The Bicycling Paradox: Fit Doesn’t Have to Mean Thin
Here’s nice article from the New York Times that explains why Industrially Sized riders like me don’t see the pounds fall away like I did when I was a runner. The article is “The Bicycling Paradox: Fit Doesn’t Have to Mean Thin“. This link requires log in at NY Times site, it is free but an inconvenience. If you do sign in, you might also want to sign up for their Daily News Email and Podcasts both are excellent.
What this article says is particularly true for recumbent riders, who tend to ride more, but are often less fit looking than the average Diamond Frame rider. Recumbents are more aerodynamic and typically require 20% to 30% less effort to ride at speeds above 12 MPH than diamond frames. So we can often surprise more fit looking riders, “The Recumbent Paradox?”
It also explains why bicycling, particularly Recumbent bicycling , works so well for older and heavier riders.