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Cycling is good exercise. Burn off those calories while biking.

Updated on August 30, 2017

It is time to start burning the calories. Bike riding is one of the best exercises.

Cycling is a great form of exercise for many people, especially for people over 40. It can be used for weight loss or weight management. Much of it depends on how far you pedal and how vigorously you pedal, much the same as any other physical activity.

I personally ride the bike to lose weight and to make my heart work harder, so I will ride the bike more vigorously than most.

Buying a bicycle is a major decision, well not as major as a house or car, you still want it to last and you want to get the most out of it. Also check out my selection of Electric Bikes, these will solve many of your spring and summer commuter problems.

Please Check with a Physician before You start any exercise program or diet.

How to use the bike to Burn Calories

There are several ways to increase your resistance if you want to burn calories. One of the best ways is to go uphill. This will escalate your heart rate and have you huffing and puffing before you know it.

To get maximum benefit, choose a resistance between 70-80 revolutions per minute. RPM stands for "Revolutions Per Minute". For RPM on an outdoor bicycle, simply count the number of pedal strokes you take in a minute. And set the gears accordingly.

Another method of burning calories is to lower your gears a notch or two to increase the resistance, so you have to pedal a little harder.

Don't look at going down a hill as time to take a breather, but as a way to pedal as fast as you can.

You should also consider lowering your calorie intake, to really lose some weight.

Some Books that Will Help You Get the Most Out of Bicycle - These books will also be an inspiration to you.

One thing that I like about books, is that you can keep going over the same inspirational piece over and over again. Books help you to keep your focus. You will find these books a great help as you ride your bike.

Road Bikes are One of the Best Ways to Lose Weight

Road or Racing Bikes are made for speed. While mountain bikes can be used to burn calories, racing or road bikes are the best. They are lighter than mountain bikes, and you can really fly on asphalt on these racing bikes. Remember the faster that you can pedal, the more calories that you can burn. Take a look at some Road Bikes below, they are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

Road bikes are cool or boring ?

Do you like road bikes?

I Started Riding a Bicycle When I was Just a Kid

It was my chief source of transportation.

Cycling is an excellent form of exercise, especially for people over 40 years of age. It is much easier on the joints than jogging or aerobics. People over seventy after surgery are still able to cycle. It also allows you to deal with high blood pressure.

The nice thing about cycling is that you can go at the speed that you want. If you want a good vigorous work out, you will burn a lot of calories, and if you want a more leisurely ride, you will burn calories, but nothing like the vigorous bike ride.

You can burn almost as many calories as jogging, and that is why I now cycle. It is much gentler on the joints than jogging or aerobics. It is great for people who want to get into shape, especially for those that have had a long period of inactivity. I highly recommend it for anybody over forty. With any form of exercise, the more resistance, the more calories you burn. I am lucky to have a lot of hills where I live, and it can be quite a task to get up some of these hills, but I do it. I work up a good sweat and feel it in my legs. You should try to cycle no less than 4 days a week for the best effects.

But Please talk to your doctor first!

The bicycle was my main method of transportation. I would use it for my paper route, to go fishing, to visit my friends, etc. My father was not into driving me around, like modern day parents, and my mother didn't learn to drive until she was somewhere around 40, and by then I had my own car. Nobody told me about the exercise benefit about racing my friends down the hill, or down the street. I went by a middle school a year ago, and there were absolutely no bikes on the bike stand! Parents in my day were demanding that more bike stands be provided by the school, because kids would have to lay their bikes on the ground. I was proud of my bike, I was pretty fast.

We would also take our bikes up the Cascades following fishing streams to fish, and this was long before mountain biking was popular. Sometimes, we would come down the logging roads to be met by the cops who were out looking for us. Even though my father was overly strict, he never gave me heck for these excursions and he never forbade me to do it again, he just suggested that I try to get home a little earlier.
There were many years that I never rode a bike. I took up jogging, weightlifting, tennis, and other sporting endeavors. I had to give up jogging because of shin splints. Unfortunately, while I was jogging, the running shoes were appalling, there was no scientific analysis about the pavement and shock on the knees or legs, or I might have continued. It was weight lifting and nautilus after that.

I rediscovered the benefits of cycling when I was looking at a way to burn some fat, that I had managed to accumulate after only 3 years.

We never had BMX Bicycles

But I love to watch them when they are doing their stunts

BMX Racing has finally made it to the Olympics in 2008. Finally it has legitimacy and recognition from that stuffy Olympics governing body. This is the same body that considers shooting a sport. Give me a break.

