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mwalsh
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Anyone into regular cycling?

Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:03 pm

How about regular cycling? I started doing about 30 minutes worth (8 miles) daily on this bad-boy about two months ago, in addition to the 45-55 minute jog on my treadmill each morning I've always done:

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Though about buying a folder and leaving it in the trunk but glad I didn't now - I've seen one or two on the bike trail and they really look kinda silly in that context. Fits in the back of the LEAF fine with the rear seats down and even better with the front wheel off (fitted with quick release skewers, so easy enough).

Only battery power involved is from the 357 button cells inside the cyclometer.

Determined to lose a little weight between now and next spring! Appears to be coming off at the rate of about 0.5lb per week.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:20 pm

mwalsh wrote:How about regular cycling? I started doing about 30 minutes worth (8 miles) daily on this bad-boy about two months ago, in addition to the 45-55 minute jog on my treadmill each morning I've always done: <snip photo>

Though about buying a folder and leaving it in the trunk but glad I didn't now - I've seen one or two on the bike trail and they really look kinda silly in that context. Fits in the back of the LEAF fine with the rear seats down and even better with the front wheel off (fitted with quick release skewers, so easy enough).

Only battery power involved is from the 357 button cells inside the cyclometer.

Determined to lose a little weight between now and next spring! Appears to be coming off at the rate of about 0.5lb per week.

Are you riding on pavement or dirt? If the former, get yourself some street tires, preferably a bit narrower if your rims can take them. A lot quieter and smoother, less energy too (although you' re trying to burn calories). I like the Continental Gatorskin (in 700C x 32) for my commute/errand hybrid, but there's lots of similar tires out there: http://www.continental-tires.com/bicycl ... /gatorskin

For the typical cracked/potholed/sewer-grated/railroad-tracked/uneven-gutter-seamed urban surface street I don't like to go narrower than 32mm (1.25"), and lots of people use 36s or 38s, but plenty of people use road bikes with 28s or 25s.

If you really want to burn calories, ride hills. Depending how disciplined you are (if you're using the treadmill daily, you're probably pretty good), try to use the bike for errands instead of just 'exercising'. Anything between .5 - 3 miles one way for sure, and up to 5 one way is reasonable for most people. Beyond that you're starting to eat up a lot more time.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:24 pm

I rode a regular mountain bike (on the road, mainly) before bad knee and ailing health got me into the electrics. Still, I find that my EZIP lets me burn quite a few calories/grams of carbohydrate without the pain. On the mountain bike I'd regularly but not weekly do about 15 miles, with occasional 15 mile rides added. With the EZIP I do about 30-40 miles a week.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:27 am

Yes, here is my bike. I have been riding recumbent bikes for the last 15-20 years.

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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:11 am

I used to get a lot more time on a bike, before I had kids. I would commute / run errands on a road bike and hit the trails 2-3x a week on a mountain bike. Now I'm lucky to go mountain biking once a month. Errands involve the whole family, so I take the Leaf. And my commute should be on a bike, but frankly I'm often too tired to ride.

I definitely second Guy's recommendation for smoother tires for road riding. It is an easier, quieter, and more comfortable ride. It also gives you much better control in the turns. I use a skinny tire (25mm), but it's rough on the more frost-heaved parts of the road. I'm willing to take the cost of extra vigilance for the benefit of increased performance. YMMV.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:32 am

I may change out to some street tires when these are worn out, but for now I like the fatter tires for precisely the reason GRA points out - burning more calories! :D
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:11 pm

I've used both slick LR tires and almost full knobbies for road riding. My preference is for a tread that's more like an all-season car tread. You want some grip in dirt available, because there's usually a lot of dirt close to the pavement.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:00 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:I've used both slick LR tires and almost full knobbies for road riding. My preference is for a tread that's more like an all-season car tread. You want some grip in dirt available, because there's usually a lot of dirt close to the pavement.


I was forced into the dirt (by what I suspect was a drug deal) along the MUT yesterday - three guys taking up the whole paved part of trail while discussing their "business". Probably silly to do so but I yelled "Don't mind me!" in the most sarcastic voice I could muster as I went by. Was glad of my nubby tires. :D

Don't get me started on some of the homeless on certain parts of the Santa Ana River Trail. Haven't had any real problems with them other than a general disrespect for those of us who use it for the intended purpose, but the whole setup is generally unsightly and probably unsafe at certain times of the day.
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Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
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LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:33 pm

One of the things I like about living in the San Bernardino Mountains is the great mountain and road cycling opportunities. Mountain roads have their dangers, but not having to deal with many intersections is a real plus. Most of the close calls I've had while cycling have been in or around road intersections. I haven't had too many scares up here. On the other hand, I try to avoid the main highways during peak visitation and traffic periods.
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Re: Anyone into regular cycling?

Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:07 pm

I never ride on city streets or main highways during peak traffic hours anymore. I have a nice rural route. Even that isn't really safe...
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