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Old 05-11-09, 06:08 PM   #1
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What will I look like

If I start to ride my bike for 2 hours a day 6 days a week around my neighborhood? Will I get thin and muscular thighs? And what will it make me look like? I see bicyclers and they look really thin and have awesome legs and would just like to know how I will change.
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Old 05-11-09, 06:50 PM   #2
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It depends.

It depends on your body and metabolism. While anyone can get obese, not everyone can get skinny. There's skeletal structure too.

It depends on your diet. If you knock back a bucket of fried chicken, a pound of fries and a shake after every ride, that's not going to help.

It depends on how you ride--hard and fast, or slow and easy. Just noodling around the neighborhood will help most couch potatoes, but it's not going to sculpt quads and calves.

And it depends on your age. I'm over 50 and it takes a little more work for the results I want to achieve.
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FWIW I have friends that lost a considerable amount of weight but the initial loss was (besides diet) was due to running or gym activities, to keep the weight off (and some slow steady decline) they took up cycling because it fun and a little easier to add into your daily routine.
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Check out the clydesdales section of bikeforums. Some are folks who started out very overweight. Some are just big folks.

You will definitely be healthier and happier if you add all that cycling to your life. Whether it will change your physique is less sure, but it's also less important.
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Old 05-12-09, 01:50 PM   #6
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You may not change at all to look at but physically- you will change a lot. Legs and lungs will improve no end. Other parts may go downhill though- such as the Beergut may get firmer but not decrease.

It depends on you- your age age and how hard the cycling is going to be. Just turning the pedals and it will take a long time to change anything. Working at it so that the legs are hurting and it is just getting difficult to breath and the improvement will come. Attacking every hill- every straight bit of road as a sprint or pushing hard for the whole ride- I'll give you two weeks before you pay a visit to the ER.

And as to the specific question of the legs- If you carry a lot of fat- that will go. Only to be replaced by Muscle that is lighter- stronger and slimmer. Till you go too mad and I have seen cyclists with legs that make "Arnie" look anorexic from the waist down.
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It also depends on where you live. If you live in San Francisco or Vancouver you are going to get fit a lot faster than if you live in Winnipeg.
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caloso, I love that movie. When it came out, we saw it twice in three days. We bought the DVD on the first day it was available.

I'm talking about The Triplets Of Belleville. It's an absolute must-see for cycling fans and everyone else.
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ot: wow I saw that movie on TV and enjoyed it but never knew what it was called.
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Muscular, probably, thin...depends your your personal body.

Dig that Triplets of Belleville, still. Cracked me up.
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Well the pros tend to look quite a bit alike physically now don't they?

But if you play basketball a bunch, does that mean you will become 6'11" with a terrific jump shot?

Elite long distance runners look emaciated but there are plenty of recreational runners who look pretty normal.

There are even long distance cyclists who look pretty normal. I had a friend who looked like a normal kind of guy and a bit chubby but he reeled off the Paris-Brest-Paris which is a big time ultramarathon event.

So unless you carefully watch your diet and train like a fiend, you can be a strong cyclist and look like a normal person complete with love handles.
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You're funny, Pat.
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If I start to ride my bike for 2 hours a day 6 days a week around my neighborhood? Will I get thin and muscular thighs? And what will it make me look like? I see bicyclers and they look really thin and have awesome legs and would just like to know how I will change.
You might if you stand up the whole time.
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It depends.

And it depends on your age. I'm over 50 and it takes a little more work for the results I want to achieve.
Same here. All I've got to show for three years of daily riding is well-defined calves. Pity the rest of me doesn't look so good. Ah well...
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Should the fit cyclists among us post pictures of ourselves? It could appear conceited. And I would have to shave my legs before taking the picture.
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I dont' know...or even care what you will look like.

I do know you will feel great, your energy levels and self esteem will be great.

You will probably find you like your body just fine.
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no, your appearance will not change
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If you carry a lot of fat- that will go. Only to be replaced by Muscle that is lighter- stronger and slimmer.
Actually, muscle is heavier than fat. So, it's possible to be thinner without losing weight.
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After riding for a while, I don't even like to wear long pants in the winter because the world would miss out on beholding the splendor that is my legs.

Cycling will improve your life. Go ride!
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