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    Use a recumbent trainer to maintain road bike conditioning?

    I came across a bargain on a recumbent trainer and am considering making the purchase but I am a little concerned about the applicability of the fitness I can achieve on this type of trainer to a standard road bike.
    My primary goal for using the trainer is to maintain my level of fitness on my road bike during the cold of winter. Would a recumbent trainer work the same muscles that I have built up in riding my road bike? The recumbent trainer is a good deal but I could always pay a little more for an upright trainer if an upright indeed works road bike muscles significantly better than a recumbent trainer.

    I'd appreciate any insight, thanks

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    . Would a recumbent trainer work the same muscles that I have built up in riding my road bike?
    No, it will not. There is some overlap, but it is not the same as a diamond frame bike

    You will however maintain your aerobic fitness level by using a recumbent trainer. I would get the upright version. Or, even better, get rollers or a resistence trainer that uses your own bike.

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