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Old 01-07-08, 11:31 PM   #1
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Stationary Bike

Anyone use a stationary bike when the weather is bad? We've been pummeled by rain the past week here in Northern California and so I jumped on a stationary.

Also, would an hour on the stationary be equal to or greater than an hour on my road bike?
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Depends on where you have the resistance set at. The key, of course, wouold be if your Heart Rate goes to the same level. If so, then yes.
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I have tried different gym style bikes and not liked any of them, so I bought some rollers for my road bike. I seem to work harder on my rollers than I do on the street. I will have to start pushing myself harder in the spring once the ice, snow, sand and salt is off the roads.
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Heart Rate

On Sunday my heart rate stayed about 130 topping off at 160. Monday I kept the heart rate at 125 - 135 for 45 minutes.

My left knee started to get uncomfortable Sunday, I'm sure it's seat height on the stationary.
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I've got my old road bike setup on a magnetic trainer. I find it extremely boring, no matter what I put on the TV while I'm riding. However, it does provide a bunch of benefits:
  • I can ride no matter what the weather's like outside
  • Since there are no hills, I am better able to control the intensity of the workout. I can easily use the gearing and resistance to keep my heart rate in the target range. The area around my house is hilly and the only way to keep my heart rate in a zone that's appropriate for recovery would be to walk the bike up the hills, which I ain't doing. Adjusting the resistance and gearing allows me to make the ride as easy or difficult as I want.
  • There is no traffic, potholes, etc, so I can focus entirely on pedaling form if I want to.
  • Since the bike is one I use on the road (used to at least), the fit and riding position is the same as when I ride.
  • My daughter actually likes it when I ride on the trainer. It's setup in the bonus room, which is where most of her toys are. Instead of having daddy disappear for a while, I'm there and she can talk to me, show me her most recent Lego masterpiece, etc.

I've considered rollers, but decided they would take more focus than I want to put in while riding indoors.
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I have a stationary 'bent for when the weather is too rotten to face, or I just don't feel like getting cold and soaked.

The "is it equivalent" argument is never going to be answered, though. Go check it out on the LD forum and see how it's dragging on.
Personally, I count my stationary mileage toward my yearly goal; but I also keep a varied resistance to simulate hill climbing, etc. when I'm on the stationary bike. But look at it this way, one person can do 10 miles on a stationary at the top resistance and another can go out and ride 10 miles on a flat bike path, which is a better workout? If you keep your trainer workouts equivalent to your on-road workouts, then I say count them equally.
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You can adjust the resistance throughout your training on the stationary bike. Jack up the resistance and climb a hill for 2 minutes between two 5 minute fast paced pedalling. Nice thing about the stationary bike (as well as on a trainer) is you can concentrate on your form. Do you toe out too much? Are you rotating your ankles as you pedal down then pull up?

And it is boring! Oh so boring!!

I play my "Podrunner" podcast on my ipod. The music is fast paced and creates a speedier atmosphere (or so I think).

I've also started interval training. After a warm-up I pedal fast for two minutes, then a slower easier recovery ride for two minutes. I read it in Dec/Jan 2007 Bicycling Magazine. So far so good. It lasts an hour, but I do 34 minutes so I can do some weight training and abs work.

Another good thing is you have a shorter break-in period with your bike saddle when you get back outside with your bike since you've spent the winter tenderizing your backside on the stationary! Oh though you might want to wear padded bike shorts. No sense torturing yourself!

I found the winter training on the stationary bike did help when I ventured back outside. I gained some strength and lost some weight! But there is so much stopping and slowing, waiting for traffic, oh there's a cat racing across the street, whoops! a pot hole, go around that, then speed downhill, creak uphilll, that the real life cycling can't really be imitated on the stationary bike.

I vary the resistence. Work on form. Listen to music. Concentrate on two minute stretches. Ignore the actual length of the work out. Wait for spring.
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This may not be appropriate depending on your setup, or level of prudishness, but try pornography. I'm serious. I just started riding last month, I got a stationary to get back into shape while I save up for a decent bike. Like most people, I quickly got bored. Tried TV, music, movies, nothing worked, until I popped in a porno. Rode half an hour before I even knew it. I've mostly gotten past the boredom, and only watch when I'm in the mood but for those first few days it was a life saver.

Now, I mostly read a book, or surf the internet. Really have to watch my cadence when I'm online, too easy to get distracted, but it's good to get me riding when I just want to be a couch potato.
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I've been using one at the gym recently and for a spinning class and found the right resistance level and spin rate and have been using a HR meter to try and keep my HR in the right zone. The spinning class is kicking my butt for sure.
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Actually, I'm only half joking here, but my favorite suicide workout (Push to muscle failure), is to watch the Jerry Springer Show and sprint every time a guest does something inappropriate. An alternative is to spring the same level with the Steve Wilkos show, or Maury every time a girl is trying to find her baby's daddy.

Any of these boil down to sprint til you collapse.
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