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Old 01-23-07, 01:43 PM
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I have stopped commuting because of the cold. I have a home trainer, but don't use it much because it is so darn boring just pedaling away. Any tips for beating the home trainer cycling blues?
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Old 01-23-07, 01:45 PM
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Get some cold weather gear and ride!
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Old 01-23-07, 01:49 PM
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When I must ride inside, I either watch movies or play video games. If I'm gonna sit around and play Gears of War, I may as well do it on the stationary recumbent, right?
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Its exciting to ride through rutted snow while shaking your hands to get blood back into your fingers. I call trainers torturers. They take out all the best parts about riding (ie. riding) and leave in all the worst parts (ie. struggling over an uncomfortable machine). All I do on a trainer is sweat and wish I wasn't riding on the damn thing.
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Yeah, they could at least make a stationary bike that uses your pedaling to power a fan so that you can get a breeze through the helmet vents... wait are you or aren't you supposed to wear a helmet on a trainer?
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+1 on getting cold weather gear and ride! Check out icebike.com. Click on the history articles and read the one about the guy who cycled from Dawson to Nome, AK in 1900. It'll pump you up for winter cycling. He did it on single speed!
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I use indoor training as a way to watch all those movies I've always meant to. Citizen Kane, Godfather, and the like. If the movie is good enough, an hour or two will pass before I know it.
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1) Have your kid (or borrow one if you don't have your own) try to hit you with a pedal car as you ride the trainer.
2) Have your significant other run by you and yell obscenities or other unintelligible things
3) Have your friends and family over and let them throw things at you while you ride

Just a few thoughts to help you out. I think those are all too much work so I just get the gear and ride through it all.
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I find watching TV helps if I can find something half decent to watch in the middle of the day, I'll aim for something interesting on Discovery or the History Channel but have been known to settle for Family Matters, seriously. I don't like riding out in the really cold/wet weather if I don't have too, so I'd rather be on the trainer those days.
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A real straight edge would be out there braving the elements...
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Originally Posted by Shiznaz
A real straight edge would be out there braving the elements...
You just don't know what it's like for it to be cold and snowy up there in Toronto. I actually did regret not having ridden to class tonight when I came outside afterwards and it was snowing, it looked so neat, and it hadn't frozen yet.
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Ride, ya wuss. Cheese and rice, these fair weather cyclists. Guess not all of us are in to the whole cyclist hardcore lifestyle while dreaming of being a bike messenger as our dream job. Oh yeah, bike messenger at 60,000$ a year plus full benefits. Almost as good as a fishing guide for same salary and benefits.
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Get out and ride.

I was stuck home with a broken leg for 3 months and had to use a trainer. Never again unless there's no choice.

Winter riding will really pump you up. Dealing with the cold is a challange but definatly worth it. The big problem with winter riding is the same as a car, ice is the big factor but unlike a car you can never get stuck, and you'd be surprised how much heat you generate while riding, i've often had to shed a layer or two while friends that drive are shivering and looking at me like i've lost my mind.

Have fun and get out there!
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Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnight
Guess not all of us are in to the whole cyclist hardcore lifestyle while dreaming of being a bike messenger as our dream job.
I think you are right on target with this observation.
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Yeah, they could at least make a stationary bike that uses your pedaling to power a fan so that you can get a breeze through the helmet vents... wait are you or aren't you supposed to wear a helmet on a trainer?
Rollers are less boring, because you have to stay balanced and within the bounds of the roller.

This is sort of what you are referring to, but it's for rollers:



http://www.lickbike.com/productpage.aspx?PART_NUM_SUB='2937-00'
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