I am too old to participate in this kind of cycling, but I enjoy the stunts that BMX riders can do. I will watch the X-games just to watch the incredible stunts that the BMX riders can pull off. If you get a chance to watch these riders, by all means watch them and support them, they do not make the money or get the recognition that the Tour de France cyclists get, but they should, and hopefully they will! If you looking for a BMX check the list below for a selection from Amazon.

What do you think of BMX's ?

BMX's give the most thrill!

BMX at the Olympics - They have finally made it.

BMX racing can now be taken seriously. Here are many videos about people training for the Olympics. Now if only the Olympics governing body will take Mountain Bike riding seriously, than this will be a better world for everyone.

The Mountain Bike

Everybody has one, whether it is a street bike or a real mountain bike.

These are the most popular Bikes on the market today. Mountain biking started in California back in the 70s when people would take big ugly cruiser bicycles down the trails in California. The tires of these bikes were the best on the market, and they later modified the bikes with gears and motocross handlebars. They were called Klunkers. The term would also be used as a verb since mountain biking was not yet in use. They would race down mountain fire roads causing the hub brake to burn the grease inside, requiring the riders to repack the bearings. These were called "Repack Races" and triggered the first innovations in mountain bike technology as well as the initial interest of the public.

Mountain bikes have improved immensely since those days. Now, even the cheaper bikes have dual suspension, decent gearing, good tires. You can find mountain bikes for every terrain, every price range, and for most sizes from 20 inch tires to 29 inch tires. They have come along way from the old klunkers of the 70s.

For the average person, the Mountain Bike is the ultimate bike. Many of these bikes have 15 to 21 gears! Check out some mountain bikes below.

Riding the mountains

Mountain bikes are the top of the line!

Mountain Bikes is the Rave - Check out these Mountain Bikes

Not only can you save money by commuting to work, you can also get some good exercise and burn off some excess calories. These bikes are probably the most comfortable bikes to ride. Many of these bikes come with dual suspension, even the cheaper ones. You can ride them almost everywhere.

You Will Need a Bike Repair Kit - You can usually get a little case for this small repair kit.

If you go any distance you should carry an emergency repair kit with you. This will contain the following items:

  • An extra tire tube.
  • A tire repair kit.
  • A tire pump.
  • A special chain for a broken chain.
  • A special bike repair tool

Nothing is worse than having a flat tire or a broken chain. They are relatively cheap.

You should also take a cell phone with you and a water bottle.

Park Tool WTK-1 Essential Tool Kit
Park Tool WTK-1 Essential Tool Kit

This kit is a cheap addition to your biking gear. It's small, and it has many tools you need when repairing your tires.

 

Mountain Bikes on Youtube - Mountain Biking can be exciting watch these videos

These are great videos for Mountain biking. It is exciting riding down a mountain on nothing more than a bike. Try it, you'll like it.

There is a lot about biking I did not cover. Please let me know what you would like to see.

If you Like Biking Tell me - I will be adding more and more to this lens

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I do my biking at the health club - my streets are a bit too dangerous for my taste. My primary form of exercise is water aerobics - it keeps some weight off of my knees. When I can't do water aerobics, I'll do the stationary bike or the rowing machine.

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      BrandonCase 4 years ago

      Great lens :). I love biking (primarily BMX and fast motorcycles, although I've recently found interest in racing bicycle that actually have gears), and have one addition to your lovely presentation: for maximum effect, try using your bike for high-intensity-training, which is far and away the best method for burning off stubborn fat. I ride in a constant cycle of super-hard sprints of effort, followed by a few seconds of recovery, and then another burst. It is highly invigorating, and really sheds any unwanted clutter around the midsection :).

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      richardp1968 5 years ago

      I believe cycling is a great way to experience the countryside, as well as helping me keep fit.

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Biking is great fun, great exercise and a great way to get around. They've come a long way since the penny farthing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Most of my Family does I was never allowed to have a bike though.xxx

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      HeartBroken62 5 years ago

      Biking is a great way to exercise and keep all of your body in shape. Nice Job.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Biking and swimming are my two favorite forms of exercise.

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      livingfrontiers 5 years ago

      safety is a great thing to consider...better at the beginning:)

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      Khali64 5 years ago

      Can't wait for spring, so I can ride my bike again. Great lens!

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      2wice 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      The snow is melting fast, almost time to dig out the mountain bike and hit the trails.

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      Sarata LM 5 years ago

      Yes. Biking is a great exercise.

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      dustintrentin 5 years ago

      Great lens! Biking is on of the best knee saving exercise

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      Biking is a great exercise and next to swimming one of my favourites! Informative lens.

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      Forrest McKinnis 5 years ago from West Richland

      Biking is an awesome exercise and worthy of a great lens such as this. Love the conversation widgets in this lens. Great job!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I liked biking when I was young. Where I live now, it's simply not an option.

