I used both last winter - the trainer in the home, and the LifeCycle at the gym.
The trainer at home was not too effective unless I used training videotapes (for example www.spinerval.com
, and others). Using those conscientiously, combined with a HRM, I good a pretty good workout. No, it definitely is not the same as actual riding, but it does keep you in shape.
Using the LifeCycle, I used my HRM, and set goals for myself in terms of heart rate, increasing it during each session in 5 bpm intervals tell I got what I wanted. Also, the LIfeCycle has a "variable" feature which does simulate hills, etc.
Both are actually boring as heck compared with real biking. Both are effective in not totally losing your fitness during the winter. It really depends on how you use them and how much you challenge yourself. I guess if I had just one, I would use my bike on the trainer. BUT, being in the gym on the LifeCycle is a much more social experience, and there is less "isolation."
It takes a lot of discipline to keep up the trainer/cycle for several months during winter.
Off topic - just curious - you list yourself as "old guy." Just how old is an "old guy?"
Last edited by DnvrFox; 04-29-04 at 05:57 AM.