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Trainers(10 posts)

Dec 11, 2001 1:50 PM
Do you think riding on the trainer helps to improve ones fitness
level or just keeps it the same?
It dependsSoftrider
Dec 11, 2001 2:16 PM
It depends on how you are using the trainer. If you are just getting on and spinning for 30 minutes, it may not do much for you. On the other hand, if you have an agenda and put some effort into it, the trainer can greatly improve your fitness.

I use mine to do intervals, and really get some benefit out of it.
What do you mean?morrison
Dec 11, 2001 2:22 PM
Are you contrasting riding on the trainer with no equivalent exercise, or are you contrasting it with riding on the road. If it is the former, then I would say it definitely improves one's fitness level.

On the other hand, if it is the latter, you then need to define what you mean by 'fitness level.' Using a trainer is a wonderful way to improve your stamina, etc. However, it is very difficult to simulate changes in topography, resistance levels, etc..

Now that I have wife, kids, career, etc., I use a trainer alot more than I used to, and I'm not nearly the rider I used to be. But that's a whole different topic . . .
What do you mean?azroadie
Dec 11, 2001 2:31 PM
More of the replacing of the road. I cannont find motivation to go out for a ride at 4:30am and it is 35 outside that trainer is just calling my name. So during the winter months I tend to hop on it two times a week and was currious what I would be losing or keeping in return for not getting out of bed.
What do you mean?morrison
Dec 11, 2001 2:39 PM
You will gain a hell of lot more than you will if you stay in bed.

A road ride, even in relatively flat terrain, allows you to work on far more areas than simply spinning on a trainer. However, if you do what was suggested above and use the trainer for intervals, etc., you can recoup a lot of that benefit. For me, the real problem with the trainer is the absolute bordom of it. We only have one TV, and I can't move it into the garage to watch it while I ride. At the same time, I can't bring the trainer inside b/c I have two toddlers running around who, I am convinced, would lose their fingers w/in 2 minutes of me climbing on board.

Best of luck, and consider moving to a warmer climate!
Keep those fingersallervite
Dec 11, 2001 8:00 PM
I stick mine in the corner of the room and block it off with furniture. Keeps the trike motors out of the spokes pretty well.
Keep those fingersfredfal
Dec 12, 2001 4:02 AM
I can't believe that you stick your children in the corner and block them off with furniture. That's just plain MEAN!
... he he he ... (I'm sure you saw that one coming).
Keep those fingersallervite
Dec 12, 2001 11:57 AM
That's nothing just think how hard it is on them to watch Tour videos over and over. When other kids talk about Barnie, my son thinks they mean Bjarne Riis!
Dec 11, 2001 10:21 PM
Trainers suck. They are boring as hell. But they are much better than getting fat for those of us who simply cannot ride outside during the week. I am at work by about 7 every morning, off at 6 every night, cannot commute, have a 2 year old and another on the way, and run the company...No after work winter rides for me.

During the summer, I ride the road 5 days a week.
During the winter I ride the road 2 days a week, trainer 4 days. I can feel myself losing "cycling fitness" (handling skills, climbing ability, cadence etc) all winter long, but I maintain a good level of overall cardio fitness with the trainer. If you are out of shape when you begin using a trainer, then you will gain fitness, and if you are already fit then you can maintain it if you use the trainer correctly. But I cannot imagine myself being able to stand enough trainer time to gain fitness, its just too damn boring.

Feel the wind in your face, not the oscillating fan if you can!

-Dave S
re: TrainersProboscis
Dec 12, 2001 4:31 AM
I guess it depends on the type of trainer. The only trainer I use are rollers. They really help smooth out any spin problems.