Join Date: Sep 2003
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Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
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Originally Posted by ctxcrossx
How about getting a bike light? I have two very nice trainers in my basement. After I got a bike strictly for winter riding, I have been out almost every day and have not touched my trainer since. I'd say invest in some good equipment and lights and get out there....if not, I have a nice trainer I could sell you.
This is the most sensible advice. Don't buy a $350 trainer. Spend the $ on stuff that will allow you to ride outdoors. If you must get a trainer, by a cheap one. You can get a decent one on ebay for $65. I bought a $120 rim drive trainer from Nashbar a couple years back. Glad that was all i spent, because i hate riding the thing.
The only things worse than riding the trainer is not riding at all. The only times i have used mine is when the weather is to inclimate, like freezing rain, or major blizzard, etc. I have probably only ridden mine maybe a total of 15 hours.
Watching TV does help, so if you have a place to set up in front of it then go for it. However, it nowhere near compares to riding outside. Trainer riding is a VERY BORING activity. I think this winter i am going to take the computer off of my bike when i ride the trainer. It seems longer when you have a clock staring you in the face.
"What? I've only been on this wretched thing for 15 minutes? Seemed more like 15 days!"