As the fall draws near, I'm trying to prepare myself for the inevitability of winter. This was the first year in about 5 that I did a fair bit of cycling again. I'm very happy to get back into it. Its been a fun season so far, and I'm looking for ways to continue it through the winter.
As I see it, there are several options to bring cycling indoors.
1. Trainer Stand (Fluid/Friction/Wind)
3. Compu Trainer (Computerized Magnetic)
4. Spinning Bike
5. Computerized Exercise Bike
I have a Blackburn TrackStand Ultra. While I'm sure it is a fine piece of equipment, it is mind numbingly boring to ride. Stare at the wall and pedal. Not fun.
I've never tried a set of rollers, but I can't imagine that its too much more fun than a trainer stand. Stare at the wall and pedal.
Compu Trainers and spinning bikes seem to intrigue me. Neither is terribly inexpensive, but I think it would be a worthwhile investment to keep the legs in shape through the winter months. The compu trainer is hooked to a pc/lapto and can display courses, other riders, etc. I would think that would make things a bit more interesting.
Spinning bikes are also somewhat intriguing. The spinning dvd's that are available make it seem more interesting than staring at a wall or tv show while pedaling. Plus there is some motivation to do it.
I'm a techie, so anything that is interactive or spits out how much work I did, or how fast I went, is a plus. I love to try to improve on my last session. Pedal a cadence 1 or 2 rpm faster. Shave a few seconds off a route. Take my average speed up a couple tenths of mph, etc.
So what would you guys/gals suggest?