Is it a myth that cycling develops calves?
I have gleaned a strong association between a cyclist and his/her legs, particularly the calves. People seem to get their initial impression of a cyclist's level or years of commitment by how developed his/her calves are. "Look at his calves - that dude must be a serious cyclist." or "look at his puny calves - must be a beginner."
I have been riding several times per week in the last few months, so I figured I must be getting a good calf workout -- enough, at least, to partially substitute for weights. Well, the other night I went to the gym and I worked out my legs with weights for the first time in several weeks, and now my calves are SORE. My muscles do not get sore with regular workouts though -- only when I have let a muscle group go idle for a few weeks or more. If cycling is such a good workout for the calves, then why are my calves sore after a mild calve workout?