What is Cycling/Bicycle Riding?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Stationary Bicycle Bike with weights Spinning Show all

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Cycling is the use of bicycles, unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles and other similar wheeled vehicles as a means of transport, a form of recreation or a sport. It is done on roads and paths, across open country or even over snow and ice. It is also done on stationary exercise equipment.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 99 41
Parkinson's disease 20 14
Stiffness/spasticity 15 5
Improve flexibility/strength 9 14
Improve mobility 7 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 4
Mild 18
None 65

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle soreness 3
Fatigue 2
Pain in knee(s) 2
Cold sensation in hand(s) 1
Muscle aches 1
None 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Dosage Patients Percentage
60 min weekly 2
0.5 hr monthly 1
3 hr weekly 1
10 min daily 1
30 min m,w,f 1
20 min daily 1
25 min daily 1
30 min daily 1
40 min daily 1
60 min daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 22
Side effects too severe 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 1
I didn't have enough time 1
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Duration

Currently doing Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5

Stopped doing Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 31
Usually 32
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 27
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 30
Not specified 51
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13 patient evaluations for Cycling/Bicycle Riding

Jul 11, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for slowness in initiation of movement)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I originally started using the stationary bike as an adjunct to my running. I could work out hard without getting the pounding of running. As my walking and running declined due to Parkinson's, I increased my use of the stationary bike (and elliptical). Because I used the bike so much, I never got to the point of only being able to do 40 or 50 revolutions per minute (rpm) typical of Parkinson's patients. When I read about forced cycling (https://www.patientslikeme.com/forum/pd/topics/143831?post_id=2309943#post-2309943) I was able to go up to 80 rpm, and higher, fairly easily. I usually do a three or four 10-minute sessions weekly, at slightly over 100 rpm. I also might do one 20 or 30 minute session (also 100 rpm) once per week.If, at the end of my workout, my legs are really stiff, I find that doing two to four 30-second sessions, at resistance one, as fast as I can go (about 120 rpm), with a couple of minutes rest between sessions, makes my legs feel a lot better. I might do this last thing three days a week, at the very end of my workout.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 11, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: See my evaluation of "Stationary Bicycle" https://www.patientslikeme.com/treatments/show/3831-stationary-bicycle-side-effects-and-efficacy#overview for details

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Apr 9, 2014 (Started Apr 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for relaxation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 min Daily

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