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hey all, need some nutrition help and cadence question

Old 04-29-11, 06:02 PM
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hey all, need some nutrition help and cadence question

so i've been cycling to commute to school and every now and then to work for about half a year now. I've managed to lose 20-30 pounds but I have really bad eating habits. I recently bought some cycling shorts and some clipless pedals and I'm ready to take cycling a little more serious. I want to know what kind of diet I should have to lose weight and get fit.

and I want to know if I should keep a fast cadence to get my heart rate up or a slow cadence to build more muscle type of work out? I've read about anaerobic and aerobic work outs and it all seems really complicated to me.

I also have a fixed gear road bike if that info is needed..
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Higher cadence is better because it's easier on your knees. Rule of thumb is 90 rpm when you're cruising. Your cadence will drop on hills, but you'll get a good anaerobic workout. Going down hill your cadence should be well above 90 rpm. When that happens, try to concentrate on maintaining good form.
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Oops...never mind. I posted without a careful reading of your original post. Mea culpa.

I would suggest though that you avoid pushing too large gears until you have a substantial amount of miles in your legs. That means high cadence spinning. Otherwise it's easy to blow out a knee. Once you get a good mileage base you can worry about what kind of workout you want your cycling to be.
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As far as the cadence question, this thread has been going on for the last few days.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...or-weight-loss
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