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Old 04-25-05, 07:11 AM
Mettle to the Pedals
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Distance vs RPMs for weight loss

Hi folks--
I'm a newbie and still figuring a lot of things out.

I just purchased a Giant Cypress (flat handle road bike hybrid) and am trying to figure out whether I'll loose more weight my riding longer distances at lower cadence or shorter distances at higher cadence. For example, on Friday I rode 35 miles at a fairly leisurely pace and was tired but felt pretty good. On Sunday, I rode 7 miles, but kept a cadence somewhere around 100 rpms and felt very very tired afterward. Advice?

(Note: I have some knee problems, so I'm trying to keep that in mind as I build up my distance. Knees are OK in both scenarious above.)
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