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Originally Posted by rha600
it directly works your legs, your tris, your traps, lower back and your shoulders. it's also working other muscles indirectly, so it's working quite a bit actually.
I'm not sure how you work all those muscle groups to any measurable extent if you're just riding a bike. You do almost nothing with your upper body. Your cores get about as much exercise as when you're watching TV. As for lower body, you overwork the quadriceps but in comparison ignore the hamstrings, gluteus, calves, ankles and feet
Don't get me wrong, I love cycling. But no single activity is good execise for the entire body--although walking, rowing and swimming come a lot closer than cycling, IMO.
But one good thing about cycling is that it exercises a very important muscle--the heart. And it's easier on the joints than some of the other activities.
Cycling also gets you some place, it's a form of transportation, and it can be integrated into the rest of your life better than other forms of exercise (think about commuting to work by bike, for example).