Cycling primarily works the quadriceps, a big muscle group that running doesn’t effectively work. Insufficient strength in the quads can allow the knees to buckle on landing during the foot-plant phase. This is the primary cause for the up-and-down bobbing motion seen in some runners, which can lead to patella tendinitis and other knee problems. Cycling can help with that.
When I lived out west my favorite mountain biking route was the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho, a 25-mile round trip course through the heart of the Northern Idaho mountains. Since relocating to Indiana, I've enjoyed cycling the Nickel Plate Trail (part of the American Discovery Trail system) and the Panhandle Pathway.
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