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Old 09-13-08, 05:28 PM   #1
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What do you think is tougher?

A 20 mile bike ride from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back, or a 10K (6.2 miles) run on a track? The 20 mile bike ride was about 2 hours, while the 10K run was about 1 hour.
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Old 09-13-08, 06:06 PM   #2
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The run. After an hour on a track, I'd be so bored I'd want to kill myself.
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The run. After an hour on a track, I'd be so bored I'd want to kill myself.
What Doc said.
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Running is EVIL!
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lol, the reason why i ask is because right now i'm doing this for weight loss. Recently I've enjoyed biking more than running so i just want to know which is more intense.
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The run. I stink at running and my joints find it annoying. That and it is utterly boring.
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The girl/guy ratio for running is about 30 billion times higher than biking.
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The run is definitely tougher.
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i run when all the girls are out sun bathing in the park =)
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Running definitely burns more calories, but my knees have paid the price. Gotta stick to the bikes from now on.
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A 20 mile bike ride from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back, or a 10K (6.2 miles) run on a track? The 20 mile bike ride was about 2 hours, while the 10K run was about 1 hour.
Why did the bike ride take 2 hours for only 20 miles?
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The energy (calories) expended are probably about the same, but running is harder on your feet and knees.
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lol, the reason why i ask is because right now i'm doing this for weight loss. Recently I've enjoyed biking more than running so i just want to know which is more intense.
Doing it for weight loss? Then do the exercise that will keep you at it over time or mix them up. I find that losing weight is NOT a good motivator, but having fun is.
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You can't coast when you run, because you just stop moving. On a bike, you coast downhill, you coast as you slow for the red lights, you coast because you feel like it.

But biking is just more fun, so you are likely to do it more.

And it doesn't mess up your knees.

Besides, this is a bike forum. Did you really expect advice that would steer you the other way?
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There are bike riders who also run or were former runners who now have knee or joint problems.

There are bike riders who have never run before and do not plan to.

This seems to be the dichotomy.Your question is for the first group.

I don't know why but my guess is "body type". Look at the women who run. More slight build than stocky build.

The 6.2 mile run in about an hour means 10 minute mile pace. Way too slow for a routine jogger. The brroklyn/manhattan says something about traffic and stuff. One has to know the ride.
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+1 on the hour-long 10K being really slow. Even I can beat that, and I'm certainly no gazelle.

If you want an efficient workout, run. If you want an efficient means of transport, bike.

Or, just bike hard enough, and do it for at least twice as long as you'd run.
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Well, i am definitely doing this for weight loss but it doesn't mean i'm not having fun hehe. I enjoy both running and biking but lately I've just been favoring biking. It's probably because I've been running for 2 years already and 55lbs later it's gotten a little dull. The reason why it took me 2 hours to ride 20 miles is because there was a whole lot of stop and go traffic; from the Brooklyn bridge to the Manhattan bridge i had to slow down to walking speeds sometimes because of all the people. But yea you're all right, i should just do what i have the most fun with. I've only got 15lbs left to lose but even after losing it i will continue to bike.
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I like both, but think I get a better workout riding. This is probably because my typical ride takes a lot longer than my typical run.

OTOH: If you believe the HRM, I burn a lot more calories riding, even for the same length workout and my runs never take as long as my rides. I am a very slow runner and a better rider though.
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The girl/guy ratio for running is about 30 billion times higher than biking.
you noticed that too, eh?

running will be rougher on your joints.
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Apples and apples...

When I was a runner I could do a 10k in 35-36 minutes... that was a little hard and I think my joints still hate me.

10 km on a bike is my current commute and I can do that quite easily in less than 30 minutes, in traffic, and arrive feeling like I'm barely warmed up.

On a wide open road I can cover more than 20 miles / 32km in an hour, (on my bike), and still feel pretty zippy.
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