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Wouldn't you get a better workout with a heavier bike ?

Old 05-03-21, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
So to get a better workout I should gain 50 lbs?
MTB racing legend, Tinker Juarez, used to train with a backpack loaded with rocks.
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
Exactly. For us, it was the roll back home after doing a spicy group ride. No hurry.
Right. Or for me, there's the difference between a weekday ride where I'm trying to 'leave it all on the road' in an hour, and a Sunday ride where I have to ration my energy to last 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I'll push harder up the same hill knowing I only have to go a mile to get to the car, than I will when I have another 14 miles to got to get home.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I was able to pass Three Local Club Riders (in their Team Kits and Road Bikes).
Were they aware of the "race"? You passed them right at the start of their ride? Did they "chase you down" and "curse" at you for passing them so rapidly?
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
Were they aware of the "race"? You passed them right at the start of their ride? Did they "chase you down" and "curse" at you for passing them so rapidly?
Ooh, I hope he gave them The Look.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Ooh, I hope he gave them The Look.
Do we no longer drope hamers hereabouts? Or dial it up to 400W?
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
Were they aware of the "race"? You passed them right at the start of their ride? Did they "chase you down" and "curse" at you for passing them so rapidly?
Came upon them at the bottom of the climb. They each had on Club Kits Red w Yellow trim and Yellow Socks. Not a race I just had more up than they did.
They were in their 20's. I had 45-47 years on them.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Came upon them at the bottom of the climb. They each had on Club Kits Red w Yellow trim and Yellow Socks. Not a race I just had more up than they did.
They were in their 20's. I had 45-47 years on them.
We didn't know they were wearing Red Kit and Yellow Socks! They were probably pros, maybe even world tour level.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
For the best workout: very heavy bike, skinny tires, riden in soft sand.
That had me laughing out load. Great timing in the thread! To respond to the OP with my experience, I often ride my heavier, lesser equipped (quality) hybrid bike with my girlfriend over the same course I enjoy on my better road bike. What a difference! If you appreciate quality mechanics and precision tools over those that will just get the job done, then you know what I mean. While I get a similar physical workout with my hybrid, I'm exhilarated and excited after riding my road bike. Appreciation for the quality tool so to speak. If you're a runner, you can run in flip flops or nice, higher end brand name running shoes. Both will do the job, but which do you think will make the run more exhilarating and be an extension of yourself when you're in "the zone."

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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
If I wanted to burn 4,000 calories in 1 hour on a "tank Huffy", I'd have to average about 1,200 W. No problem ... it's just a long sprint.
It's impossible for a human body to burn 4000 calories in 1 hour.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
It's impossible for a human body to burn 4000 calories in 1 hour.
Piece of cake ... you just need a really heavy bike.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
It's impossible for a human body to burn 4000 calories in 1 hour.
It might be possible with a blowtorch.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Came upon them at the bottom of the climb. They each had on Club Kits Red w Yellow trim and Yellow Socks. Not a race I just had more up than they did.
They were in their 20's. I had 45-47 years on them.
I'm still confused...Is wearing a club/team kit and indicator of fitness level or cycling abilities? It's cool to hear that you're in great shape (as evidenced by your ride across the country). Keep on keeping on, man.

In related news...My Ford Explorer is so fast it beat a Corvette in stop light drag race the other day. I'm pretty sure the Corvette driver didn't know it was a race...but I still beat him.
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
So to get a better workout I should gain 50 lbs?
Fat is fit!
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My Ford Explorer is so fast it beat a Corvette in stop light drag race the other day. I'm pretty sure the Corvette driver didn't know it was a race...but I still beat him.
A win is a win. It's his fault he didn't know it was a race.

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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
A win is a win. It's his fault he didn't know it was race.
I'm expecting to receive my trophy any day now. It's going to be glorious.
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I'm still confused...Is wearing a club/team kit and indicator of fitness level or cycling abilities? It's cool to hear that you're in great shape (as evidenced by your ride across the country). Keep on keeping on, man.

In related news...My Ford Explorer is so fast it beat a Corvette in stop light drag race the other day. I'm pretty sure the Corvette driver didn't know it was a race...but I still beat him.
The old PenVelo jersey in my closet suggests otherwise.
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
I'm still confused...Is wearing a club/team kit and indicator of fitness level or cycling abilities? It's cool to hear that you're in great shape (as evidenced by your ride across the country). Keep on keeping on, man.

In related news...My Ford Explorer is so fast it beat a Corvette in stop light drag race the other day. I'm pretty sure the Corvette driver didn't know it was a race...but I still beat him.

Well put! I was wondering how to word my response correctly. I think you hit it on the head. I was thinking maybe the cycling club's jerseys said "Snail's Pace Cycling Club" on them. Which is/was an actual cycling club here in CA.

Darn Texas riders keep thinking they can beat us Californians ever since Lance came along.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Came upon them at the bottom of the climb. They each had on Club Kits Red w Yellow trim and Yellow Socks. Not a race I just had more up than they did.
They were in their 20's. I had 45-47 years on them.
I totally wasted a couple riders the other day, and I'll bet I had 50 years on 'em. 'Course, I'm 58.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
It's impossible for a human body to burn 4000 calories in 1 hour.
This reminds me how sometimes I'll see people on FB or Twitter claim they burned 900kcal in an hour-long Peloton or Soul Cycle class.
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I confess to enjoying passing other cyclists who I deem to be younger and/or more fit than I am. Sometimes I even get a kick out of shifting to a higher gear as I pass. But I have no illusions they couldn't smoke me on the next rise if they wanted to.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I totally wasted a couple riders the other day, and I'll bet I had 50 years on 'em. 'Course, I'm 58.
I love doing that! Sometimes when you give them "the look" they start to cry.
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I got caught and dropped by a Spanish team while climbing the Puerto del Viento on a fully-loaded bike on my way from Ardales to Ronda, former hangout of Hemingway. I asked one guy if he would help me with my bags. He smiled, politely declined and left me in his tracks. What a wuss.
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I got caught and dropped by a Spanish team while climbing the Puerto del Viento on a fully-loaded bike on my way from Ardales to Ronda, former hangout of Hemingway. I asked one guy if he would help me with my bags. He smiled, politely declined and left me in his tracks. What a wuss.
That's rather inhospitable. I hope you sent a strongly-worded letter to the US Ambassador.

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Right. The heavier bike is only 'a better workout' if you go the same speed as you do on the light bike. If you are putting out the same watts, all the heavier bike is is slower.
Though, is a longer 'workout' also a 'better workout'?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I got caught and dropped by a Spanish team while climbing the Puerto del Viento on a fully-loaded bike on my way from Ardales to Ronda, former hangout of Hemingway. I asked one guy if he would help me with my bags. He smiled, politely declined and left me in his tracks. What a wuss.
Were they dressed like bellhops?
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