Mountain Biking

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  1. Bear Klaw

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    How good is biking for losing weight? I am into it and want to know how often and if there is a limit to the amount of time i spend doing it. And if there are any techniques to do while biking for like a work out rotein. Odd I know, I figure just biking will shed the pounds but curious to any additional information that would help.
     
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    It's a great way to stay interested in cardio. Cardio can get boring at times, so biking is a great way. Anything that gets your heart rate up that high is good for losing weight.
     
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    it's fun. hard on the knees though :hs:
     
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    mountain biking downhill at like 60 miles an hour on a mountain is WEAK.
     
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    Not if your bike fits you properly.

     
  6. Bear Klaw

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    Yeah , my knees are getting bad. I am a heavy guy. Therefore my knees take damage. I used to bike daily until my right knee started to give out. I guess they have their limits to what they can take.
     
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    :hsugh: no gym for home?
     
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    Biking should be fairly easy on your knees, especially if you knee problems are caused by your weight. It might be a good idea to go to a bike shop and have someone who knows what they're doing help find a bike that fits you.
     
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    i workout at a gym. not at home.

    i said downhill mt. biking is weak because its for pussies :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    anyone have any resources or ideas for the mountain biking noobs who want to get into it?
     
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    I always thought biking was always better on the knee's as opposed to running.
     
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    singletrack xc is boring.
     
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    ^^^ Agreed
     
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    wow you are confused.


    Vid of you breaking 10 miles an hour on a bike?
     
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    I have heard that for every minute you spend on a bike peddaling you burn around 10 calories. Is there any truth to this?
     
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    so pedaling as fast as possible and pedaling as slow as possible burn the same amount of calories? false
     
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    God I love biking. got myself an Columbia Ignition DS. I do both road biking (to/from work & gym) and trail riding.

    Best $400 ever spent!
     
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    Threadstarter. If your knees bother you while riding make sure your bike fit is good and learn to ride properly. This isn't a jab at you. A lot of people don't know how to utilize their gears properly. Try raising your cadence while reducing resistance. Your knees will thank you.
     
  21. Mac Daddy

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    What everyone else said about raising the seat. Before I didn't raise my seat I wasn't utilizing all my leg power. I would get burned out more easily. It was very tough. Then one day another biker realized what I was doing. He told me to raise my seat higher. I did and it made a world of difference. I also am recovering from 2 knee surgerys. Biking helps alot. I can go hard as I want without worrying about my knees. Biking does also help you loose weight. My routine is I bike 2 days a week. These are the days I don't do cardio at the gym. Instead of riding the stationary bike I enjoy myself and ride a local trail near my house.
     
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    No. If you pedal as hard as you can for 1 minute in first gear, and then do the same in a higher, much tougher gear, you'll burn more calories in the harder gear.

    It's really the same principle as an eliptical machine that you use at a gym. Doing 30 minutes of cardio on an eliptical at say, resistance level 8 will yield approximately 350 burned calories. Do the same thing as a resistence level of 15 and you will burn 550+ in that same amount of time. The actual numbers on the readouts won't be accurate, but they will show a difference in the end result and that one certainly does burn more calories than the other.
     
  23. Mac Daddy

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    One could argue against this. On a bike lets say your on lvl 10. Your rpm is around 85-90. You move to lvl 15 and your rpm is in the low 50's. Just because you are at a higher resistance doesn't mean your burning more calories. Alot more factors are involved. Same goes for the eliptical machine.
     
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    Let's look at it from a weight lifting perspective. Let's say you can bench 225 for 6 reps (high, tough gear on a bike), or you can bench the bar 50 times (1st gear on a bike).

    You do 1 set of 6 brutally tough reps at 225, then you rest and do a set of 50 reps of just benching the bar... which one will burn more calories? The heavy set will burn more calories, because even if you burn the same amount of calories set for set, only the heavy set will keep your metabolic rate going in overdrive for the following 48 hours and only the heavy set will be burning calories to repair the muscle.
     
  25. Mac Daddy

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    Your looking at it all wrong. Weightlifting and biking can't really be compared. Theres just too many factors involved in biking. If your at lvl 15 and your rpm is in the low 50's you won't burn more calories than if your at lvl 12 and at 85-90rpm. To burn more calories your rpm must be the same. Just think abougt it. Your using the same amount of exertion at lvl 15 with low 50's rpm as lvl 12 at 85-90 rpm. Even in weightlifting you cant say for certain that your burning more calories than the example you just gave. You will build more muscle lifting the heavier weight but as for calories im not so sure about that.
     
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