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which part of calf do cyclist use most(6 posts)

which part of calf do cyclist use moststinkfoot247
Jun 13, 2003 11:22 AM
Gastrocnemius or Soleus?
And if your bicycle is fitted correctly, what is the primary muscle group being used for cycling? I used to think quads, but my LBS adjusted the handle bars and my butt is getting a good work out.
veal cutlets (nm)WhoWasThat
Jun 13, 2003 12:29 PM
Italians use the liver most often (nm)Alexx
Jun 13, 2003 12:46 PM
re: which part of calf do cyclist use mostfunknuggets
Jun 13, 2003 1:47 PM
I think that is going to depend on how you ride, and the setup of your bike. Some people tend to pronate in or out, and some people pedal more toes down than others. In addition, longer cranks will cause some to place a different emphasis on the different heads. So interesting question. If you climb a lot or pedal more toes down, I would "guess" soleus?

bicycle muscles diagramJonnyHu
Jun 13, 2003 2:20 PM
Here's something I found somewhere. Not a great picture, but you get the general idea. I hope the upload works....
The inside!Jeff Rage
Jun 13, 2003 2:31 PM
Well the Soleus is most comprised of slow twitch muscles, so I'd guess you would use that more, but I'm not 100% sure.

I would venture to guess you use a combination of calves, quads, hams, and glutes in cycling. As to which you use the most, that could vary, depending on how you are positioned on the bike.