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Just curious...(3 posts)

Just curious...BC
Jul 15, 2002 4:30 PM
I am 16 years old, 5'7.5" and weigh a whopping 161 with clothes, belt and shoes. I've got strong legs, can leg press about 650lbs, but they are not big and I don't see where the weight is coming from. I think I may have a large frame. One more thing, I see my competiotrs and others have their quad muscles overlap and sag over their knee when relaxed, yet mine don't, my knee is farther out. How can I build my quads up and manage to lower my weight to climb.


BTW-I do not have a big upper body, arms are under 13" flexed.
Curiosity satisfiedKerry
Jul 15, 2002 5:31 PM
You sound like you've been weightlifting rather than riding the bike. Don't worry about what people's muscles look like or how much you can press. Worry about getting faster on the bike. If you ride a lot and follow a structured program (recovery rides, distance rides, intervals) you will automatically get the right muscles and the speed you want. If you ride and also eat properly, you'll come to the right weight for cycling. If your genes are good, that weight will be good for cycling.
everybody's differentrufus
Jul 16, 2002 6:30 AM
hereditary genetics determine your body stucture and muscle size and shape. not everyone will have the same muscle structure or development. look at the climbers in the tour de france, skinny little guys with matchstick legs, and yet they're strong as hell. and then you have others with huge quads and bulging calves.

don't worry about your build, just keep doing what you're doing, ride the bike, and have fun. a little upper body work could help your climbing, as you use those muscles to pull on the bars and rock the bike when standing.