Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby wardie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:53 pm

duds2u wrote:
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Mulger bill wrote:Nothing is as good as riding, NOTHING! :D
Swimming is a distant but still closer than anything else next best.

Cross-country skiing also ranks highly I think.


I cross country ski raced for 12 years and it is right up there with cycling.

If you have done the training for either and on a good day with well prepped skis (well prepped bike) and good snow ( good road surface) they are both pretty close to heaven.


I'd love to cross country ski. I imagine it would be brilliant and peaceful.

I might even give it a go this winter.

Duds - do you recommend any places to learn?
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby sli123 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:32 pm

il padrone wrote:Kayaking or rowing. Great for upper body work-out.
.......


It's always good to balance things out. Cycling works the legs, so some upper body work like kayaking or rowing would be a good addition to the fitness stable. Both of those sports also work the core muscle group which will help support your back for all those long hours spent leaning over the handlebars :)
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:24 am

Any other activity that involves a changing landscape, distance and personal effort. In my book that's things like kayaking, cross country skiing or rock climbing.

However, of late, I've found that:
a) sea kayaks don't take child seats;
b) dodgy knees and 12 hours driving combine to be a great disincentive to XC skiing; and
c) the nearest rocks to me are in western Victoria (Grampians/Arapilies) and they both scare me.... :cry:

So riding it is...
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby elStado » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:21 pm

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elStado wrote:Surfing/bodyboarding. Great fun and good exercise too. Just watch out for those sharks. :O


Surfing is not something one should attempt to get fit. You need to be fit for surfing. And past a certain age it is unlikely one would ever become even vaguely proficient at it.


Meh. Tell that to my former university lecturer. He's in his late 50s, started surfing about 5 years ago and now is quite good. Of course he's not as good as the young blokes, but definitely not a kook either.

Start small and go big! A larger board is easier to paddle and stand up on than a short board. A bodyboard is even easier, although difficult to bail off.

I see plenty of old fellas (50+) out at the beach surfing and bodyboarding every day. It's all about attitude!
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby il padrone » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:42 pm

silentbutdeadly wrote:However, of late, I've found that:
a) sea kayaks don't take child seats;

Huh??

They can do :idea:
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:55 pm

I ttook me about a nanosecond for one word to pop into my head.

Skiing. Alpine in my case.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby il padrone » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:07 pm

Where's the skiing in WA ??

:P :wink:
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby BoardRider » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:47 pm

I cycle so I can surf. That was the plan now I am just confused. But what a choice !
Last summer I got to ride to the beach 3hrs then surf for two hours perfection with vehicle support.
Now I only need to fix my surf board to a bike and go surfing. My goal for this summer.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby il padrone » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:00 pm

BoardRider wrote:Now I only need to fix my surf board to a bike and go surfing. My goal for this summer

:wink:

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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:41 am

il padrone wrote:Where's the skiing in WA ??

:P :wink:

That is the only thing missing in WA. However, when I was serious about my skiing I used to do a month of "dryland skiing" in preparation before my annual trip. Thats applying correct technique to in-line skates on slopes. Very VERY demanding skillwise and absolutely tears the wheels to bits.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby BoardRider » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:29 am

il padrone wrote:
BoardRider wrote:Now I only need to fix my surf board to a bike and go surfing. My goal for this summer

:wink:

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I am going need a bigger bike. To avoid it being a unicycle :x
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:33 am

il padrone wrote:
BoardRider wrote:Now I only need to fix my surf board to a bike and go surfing. My goal for this summer

:wink:

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Look out for cross winds with that! :shock: :lol:

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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby sogood » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:15 am

It's hard to find another sport that I can start to enjoy as I ride out the front door and don't stop until I've arrived back. Jogging may satisfy this criteria but it's hard on the body and don't get the opportunity to explore more distant places.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:54 am

il padrone wrote:Image

:shock: Crocodile Dundee surfs?
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby warthog1 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:57 am

foo on patrol wrote:
Look out for cross winds with that! :shock: :lol:

Foo


I was thinking the same. That would be pretty well unrideable on a blustery day.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby BoardRider » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:42 pm

warthog1 wrote:
foo on patrol wrote:
Look out for cross winds with that! :shock: :lol:

Foo


I was thinking the same. That would be pretty well unrideable on a blustery day.


Would it turn safely in traffic ,I think not.A Flashing amber light might be appropriate on a helmet with a long load sign.
I would certainly have a few more projectiles thrown in my direction. :D
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby greyhoundtom » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:25 pm

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I'm surprised that no one has designed and marketed a folding surfboard as yet to fit on a bike or in the back of a car. :?
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby greyhoundtom » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:27 pm

Mmmmm... .....wrong again.......... :oops:

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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby elStado » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:49 pm

greyhoundtom wrote:I'm surprised that no one has designed and marketed a folding surfboard as yet to fit on a bike or in the back of a car. :?


Why fold.. when you can just bodyboard! They are lighter, shorter and more durable. My bodyboard is 41" long, compared to my shortboard which is 5'9" (and that is a very small board too) and weights a lot more.

Just a pity that I live ~17km from the nearest beach (with a few hills too).. I think even with a rack I wouldn't want to be riding further than 8km with all my gear (board, wetsuit, fins etc). It's not so much the ride there, as I usually head down at around 5am. But it is the ride back that would be a killer when you've been surfing for 3 hours and have tired legs already.

Really have to move to another place close to the beach so I can build one of these puppies and ride down for a surf.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby clackers » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:07 pm

Am discovering kayaking at the moment.

The wife and I were holidaying Eildon/Bright/Hotham the other week and I got to push through the reeds of Lake Buffalo one day, and then get the bike out the next morning and climb Mt Buffalo for the first time, from Porepunkah.

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This is a shorter sit-on, the N+1 yak will be a 4+ metre sit-in, clearly! :D
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby schroeds » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:42 pm

Kayaking for me, and having had two bike accidents at the end of last year, I like the fact that it's very hard to get injured kayaking.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby silentbutdeadly » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:27 am

il padrone wrote:
silentbutdeadly wrote:However, of late, I've found that:
a) sea kayaks don't take child seats;

Huh??

They can do :idea:


Very cool....but since we already have two of these
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...I can't see ourselves investing in something like that.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby alf » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:57 pm

sli123 wrote:
il padrone wrote:Kayaking or rowing. Great for upper body work-out.
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It's always good to balance things out. Cycling works the legs, so some upper body work <snip>


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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby Uncle Just » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:00 pm

When I take a break from cycling I indulge in old fashioned walking. Low impact and can be done anywhere, no equipment needed. Definitely a simple, accessible form of exercise which if more people did it would have far reaching health benefits. If you want to get away, bushwalking is also great exercise and can take you places where few go.
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