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Old 07-06-09, 09:42 AM   #1
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Real Bike vs an exercise bike?

I have a recumbent exercise bike and I was wondering if it uses the same muscles as riding a real bike would. I cannot get out on my bike that often but would still like to build up my riding muscles. Any info would help, thanks.
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Old 07-06-09, 11:01 AM   #2
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Stationary bike? There are stands that can convert a regular bike to stationary.
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I have a recumbent exercise bike and I was wondering if it uses the same muscles as riding a real bike would. I cannot get out on my bike that often but would still like to build up my riding muscles. Any info would help, thanks.
A seated recumbent uses different muscles than an upright bike. It would help if you regularly raod an incumbent but not much with a regular bike.

You get closer using an upright exercise bike but the fit wouldn't be close enough to you bike. It would set you up for aches and pains after a while.

Your best bet is buy a stationary trainer to hook your existing bike into as the other poster suggested.
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For me, it's hard to imagine that I would ever ride as hard or as long on an indoor exercise bike as I would in the real world.
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For me, it's hard to imagine that I would ever ride as hard or as long on an indoor exercise bike as I would in the real world.
Try some of the Coach Troy video's and come back to say that
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For me, it's hard to imagine that I would ever ride as hard or as long on an indoor exercise bike as I would in the real world.
I know that feeling: What I've found is that stationary biking feels easier than on the road or on the trail, but it helps me A LOT with helping maintain a constant cadence, which can really kick my butt.

The biggest problem I have though, is that it is BORING. I don't like to read while I'm on a bike, or watch TV, so i just kinda sit there.
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For me, the scenery makes the ride. It's what motivates me to keep at it, month after month. The local MUP goes from the foothills to the edge of San Francisco Bay, where we take a break, before returning. The same trail looks different every day, both inspiring and relaxing. bk
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Mount your road bike on a trainer. Then the ride will be the same as riding outside minus the scenery.
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I have a recumbent exercise bike and I was wondering if it uses the same muscles as riding a real bike would. I cannot get out on my bike that often but would still like to build up my riding muscles. Any info would help, thanks.

What's stopping you from riding outside?
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