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      forerunner310xt 5 years ago

      Nice complete info on biking for exercise. I like tracking my bike routes.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I really love biking. My favorite exercise!

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      My new year resolution is get fitter, after reading your lens I think I might try cycling.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      I have been biking for 3 years, but I live in the Midwest. We have no mountains or beaches, so I bike the flat trails and ride at least 10 miles a day. I ride a Schwinn 10-speed bike that I have had for 25 years.

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      mySuccess8 5 years ago

      Biking is one excellent exercise, while enabling environment-friendly commuting. Thanks for sharing.

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      RecordLady 5 years ago

      Great lens. A lot of info.

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      I love my spin class but, after reading this I may need to venture outside for biking.

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Haven't riden a bike in years, but have been looking at some new bikes lately. I've been thinking about it for awhile now and hope to ride soon.

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      themeaparty 6 years ago

      I used to always bike to work, which was about 8 miles away downtown from the suburbs. Very poor trails, but I found enough side streets to bike away from the main roads. (Don't bike to work anymore, because I work from home ... and gained 10 pounds since then!)

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      BuddyBink 6 years ago

      Excellent explanation of the exercise value of biking. Bikes have sure changed since I was a kid. Thanks

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      madhu2219 6 years ago

      Yes definitely.. biking is a good form of exercise!

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      Amoonlighter2011 6 years ago

      Not bad, I had a boyfriend in highschool who was into bmx...it was fun...

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      JZinoBodyArt 6 years ago

      Great lens and I can totally relate. We petaled ourselves everywhere as kids, nobody gave us a ride!

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      Kumarastylez 6 years ago

      Nice lens and good and useful information :)

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      diaperbagdiva lm 6 years ago

      Great lens! Cycling classes are my favorite cardio workout!

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      bman227 6 years ago

      Cycling is lots of fun and great exercise.

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      jeremiahjpwalto1 6 years ago

      I love to bmx but skateboarding is what Im best at

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love any type of exercise. I just put up a lens on how exercise elevates your mood. Great lens! Keep biking towards happiness!

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      awesomeamber 6 years ago

      Biking is so much fun! great lens!

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      Badbreathguy 6 years ago

      I like to bike to my daughter's school. I get the exercise, and the environment is better off for me not taking the car and adding to the pollution in the atmosphere.

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      Formosangirl LM 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Biking is fun to watch!

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      PainMan1 6 years ago

      Congrats on a great lens! Above video is awesome!

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      DelightfulDanie 6 years ago

      I LOVE to bike. It's so much fun and great excerize! Great lens :)

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      DelightfulDanie 6 years ago

      I LOVE to bike. It's so much fun and great excerize! Great lens :)

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Like the previous poster, this lens makes me want to get on a bike again. Like right now :)

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      christopherwell 6 years ago

      I haven't been on a bike in years -- really need to get back into it.

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      AnneMathews 6 years ago

      Fun lens. Thanks.

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      AnneMathews 6 years ago

      Fun lens. Thanks.

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      squid2hub 6 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens.

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      Mosoma 6 years ago

      Biking is a great aerobic workout. Thanks for this lens.

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      I've always enjoyed riding a bicycle ... a great type of exercise that is not drudgery.

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      KiwiSanet 6 years ago

      I am in the 40 plus age range you mention (smile) and used to cycle to school. I still want to cycle around the South Island of New Zealand one day.

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      cwkerns lm 6 years ago

      I think you covered this very well. I enjoyed this lens, great job.

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      Noelle and Dan 6 years ago

      Biking is my favorite outdoor thing to do.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      This is my new lens hope you will like it : http://www.squidoo.com/day-after-tomorrow

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      Deeksha 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. and yes it really is a good exercise.

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      seedlingspublis 6 years ago

      I love bikes, but don't know what to get =(

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      flightofdestiny2 6 years ago

      Awesome lens. I love that you provided info on several different types of bikes. Thanks

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      Great lens. I like all the duel polls.

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      Biking is fun! I did it a lot when I was a kid....I should probably start back up again

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      very good and informative lens..I can say.thanks for such a nice lens

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      very good and informative lens..I can say.thanks for such a nice lens

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Very good lens. Lots of information. Almost makes me want to go biking!

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      BlenderHead LM 6 years ago

      Great lens! I've always loved bike riding ever since i was a young kid too! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      On the way home from my meeting, my bike ride could not have been more different - I was going downhill, with the wind, a blanket of snow making my ride smooth and soft. I coasted past cars stopped in traffic, pedestrians trudging on the sidewalks, and buses full of people waiting to reach their destination while I was actively pursuing my destination. I felt alive, invigorated with purpose. What a difference small things make! diamondback mountain bikes for the ultimate adventuresome fun.

