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    Senior Member koolerb's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShartRate View Post
    Who cares, riding stationary bikes sucks.
    +1, and I don't think I would work as hard on a stationary bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    Get a fixed gear bike if you want a good workout with no coasting allowed.
    I'd never make it up the hills!

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    The Left Coast, USA FrenchFit's Avatar
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    Stationary bike? Are we talking about a spin bike or one of those lifecycle things? On a spin bike I'll do epic workouts, pretty hard to replicate on a road bike. And, I don't want to be 30 miles from home puking and rubber legged on my road bike, red-lining on a spin bike is a whole lot safer...

    Funny, one of the gyms I belonged to had pitch black spin room with HD projection system on one wall playing road and mountain training rides. Nice production values. It was very motivating, but disorienting and vertigo inducing. I kept trying to lean the spin bike, bunny hop. That didn't work too well...
    Last edited by FrenchFit; 09-14-13 at 10:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    just to reply to the basic premise/question: which ever leads to the best compliance. meaning which are you more likely to do/use.

    it's harder to run or ride outside than inside on machines. yes, you can increase incline and resistance inside but I think the unpredictable nature of the environment adds a certain built in variance that adds intensity, and so also calorie burning ...
    I have to believe there's a slight edge to the "real thing" and I have an exercise bike in my living room. However I think it's a much more important factor that for most people, me included it's terribly difficult to get, or stay motivated to ride an indoor bike, be it a trainer or standalone or whatever. I hate stationary bikes and I hate riding them, only by convincing myself i'm doing it to make my actual fun bicycle riding outside better, and only incidentally it will help me get in shape or stay in shape can I force myself to spend any time on the indoor bike.

    Of course as others have pointed out if you can make yourself ride away from home for one hour, then you've assured a two hour ride. On an indoor bike you can stop at any time to fidget with the TV or radio or check your e-mail or whatever. About the only advantage for the indoor bike is that I'll get off and clean the house.

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