It’s almost time to put the bike away and think about winter things. I am not one of those who care to ride in the winter. A good part of what I love about cycling is the joy of it. That means only pushing myself when I feel like it. Riding in the winter gives me no joy.
That doesn’t mean, though, that sitting on my rear end all winter seems like a good idea either. Or rather, it seems like a good idea, just not one that I am going to give in to. I will be riding this winter. I just won’t be doing it outdoors.
So then the question becomes, just how do I plan on keeping my riding muscles in shape over the winter? Certainly not by joining some high buck fitness club and getting into one of their spinning classes.The idea of being pushed by some wannabe drill Sargent while in the company of a host of strangers has no real appeal for me.
I had thought about getting an exercise bike with all of the bells and whistles, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a less than ideal situation. The good ones are very expensive, they don’t quite mimic the actual riding experience I would get with my bike.
The more I checked into it, the more it seemed that a better option would be to find a way to actually ride my bike, only inside. So I decided to look into some of the bike stand training gizmos that seem to be so popular these days.
The trick becomes choosing the right kind of trainer, and I’m still a bit on the fence about that. There are so many different options to choose from. I am sure that I will get one of the better ones, hopefully a programmable version so I can vary my routine.
I wonder if there is one that will sync with whatever iphone app I choose for the illusion of riding an actual trail or road. (And isn’t that the neatest thing since iced tea?)
I still have more checking to do, but one thing is sure. I will be on the road first thing the weather brightens next spring. And in better shape than I am now.