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cycling and roller blading(11 posts)

cycling and roller bladingWhoWasThat
May 7, 2003 11:12 AM
Can anyone offer some insight as to whether taking up roller blading would interfere somehow with cycling? Different stresses on the knees perhaps?
Thanks & happing riding!
re: cycling and roller bladingpurplepaul
May 7, 2003 11:21 AM
Far from hurting you, it will make you stronger. When I used to inline skate, very few people could keep up with me going up hills when I switched to a bike. Skating is much harder than riding since you are supporting your entire body all the time. Skating is a very technical sport, and you can either use your body to help or hinder forward movement. If there is an inline skating club near you, they would be a great source of training tips. The fastest skaters are much faster than your average cyclist, and when you jump back on the bike, it's amazing how much easier it is.
re: cycling and roller bladingJuanmoretime
May 7, 2003 11:24 AM
I believe they actually compliment each other. My great cyclist have been skaters and the reverse also. Remember Eric Heiden, I'm not sure if that's the correct speeling of his name.
agree with above... nice compliments to each otherrockbender
May 7, 2003 12:07 PM
I did quite a bit of skate skiing this winter and found my climbing ability to quite improved over years past. You use slightly different muscles/movements so it is great to mix it up (i.e. use a mellow skate for recovery)

above all... have fun!
Hmm - well, if you're good at skating maybe!Rich_Racer
May 7, 2003 12:18 PM
But I'm not but decided to try and improve. I twisted my knee in a fall and was off my bike for a week! I don't think it was good for my biking!
they interfere with each other when...Fez
May 7, 2003 12:25 PM
cyclist and skater are on the same path.

When I have skated, bikers have been jerks and still go by really close, whether on a pass or oncoming.

When I have biked, skaters (mainly recreational ones) have been clueless and have hogged more than their share of the road.

Speedskaters tend to know the rules of the road better and many of them are cyclists, and good ones.

Is it good for cycling? Yes. I was not able to cycle for a while so all I could do was skate.

When I got back on the bike I felt like I never left it. It does wonders for the cardiovascular system.
Helps prevent knee injuries?AllUpHill
May 7, 2003 2:37 PM
Due to cycling, I've suffered from agonizing IT band problems at times. I'm recently getting back into inline skating (been away from it for 5 years) to help strengthen and impart flexibility to that area of my knees.

Not sure if the skating-specific muscle group development helps cycling performance. Certainly the cardio benefits would carry over to the bike. But my fitness plummets tremendously when I'm off the bike for 5 weeks due to IT pain, so any protective measure is worth a lot!
May 7, 2003 3:31 PM
since it would strengthen the entire leg, muscles around the knee included.

As for muscle groups, if you are skating properly and, therefore, efficiently, perhaps doing the double push, you will have your knees bent somewhere approaching 45 degrees. It takes a motherload of strength to hold that position for any length of time. One of the exercises to prepare for skating is to put feet together and squat so that your femur is parallel with the ground and your head is over your knees which in turn are over your feet. Try holding that for 1 minute and you'll see which muscles are being targeted. Be very careful not to exceed a 45 degree bend in your knees or you will risk injury.
re: cycling and roller bladingYellowRoadBike
May 8, 2003 8:32 AM
I took my annual break from the bike in October and pulled out the in-lines. I am not a great skater, so I worked at the basics and found that with some help from the internet I could tell good from bad. I got a lot more strength, speed, and endurance - not to mention a reasonable ability to BRAKE! So, with my new found confidence I spent Monday evenings at the Ice Rink skating round and round. Not ready for Hockey, but that looks fun also.

So What? Got on the bike in December part time and rode a solo century near a personal best time and found that my "base" was in pretty good shape.

I'm doing the in-lines again next fall!!
I've been interested in blading for a while ...MrDan
May 8, 2003 8:36 AM
but never tried it yet. Any suggestions on decent skates, and how to start with it all?
Agree with purplepauldcdre
May 8, 2003 9:30 AM
Skating works fantastic as cross training for biking. I'm much more of a skater (speedskater) than a biker, for me the bike is crosstraining for the skates.

He nailed one of the big ones - you're using your leg muscles to both hold up your body weight as well as propel you forward. But more so than that, you have to balance on that leg. From that you develop a ton of muscles around the knee to help support it. I used to have all kinds of knee problems because of skiing, nothing since I've started skating fairly seriously.

Skating will work your quads far more than your hamstrings. Aerobically, I find skating to be more of a workout than biking - my heart rate is always higher. Makes sense, you don't really swing your arms biking..