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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 the first few weeks, cycle commuting will be training. Subsequent to that, assuming you're not the type to cycle at full sprint everywhere, it's simply a part of ...


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This answer is based on a 17-foot plastic Coleman canoe with an aluminium frame. The length and the plastic increase the challenges. I have over 100 miles experience now, with legs of 14 to 15 miles. After much online research I purchased a Seattle Sports All Terrain Canoe Center Cart; there is an option that includes a tow bar to connect it to your bike, ...


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As requested, I'll give a run-down of why I am so happy with and constantly recommend the WIKE company's Woody Wagon Canoe Bicycle Trailer. I really like the DIY approach as well, but if you are going to buy something I think this is the one. I have owned one for three years now and in the summers use it several times a week. It was the only system I could ...


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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 huge difference to your cardiovascular fitness and weight (which may have suffered due to enforced rest). It's not really strength training for the climbing, and ...


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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 days in a row. Same for any endurance athlete, such as triathletes, marathoners, ultra runners, etc. The bad news is, that if they aren't training, they are ...


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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 tires, better gears, and bestest brakes). More to the point, I interspersed that riding with rest days (when I took public transport instead). Cycling every ...


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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 Delta? I purchased a used Delta Trike (Sun EZ-3 SX). I used the same dolly as I used for the bicycle solution as I wanted to have a bit of tongue weight in this ...


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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 enjoy. Bikes are faster than hiking, allowing you to explore more trail in a day, make the descents a lot easier, and also enable older people who can't hike ...


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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 my way, about 2 km from my destination. I did not have time to fix the tire so I hid the bike and told myself that I am now a superhero so I can easily run ...


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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 get two people and two bicycles in canoe, but with a trike one person is probably the limit. You can just barely see it in the photo, but the front canoe seat ...


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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 diamond frame, where a workable bike can be made using the cheapest components from a reputable manufacturer. Some of the extra failure modes of folding bikes are ...


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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. Characteristics of a BSO is not just cheap parts but non standard parts. When they do break (which won't be long) it will be hard to replace the part. Some times ...


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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 sections of the Glan Valley Railway in the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate. It's quite beautiful! The page with pictures of their draisines includes one which ...


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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 load. If you go every day the same route then you have constant load. First few weeks it will be difficult of course and you will be more tired then usual. Just ...


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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 a ½” or 12mm hole (depending on your country) and handle the side loads of a trailer without needing support on both sides of the wheel. Pneumatic tires give ...


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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, there have been no reports of a bear compromising a standard size IGBC approved S29 AllWhite. Two Majors have been compromised–a bear tore a one inch ...


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I used a "rocket stove" on a long wilderness survival trip. That stove was also heavy and very efficient in burning "found wood." It made good sense for a fixed camp. In my opinion it would be far too bulky and heavy for either biking or canoeing and certainly backpacking. On that trip, and others, I used solar chargers for electronics. I think solar ...


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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 screws. And if your folding bike has several options to adjust it to your size that they do get to the required size without losing sturdiness. Do a search on ...


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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 really concerned about quality, then don't buy cheap. If you want to shop around for something decently good and still reasonably priced, then shop second-hand ...


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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 adapters to allow a greater range of compatibility.


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Using Google Maps, with Bicycling as the transportation mode (August 2015). I was able to identify about 111 miles of dedicated bike paths and a few bike friendly roads that fairly closely parallel the Ohio River. Local area paths that have less than about 2 miles and not connecting to bike friendly roads near the river, are ignored in this answer. At this ...


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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 - well not legally at least - but wouldn't pedaling along railway lines be fun? Just sit back comfortably on a purpose-built open wagon and pedal your way ...


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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 near Oshawa is Darlington PP. The 401 is pretty bleak after that but if you can make it to Presquile (just below Brighton on the map), you'll be fine. ...


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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 will leave me amazingly stiff the next day.


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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 detour into Prince Edward County, which is excellent biking territory as well as being worth a visit on its own. Camping works where there are provincial parks, ...


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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 learning how to / paying someone to disassemble it) and enjoy it. Steel, if not rusty, holds up very well. Ride it gently. Don’t hammer up every hill or ...


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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/anti-anxiety). I seem to be able to hike trails and mountains faster than my younger friends. You only need time to recover if you are doing strength training ...


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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 ill, never catch colds, can run for an hour with no noticeable effort, look two thirds my age, and call the kind of fast dances of my youth that many a ...


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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 (86,573.2 miles), well over 200 miles per day. In 2016, Pete Kostelnick ran 3,067 miles across the United States in 42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes. In 2017, Sandy ...


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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 my ass. I'd also add that it depends on the route you're taking. Several co-workers have been injured biking in my area, as many drivers are self-centered ...


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