I've been reading a lot on this forum, and notice a lot of talk about speed and shaving some weight off the bike.
I started commuting last summer, and have started up again this summer - I whimped out for most of winter, choosing other exercise indoors and riding on the better days after work for an interval similar to my commute..Of course, I'm very happy about the economics and ecology of riding vs driving.
My goal is a 40 minute ride, to get cardio exercise. My route is 7.5 miles one way, so I guess I'm riding about 10 MPH. I'm on a mountain bike with the chain pretty much down the middle - middle sprocket of 3 on front, and fourth sprocket of 6 in back. In this way, I have to pedal fast, and this puts my heart rate where it needs to be.
I'm just wondering if there is some advantage I'm missing by not riding faster sometimes- for instance, on the days I don't commute, taking a longer ride in higher gear?
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