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    Hello from the Midwest and a quick question

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    I want to do a wide variety of workouts, including weights, cycling, running, possibly yoga and gym cardio. How many times at minimum a week should I bike to make sure I can continue to make gains (distance and speed)? I'm currently at (distance: 16 miles with a 5 min stop at the 8 mile mark, speed: 11.7 mph). I want to build up biking stamina.

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    Hi there! I registered here a while back, but fell off the wagon. Just started biking again after a 2 year hiatus and quit smoking too. Besides getting groceries etc, went on about 7 or so long rides so far. I just started using an app (cyclometer) to track my stats. I have 3 data points and so far I see improvement. Went from 11.5 to 14.5 to 16.5 miles (a 5-10 min stop half way through). Avg speed has also gone up slightly. From 11.2 mph to 11.7 mph (given the longer distance covered).

    I'm riding a vintage Schwinn road bike with Shimano 105 components (tube shifters). I have a bad habit of taking up hobbies and buying stuff and then falling off the wagon relatively quickly. So, I will not buy another bike this season.

    I have about 30 lbs of fat to lose, so I'm also hitting the gym. Also planning on taking some yoga classes next month. I don't want to spend all my time just exercising and recovering. : ) But I also want to be able to ride for longer. I can bike twice a week while also hitting the gym. Is that good enough to continue seeing progress?

    Thanks for the help, fellas!

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    Welcome to Bike Forums.

    We are going to move your post to our Training & Nutrition forum where it will get more views.

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    The standard advice is to build a base of about 1000 miles of moderate riding before you start working on performance. This allows you to adjust to the bike without injuring yourself.

    Anyway welcome to biking! I've found that the biking lifestyle has wonderful benefits.

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    I'd try and get at least 3 days of cardio in if you can. Do your 2 days biking then try to get on the spin machine for 20 minutes or so when you're at the gym. Your weights and yoga are important for muscle building, toning etc , but if you need to shift the flab you'll want to get your heart rate up on a good cardio workout for 3/4 days minimum, me thinks.

    EDIT - of course doing what you're doing is waaaayy better than doing nothing, so kudos to you for getting started and for quitting smoking too.
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    Thanks. I'll keep at it for now and try to get 2 rides in every week. I'm also focussed on lower body workouts, so hopefully this should help with my biking performance. I do some form of cardio (interval training) every time I'm at the gym.

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