Winter and riding



cyclintom

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My brothers use trainers. My older brother just had a heart attack and I bought a Schwinn indoor trainer that has everything automated. My young brother (59 is young?) uses a CyclOps trainer because of the rain and cold. He says that it really improves his spin.

I simply cannot STAND sitting on a trainer and so I miss a whole lot of cycling during the winter from rain or cold. The ride I did the last Friday I was rather surprised that I have a pretty high spin though I was running out of steam at the end of nearly 21 miles. For about 20 minutes in that 2 hour ride I was putting out at least 200 watts so I've lost perhaps a third of my fitness.

What is your experience using trainers vs. just missing rides?
 

cyclintom

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Stopped using the trainer last year when I purchased a 29 plus, and fat bike so I could play in my backyard on the trails during winter. Best move I could have made, and has been such a blast. Won't go back to my rollers or trainer again.
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Paging though Ebay Thermal long sleeve jersey's there is a couple of Chinese companies making thermal jerseys for dirt cheap. I got one to see how they work. They have a cheap plastic zipper but otherwise it is a well made and well fitting jersey for 1/4th the price of the Pearl Izumi. So I hurriedly bought a second. Just remember to not wear one too tight so that you break the zipper. And always be careful to pull the zipper together easy.
 

Mr. Beanz

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Thankfully we have pretty good weather year round here in SO Cal so no need to ride in rain unless I'm looking for something different.

I will say though, one year we had a LOT of rain so I did use the trainer. I read some articles on doing intervals indoors. Ended up developing my own program. Lots of short high reps and lots of big ring TT efforts for intervals.

I thought trainers were stupid but by the end of the rainy season, maybe a month, I hit the road and noticed a HUGE difference.

I used to push big gears at 80'ish RPM but after that trainer season, I was spinning at 110 RPM.

I get a ton of comments by fellow riders who mention my high cadence. Most figure because I am a big guy, I'm pushing the big ring.

Nope, I ride flats in my 39/14 and hold 20 MPH while spinning.

If I had a reason, like bad weather, I would definitely use a trainer and expect gains when I hit the outdoor road again. :D
 

BrianNystrom

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I've never liked riding a trainer, but smart trainers with interactive video make it tolerable. Given the choice, I'll always go outside. I'm debating that today, as the temp is in the mid-20's F. I can either take the MTB or gravel bike into the woods or do a trainer ride. We'll see...
 
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I've never liked riding a trainer, but smart trainers with interactive video make it tolerable. Given the choice, I'll always go outside. I'm debating that today, as the temp is in the mid-20's F. I can either take the MTB or gravel bike into the woods or do a trainer ride. We'll see...

I've gone out with temps at -16F for several hours, and had some of my best rides in colder weather. Will be hitting the trails again today as temps get into the teens.
 

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I've ridden down to 10 degrees, though it wasn't intentional (a cold front came through in the middle of the ride). I won't say it was particularly fun, but I was dressed well enough to survive it. ;)
 

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I was looking at thermal jerseys on Ebay and one of the Chinese companies was advertising them for $25. I got one to try out. They are in fact pretty good. They do have the usual cheap plastic zipper that can break out if you get too small a size so be sure to size them properly. Not the quality of Pearl Izumi but then I would have to drive 140 miles round trip to the outlet to try them on.