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I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best

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Eejit
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2004/02/20 13:47:55 (permalink)
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I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best

I'm sorry I don't know the technical names for the different types, but does anyone know the difference between the bikes that are more upright where your legs are below you pedalling, and the ones where you are seated further back with your legs pedalling more in front of your body i.e. torso perpindicular to legs? Is one better than the other? Does one incorporate other muscle groups that the other doesn't? The latter type feels more comfortable to me and I feel I can pedal harder more smoothly on it when doing HIIT. What do you all think?
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    big pete
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    RE: I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best 2004/02/20 15:15:57 (permalink)
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    reclining bike as where your almost parrallel to the floor, i like a traditional static resistance bike
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    RE: I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best 2004/02/20 15:44:13 (permalink)
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    Is that just personal preference though or based on evidence that the upright one provides a better workout?
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    RE: I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best 2004/02/20 18:11:55 (permalink)
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    Recumbant (or bent) is the laid down bike.

    There are a lot of bent cyclers that will tell you that there's no difference other than your ass isn't sore after a long ride.

    I disagree...I find that the intensity of a standard upright is much higher. Also, if you want to do HIIT training on a bike, upright is the way to go because you can stand for some of your intervals, increasing intensity further because you've added your body weight as resistance.

    Bent bikes are ususally pretty expensive too.
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    RE: I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best 2004/02/22 16:35:23 (permalink)
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    quote:
    There are a lot of bent cyclers that will tell you that there's no difference other than your ass isn't sore after a long ride.

    I had to read this a couple of times lol [:0]
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    RE: I love to ride my Bi-cy-cle, but which type's best 2004/02/22 18:01:07 (permalink)
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    My mountain bike gets my vote!
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