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Old 08-02-06, 10:14 PM   #1
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Commuting Exercise...

Just reviewing my workouts/commutes this week on fitday.com. Do you guys think that riding a fixie is a more physical activity than just riding a bike? If so, how do I compensate in my calculations? If not, why?
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I would say riding a fixie is a tougher workout because you cannot rest by coasting. As such, i'd suggest it's closer to running as a comparison?
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I feel like running might be extreme. I can definitely ride my fixie longer than I can run.
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Is riding a mtb or a recumbent a more physical activity than riding a roadie just cuz it's twice the weight? I'd say riding a fixie is the same as riding a coastie unless it's all downhill.
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how often do you change gears on a gear bike? I hardly ever change gears on my bike unless I have a uber heavy load and going up hill with head wind then I will granny it other wise my legs are always moving in the same gear. So I don't think to much diffrence
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Definitely not as much exercise as running...

IMO riding speed has more to do with the amount of work done than whether it's fixed or not.
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Definitely not as much exercise as running...

IMO riding speed has more to do with the amount of work done than whether it's fixed or not.
They are two different kinds of exercise.
Running is more cardio and fixxy-ing is more muscular.
A fixie riders legs look way more muscular than a runners.
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single-speed riding (fixed or not) is more work than multi-speed, but you get there quicker so the workout isn't as long . You don't have any choice but to attack hills, because you can't realistically go up a hill at a cadence of 1 RPM.

I definitely wouldn't compare riding a fixie to running, I did 20 miles on my fixie with huhenio last week (he was on his fixie too), with only a couple short stops... and I can't run ONE mile (or at least I doubt it. I couldn't a long time ago and I haven't tried in many years).
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It depends how you have your fixie geared. Mine is geared at 46x17; it gives me a good strength exercise, as well as working on my spin (up, then down, the hill) and it is a good compromise on all types of terrain. Gear it lower and it will give you a good cardio exercise as you'd have to spin even on level ground to make good speed.
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