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Old 10-03-15, 05:34 PM
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Which bike gives you the best workout. If you ride your bent over this same course at the same speed and time and then you ride you road bike over the same course at the same speed which gives you the best workout it's hard for me to tell because with the road bike there was some pain involved and with the bent there is no pain involved so which is the best workout. And what is recumbent butt?
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Old 10-03-15, 06:25 PM
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imho, recumbent. you can't cheat with body weight. it's all leg power from the engine.
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Old 10-04-15, 06:22 AM
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When I was a kid, my mother used to make me and my sister share a candy bar. She said one of us should cut it in half and the other got to choose first. My sister was older so she always did the cutting. How I worried over choosing between two parts that looked so equal. What if I chose the wrong one? What I've learned since then is, if you can't perceive the difference, it's not enough to matter.

That said, the recumbent will almost surely give you the better work out. Here's why:
Somebody once asked an exercise guru whether it was better to ride outdoors or inside on a trainer. He hesitated for a minute and replied "Outside." His reasoning was that almost nobody continues to ride an indoor trainer after the little timer bell rings. Outdoor rides are often extended for a variety of reasons. The same is true of recumbents. If you experience less discomfort you are more likely to extend your ride.

Don't worry about "recumbent butt". If you get it, you'll know it.
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Old 10-04-15, 10:44 AM
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Thanks retro-grouch
it my age almost 74, I thought my rideing days were over I couldn't ride for more than a quarter of a mile to a half a mile until I had to set up and give my triceps some relief. Now on my bent I feel like I can go almost forever. So I really shouldn't be worried about which gives me the best workout just concentrate on getting out there and enjoy the miles thank you for your wisdom
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Old 10-04-15, 09:33 PM
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Since most recumbents weigh at least 10#, some 20# more than similar priced DF, you have to work harder to move them. Since recumbents use very little upper
body strength compared to DF all the work is done by your legs. Both of these factors account for why bents go up hills more slowly than the same rider on a DF.
In addition bents use your leg muscles slightly differently, particularly the glutes IME. Recumbent butt is where your butt begins to hurt in a particular place 5-20
miles down the road. Unlike a DF it is harder to squirm around on a bent. Typically you change the seat angle a little bit at a time until you find the angle that
works best. Like breaking in a Brooks, experience in the saddle helps and good padding also.
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Old 10-05-15, 10:52 AM
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For an overall workout, I think riding my road bike does more for me. With the majority of my riding this year being done on my bent (I only rode my DF twice), I've noticed that my upper body is not as toned as when I only rode my DF. I have a little more of a gut than before and my arms don't feel as strong.
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Old 10-05-15, 11:20 AM
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Because of improved aerodynamics, once up to speed (at least 15-20 mph), it takes less energy to keep a recumbent moving, compared to an upright bike. How much less energy? Depends. As mentioned previously, because most 'bents weigh more, takes more energy to climb hills, compared to lighter bikes.
You can get a good workout from any style bike. Don't expect an upper body or core workout of any significance from any style bike, though. Legs and aerobic, yes.

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I'm finding more weight loss this year with my recumbent. Knowing that I can now challenge KOMs on strava, I'm pushing myself harder than I ever did on my road bike. Along with a more comfortable overall ride, I have more ride time too this year.
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Old 10-05-15, 01:54 PM
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I think the definitive answer is, "it depends." What kind of bent, what kind of terrain, and at what speed? There's probably a formula somewhere...
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Don't expect an upper body or core workout of any significance from any style bike, though. Legs and aerobic, yes.

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From personal experience, the FWD MBB bikes give me all the upper-body or core workout I need, when sprinting and speeding uphill.
From anecdotal experience, off-road, BMX, and U.C.I style road racing all work the core and the body when the rider recruits them for power.

From anecdotal experience from RWD recumbent riders like yourself, I agree: no upper body or core workout of any significance...
so, we agree and I'm just pointing out that in my case, you're misinformed and have posted a wee bit of misinformation.

Carry on.
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Considering that moving bottom bracket bikes are a vanishingly small portion of the bent population, I'd say it's still pretty accurate to claim no upper body involvement. But point taken to the exceptions. Or, the RWD recumbent riders could do one-arm curls while riding...

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Originally Posted by yakmurph View Post
From personal experience, the FWD MBB bikes give me all the upper-body or core workout I need, when sprinting and speeding uphill.
From anecdotal experience, off-road, BMX, and U.C.I style road racing all work the core and the body when the rider recruits them for power.

From anecdotal experience from RWD recumbent riders like yourself, I agree: no upper body or core workout of any significance...
so, we agree and I'm just pointing out that in my case, you're misinformed and have posted a wee bit of misinformation.

Carry on.
Yep, there are always exceptions to generalizations.
Another generalization: All cyclists can benefit from core and upper body workouts.
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Old 10-06-15, 06:48 PM
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thanks well do that
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Over the same course, same speed, I would say the conventianal bike will get you more of a workout. It takes more energy/calories to move a conventional bike than it does a recumbent, even though it is significantly lighter. You have to overcome a lot more air-resistance the you do on a 'bent.

However, if time and distance are not a factor, you will probably get better workouts on a recumbent. Because they are so much more comfortable, you will ride them longer, and farther. I hardly ever drive anymore since I got the EZ-1. My distance and riding time has increased probably 300%. No more sore butt. No more numb hands or crotch, and no need for expensive special bike clothes. My EZ put the fun back into riding for transportation, like when we were kids. It doesn't really take any preparation to ride a 'bent. Just sit on it and go. When I ride into town, often as not, I just wear my jeans and regular tennis shoes.

Just my opinion.
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