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      I love biking. we had one of the exercise bikes at home. It was good but I prefer sightseeing and exploring when I am biking.

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      bangcool 6 years ago

      Fun and cheap, this is all about biking. I love doing this activity since i'm 14th, Its very enjoyable

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      nikline 6 years ago

      I am trying to teach my 6 year old how to ride a bike. Is there a guide you can recommend?

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love cycling but weather here is too hot, restricts us to ride anytime we like! too bad...

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      manchester lm 6 years ago

      I love cycling. Unfortunately, living in Manchester, it tends to rain a lot, which spoils the experience!! :(

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      DonMcCyclist1 6 years ago

      A friend who uses wheelchairs had a stainless steel shower chair he couldn't find anybody to give it away to as it was. So, craftsman that he was, he modified it into a bicycle trailer and gave it to me. I've been using it to fetch groceries and on other shopping errands since. Thanks for highlighting obesity-fighting transportation!

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      DonMcCyclist1 6 years ago

      A friend who uses wheelchairs had a stainless steel shower chair he couldn't find anybody to give it away to as it was. So, craftsman that he was, he modified it into a bicycle trailer and gave it to me. I've been using it to fetch groceries and on other shopping errands since. Thanks for highlighting obesity-fighting transportation!

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      justinejamie 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this wonderful lens. i've learned how to ride a bike since i was five and i know how they can come with great benefits. i hope a lot of people see this

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      zeronese lm 6 years ago

      i love biking, it is my favorite... it has been a long time since i had a bike, maybe it's time to buy one lol

      ty for sharing the info on this page :)

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      i haven't gone on a bike for such a long time, and I miss it. Seeing this nice lens really makes me want to spin the wheals again

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      Logemon1 6 years ago

      Biking is one of my favorite ways to exercise.

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      wayne_luvinlife 6 years ago

      I love biking, have been away from it for a few years, but this lens maybe the motivation I needed! Thank you for sharing this lens!

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      desdemony 6 years ago

      I love biking. And yes, it's good exercise too. Will go on a tour in a minute. :)

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. I used to go biking all the time when I was a kid but once I started surfing, my biking time was limited.

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      PippiDust 6 years ago

      Great lens. I hope I'll be starting soon with biking.

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      PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

      This is a great lens on a subject which has always been important to me. I love riding my bikes and working on them too. I have even written a few bicycle lenses of my own.

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      Bonzlee LM 6 years ago

      We just moved to an area with a 20-mile bike path from mountains to ocean. Great lense to help me choose a new bike. Thanks!

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      Lee Williams 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I really need to get a bike since I moved out into a rural area - the exercize would be wonderful!

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      surfin4dough lm 6 years ago

      Biking is a great way to burn calories, but I like it because it's easier on my knee joints. Much better than running anyway.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice job on your lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I love, love, love biking. Have had to trade the road and mountain bike for a recumbent cycle (due to a car accident and injuries). Don't plan to give it up (cycling). Hope to do a cross-country trip in the near future.

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      ccorrig 6 years ago

      I love biking. This lens has inspired me to go on a trail ride this weekend! Thanks

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      robinrags 6 years ago

      Love biking ...thanks a lot!

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      LegalDog 6 years ago

      Thanks

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I have always liked riding a bike. Maybe I need to start again. Thanks for a very interesting lens.

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      RiverCygnet 6 years ago

      Great Lens ^^, I wish I had a bike

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      skier chick 6 years ago

      Lots of great discussion and participation on the soundboards. Congrats! I always struggle to get people to participate on my lenses - any tips?

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      sluggasteve 6 years ago

      I need a bike!

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens. You gave me a wealth of information about the different types of bikes and helped me figure out which one was right for me. I know that I won't be getting a BMX bike. LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the tips on losing weight with cycling. It seems a lot easier to ride a bike than go to the gym, I will have to try.

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      HomeGym LM 6 years ago

      My older brother used to cycle and was into it big time .

      He trainned with Paul Dann and I know the pain he went through as he trained hard.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      When I was young, I used to ride my bike everyday and loved it. It was save to ride on the streets. These days it's dangerous. That's why my children don't have bikes. Very nice lens.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Great lens ..I love cycling it is brilliant form of exercise.

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      ambrking 6 years ago

      I am planning a long trail ride next year. What do you think I shall prepare?

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      great lens with some cool rides i love my bike and wouldn't be without it, many thanks

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! I used to ride my bike a lot when I was younger.

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      cool lens!

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      I really want to start biking already! But I'd have to wait before I could buy a new bike T_T Nice lens btw! I also have lenses on working out, you might want to check them out!

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      Came back and blessed! :D