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Old 07-09-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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I'm looking to get a bicycle for riding during lunch and weekends, mainly for the purpose of getting better conditioned for the track. I'm thinking a roadbike would be best because of how forward you lean. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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I would think most of the conditioning would be for your legs. That's my limiting factor at least. I would say get whatever bike you will actually ride.
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This^ but then you are going to need conditioning for trail riding!
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:05 PM   #5
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Stick to compound lifts 45 min no more than a minute between sets. 12-16 reps 15 min of cardio. And learn to breathe and loosen the grip on bars. I guarantee this helps.

And don't forget the squats lunges and dead lifts

Oh and strengthen your core and def your lower back
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This^ but then you are going to need conditioning for trail riding!
Haha yah. Get used to trail riding and mx, track riding becomes a breeze
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If anything just get used the heat.
Negative.

Heat is just 1 aspect.

As Chase mentioned above, trail riding, mx and other forms of being on 2 wheels is awesome! ArkansasDave, legs are very important but so is up top. Wrestling that bike up and down takes some upper body strength as well. Mix all this in with some running and you'll be fine
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:54 PM   #9
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Heat is just 1 aspect.

As Chase mentioned above, trail riding, mx and other forms of being on 2 wheels is awesome! ArkansasDave, legs are very important but so is up top. Wrestling that bike up and down takes some upper body strength as well. Mix all this in with some running and you'll be fine
From my very limited experience(6hr lw endurance) my legs were spent long before my arms and upper body. Not arguing that upper body isn't important, because the upper like you said is very important. Just stating that legs tend to be the weak link for me and others I've talked to. Getting off the bike after a 1 hr stint, my legs were tingling and weak and I was hot and trying to catch my breath. The next day my triceps, neck, shoulders and legs were sore.

I agree with everything that's been said just adding in my experience so you have more info. Just need to find the motivation to go out there and exercise.
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I just started rehab for my knee and spend 1.5 hrs a day on a stationary bike, feels good
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Any distance bicycle riding will help. I shaved about 20 lbs before this season started, and now can do a 30 minute session with a breeze. Before I would always pit out early because I was exhausted.
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start playing indoor soccer at least 1-2 nights a week - Trail ride a few of the other days
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Thanks for all the replies. I should have stated that I am already weight training 4 times a week (yes compound lifts). I agree with ArkansasDave, my legs get spent before my arms do.

I've run quite a bit, but it really isn't as effective for track riding as I would have thought. I usually do 3 miles during lunch in about 24-26 minutes, I try and maintain an 8 min/mile pace, with a 400 yd sprint at the end to burn off any scraps of energy I have left lol. the heat really sucks for running, however, being that it's always from 12-1 that I go.

I feel like bicycling would strengthen my ability to use my legs to really push and support weight individually over long periods of time, whereas running is all about minimizing impact and effort. I'd love to trail ride, but my schedule limits me to lunchtime cardio and early morning weights. Looks like it's roadbike for me
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Any distance bicycle riding will help. I shaved about 20 lbs before this season started, and now can do a 30 minute session with a breeze. Before I would always pit out early because I was exhausted.
Lets get some bicycles dude? Trail riding sounds fun
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Bicycle riding is, most likely, the best exercise for track conditioning. Troy Bayliss, Cal Crotchlow, Elena Myers, and Josh Hayes to name a few are serious bicycle riders.
I recently got a mountain bike and started hitting the trails seriously. Be sure to get properly fit on the bike and that your training on it and not merely riding it.

Obviously core training too is very important.
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Pedialyte. Quarter bottle sip before sleeping. And other 75% of bottle sip throughout the trackday. And continue drinking whatever else. Huge huge help.
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After another 6 hr endurance race I learned another thing to help you last longer. Relax, I was tense the whole time and never relaxed and fought the bike. I am way more sore than I was after the last one. So breathe, relax and stay loose on the bike.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:48 AM   #19
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I can ride 2-3 hours in an endurance race (ninja 250) without really tiring. I never work out.

Riding a mountain bike can only help your track skills. There is lots of sliding, body positioning, and quick reaction time movements required to get you through the trail quickly. Constantly reading trail conditions, obstacles, changing grip, etc... require you to read the road constantly. This carries over into learning a new track fast and paying attention to bumps, line, hazards, etc... The tight, technical sections will teach you a lot. I raced mtn bikes for years and the skills I picked up made me "fast" in all aspects of 2 wheel riding, and I can pick up a new track and be up to pace in 5-7 laps.
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