Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-08-08, 09:38 AM   #1
uofiblue
ILL...INI
Thread Starter
 
uofiblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: IL
Bikes:
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
uofiblue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 10:31 AM   #2
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 01:23 PM   #3
flip18436572
Triathlon in my future???
 
flip18436572's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southwest Iowa
Bikes: Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
Posts: 2,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun
flip18436572 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 02:39 PM   #4
ChunkyB
Getting Less Chunky
 
ChunkyB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Bikes: 2004 Raleigh SuperCourse
Posts: 974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
ChunkyB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 02:42 PM   #5
IAmCosmo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 554
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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...
IAmCosmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 02:51 PM   #6
joelpalmer
Back after a long absence
 
joelpalmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bay Area CA
Bikes: 1974 Schwinn Speedster 3-speed, Raleigh Super Course
Posts: 603
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
joelpalmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 03:11 PM   #7
Pinyon
Senior Member
 
Pinyon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Colorado
Bikes:
Posts: 1,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Pinyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 03:31 PM   #8
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Use a switch that closes if you drop below a preset cadence that triggers the Cattleprod in the saddle
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 03:53 PM   #9
piper_chuck
Senior Member
 
piper_chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Bikes:
Posts: 562
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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...
piper_chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-08, 05:28 PM   #10
Wogster
Senior Member
 
Wogster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Norco Bushpilot (out of commission), Raleigh Delta
Posts: 6,941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Wogster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:52 AM.