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Today I have cycled to Summertown and Marston - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Today I have cycled to Summertown and Marston
It's been a month and a half since I started the new job, and have thus taken up cycling again as a means of not being late due to public transport. It's amazing the improvement in my fitness since then. I seem to be recovering far more quickly than before, and using generally a lower gear to cycle around than before. Steep hills like Temple Road still seem to cause my calves to explode in pain, and thus tend to get walked up, but I'd say I've knocked 5-10 mins off my time between Cowley and the centre of town. I have also lost weight, although if the trend of the last couple of days to shovel food into my mouth like some demonic trash-compactor continues, this may not last.

In general, cycling in Oxford is better for fitness than cycling in Cambridge because (a) it's a bit hillier and (b) things are further apart. I'm glad to be on the bike again and relishing the feeling of control and freedom cycling gives me.

Cycle. It's the shits.
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lnr From: lnr Date: September 25th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting that you say you're using a lower gear than you used to. I personally like to keep a lower gear (and hence faster cadence - the rate at which your legs go round) than a lot of people do. It looks like a lot more work but it's not really. Changing as low as you can and going up slowly is the answer to hills, but obviously you'll want to keep practising on smaller ones before you can get up the big ones. I still walk up some hills, though fewer than I used to.

And go you!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 25th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only hill I ever walked up in Cambridge was Castle Hill, and even then not always.

I may of course have low and high confused, for I do not know How It Works, just How To Make It Go. I find that in terms of effort expended per distance travelling, I like to be performing one complete rotation of the pedal every 1-2 seconds.
lnr From: lnr Date: September 25th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the hills out of town that get me, one near Royston most recently.

If they've got numbers on the lower gears have smaller numbers. And your legs go round faster for the same speed of the bike. Everyone has a different ideal pedalling speed though, so you just have to find what works best for you. One rotation per second is about 60rpm, and apparently most people find something around there to be comfortable.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 25th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nod* Never really cycled out of town in Cambridge, and it is one of the flattest places in England. Coming as I do from near the Peak District, Oxford still strikes me as not particularly hilly. Not sure I'd be keen on cycling in Derby though.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 25th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
My gears do have numbers on them, but they're too small for me to read while I'm cycling.
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sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 26th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Then I probably do in fact mean higher.

I doubt I travel as far or as fast as you though.
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