Is your husband planning on cycling indoors too? Will you be training at the same time or different times? Where do you live? How any months per year will you be using the trainer?
I have used a trainer and I have used a spinning bike and I prefer a spinning bike for training indoors. But then I live in Los Angeles and rarely cycle indoors at home. So it's hassle for me to put my bike on the trainer for a day then take it off and ride outdoors the next day. I would rather use the spinning bike at the nearby gym when it's raining or when I don't have time for an outdoor ride.
If I lived in a cold climate, where I had to cycle indoors for months, I would probley go for a trainer.
When we lived in an apartment and had to store two bikes we used one of the free standing stacking units. See the link:
So if you are both going to get bikes then you would need to store them whether or not you have a trainer. Also if you have a stationary bike it takes up more room than a trainer in bicycle season when you are riding outdoors. Then you can easily store the trainer in a closet not so with the stationary bike especially the better ones.
One more reason you might want to consider the trainer.
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Thanks everyone for the awesome welcome and advice. I will be talking to the husband about it. I guess the only problem...that I should have included in the original post, my husband wants to bike too. He is 5"10 and I am 5'0"...LOL Def not using the same bike! So do we have the room to store one bike while the other is on the trainer? Maybe... Thanks again! Liz
What kind of bike is your old bike? A quality bike can be a lifetime investment. My two bikes are 25 and 35 years old. If your old bike isn't' such a hot ride you may still want to keep it as a beater bike for when you don't want to ride your good one (to the grocery store where you will lock it up, in the rain, etc).
Riding a high end stationary bike is generally a better experience than riding your bike on a trainer. Most people go too cheap and get a junky one. I got on a cycle ergometer the other day and it was great; the flywheel was just right to simulate the feel of accelerating on the road and the resistance seemed to increase with the square of my speed just like on the road rather than linearly like most stationary bikes. This stationary bike was about a grand though. If you live someplace with long winters something like this may be a worthwhile investment. In Texas I can cycle almost all year so I don't feel the need. If you aren't going to invest in a gym quality cycle ergometer than you are better off with a bicycle+trainer.
Tracking mileage on an ergometer or trainer is guessing. I try to adjust the resistance to approximate the feel of cycling a good clip on flat roads then I use the milege my cyclometer says.
Great advice, of course I say that because I agree.
I have my bike on a trainer every winter to ride. Then I'm used to that body position come spring time. I don't use a bike computer, but wear my heart watch which gives me a good idea of how hard the work-out is, even though I don't know the mileage.
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I too think the bike plus trainer is the best idea. Especially since it looks like you are going to get a new bike anyway.
As for tracking mileage...you could use a computer with the magnet on the rear wheel as someone else stated but I think that using a heart rate monitor will give you a better idea of how hard you are working. For example you can cinch the trainer really tightly to the wheel and you will be putting forth more effort for the same distance as if you cinched it very lightly. That being said it is probably more fun to track mileage!
Also, if you don't get a seperate rear wheel for use on the trainer, you might want to at least change the tire and the skewer to less exepensive ones and save the nice stuff for the road/mountain.
I just got a new bike in November so I threw the old one on the trainer. I'll take it off when it get's warm enough to commute again.
Whatever you decide welcome to the team and the wonderful world of cycling!
Go with what Perry and Bev say. It is a wise investment to get a good bike, fitted for you at your local bike shop. Talk to them, and get the trainer you can live with and the extra tire was a great suggestion. You'll be road-ready when the weather is just right!
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Welcome to the team, what a great sport you have gotten into. We got a trainer so we can use our regular bikes. I much prefer sitting on my usual seat. The extra wheel is a great suggestion. I suggest you get the best one you can afford, it will be well worth it. With the trainer, we can put it away if we need the space for company, too.
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I agree with PERRYR. Getting yourself a good bike & trainer would be a better investment than a stationary bike. I would recommend going to a local bike shop & explain to them what you are looking for. They will be more than able to help you answer any questions you have. I ride quite a bit & have a seperate trainer for when I have to ride indoors. I ride outdoors as often as weather permits, but sometimes I end up on the trainer. It's what I call a necessary evil. I usually just put some good music on & ride. I hope you get what you need & enjoy this great sport.
Lots of variables to consider. - How much room do you have? A bike and trainer take up more space than an exercise bike.
- How much money can you spend? Either way can cost a bundle.
Using a trainer is great as you sit on the same bike you'd be riding, so your body adapts to only one. - You'll be happier if you get a good trainer, and have a spare wheel & tire for the bike. That way you can just swap it out on the days when you can ride outside. - A good exercise bike can be adjusted to mimic the position on your regular bike. Some of these are expensive....
Personal opinion - If funding is an issue at all, I'd suggest getting a better bike and trainer than a cheap bike and cheap stationary bike.
- As far as tracking mileage, if it matters - Put the computer magnet on the rear wheel.... I suggest that counting calories or perceived effort and time is a better indicator of exercise effort than just miles.
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Hi all. I have been a part of Spark for about 2 years. I am a walker...due to some problems I have developed with my feet I haven't been able to walk like I want/used to. I found my self turning to my 15 year old bike for a lot of my exercise in the fall. I live in Indiana and I am not a cold weather girl and it isn't always safe to ride in the winter weather (though I have seen a lot more people doing it...saw someone on a unicycle on Sunday after a snow storm!)
Anyway, My question is about Stationary bikes vs. bike trainers. My husband is telling me if I am going to get into cycling he wants to get me a new bike. Something lighter. So should I invest in a Bike trainer + a new bike or get a stationary bike then in then get a new bike closer to spring? I guess I am looking for pros and cons here.
If I decide to get a trainer, how do I track mileage?
I am not looking for a Recumbent style bike I want an upright one or even a spinner style bike.
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