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    Winter Workouts

    Are stationary bikes (recumbent or normal upright) good for working out during the cold winter months in lieu of a trainer for my bike, or are they so far from the real thing that they don't help keep your muscles you use for cycling working right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uofiblue View Post
    Are stationary bikes (recumbent or normal upright) good for working out during the cold winter months in lieu of a trainer for my bike, or are they so far from the real thing that they don't help keep your muscles you use for cycling working right?
    Depends on the geometry of the Stationary. There are some that can emulate a road bike fairly well (EXPENSIVE). I use a trainer, myself.
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    I would agree with Tom, but you can use different bikes at a gym to get a good workout. Sometimes giving different muscles a break will allow you to be better when you get back at it.

    I use "rollers" instead of a trainer.
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    I like using a trainer/rollers because you are actually riding your bike. It's no fun to come back in the spring when your butt's all used to the comfy seat on your stationary, and you're used to the upright position and everything. You can get stationaries that have a roadie-like geometry, but as was mentioned, they'll usually be a little more expensive.

    I use rollers, FWIW, and I love them.

    Another option is getting into a spinning class, or just getting a gym membership. Check out the bikes first, but you might be able to find a gym with killer stationary bikes.

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    I tried various exercise bikes, but none of them felt "right". So, I use a trainer too. Never tried rollers, but I'm hoping to soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
    I like using a trainer/rollers because you are actually riding your bike. It's no fun to come back in the spring when your butt's all used to the comfy seat on your stationary, and you're used to the upright position and everything. You can get stationaries that have a roadie-like geometry, but as was mentioned, they'll usually be a little more expensive.

    I use rollers, FWIW, and I love them.

    Another option is getting into a spinning class, or just getting a gym membership. Check out the bikes first, but you might be able to find a gym with killer stationary bikes.
    Amen to that. I just got a trainer and have been riding on the roadie again. It's been a good month, month and a half since I've been on it and, wow. The spring-loaded, wide @$$ seat on my commuter has not done anything to keep my tail in riding shape and I'm paying for it now. On the upside, this might be the incentive I need to finally get a new saddle. I've been wanting a B17 for a while but haven't pushed my LBS on it.
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    I have a serious motivation problem with indoor bike trainers. Watching videos and/or listening to music in the house just does not do it for me. It is just plain old fashioned boring, and I tend to slack-off more readily when I'm bored.

    I prefer to go the the gym and take group spin classes (at least 6 hours per week), other aerobic classes, and cross-train with wieghts, other aerobic machines like ellipticals and treadmills, etc. I try to do things that target areas that were neglected during the regular part of the cycling season. Especially non-cycling core exercises, impact aerobic activities, and lifting heavier weights, and lots more stretching (especially IT band, quads, and upper-body stretches). Switching things up really helps to prevent injuries as well.

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    I'm beginning to wonder how much time the indoor bike is going to get this winter. I just finished a ride in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. I felt really strange knowing it is January, but I was never cold during the ride. Chalk it up to global warming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper_chuck View Post
    I'm beginning to wonder how much time the indoor bike is going to get this winter. I just finished a ride in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. I felt really strange knowing it is January, but I was never cold during the ride. Chalk it up to global warming...
    Itt was 15℃/59℉ here today, and raining, and I am in Canada! Almost all of the snow is gone, just a few of those blackened ice banks around, and a few dark grey snow banks, left over from the big snow storm just over a week ago, although have no fear, it's going to get cold and snow again, so we will have plenty of opportunities to build up the snowbanks beside the driveways again......

    I'm not convinced that global warming is entirely mans fault, in that the planet seems to be on a 40,000 year cooling/warming cycle, with the last cooling trend ending 10,000 years ago, we are on the warming side of the cycle, and will be for another 10,000 years. However we can't dump a million tonnes of various chemicals into the air and water and onto the land, on a regular basis, without having some effect.

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