First off, I'm not trolling or flaming or anything. I'm sure when you look at my post count, that is what you may think. I'm very new to cycling, so I speak in ignorance. However, I'm a decent runner, so...
Is cycling for people not tough enough or determined enough to run? To illustrate, when I was in my early 20's, I thought runners were idiots. As the saying goes, 'I'm only running if someone/something is chasing me.' However, when the cheeseburgers and general "American" way of life caught up with me, I decided I had to drop some lbs. Since running is the single most efficient way to do so, I started running. Of course, at first, I could only do 2 miles, alternating run/walk. After shin splints and other newbie injuries, I finally got the hang of it and 4 years later, I'm hooked.
Recently (within the last few weeks) I became interested in a nicer bike (read: one not from Wal-Mart). I wanted something to ride around town and also to cross-train on. I selected a Specialized Tricross and it's being built and fit to me on Friday.
In my research, I've found that the time/distance required in cycling to equal the benefits of running seem pretty high. So my question is this, (again, I'm not trying to be a jerk), "Is cycling just for people who can't handle running, either physically or mentally?" With the exception of the elites, are cyclists on par with runners?