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I do have a trainer (Minoura Mag 850 w/remote) and I use it a lot. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we are no strangers to rain. Throughout the winter, I keep my road bike on my trainer. That way, I can still maintain my fitness level no matter the weather. I do ride outside in the rain, but that is just when I have someplace I have to go. I prefer to not subject my touring bike to the elements just to do a workout. One advantage to doing a workout on the trainer is that I can listen to music. I don’t have to listen for cars or anything. Another advantage, from a training standpoint, is that the “road” can be whatever you want. You want hills? Increase the resistance. Flatland spinning? Well, you get the idea. While a trainer is great to get that workout in, it does not replace the skills learned by actually getting out on the road. Even if you have rollers, it doesn’t teach you how to ride with traffic and be aware of your surroundings. I say this seemingly obvious point because I know people who think they can do all their training for an event like the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride on an indoor trainer or in a Spin class. A trainer shouldn’t replace actual riding, but it is a great way to stay in shape over the winter so when Spring rolls around you are ready to get out and ride!

I do have a trainer (Minoura Mag 850 w/remote) and I use it a lot. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we are no strangers to rain. Throughout the winter, I keep my road bike on my trainer. That way, I can still maintain my fitness level no matter the weather. I do ride outside in the rain, but that is just when I have someplace I have to go. I prefer to not subject my touring bike to the elements just to do a workout. One advantage to doing a workout on the trainer is that I can listen to music. I don’t have to listen for cars or anything. Another advantage, from a training standpoint, is that the “road” can be whatever you want. You want hills? Increase the resistance. Flatland spinning? Well, you get the idea. While a trainer is great to get that workout in, it does not replace the skills learned by actually getting out on the road. Even if you have rollers, it doesn’t teach you how to ride with traffic and be aware of your surroundings. I say this seemingly obvious point because I know people who think they can do all their training for an event like the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride on an indoor trainer or in a Spin class. A trainer shouldn’t replace actual riding, but it is a great way to stay in shape over the winter so when Spring rolls around you are ready to get out and ride!

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  • Colleen Welch

    October 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I do have a trainer (Minoura Mag 850 w/remote) and I use it a lot. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we are no strangers to rain. Throughout the winter, I keep my road bike on my trainer. That way, I can still maintain my fitness level no matter the weather. I do ride outside in the rain, but that is just when I have someplace I have to go. I prefer to not subject my touring bike to the elements just to do a workout. One advantage to doing a workout on the trainer is that I can listen to music. I don’t have to listen for cars or anything. Another advantage, from a training standpoint, is that the “road” can be whatever you want. You want hills? Increase the resistance. Flatland spinning? Well, you get the idea. While a trainer is great to get that workout in, it does not replace the skills learned by actually getting out on the road. Even if you have rollers, it doesn’t teach you how to ride with traffic and be aware of your surroundings. I say this seemingly obvious point because I know people who think they can do all their training for an event like the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride on an indoor trainer or in a Spin class. A trainer shouldn’t replace actual riding, but it is a great way to stay in shape over the winter so when Spring rolls around you are ready to get out and ride!

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