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  Last updated: 12/06/2009

Recumbent Bikes

What are the differences as far as athletic performance on a recumbent versus a traditional bicycle?

The physiological principles of exercise and training, whether nutritional requirements or the concepts of interval versus endurance training, are similar for all aerobic exercise including recumbent and upright bicycles. The differences are in the aerodynamics, the mechanical leverage to power the pedals, and the stresses placed on the rider's body (musculoskeletal system).

Differences in musculoskeletal stress include:

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