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Old 07-12-18, 08:00 AM
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Be driving through France for the next two weeks?

But mostly I agree with @indyfabz . It'd be filled with everything else mundane I do on a daily basis.
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Old 07-12-18, 08:08 AM
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Seems most people in this thread, including my personal troll a few posts above, read the question differently than I did. Something like this: "Does the amount of cycling you do leave with insufficient time to pursue other interests? If so, what interests would you pursue if you stopped cycling."
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I'd be fat, out-of-shape and unhealthy. Cycling/gravel/mountain biking is the only cardio exercise I like. I hate to run or jog. And I would definitely have more room in my garage... and more money to spend.
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Seems most people in this thread, including my personal troll a few posts above, read the question differently than I did. Something like this: "Does the amount of cycling you do leave with insufficient time to pursue other interests? If so, what interests would you pursue if you stopped cycling."
Don't flatter yourself. I would call out anyone who engaged in such inane pedantry.
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Old 07-12-18, 09:27 AM
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I'd be compulsively obsessing about something else like so many past hobbies, fishing, 4-wheeling, photography, tropical fish, model railroads & oh, raising two kids! :-)
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Old 07-12-18, 09:30 AM
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Not a hypothetical question for me since I won't do winter riding around here. In the gym, on the elliptical watching movies or lifiting weights. Nowhere as much time as I put in on my bike, however, due to the high boredom factor, so I have to restrict my eating.

Not as happy. I really like food.
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Old 07-12-18, 09:34 AM
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Don't flatter yourself. I would call out anyone who engaged in such inane pedantry.
Well, now we know what you do when you're not biking!

Is there any way to monetize inane pedantry out-calling?

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Old 07-12-18, 09:40 AM
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Well, now we know what you do when you're not biking!

Is there any way to monetize inane pedantry out-calling?
Yes. It's called 'academia.'
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Yes. It's called 'academia.'

Ohh, I like you!
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If I didnt cycle, I would be bored and fat. At 80 if I didnt cycle I could even be dead by now. If you set you rust.
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I would likely be out of shape. Oh I do a lot of physical work, but that's no substitute for heart pumping aerobic exercise. I'm quite convinced that cycling has improved my overall health, as well as losing weight. Before, I had borderline high blood pressure. Had it checked about a month ago, and it was 122/78. I haven't had my heart checked but I'm sure all the regular exercise has made it quite healthy. Now if I could only get these last 20 stubborn pounds off...
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Some cool, interesting, one off responses!
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Old 07-12-18, 04:00 PM
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In the pub ... or is that what I do after riding
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I find it interesting that a lot of people here claim they would be fat without cycling. All the weight I ever lost was done through diet and completely without exercise. Perhaps a poll should ensue?
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I would spend more time running & hiking, and would probably be in better physical shape as a result.

But riding is fun, which is why we all did it when we were kids.
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I find it interesting that a lot of people here claim they would be fat without cycling. All the weight I ever lost was done through diet and completely without exercise. Perhaps a poll should ensue?


Prior to getting into cycling "seriously" (regularly, avidly) in 1990, I dabbled in cycling, ran for quite a number of years, and then spent a couple years bodybuilding.


So I highly doubt I'd be fat without cycling ... but I'd probably have more upper body strength.
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Old 07-13-18, 01:14 AM
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I find it interesting that a lot of people here claim they would be fat without cycling. All the weight I ever lost was done through diet and completely without exercise. Perhaps a poll should ensue?
I'm not convinced either ... I started cycling a lot more seriously about 1 1/2 yrs ago and it's made little difference to my weight although I wonder to a degree if you just become more "health conscious" which might lead to weight loss in some people's cases.
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I find it interesting that a lot of people here claim they would be fat without cycling. All the weight I ever lost was done through diet and completely without exercise. Perhaps a poll should ensue?
You might be sorry you asked this, but here goes. 4 years ago, I was morbidly obese. I lost about 100 pounds through diet alone in about 2 years, then hit a plateau. I had been a regular cyclist through the early 2000s, but found it too difficult when I got heavy. Started working out at the gym about 2 years ago,and lost about 55 more pounds and put on some muscle. Started biking again about a year ago, thinking I was just going to do short hops to augment my gym workouts, but then found out how much easier it was to ride without the weight that I almost immediately started riding the one speed POS 80 miles in a day. Since then, I have gotten a decent bike, and am riding about 250 miles a week during spring, summer and early fall. I actually put on about 10 pounds riding, but it's muscle, and I'm technically slightly overweight (as are bodybuilders -muscle weighs more than fat). I'm eating a lot more biking distances, but my weight remains steady at a level that looks and feels good. During the off-season, I have to eat less, but I can maintain my fitness level at the gym.

So, basically, biking allows me to maintain a slightly higher body weight at a much higher level of fitness. And I have fun doing it. The gym is boring.

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...working on/driving my Mustang.
...hunting/fishing.
...keeping my yard better.
...planning vacations that don't revolve around my bike.
...NOT wearing spandex (LOL).
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...NOT wearing spandex (LOL).
You're missing an extra curricular activity there
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If you didnt ride your bicycle; for that interim of time, what do you think you'd be doing or potentially getting involved with?

I think I'd have a part time job and not be as nutrition conscious.
fat, depressed, and playing more computer games!
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You might be sorry you asked this, but here goes. 4 years ago, I was morbidly obese. I lost about 100 pounds through diet alone in about 2 years, then hit a plateau. I had been a regular cyclist through the early 2000s, but found it too difficult when I got heavy. Started working out at the gym about 2 years ago,and lost about 55 more pounds and put on some muscle. Started biking again about a year ago, thinking I was just going to do short hops to augment my gym workouts, but then found out how much easier it was to ride without the weight that I almost immediately started riding the one speed POS 80 miles in a day. Since then, I have gotten a decent bike, and am riding about 250 miles a week during spring, summer and early fall. I actually put on about 10 pounds riding, but it's muscle, and I'm technically slightly overweight (as are bodybuilders -muscle weighs more than fat). I'm eating a lot more biking distances, but my weight remains steady at a level that looks and feels good. During the off-season, I have to eat less, but I can maintain my fitness level at the gym.
Conclusion? Anyway, I'm not sorry I asked.
So, basically, biking allows me to maintain a slightly higher body weight at a much higher level of fitness. And I have fun doing it. The gym is boring.
People say running is boring. Yeah, if you run around in circles. Its not boring, its what you make it.
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Old 07-13-18, 08:15 AM
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Conclusion? Anyway, I'm not sorry I asked.People say running is boring. Yeah, if you run around in circles. Its not boring, its what you make it.

Oh, I know, but making the gym interesting involves watching movies while doing my cardio and I can't tolerate it anywhere as long as I can bike riding.

My hours in the gym during off-season are quite substantial, but if the weather is good, the bike is always going to win out. I've operated on the theory that any work regimen that becomes tortous is not going to be one I can sustain, and I think I've done pretty well. 2.5 hours of cardio at a gym is the longest session I'm willing to do, and during the work-week, I won't go over 75 minutes.

My conclusion is that if I couldn't bike, I'd probably be a little less muscular, weigh a little less as a result, but also have to restrict my calorie intake a lot more.
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