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    Road vs Stationary Bike

    So, today I took out my bike for a 20 mile ride. I have not been on it in over a year. I usually just ride the stationary in the gym. Boy, what a great difference! My heart rate monitor got way up there fast, like when running. The changes in terrain gave me a HIIT like workout. I took a trail near the river, and felt inspired and loved the fresh air.

    In the Gym, the ride is so blaaa; and so unnatural. Yes it burn cals, but according to my heart rate monitor, I burn around 700-800 for an hour in the gym, and around 1200 for an hour outside on a real bike. Plus, it felt easier out side... Maybe the distractions of the trail, but more likely the randomness and the natural movement and constantly changing terrain.

    Just thought I would share!

    I think I am going to change my primary work transportation for a while. I can take that trail and get there in 18 miles one way. Coming home is all down hill.
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    Originally Posted by ChimarraoMate View Post
    So, today I took out my bike for a 20 mile ride. I have not been on it in over a year. I usually just ride the stationary in the gym. Boy, what a great difference! My heart rate monitor got way up there fast, like when running. The changes in terrain gave me a HIIT like workout. I took a trail near the river, and felt inspired and loved the fresh air.

    In the Gym, the ride is so blaaa; and so unnatural. Yes it burn cals, but according to my heart rate monitor, I burn around 700-800 for an hour in the gym, and around 1200 for an hour outside on a real bike. Plus, it felt easier out side... Maybe the distractions of the trail, but more likely the randomness and the natural movement and constantly changing terrain.

    Just thought I would share!

    I think I am going to change my primary work transportation for a while. I can take that trail and get there in 18 miles one way. Coming home is all down hill.
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    I totally agree, I ride the stationary all winter and as soon as spring roll around I remember how enjoyable it is to get out there. I try not to drive my truck when I can just get on the bike and go.

    I like to ride the stationary to warm up at the gym though.
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    I agree there is no comparison, riding a bike outdoors either on the road or on woodland trails is so much more fun and burns more cals than riding in a gym.

    Just taken a look at my Garmin and I've cycled 700KM since March this year and have burnt 29,570 calories.
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    Road bike for the win!

    I can tolerate about 20 minutes on a stationary bike, but outside I could go for hours.

    You can mix it up too; take a flat route and spin for a little LISS cardio, or go hard, sprint, and ride the hills for more of a HIIT variation.

    You can burn a lot of calories on these things. Just make sure to eat well for a heavy ride, or you could end up looking like a skinny Pro bike rider ;-)
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    Originally Posted by Ed-B View Post

    You can burn a lot of calories on these things. Just make sure to eat well for a heavy ride, or you could end up looking like a skinny Pro bike rider ;-)

    That always makes me think about my buddies who always talk about weight training in the off season and how they don't want to lift "too heavy" because they don't want to bulk up or get too muscular. I always tell them, don't worry, it's not gonna happen.

    Same goes for riding a bike, most of the guys in the gym I've spoken with always say they worry that riding a bike will make them look like a skinny cyclist. I always tell them that unless they stop lifting altogether and start riding 300+ miles a week for years on end it's probably something they don't need to worry about.

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    Originally Posted by ChimarraoMate View Post
    So, today I took out my bike for a 20 mile ride. I have not been on it in over a year. I usually just ride the stationary in the gym. Boy, what a great difference! My heart rate monitor got way up there fast, like when running. The changes in terrain gave me a HIIT like workout. I took a trail near the river, and felt inspired and loved the fresh air.

    In the Gym, the ride is so blaaa; and so unnatural. Yes it burn cals, but according to my heart rate monitor, I burn around 700-800 for an hour in the gym, and around 1200 for an hour outside on a real bike. Plus, it felt easier out side... Maybe the distractions of the trail, but more likely the randomness and the natural movement and constantly changing terrain.

    Just thought I would share!

    I think I am going to change my primary work transportation for a while. I can take that trail and get there in 18 miles one way. Coming home is all down hill.
    I ride a motorcycle to work everyday. I flat out cannot sit on a bicycle anymore - feels far too awkward and alien to me. I don't do stationary bikes either - way too boring.

    Shame really, because I'm with you - riding outside can be an extremely good way to burn calories and get some fresh air. My city has miles and miles and miles of rural bike trails but like I said, after commuting 40 miles on a motorcycle, my Trek mountain bike feels like a toy.
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    I live at 7000' in the mountains and have endless mountain trails to ride. Man, what a refreshing way to workout! I do the elliptical when we're snowed in but I'm always on the mountain bike when whether allows. I snapped this pic with my phone camera during my rest stop (uphill 1-hour) this past Sunday. Needless to say, my dog loves these rides too!

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    On a more somber note - be careful out there.

    My wife just told me that her colleague - my primary care doc - got hit on his bicycle yesterday. Very badly hurt. Hit by a truck.

    Multiple fractures, broken ribs, respiratory problems. Doesn't sound good at all...
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    Originally Posted by Ed-B View Post
    On a more somber note - be careful out there.

    My wife just told me that her colleague - my primary care doc - got hit on his bicycle yesterday. Very badly hurt. Hit by a truck.

    Multiple fractures, broken ribs, respiratory problems. Doesn't sound good at all...
    Good point. That is why I take small roads and 10 miles of it is on a trail with no cars. Still, good to point out the hazards.
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    Originally Posted by C5VetteLS1 View Post
    I live at 7000' in the mountains and have endless mountain trails to ride. Man, what a refreshing way to workout! I do the elliptical when we're snowed in but I'm always on the mountain bike when whether allows. I snapped this pic with my phone camera during my rest stop (uphill 1-hour) this past Sunday. Needless to say, my dog loves these rides too!

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    Originally Posted by Ed-B View Post
    On a more somber note - be careful out there.

    My wife just told me that her colleague - my primary care doc - got hit on his bicycle yesterday. Very badly hurt. Hit by a truck.

    Multiple fractures, broken ribs, respiratory problems. Doesn't sound good at all...


    I don't know how anyone can ride a bike in any kind of traffic. Your lives are totally in the hands of other drivers and that scares the crap out of me. I see these guys and girls riding with traffic with cars whizzing bye them, just one person texting or on a cell phone and it's over.
    I ride a motorcycle and at least I can accelerate out of the way of some of these morons. Now a bike path or off road sounds enjoyable.
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    Biking outside is always the best. Rather it be on the trail or on the road, you will ALWAYS get a better workout (cardio-wise). I used to mountain bike race and am working towards getting back into it. I will spin in the house if I don't have time to make the trail or go for a nice road ride. But, if I can be outside...that is where I prefer to be!
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