Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Do you ever ride stationary bike when can't bike?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Do you ever ride stationary bike when can't bike?

Old 04-29-17, 08:15 PM
  #1  
littleArnold
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 113

Bikes: Trek, Schwinn, Huffy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 101 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Do you ever ride stationary bike when can't bike?

I try my hardest to get 100 miles in a week of biking, but when I can't get 100 miles in on bike due to bad weather I substitute my miles on stationary bike. Like this week we have had 4 days of rain. So I rode on stationary bike for 4 days, 20 miles on stationary bike each day.

I really don't like the stationary bike in the gym, but I will do it when I need to burn calories and outside it is thunder storming. The stationary bike actually is harder for me just because it is so incredibly boring and I just love being outside so much. I much prefer biking 20 miles on a very scenic bike path then biking 20 miles on a stationary bike, I get so bored so easily on the stationary bike. I spin on stationary bike 90-100 rpm and outside I do about 90 rpm.

Any other bikers incorporate stationary bike training in their routine?

Last edited by littleArnold; 04-30-17 at 03:54 AM.
littleArnold is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 08:27 PM
  #2  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 8,553

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn, Lakitu

Mentioned: 119 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4898 Post(s)
Liked 1,687 Times in 943 Posts
I broke my right hand on the 4th of March, and absolutely could not support weight on it. The $10 I spent on Zwift kept me sane during the following 7 weeks. Adding the video game aspect to cycling makes it a whole lot more livable than spinning on the trainer, staring at the wall for an hour. That said, I had enough hand strength to get back on the road on April 13th-- and haven't touched the trainer once since. If it was raining cats and dogs, I'd rather brave that than sit on the trainer.

Zwift is pretty cool, though.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 08:32 PM
  #3  
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Posts: 28,385

Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 454 Times in 291 Posts
I would prefer riding 20 miles in the rain (or cold) on a bicycle as long as I dressed for the weather rather than get bored silly riding the equivalent on a stationary bike.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 08:42 PM
  #4  
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,612

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1040 Post(s)
Liked 437 Times in 318 Posts
I used a "trainer" in my basement. It attaches to the rear wheel of my bike. I then set up my computer and watched bike races I had already downloaded.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: https://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 08:48 PM
  #5  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,011

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3160 Post(s)
Liked 420 Times in 253 Posts
Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I used a "trainer" in my basement. It attaches to the rear wheel of my bike. I then set up my computer and watched bike races I had already downloaded.
This ^^

Only I do "commercial intervals" where I watch a TV show I like and ride easy during the show, then ride as hard as I can during the commercials.
Machka is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 09:15 PM
  #6  
kickstart
Senior Member
 
kickstart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kent Wa.
Posts: 5,332

Bikes: 2005 Gazelle Golfo, 1935 Raleigh Sport, 1970 Robin Hood sport, 1974 Schwinn Continental, 1984 Ross MTB/porteur, 2013 Flying Piegon path racer, 2014 Gazelle Toer Populair T8

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
No, I don't "train" or exercise just to exercise, and have no desire to.

I commute daily by bike plus recreational and running errands on the weekend averaging 100+ miles a week, have a physically demanding job, and acreage to maintain, so I don't fret over the occasional "lazy" day.
kickstart is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 09:15 PM
  #7  
SylvainG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Ottawa,ON,Canada
Posts: 1,270

Bikes: Schwinn Miranda 1990, Giant TCX 2 2012

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 486 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Yeah, I use this: AFG 7.3 AU Upright Bike | Canadian Tire during the Winter months. It takes less space than my bike and does an OK the job. I wish I could switch the seat to my bike seat though but the bracket isn't standard. Wouldn't have paid full price on it thought, got it at 66% discount.

