I got a Nautilus NR2000 recumbent exercise bike for almost nothing from a neighbor who was moving. Had to take it. Coincidentally, I'm just getting back into cycling after more than 15 years of not. I've been running and am generally pretty fit, but obviously need to work on the cycling-specific muscles and some anaerobic work for sprints.
I'll get outdoors on my new bike (Specialized Roubaix Elite) as often as possible, but will frequently want to work out indoors due to weather or other reasons. That's just the way it'll be... but I'm still wondering about your experience:
- How much value do you find in using a recumbent stationary bike for cycle training?
- What are the biggest limitations?
- If I use it mainly for strength building (probably what needs the most work), will it hit most of the right leg muscles? Or what will it miss?
- I had toyed with getting a CyclOps 2 Fluid before learning that I'd get this equipment. Can I skip the CyclOps now and get "close enough"? I won't be racing, but would like to build my speed and duration capabilities.
Thanks for any of your thoughts on this.