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    How come cyclists have tiny arms

    Ive been riding me bike for a long enough time now, and I like to think im in better shape than most of my friends, and yet my arms are still pretty dang small. Shouldnt riding a bike make my arms all cut, aswell as my abdominal section?

    Also, will lifting weights have adverse effects on my riding? Just trying to look like im in shape

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    Ive been riding me bike for a long enough time now, and I like to think im in better shape than most of my friends, and yet my arms are still pretty dang small. Shouldnt riding a bike make my arms all cut, aswell as my abdominal section?

    > No. Normally it would, but leg shaving stimulates the release of hormones in the body that suppress the growth of arm muscles.

    Also, will lifting weights have adverse effects on my riding?

    > Not unless you lift weights while you are riding.

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    shaving your legs make your arms smaller? I'v never heard that one before...

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    I got big arms , But I need to take creatine and lift three time a week to keep them from deflating . MY arms got small when I was doing 50 miles a day in the mountains . But I then started lifting again and my arms are nice again , ripped cut and vascular .I have noticed "BIKERS FACE " A face without extra skin , all the pros got it , and i have it too after 4000 miles since may
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    1. You'll find you need to get v. low bf for the tris to start standing out and veins across the biceps w/out regular resistance training....~6-8%.
    2. Depends on your cycling goals. If you are recreational/tourist only, then not really. If you are planning on competing on the road, weight training is of limited benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum*rider
    shaving your legs make your arms smaller? I'v never heard that one before...
    It's true. In 1997, Dutch researchers from the University of Utrecht conducted a study showing that cyclists who shaved their legs were 44% more likely to look like "weak girlie-men" than those who did not.

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    I'll need some more details. What hormone is being emitted because of shaving legs? Estrogen, or... like what? I have a hard time believing that cutting hair (the body can't KNOW its cut, its still got the root) stimulates the release of a hormone... Meh. If its Dutch, it probably ain't much.

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    t's true. In 1997, Dutch researchers from the University of Utrecht conducted a study showing that cyclists who shaved their legs were 44% more likely to look like "weak girlie-men" than those who did not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indolent58
    It's true. In 1997, Dutch researchers from the University of Utrecht conducted a study showing that cyclists who shaved their legs were 44% more likely to look like "weak girlie-men" than those who did not.
    Remember the story from the Bible about Sampson & Delilah? Look @ how weak he got just from having the hair on his head cut!
    Serioulsy, why would you think cycling would give you "massive,ripped" arms? All they are doing is supporting some of your weight while on the bike. Unless you're doing muscle specific exercises, you won't change the way your arms look. Keep in mind that when you add muscle, you will also add weight.
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    I try to lift weights while I ride. I carry a dumbbell and do presses, lifts, rows with one hand while I steer with the other. Then I switch.

    Also, I have found another great exercise that requires no extra equipment. I reach down with one hand and grab the top tube, and lift the bike and the top tube up with my bicep, pulling very hard while I am also riding the bike. Since I am 220 lbs, and the bike weighs about 25, I do a lift of about 245 pounds. This works great, and you don't have to stop biking to do the exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indolent58
    It's true. In 1997, Dutch researchers from the University of Utrecht conducted a study showing that cyclists who shaved their legs were 44% more likely to look like "weak girlie-men" than those who did not.
    Did the study go on finding that 88% of these cyclists in their winter tights looked more like some of these ladies walking the streets of Amsterdam ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    I try to lift weights while I ride. I carry a dumbbell and do presses, lifts, rows with one hand while I steer with the other. Then I switch.

    Also, I have found another great exercise that requires no extra equipment. I reach down with one hand and grab the top tube, and lift the bike and the top tube up with my bicep, pulling very hard while I am also riding the bike. Since I am 220 lbs, and the bike weighs about 25, I do a lift of about 245 pounds. This works great, and you don't have to stop biking to do the exercise.

    Trying to keep in shape!
    Have you also tried riding 15 mph into a 25 mph headwind? You go backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    Have you also tried riding 15 mph into a 25 mph headwind? You go backwards.
    Yes, it works great when you want to go up and down a hill at the same time!
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    I don't think your arms will get "cut" by riding a bike. You really arent utilizing too much upper body to cycle (or at least not really enough to make you "cut" and "inshape looking" or whatever) Go to the gym and do some upper body work outs a few days out of the week. That ought to help. And from what I understand to reduce body fat to "make your abdominal area cut" you ought to try training in the heart rate zones that are geared to using your body fat as fuel instead of the carbs. I dunno just a thought I could be wrong. :shrug:

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    Cyclists have small arms because they do not use their arm muscles, but they do engage in rigorous cardio that eats every bit of muscle that you don't use. If you don't use it, you lose it, because it doesn't bother to recover.

    You want "cut" arms, then build some arm muscles, and maintain a low bodyfat.

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    So, lifting weigts WILL make arms bigger, and the cycling shouldnt eat away at all that hard earned muscle?

    Sparky, if i reduce body fat, i.e. eat veggies and healthy stuff, wont i get even skinnier? Also, does doing situps burn the fat from me abs?

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    The only way to get bigger arms is to work out your arms. Situps tone the abdominal muscles, and burn some calories, but there really is no such thing as spot reduction of body fat. Reducing body fat through the proper combo of diet and exercise will allow your muscles to show. You may be skinnier (your waist size may shrink, etc.) but you will appear more muscular because the excess material (fat) will no longer be covering the muscles up. The other thing to remember is that for a given volume, muscle weighs more than fat, so even if you look leaner as you replace body fat with lean muscle mass, your weight may actually go up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkelly
    So, lifting weigts WILL make arms bigger, and the cycling shouldnt eat away at all that hard earned muscle?

    Sparky, if i reduce body fat, i.e. eat veggies and healthy stuff, wont i get even skinnier? Also, does doing situps burn the fat from me abs?
    The cycling is going to make your arm progress slower than your beefy friends', but yes you will get bigger arms if you work them. And don't worry about cutting bodyfat if you want bigger arms. You've got to GAIN, not lose. Cut arms with nothing underneath look terrible.

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    i think my tricepts have developed a bit over the past year - or maybe it's just i lost some more fat and it looks more defined. anyway, since i started cycling i think my arms look better now than they used to. no change in size, but the definition is noticable.

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    Thanks for all this info. its oh so useful when people say im out of shape because i have such noodly arms.

    So if cycling is taking away from the fat and muscle mass, what exactly am i gaining? If not muscles, then what? stronger heart or something?

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    I don't think a lot of the pros work upper body at all. Personally, it just looks gross to me to be so developmentally superior in some points of your body, but have the chest and arms of a pre-pubescent little girl. Yeeech!

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I don't think a lot of the pros work upper body at all. Personally, it just looks gross to me to be so developmentally superior in some points of your body, but have the chest and arms of a pre-pubescent little girl. Yeeech!

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    You are building your cardio-vascular and muscular endurance. Power lifters get big bulky muscles that can do amazing amounts of work, but only for a short period of time. Endurance athletes build a different type of muscle fiber that can do a smaller amount of work, but can do it for a loooooooong time before fatigue sets in. You can still lift weights to build your upper body, but you will do so at a slower rate than someone who is training for strength. The other big benefit to weight training, besides looking like you want to, is that your skeletal system gets stronger as well. There are a number of very good endurance athletes- ultramarathon cyclists and runners- who have the bone density of a 90 year old woman because they don't do any type of weight training.
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    so your saying that to keep a reasonable bone density you need to lift weights? if that's the case then that's a major design floor in the human body.

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