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Old 04-26-05, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
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.)
Its better to build a good skill base of riding at developing an efficient cadence (the right speed and right form) first - then train to be able to maintain a good cadence throughout your ride. Be patient with weight loss. If you spend decent time on the bike with good form/technique and enjoyment and generally eat healthy, the weight will eventually come off.

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