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biking and the effect on cellulite/thighs

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hello all, this is my first post.

I've been reading back through older posts paying specific attention to bicycling, but haven't run across what i'm looking for exactly. I'm pretty happy with my weight right now, just need some toning. Problem is, I work 90+ hours per week (I own a pizza place). My upper body is pretty okay, due to the pizza making process. Working with dough all day is great for toning arms and back. (Being around pizza is a little tough to maintain the diet though)

Anyhow, with so much time spent smelling like pizza, I have very little time and energy for extracurricular exercise. So, I decided to start biking to work. It's not a very lengthy ride, about 15 minutes each way, with moderate inclines here and there. I'm wondering what experience anyone else has had with specific effects on thigh areas, especially females.

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you want the bad news first or the good news?   the good news is that biking will help tone your calves & thighs & it will build lean muscle. plus there are lots of cool benefits of cycling for your health & well-being.   the bad news is that unless you are doing long distances and therefore getting lots of cardio, at least at first, you will end up with very tone muscles under whatever layer of fat you started out with. you'll probably have to stick with the calorie counting and get more cardio than 30 min each day to really burn away fat.   now that's just based on my experience, so i'm not saying that's how it would play out for you. i spent months in hardcore training and i got very frustrated with this "but i'm riding a ton, why do i still have saddlebags?" phenomenon. my thighs actually got bigger from cycling at first. eventually i worked away the saddle bags, after adding some running into my workout routine.   on balance the good far outweighs the bad, and getting active is key to seeing any good results, so build this into your daily routine and you won't be sorry.    
Maybe running to work would be better?   A 15 min bike ride... what is that... 3 miles or so?

That would really put you in shape right there... even just waking it at a brisk pace every day.
Take the long way home. You might want to consider adding some distance to your commute so you are on the bike a little longer. Cycling is an excellent way to tone your entire lower body.  Toe clips or clipless pedals help inprove your pedal stroke so the effort is done by the whole leg and most of the power in the stroke comes from the Glutious Maximus.  Cycling is easy on the joints: feet, ankles, knees, hips, etc. and great for the heart and lungs.
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thank you all for your responses.

I don't think running would work for me, although maybe incorporating a good solid walk once or twice a week would be doable. I am a smoker (ick, I know) so running is out of the question for me. Plus, with the 12 hours of work every day, I feel like I'd have zero free time if I was walking to and from work every day.

Trhawley, I've never heard of these toe clips, I'll have to look into them. And I think I'll take your advice on taking the long way home. I think about it many days anyhow, because the ride just feels so good I don't want to stop after 15 min. But I usually have to hurry home to feed my baby Olivia (black lab). She misses me when I'm gone all day!
Toe clips are just those little metal cages on the pedals.  You slide your foot into them and then tighten a strap around your foot.  It can take a bit to get used to because you typically want to loosen the strap before you stop.  Most cyclist use the Clipless pedals these days, no cage or strap, but a cleat on the bottom of your shoe that snaps into the pedal.  You usually release it by twisting your foot.  Cycling shoe made for road bikes are nearly impossible to walk in because of the hard slick sole and big cleat.  They make mountain bike shoes that have a sole you can walk on and the cleat is smaller and recessed.  With the foot "attached" to the pedal you can use the gears to maintain a "spin" or fairly high pedal speed so you can increase your endurance.

Spin = pedaling in circles instead of pushing down on the pedals.
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