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Bikers beware

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
a little food for thought for all the die hard bikers out there.
Ya know the NY Times would never steer you wrong



well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/is-bicycling-bad-for-your-bones/
post #2 of 15
 holy smokes........Bicyclists have brittle bones? 
Weight bearing exercise is good for bones, so maybe bikers should combine cycling with a weight bearing program.
 
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
the weights will not only help your bones but it will make a more powerful bike rider.
post #4 of 15
Have any of you guys read Michael Barry's book? It's pretty funny the lengths that pro-roadies go to to avoid any exertion other than riding. They have elevators in two-story houses! I think this is probably not a concern for most normal people.
post #5 of 15
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Have any of you guys read Michael Barry's book? It's pretty funny the lengths that pro-roadies go to to avoid any exertion other than riding. They have elevators in two-story houses! I think this is probably not a concern for most normal people.

Yeah, you'd have to be able to back out the eating disorders and other "externalities" to even focus on the role played by the sport itself.  For someone who works a desk job and gets basically no exercise but for jumping on a bike, maybe food for thought though.
post #6 of 15
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Have any of you guys read Michael Barry's book? It's pretty funny the lengths that pro-roadies go to to avoid any exertion other than riding. They have elevators in two-story houses! I think this is probably not a concern for most normal people.

you cant be for real. are you?

watching the tour de france the majority of the field has arms that most chicks would be embarrased of. so maybe it is for real.

I also think mountain bikers wouldnt have the same issues as the hardcore roadie set.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by loboskis View Post

the weights will not only help your bones but it will make a more powerful bike rider.

not really....

even notice that in the tour de france the majority of the riders are less than 150lb some much less. The more weight you can keep off even in muscle mass makes your Vo2 better and makes you climb better, there are exception like ullrich and even lance a couple years back got 'built" but even lance is skinnied arm again.
post #8 of 15
 Bones weigh too much, make you slow.
post #9 of 15
 Greg Lemond's coaches always told him not to XC ski in the winter because it was really hard for him to drop the extra weight of arm muscles.

Yeah Bush - for real elevators in two story houses.
post #10 of 15
wow after rereading that link. I am so glad I drink a half gallon of milk a day.

also running, pick up basketball, and fooling around on my trampoline have to get help from losing bone mass as well.

scary stuff for the hardcore roadie set though.
post #11 of 15
Old (pretty durn) news.   No impact sport -> no bone density.

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wow after rereading that link. I am so glad I drink a half gallon of milk a day.

Hasn't got anything to do with diet.  

  Drink milk + no exercise except cycling (or swimming) -> calcium deposition in brain case + brittle bones + lactose intolerance with aging.
post #12 of 15
I think I'll stick to my ice cream diet just in case.
post #13 of 15
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I think I'll stick to my ice cream diet just in case.




On the MTB point, xc types are going to have similar potential concerns, but the more varied the terrain you're riding as BWPA notes the less the same concern would be there.  Plus the more there will be movement cross-training benefit that carries over to skiing or riding. 

In real life there may be more pressing concerns like back pain and not being able to carry luggage when you get to a higher-altitude airport that may cluster around not "mixing it up."  But still good to mix it up anyway.
post #14 of 15
I train for raciong cars and for stamina on my bike riding 2 hours a day twice a week in the Miami summer heat.  2 hours from 11 - 1 pm at 100F w 100% humidity has increased my endurance by leaps and bounds

But I had the wierdest injury in Feb while skiing at Tahoe.  First run I get off the lift at Northstar and flex my forearm out and immediately have a small sprain in my forearm. I was like WTH ?

It was the dumbest injury ever.  It seems that I didn't stretch my forearm bcus my bike riding forearm position seems to be opposite of my skiing position
post #15 of 15
Didn't read the article... did it mention what video games do your bones?

I'm shocked more Pro Cyclists aren't getting 'elective' chemotherapy to ditch that 'last little bit' of body mass that isn't cycling related...
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