A quick Google search of ‘does cycling make your thighs bigger?‘ confirms what we already knew – there are a lot of women who want to cycle but are worried they’re going to take on Hulk-esque qualities.
The short answer to the question is ‘no’. Cycling, alongside a healthy diet, will result in a lean physique for most people.
If Robert Forstemann’s quads popped up as soon as your average Joe jumped on a bike and rode around the block, we’d all be World Sprint Champions and riding at the Olympics. So if you’re worried about developing tree-trunk legs, here are some things you need to know…
Massive quads aren’t just the result of bike riding
You think the guys and gals on the velodrome just ride their bikes all day? Track cyclists (and indeed many riders who specialise in shorter distances, where top end power presides over power to weight ratio) spend a lot of time in the gym.
Aerobic exercise, such as cycling, works your endurance muscle fibres – these become more resistant to fatigue with training, but don’t bulk up. You’d need to lift heavy weights on a regular basis to get a reaction from the muscles responsible for power.