Cycling style inherited from previous sports

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by rugby bloke, 10 Jun 2019.

  1. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    I used to go horse riding.
    Find I use my body and seat more when cycling, rather than just steering and following (if you know what I mean) :smile:
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  2. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    I have tended towards endurance in the past. Cross country running at school, several years of squash and then apart from a handful of years of Tae Kwon Do, distance running. Whether it is my past or my nature I don't know, but I prefer a steady rhythm on my bike, whether on the flat or climbing.
    A while back I was commuting to work and one day deliberately decided to try to hit every light on green, which required sprinting between some of the lights. My quads did not appreciate the initiative my brain embarked upon.
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  3. PK99

    PK99 Guru

    ...and helped positioning your balls?
  4. Donger

    Donger Convoi Exceptionnel

    Quedgeley, Glos.
    I was once a shot putter. I haven't yet felt the compulsion to spin around on the spot and let out an aggressive yell when starting off. When pulling away, I have stamped on the pedals a bit though, breaking a crank on one occasion and ripping up an axle on another. Short bursts of explosive power, or just down to weighing 300lb? You decide.
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  5. delb0y

    delb0y Guru

    Quedgeley, Glos
    I used to play a little squash about thirty years ago until some bad asthmas attacks put paid to it. I watch rugby and I watch motorbike racing, and I watch all the 15 mph plodders pull away from me rather rapidly....
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    If you've been involved in any physical sport you have a basic fitness level and you learn how to suffer and keep going. It makes transition easier.
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  7. MiK1138

    MiK1138 Veteran

    My previous sport was TV Surfing so its a no for me
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  8. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Zwift for you I'm afraid....
  9. Shearwater Missile

    Shearwater Missile Well-Known Member

    I used to be a runner from the age of 20 to 50. My peak fitness was in my 30s. PB for 10mile 54:30, 10k 32:45. I gave it up when my knees played me up. I have always cycled and in 2010 it took over from the running. I got the same buzz and recorded all my rides like I did with the running. Something to ponder over and wonder why on a certain day I ran or cycled faster than another day. With cycling that day is usually when it is warmer but with running it was`nt always the case. With cycling I don`t seem to flog myself as much.
  10. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

    Here and there
    I used to be a rower. I've had to reverse the saddle so I can face the back of the bike while pedalling.
  11. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    I used to play darts so drink a lot of beer.
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  12. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    I rode with an audax with a motorbike racer once. I was faster up the hills being fitter and a bit lighter, but he was more courageous on the way down, having much more confidence in his bike control. So we matched each other for average speed.
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  13. Twizit

    Twizit CS8 lead out specialist

    Aha a fellow tight head :hello: diesel engine has been used as a descriptor on occasion, although I can certainly hold my own if it comes to sprinting. After around 8 years and 50,000 odd miles of cycling my upper body is half the size it used to be, but the legs haven't got any smaller. Bizarrely for a 90kg bloke I go up hills reasonably well, although I do prefer those longer ones where you can get a good steady rhythm going and my mind can just wander off to a happy place.
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  14. I guess it’s a prop thing. We’re not renowned for our ability to concentrate
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  15. graham bowers

    graham bowers Über Member

    NW Leicestershire
    Ex rock climber. I have my saddle very high ;-)
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