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Old 01-24-18, 06:08 PM
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I ride both for the health benefit as well as due to the fact that I enjoy it. Truly had to cut back on my riding due to issues with my prosthetic and miss it a lot. I saw a lot of cool things doing a hundred or so miles plus a week.
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Old 01-24-18, 06:26 PM
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Yes... it's my meditation.

Besides.... I am sure I can overeat enough to offset any positive effects of biking.
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Old 01-24-18, 06:28 PM
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Yes... I would ride for enjoyment, to be in the country and the hills and taking in the surroundings
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Old 01-24-18, 06:34 PM
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If my body were exactly the way I wanted it (size, weight, muscularity), I would be about 35 to 40 years younger and would primarily be running instead of cycling.
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Old 01-24-18, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by TruthBomb View Post
NEWSFLASH:

Many people ride just to have fun -regardless of the fitness, weight loss, toning benefits.


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Old 01-24-18, 07:19 PM
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lol, lots of great responses. I would definitely continue riding also as meditation, therapy, fresh air, to get out of the house, and to get away from everyday stressors

thanks and keep the comments coming!
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Old 01-24-18, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bgraham111 View Post
Yes... it's my meditation.

Besides.... I am sure I can overeat enough to offset any positive effects of biking.
Or looking at it the other way, you can bike to offset overeating.
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Old 01-24-18, 07:45 PM
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For sure, I love being out on the roads on a bike. It's calms the soul.
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Old 01-24-18, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
Yes.

I don't ride for exercise.

I ride because I enjoy it.

The fact that I get exercise from biking which prevents me from having to do other exercise that I hate is just an awesome side effect.
2nd.

If I found out today that riding a bike was like smoking a cigarette and eating a pound of lard, I'd shrug my shoulders and say "YOLO!".
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Old 01-24-18, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
your body was the exact way that you want it (size, weight, muscularity)? So, no trying to lose weight, or tone up

those people who do nothing and look fantastic, pretend you're one of them. Would you still ride your bike?

I know some will say yes because I commute, or don't own a vehicle, but primarily am looking for opinions from pleasure riders
I've spent most of my life with my body exactly the way I wanted* ... and I've been cycling for 45 years.




*Except for my arms ... there are times when I'd like a whole lot more muscle definition in my arms. But I don't think cycling is going to contribute much to that.
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Old 01-24-18, 07:49 PM
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Like Louis CK says, "Everyone can have the body they want, as long as their standards are low enough".
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Old 01-24-18, 08:08 PM
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Definitely would/will continue riding, cycling has allowed me to keep my sanity while managing Parkinson's Disease. Since a nice ride can ease the hand and leg tremors and the overall pains that can become really harsh. And, its without having to increase the medication, and fewer of its side effects to deal with.

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Old 01-24-18, 08:21 PM
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Definitely yes...I ride to keep my brain healthy. Keeping my body healthy is only a side effect.
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Old 01-24-18, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bgraham111 View Post
I am sure I can overeat enough to offset any positive effects of biking.
Heh. My favorite professor in college was double his ideal weight. He said, "You know, I have to eat 5,000 calories a day to maintain my weight!"
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Old 01-24-18, 09:35 PM
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My body is the way I want it and was this way when I began riding.

I didn't really choose cycling for exercise...It was more so for my mental health & mostly to be a part of my recovery.
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Old 01-24-18, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
your body was the exact way that you want it (size, weight, muscularity)? So, no trying to lose weight, or tone up

those people who do nothing and look fantastic, pretend you're one of them. Would you still ride your bike?

I know some will say yes because I commute, or don't own a vehicle, but primarily am looking for opinions from pleasure riders
What the heck? This question has NEVER came up before in my mind. Ever.
I bike because I love the feeling of freedom. That is all.
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Old 01-24-18, 10:14 PM
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I did lose some weight when I started riding, but that wasn't my intent. I ride purely for fun.
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Old 01-24-18, 10:57 PM
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If my body were exactly the way I want it, I'd rather fly than ride. Since I'm unlikely to grow wings, I'll keep riding.
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Old 01-24-18, 11:11 PM
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I already looked pretty darned good for my age. I just ride a bike to fool everyone into thinking I feel as good as I look. Gotta put up a good appearance for the buzzards so they'll stop circling me while I'm riding.
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Old 01-25-18, 06:38 AM
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It's definitely more fun to ride when you do it often because you're always in shape to ride then. You can ride faster and longer.


Look at it the other way. If you are happy with your fitness level and looks today, how long will they stay that way if you don't do any exercise?
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Old 01-25-18, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
well, yeah. Otherwise I woulda bought a treadmill.
Same here. In addition, everyone knows treadmills are just motorized rack for hanging one's laundry.
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Old 01-25-18, 10:01 AM
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Like many have said before, I would ride even if it weren't good for me. The calm I find when riding, and the chance to appreciate the beauty of the world around me, is unparalleled. I find that I am a much calmer, happier person when I ride regularly.

But if I were at my ideal body weight, composition, & muscularity (and had the extra cash), I would probably wear Rapha. I'm irritated that their ladies' sizing is so limited. I think their XL is a US size 10 or 12. That, and I don't have two hundo to drop on a pair of bibs.

I do use and love their embrocation and chamois creams, though.
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Old 01-25-18, 01:20 PM
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If I could have whatever body I wanted, I might try Scarlett Johanson's ... and I'd give it to my wife. I would keep cycling.

(If you don't see any more posts from me, wife wife saw this.)
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Old 01-25-18, 01:36 PM
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lol
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Old 01-25-18, 02:10 PM
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Oh my wife would love to have Scarlett Johanson's body too, I'm sure.
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