In preparation for those wet winter days I'm considering my options for inside cycling fitness. Last year I hired a treadmill which significantly improved my fitness but wasn't great on the knees. Having not used either before, any suggestions on whether I'm better off getting a spin bike or a trainer?
Hey Gemma if you don't care about resistance on your rollers buy mine (7 months old @ $180), I am upgrading to get resistance so if you guys are cool I can buy Alasdairs. Let me know if this works
Yes same here, thank your for your reply
Im about to get a spare rear wheel for using on my indoor trainer.Think I had the roller a bit tight & wore out a rear tyre on 2 weeks.Im getting it fitted with a trainer specific tyre
Don't forget The Suffer Fest Videos to relieve the boredom of indoor trainers
I just went and had a look at these online.
Does anyone recommend them? I can see some indoor training coming my way in May/June and was wondering if they are worth it?
Also, what variations of Apple i<things> have people tried them on? I have an iPad 2 I could use at home but if using at the gym I would want to use my iPod Nano (latest model with the touch screen).
Will the on-screen instructions display OK on these?
There is a guest article on Velominati about the spin bike here. If you can get over all the 'rules' fluff it has a nice sentiment.
All of the things I described above came to mind and I was sure that I’d never do it again. However, after a while, a funny thing happened. I got over the differences in geometry from my road bike; I got over the annoyingly short crank arm length and annoyingly wide bottom bracket; and I got over the weird feel of the flywheel and the squishy, outrageously non-Rule 61-compliant saddle. Instead, I cranked up the tunes and started focusing on form. Without traffic or weather to contend with, my mind was freed for deep, unbroken meditation on the rhythmic movements of my legs and the way my whole body was working together to achieve the Magnificent Stroke. The spin room is surrounded by mirrors, so I was able to watch my motions and correct irregularities. My imagination wandered, and instead of being in the spin room, I saw myself ascending the twists and turns of L’Alpe d’Huez. In short, I was channeling Rule #6 and finding the V-Locus.
When my time was up, I jolted out of my reverie with something akin to shock.
If you own your own it's easy enough to substitute for a real saddle, and mine's got 170mm cranks. The Q factor, however, is ridiculously wide. I haven't found a way around that yet.