I do like Machka on my treadmill because it's too noisy to watch a show and run at the same time. On the exercise bike though, it's quiet so I do ITT for the length of the show and skip the commercials :-)
SylvainG is offline  
Old 04-29-17, 10:11 PM
  #8  
RunForTheHills 
Senior Member
 
RunForTheHills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: California
Posts: 343
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I had to use the trainer last fall when I was recovering from a running injury. I used an online virtual program called Zwift to fight the boredom. I hooked my laptop up to a TV in front of the trainer. It uses an ANT speed sensor on the bike (or a power meter if you have one) to simulate you riding through a virtual world.
RunForTheHills is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:10 AM
  #9  
Zurichman2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 363
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I have a set of rollers in y basement that I can last for about an hr. in my basement. It's still pretty boring.

Zman
Zurichman2 is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:21 AM
  #10  
wolfchild
Senior Member
 
wolfchild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
Posts: 6,491

Bikes: I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1980 Post(s)
Liked 747 Times in 389 Posts
I don't use stationary bikes, too boring...There are a lot of different ways to exercise which are more fun and more effective then stationary bike.
wolfchild is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:37 AM
  #11  
clydeosaur
Senior Member
 
clydeosaur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Central PA
Posts: 629

Bikes: Cannondale Six5, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR & old Hard Rock

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
During the week (in winter time) I have no time to get out before dark. I put the roadbike in a fluid trainer. I do training videos, structured workouts, etc..to get me through the weekdays. Works great for the small investment.
clydeosaur is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:46 AM
  #12  
jimmie65
Proud hobo biker
 
jimmie65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Schertz - New Braunfels area
Posts: 804

Bikes: 2019 Surly Ogre, 2016 Giant Anyroad 2, Lightspeed Roadrunner trike, SE Tripel (in process)

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Sure. I love driving the few miles to the gym so I can jump on the stationary bike (or treadmill) and pretend I'm getting somewhere.
jimmie65 is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:48 AM
  #13  
12strings
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Madison, IN
Posts: 1,351

Bikes: 2015 Jamis Quest Comp

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 269 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I could never do "20 miles" on an indoor trainer or gym bike...but J do use both regularly when I can't get outside...I do a 20 minute I interval workout that is a bunch of 30 second sprints with 30 seconds of rest. Only about 5 total minutes of rising hard, but I'm wiped out at the end, and it really gets me fit fast.
12strings is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 05:58 AM
  #14  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 30,036

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1500 Post(s)
Liked 457 Times in 272 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
This ^^

Only I do "commercial intervals" where I watch a TV show I like and ride easy during the show, then ride as hard as I can during the commercials.
Whoa! I'm thinking those could be some long intervals. I'm picturing myself at the bursting point and then they show one more commercial.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 06:24 AM
  #15  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,011

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3160 Post(s)
Liked 420 Times in 253 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Whoa! I'm thinking those could be some long intervals. I'm picturing myself at the bursting point and then they show one more commercial.
Yep ... I've been there! Wondering how on earth they can manage to show so many commercials and surely we should be back to the show by now!!! OH NO! NOT another commercial!!
Machka is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 06:38 AM
  #16  
wolfchild
Senior Member
 
wolfchild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
Posts: 6,491

Bikes: I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1980 Post(s)
Liked 747 Times in 389 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka View Post

Only I do "commercial intervals" where I watch a TV show I like and ride easy during the show, then ride as hard as I can during the commercials.

It's impossible to do "real intervals" in front of TV and "use commercials as your stop watch", because the timing of commercials is very inconsistent...Intervals should be done using a stop watch...Why would anybody distract themselves watching TV during intense exercise instead of being focused on the workout ??
wolfchild is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 07:21 AM
  #17  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,011

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3160 Post(s)
Liked 420 Times in 253 Posts
Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
It's impossible to do "real intervals" in front of TV and "use commercials as your stop watch", because the timing of commercials is very inconsistent...Intervals should be done using a stop watch...Why would anybody distract themselves watching TV during intense exercise instead of being focused on the workout ??

Obviously you wouldn't understand.


Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
I don't use stationary bikes, too boring...There are a lot of different ways to exercise which are more fun and more effective then stationary bike.
Machka is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 07:27 AM
  #18  
rickyk76
Senior Member
 
rickyk76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 241

Bikes: Cannondale Slate; Crust Evasion

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 99 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I travel 100% of my time for work, so M-F, the only way to get any "miles" under my belt is to use the stationary bike at the gym. It's awful and nowhere near as effective as actually being on my bike, but at least I'm strengthening my legs through pedaling. I use it as my aerobic workout after doing my weight routine.
rickyk76 is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 07:40 AM
  #19  
SylvainG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Ottawa,ON,Canada
Posts: 1,270

Bikes: Schwinn Miranda 1990, Giant TCX 2 2012

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 486 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by 12strings View Post
I could never do "20 miles" on an indoor trainer or gym bike...but J do use both regularly when I can't get outside...I do a 20 minute I interval workout that is a bunch of 30 second sprints with 30 seconds of rest. Only about 5 total minutes of rising hard, but I'm wiped out at the end, and it really gets me fit fast.
I was told by a Myokin coach last Winter that 30 sec / 30 sec or one minute / one minute ITT are more geared toward sprinters than bikers, which should do 3 minutes high intensity / one minute low intensity ITT instead. It made sense to me so that's what I did.
SylvainG is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 07:53 AM
  #20  
CrankyOne
Senior Member
 
CrankyOne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,370
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 338 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 20 Posts
My riding is very similar to @kickstart. We ride for local transportation (work, groceries, coffee, hardware store, etc.) and occasionally do some purely recreational rides. That generally provides sufficient daily activity. I do enjoy occasional fitness/training type rides on my road bike though.

I have a TACX trainer that I'll typically use maybe a dozen or so times a year if the weather is bad like a stretch a couple of years ago when it never got above -5f for a couple of weeks. I mostly ride with their videos like the city trips or classics race courses like Flèche Waloon or Amstel Gold and usually just a quick 20-30 minute ride before showering in the morning.
CrankyOne is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 08:09 AM
  #21  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 39,739

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2493 Post(s)
Liked 1,611 Times in 811 Posts
Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
I was told by a Myokin coach last Winter that 30 sec / 30 sec or one minute / one minute ITT are more geared toward sprinters than bikers, which should do 3 minutes high intensity / one minute low intensity ITT instead. It made sense to me so that's what I did.
30s on/off is a classic CX/crit interval, so I don't really understand that statement.

Last edited by caloso; 04-30-17 at 09:07 PM.
caloso is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 03:26 PM
  #22  
ahanulec
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 123

Bikes: Felt F85, Proflex 757, Proflex 252

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
I guess I'm in the minority, but yes I do use a stationary.

The gym is climate controlled and dry. I use them often.

I might get flamed for this but spin class are great too.
ahanulec is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 04:19 PM
  #23  
Trevtassie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Down Under
Posts: 1,857

Bikes: A steel framed 26" off road tourer from a manufacturer who thinks they are cool. Giant Anthem. Trek 720 Multiroad pub bike. 10 kids bikes all under 20". Assorted waifs and unfinished projects.

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 695 Post(s)
Liked 567 Times in 298 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Obviously you wouldn't understand.
Hah, yeh, if you used Australian TV adverts for the high intensity bits you'd die, we have the highest percentage of ads in the world.... seriously. We are up to 20 minutes per hour, not including station promos...
Trevtassie is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 07:34 PM
  #24  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,011

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3160 Post(s)
Liked 420 Times in 253 Posts
Originally Posted by ahanulec View Post
I guess I'm in the minority, but yes I do use a stationary.

The gym is climate controlled and dry. I use them often.

I might get flamed for this but spin class are great too.
Good spin classes are great too.
Machka is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 10:10 PM
  #25  
Reynolds 
Passista
 
Reynolds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,161

Bikes: 1998 Pinarello Asolo, 1992 KHS Montaña pro, 1980 Raleigh DL-1, IGH Hybrid, IGH Utility

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 703 Post(s)
Liked 324 Times in 195 Posts
I occasionally use my bike on a trainer, but gym stationary bikes are very different (and worse) IMO.
Reynolds is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.