This workout's
for you if...

  • you’re looking for a strong community of enthusiasts.
  • you want to protect your joints.
  • you love getting outdoors.

Cycling

The Basics

An intense cardio workout that’s easy on your joints? Yes, please. This is a major selling point for cycling because being low-impact is great both for those with existing joint problems and those with big weight loss goals by keeping pressure off of potentially problematic legs, hips or feet.

But it’s not just about the joints. A change in speed, altitude or distance can build your aerobic threshold, strength or endurance. Cycling also provides riders with stronger bones, a metabolism boost, better posture and increased flexibility and coordination.

While indoor cycling has mostly the same effects on the body, the biggest benefit to outdoor cycling is actually being outside. Sunlight provides much-needed vitamin D that heightens the health of your bones, muscle function and immune and nervous systems. It also resyncs your circadian rhythm, meaning better sleep at night when your body needs to repair.

The Gear

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes
  • Gloves
  • Fitted, moisture-wicking clothes

The Lingo

Cadence
The number of pedal strikes per minute, also known as revolutions per minute or RPM

Hammer
To pedal hard in big gears with the greatest resistance

Granny
The lowest gear, typically used for climbing steep terrain

Bonk
State of exhaustion caused by dehydration or lack of fuel; similar to “the wall” for runners

Resources

CYCLING EVENTS

Little Rock Gran Fondo
Gran fondo is Italian for “big ride,” and ride this is exactly that, offering approximately 70 miles of premium Arkansas courses and scenery, or 40 miles if you opt for the Medio. And when it’s all over, hang around for the downtown block party afterwards.

Big Dam Bridge 100
This ride is just what it sounds like: a 100-mile course (or 10, 32, 50 or 68 miles, if you so choose) stretching across central Arkansas and, of course, the Big Dam Bridge.

Bike MS: Rock’n Hot Ride
Hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, this two-day, 126-mile journey takes riders from North Little Rock to an overnight stay in Hot Springs Village, then back to North Little Rock. Proceeds from the ride go toward MS research.

CYCLING RETAILERS

Angry Dave’s Bicycles
North Little Rock
Products offered: Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cycling Clothing & Gear, Outdoor Recreation Clothing & Gear, Indoor Cycling Shoes, Clothing & Gear, Fitness Technology, Health Supplements

Arkansas Cycling & Fitness
Little Rock & Sherwood
Products offered: Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cycling Clothing & Gear, Indoor Cycling Shoes, Clothing & Gear

Chainwheel
Little Rock
Products offered: Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cycling Clothing & Gear, Indoor Cycling Shoes, Clothing & Gear, Health Supplements (Vitamins, Shakes, etc.)
Details: Since 1971, generations of loyal customers and an incredible staff have made and continue to make Chainwheel the top shop in the area—check out the DFU, a robotic fit bike!

Spokes
Little Rock
Products offered: Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cycling Clothing & Gear, Outdoor Recreation Clothing & Gear, Indoor Cycling Shoes, Clothing & Gear, Fitness Technology, Health Supplements

LOCAL TRAIL RESOURCES

The Time

60

minutes

The Burn

250-900

per 60-minute ride
*Average sourced from Harvard Medical School