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  1. Bowlie

    Bowlie New Member

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    Hi. I just stated cycling as a way to increase my aerobic conditioning for boxing/kickboxing as an alternative to running. So far i have really enjoyed myself, and over a month have worked up to doing a 25Mile ride in just less than 3 hours through country lanes with lots of hills.


    Because im doing this for boxing rather than competitive cycling, I am working on my cardiac output at the moment (lowering my heart rate) and was wondering if anyone had any specific training regimes for this. At the moment i am just using a heart rate monitor to try and stay at about 150BPM over a long time, and am seeing improvements, but not as quickly as i expected. I find that because i ride on places like muddy canal paths or hilly lanes my heart rate sometimes goes up past the 150BPM mark (mostly if im on a hill and want to keep up a decent speed because of cars) and athough im not bothered about speed for speeds sake, i think it would help to be able to keep up a better speed on hills with less effort and was wondering how best to make my bike faster on roads, without compromising its offroad capacity too much. Im using an old but quite good mountain bike, with an aluminium frame and no suspension but very chunckey mountain bike tyres. Im wondering if i get some thinner hybrid tyres will i see any difference? What else could help without my ploughing too much money into a new bike?

    Thanks in advance, Josh
     
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  2. RideOfHisLife

    RideOfHisLife New Member

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    im no chris boardman, but from what i know. you shouldnt get thinner tyres if you arent wanting to compromise your offroad capabilities. Try getting some proper lycra cycle clothes to reduce drag and increase comfort. thats as far as my knowledge goes on that.

    you mentioned your heartrate goes up when on canal paths, you could subconciously be nervous about losing control and falling in. You may think "yeah right". But it is completely natural to do so.

    regrads, RideOfHisLife
     
  3. Bowlie

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    I dont mind it not being brilliant off road, i just dont want it to be useless. I dont do heavy mountain biking, so i dont think thinner tyres would matter that much. I thought drag only really had an impact on speeds over 12MPH? i am currently averaging around 10MPH (going for distance, not speed). On the canal paths i meant more its alot of work beacause its very muddy / bumpy, but i guess that could be a factor too. Its the increase on hills im more concerned about though.
     
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    If it is muddy and bumpy, a good suspension and thick threaded tyres are essential for you to stay on your bike. Do what I do, stick with a mountain bike, change the saddle, upgrade tyres, upgrade brakes and change from grip shift to flick gears (if you don't already have flick shift) Makes the bike feel different
     
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