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Running v cycling

Cycling Vs Running – Is Running Good For Cyclists?

 

Recently we have received a lot of questions from Tri-athletes who as you know do a lot of running, but we have received a question from Jimmy who wants to know if running is good training for cycling and what precautions he should take when on the road without his bike

I’ve been cycling for a long time and recently enjoyed reading your article on all year training, but with the weather where I live in the winter being so bad I either have to use a turbo trainer or go swimming, so I was wondering if maybe I should try some running.

My question is; will running help my training and what should I look out for?
Thanks, Jimmy.

Hello Jimmy,
We are glad you enjoyed our Four Season Training article and hope you found it helpful. As you probably know swimming is a great alternative to cycling as it is very kind to the joints, just remember not to swallow the water.

Running on the other hand is not so good on the ankles, knees and hip joints; this is where a very good pair of running shoes will help, especially if you are running on hard surfaces, road or footpath.

It’s a good idea to stick to soft grass, gravel or special running surfaces; of course as you are used to using a turbo trainer and the weather is very bad where you live, then maybe you should try a running machine at your local gym as these are more cushioned and better for your legs.

Remember if you running out doors that if the weather is bad you need to wrap up to keep warm, you probably will not need as much clothing as when you are cycling, but you will need to be careful not to catch any chills on your chest and also remember not to hang about after you have finished training as you will be wet with sweat and if the sweat goes cold on your skin it’s the quickest way of getting sick.

With running you don’t need to as much training as when cycling, half an hour running is probably worth around two hours cycling, combine this with some swimming and maybe a work-out at the gym with weights should keep you, or get you fit for the good weather when its time to get the bike out again.

As with your cycling a good pulse monitor will help to gauge your training regime, have fun.

More Fixie Information

It seems to be a sad fact that every “underground” fashion scene will inevitably be taken over by pretentious wannabes. The most recent victim of this trend is that of the once-edgy bike messengers. Actual bike messengers are now faced with the decision to either just suck it up and be confused with mobs of posers, or simply change careers. Especially as the culture surrounding the ‘fixie’ has become more and more reminiscent of the cheeseball rollerblade (or ‘extreme inline skating’) scene that emerged in the 1990s.

Since the whole Fixed Gear trend has finally been maxed out on douche, we thought it fitting to call this fad out for what it is. The following are 13 reasons why this fad should just call it quits.

Their Deity Is This Guy

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Does he look particularly happy? This guy’s an actual bike messenger in San Francisco, and he’s also the end-all be-all fashion icon for the Fixie “movement.” He wears layers of lightweight clothing because he’s an actual cyclist, who does this for a living. He has to wear tight-fitting pants because he’s on a bike all day long, and his shoes match the same pragmatic theme. He wears an actual courier’s bag, specifically made with bike messengers in mind.

They’re Immature

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Fixie-enthusiasts are like small children who crave nothing more than attention. They roam the city, funemployed and bored, looking to get noticed on their circuit between one hipster-friendly coffee house and the next. They usually began riding bikes because they were too broke to drive a car, then they got lucky with the Green frenzy. Conveniently, their pedestrian lifestyle became a badge of honor, and they capitalized on it.

They Compete for the Darwin Awards

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If they actually ride their fixed-gear bikes (a rare occurrence), they’re usually showing off and getting into trouble in city traffic. They’ve got a feeling of entitlement on the roadways since they’re cyclists and they routinely swerve out in front of cars. When a car darts out in front of them, they usually don’t have the skill it takes to stop their bike on time since they have no brakes.

They’ve Pissed Off an Entire Country

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The Germans are so fed of with Fixie-riders that they’ve banned fixed-gear bikes in Berlin. We’re talking about a country that has brothels specializing in taking care of virgins here. On top of that, they love David Hasselhoff too, so you’d think they’re pretty easy going folks. Fixie-riders were just too much for them. For the German-speakers out there, we think the image below (disdainfully) details why.

This Is Serious to Them

Five years ago, this bike would have been hilarious. Now, it’s a beacon of pretentious hipster fad-following. Just like the bar-room hipster wearing $500 worth of designer clothes to look  like a bum, these guys only use the most expensive components they can afford when building their bikes out of beat-up old frames. It’s all about appearances to them, not necessity. Funky looking bikes used to be cool, now they’re just loud.

This Is “Manly”

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This guy and his purple shirt (with matching rims) looks ridiculous, but to Fixie-riders he’s a regular Joe. This is a good example of what happens when recreational sports-cyclists get caught up in the fixed-gear craze. Their bright colors and bike shorts don’t get thrown away, they just become the foundation for a extra-weird hipster wardrobe that we all have to endure.

They’re Always Walking

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Spend enough time on a city street and you’ll see a Fixie-rider walking his bike down it. Since there is no free-wheeling on a fixed-gear bike, the rider needs to keep pedaling the whole time in order to keep moving. Most Fixie-riders are undernourished and sleep-deprived, so actually riding the bike would just be too much for them to handle for long periods of time (i.e. anything over 15 minutes).

A Hipster is a Hipster

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Whether he’s cruising a Smart Car, a Vespa or a fixed-gear bike, a hipster is still just another hipster. He’s just like any other hipster that rolled off the assembly line, with a PBR in one hand and his favorite M. Ward album in the other. Don’t be fooled by his new eco-friendly mode of transportation, it’s just the popular thing to do right now.

The Worst Kind of Posers

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Real bike messengers work hard, and some get seriously injured or even killed in accidents. It’s a risky job, and often a thankless one, with their main clients being the snobby suits in high-rise buildings who want their parcels ASAP. Posers running around acting like the real deal damage any respect these guys have earned, and that’s pretty damn lame.

An Excuse for Skinny Pants and Messenger Bags

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It must feel like a fashion-dream come true for hipsters everywhere – a pragmatic excuse to justify their skinny jeans and faux-messenger bags. This probably played a role in their taking to the Fixi-rider fad so readily, considering most hipsters aren’t that prone to physical exercise. The problem is, now the rest of us have to put up with even more guys wearing skinny jeans and faux-messenger bags.

They’re Only In it For the Fixie-Girls

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This one’s a no-brainer. With girls like that riding around the city, it’s tempting to say “who can blame them,” but you’ve got to resist the urge. Anyone who’s ever driven through a bike-heavy city has taken at  least a moment to admire the ladies in full cyclist regalia, traversing the motor-ways on their very high seats. It’s really no wonder why so many young men are hopping on the Fixie bandwagon, and because of the cycling community’s shared love of all things bike, these women actually go for them.

They Make People Hate Cyclists

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Bikes are a good thing; they cut down on traffic, pollution, obesity, and make densely populated cities better places to live in by making them more tolerable. Among all the industrialized nations of the world, America, especially, has trouble letting go of cars and taking bikes seriously. Fixie-riders are damaging the hard-won progress in that movement through sheer annoyance. When other cyclists can’t stand them, you know there’s a problem.

Go All Out Or Go Home

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Fixie-riders like to act as though they’re unique, crazy, creative and funky. The real fact is that they half-ass just about everything they do. If they really wanted to stand out, they’d man up and follow this guy’s example (picture above). He kept his gears and added a tiny dog (and a twelver of Coors Light)  to his ridiculous ride. What have Fixie-riders done that every other Fixie-rider hasn’t already done? In the end, we’ll just have to count on the fad cycle, and hope that the obnoxious trend of fixed-gear bikes collapses under its own weight (of uncontrollable egotism).

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Ride Fixie Boy Ride

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Jvalen’s Trackmaster Flat tracker , what a bike.

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Alice Cooper a good man for the half term.

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