Great Lakes - Winter training for the broke student
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11-06-09, 01:17 PM
So the guys at the shop tell me a trainer won't work with the spacing on my old steel bike, and besides I'd be overspinning on a fixie anyway. They told me to get rollers but I'm reticent to do it. I'll be able to afford a geared road bike when the season comes around in spring but I can't get it now+trainer. I want better endurance and speed in the spring and I'm committing to do the Bike Across Kansas ride in June so I want to be training now. I know the fixie people will say not to baby out and keep riding through winter but that's stop and go commuting and I don't think I want to put in a lot of training miles on the roads in January. What do you guys think? Go running and do squats? I went running the other day and it beat me up aerobically but didn't hit my muscles very hard. What should I do between now and spring training?
11-06-09, 01:26 PM
Did they sya why you couldnt use a trainer with your current bike? All of them i have ever seen should work.
11-06-09, 09:27 PM
Try another shop, steel framed bikes and trainers do mix without problems. Just dial up the resistance on the trainer for more resistance, fixie or not. I only have steel frames so I know you'll be fine.
+1 on the stairs! The more the merrier. In college we used to run either the 11 story math building or the 20+ dorms. No hands, just do a speed skating stance and go. Hmmmm, I wonder if Frunkin does these same stairs at UWM?
Rollers? Great for pack racers because it teaches you to ride a straight line. Not much resistance though.
Do whatever you want between now and spring ... mix it up, keep it interesting. Unless you've just landed a Pro contract just have fun!
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