, and i still am out of breath and my heart rate shoots up after a climb. be sure that you are shifting into an easier gear and spinning up the hill as much as you can (shift the front ring into the small prior to the climb, then the rear cogs as you need to when climbing). technique is a big part of riding as well as fitness, if you have both then you will be set.

in the winter i will occasionally ride my mountain bike as the tires go through the snow better, but i do other things-xc skiing is fun and gets you outdoors and relatively inexpensive, run, swim, hit the gym-ellipical is my favorite, sometimes ride the stationary bike.
most of my riding friends have trainers (thing you put your bike on to ride inside) i dont. they get together and ride the trainers and chit chat, watch tapes of the tour and misc bike stuff..

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6/3/08 6:10 P

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I bought a device that turns my bike into a stationary bike for indoor use. It's great, but warning - your butt may feel a little sorer after riding on it.

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6/3/08 5:57 P

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I bike road bike 3 times a week and i try to ride my mountain bike at least once (if I am lucky) Biking is a great way to slim down and build muscle.

A stationary bike would be great for the winter months.

One thing I would recommend however, when biking your body position in the saddle is important especially when climbing. Your bike set up is also important such as seat height, head set height, ect. If you have a bike shop close to you I would recommend you visit it and begin inquiring into these things. A proper set up is key to enjoying your bike rides. Even little things like keeping your heels down when pedeling are small thing that have a big impact.

I dont mean to overwhelm you, biking is great and alot of fun, especially when you learn all of the little details that help you as you transition terrain, ect.

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6/3/08 5:53 P

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That is where spinning comes in. Do you have a local gym that offers spin classes? They are great for keeping you in shape when the weather is too bad to ride outside.

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6/3/08 5:48 P

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Hi. I just started riding last month, and was wondering if anyone else has been using biking as a form of exercise, and more importantly have you seen results? I have been riding about 7 miles a night, after work around my home for a couple of weeks now. I live in a hilly locale, and its been tough, but I have been sticking with it. During the ride though, when I have reached the top of a really steep hill I have stopped to drink and catch my breath. I am not in shape! lol Its a challenge, but I want to continue biking through the summer and fall.

My next concern is what will I do during the winter months? I live in the Northeast, with lots of snow, how can I continue biking during the cold months and not gain what I have lost. Any info. would be greatly appreciated! :)



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