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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

There's a technicality here that's about the difference between "training" and "being active". It's important not to confuse the two but where the threshold lies is a matter for an individual. For ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

Subject to advice from your physio and doctor, training on a (well-fitted) bike can be excellent, as your joints aren't under too much load or twisting. Cycling that sort of distance will make a ...
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How to tow a canoe with a bicycle?

What if you want to tow your canoe with a recumbent tricycle? Well I have worked out a solution for that. After much thought and a posting the question Towing with a Recumbent Trike, Tadpole or ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It should be good for your heart (and maybe body-weight) at least. When I started commuting that distance (18 km. each way) I bought a better bike (i.e. $700 new instead of $200 new, with extra-good ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It isn't so much about the training as it is about the recovery. Professional cyclists are on the bike for 700-1000 kilometers a week, often with two different training sessions in a day, and multiple ...
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For multi-day trips on a road bike - What is the most efficient bike pack set up?

I did something very similar last year, solo. In fact, this is my camping spot on the banks of Loch Lomond, the last night of the trip. Here's some detail on my tarp setup, using the bike as a pole (...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

I bike about 15 km each way commuting to work (70% road-like, 30% forest - 70% flat, 30% hills, but feels flat for the most part). I arrive bathing in sweat. After two years, I once had a puncture on ...
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What are the arguments for and against allowing bicycles in wilderness areas in the US?

I'm a cyclist on the side of people being allowed to ride on trails in National Parks. The arguments for are simple: allow bikes so cyclists can enjoy nature while doing a healthy activity they also ...
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Can you sit on the comfy trike saddle while the canoe is in the water?

Yes and No. There are challenges: While the trike does sit with all 3 tires on the the bottom of the canoe, it only fits in this one position, facing forward in the front half of the canoe. You can ...
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What attributes should I look for in an inexpensive multi-purpose folding bike?

BSO stands for Bicycle Shaped Object. Or department store bike. Bicycle people are not down on them for being cheap. They are down on them for low value. Even at $100 it is not a good value. ...
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What attributes should I look for in an inexpensive multi-purpose folding bike?

The first problem with folding bikes (which to some extent they share with electric bikes) is that the things that make them special are quite hard to get right. This is in contrast to a standard ...
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What attributes should I look for in an inexpensive multi-purpose folding bike?

There are many different folding bikes out there, do an images search if you are not convinced yet. What you look for, besides availability and price, is size and fit, good fitting folding clasps and ...
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Are there any Draisines-Railbike Companies that have wheelchair accessibility?

I've located two current possibilities in Germany, and one potential option in the United States. The first, and what looks like the best, option, is a company called Draisinentour. It utilizes ...
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How to tow a canoe with a bicycle?

Just wanted to add another in the category of a frame with wheels strapped to one part of the boat, and a hitch strapped to the bow. I strongly recommend wheelchair wheels, the axles of which fit in ...
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How would I make a bear-proof pannier?

First the Ursack is advertised as bear resistant not bear proof, nothing is bear proof FAQ, have there been any failures? We have sold bags in 50 states, Canada and assorted foreign countries. So far,...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

Yes it's very good workout to go by bike every day. It's anyway better then going almost the same time by public transport. I'm not an expert but you need more time to recover when you increase a ...
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Wild animals in Finland and Norway

None. Bears and wolves are no safety concern in Norway and Finland. Both are shy and, since they are not used to human contact (opposite to say, some places in the US where bears are used to people) ...
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What attributes should I look for in an inexpensive multi-purpose folding bike?

If you're cost motivated, then you don't need to look at anything else other than the price tag. Cheap bikes are cheap, so it doesn't really matter what they come with as long as they work. If you're ...
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Are T-Tracks the same size on all brands of roof rack crossbars?

No That's a bit short for an SE answer but it pretty much covers the problem, there are various manufacturer specific sizes and no standard. Some parts providers such as Thule sell accessories and ...
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Where to sleep while bike-touring southern Ontario? [x-post from bicycling]

I think you could do OK with Provincial Parks in Ontario, especially if you were planning to swoop south of the 401 to see Prince Edward County. http://www.ontarioparks.com/park-locator/ The tree ...
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Are there any Draisines-Railbike Companies that have wheelchair accessibility?

It seems that that there is at least one company that has wheelchair accessibility for railbike riding. It is in Belgium as can be seen here. Biking on rails: it is not an activity we do in the UK ...
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Where to sleep while bike-touring southern Ontario? [x-post from bicycling]

I don't disagree with Kate, but let me add some alternatives. First, let me make sure you are aware of the Waterfront Trail, which should cover a lot of your route. I would absolutely recommend the ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

I think your body will tell you if you are over doing it.... Increased resting heart rate, fatigue, etc. The older I get, the more I'm finding that I need to vary my work outs. Doing something new ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

Yes. I use an exercise bike on the highest resistance at least 3 times a week. It's great for cardio and builds thigh muscles. As @Stedy mentioned, it's also great for mental health (anti-depression/...
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What attributes should I look for in an inexpensive multi-purpose folding bike?

Hi James in my experience the way to buy a cheap bike that isn’t a piece of junk is to buy an old bike, possibly a very old bike, put on new tires and tubes, grease anything squeaky (this may involve ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

I've commuted by bike all my life. I'm now 62. The last 5 years (before switching to working at home) I was cycling a minimum of 22km each way - every day. A total of over 2 hours a day. Never been ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

There are a number of examples of efforts of long term daily training efforts, both in cycling and in running: In 2017, Amanda Coker set the record for distance ridden on a bicycle in a year (86,573....
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

I think it's great for cardio-health, but it's not a great whole body exercise. Since you're a climber already, you know what I mean. I bike frequently, and row as well, but climbing will still kick ...
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