Jacques de Molay wrote:Jspear wrote:Kudos's to those who can stay on their trainer and overcome the "mental" battle, not having to put themselves out hours from their house to keep cycling and exercising.
I'm going to assume that you're simply playing devils advocate here, for the sake of the discussion, but that you don't genuinely embrace that last point of your argument.
The bicycle, since its very inception, was meant to offer people a novel way to "put themselves out hours from their house." That was the whole point to begin with. To this day, that is what bikes are, and what they do. It's never a matter of "having" to put myself out hours from home, it's my choice, and one that I wholly embrace.
As far as I'm concerned, when you remove centrifugal force from the equation, you're no longer riding a bike, you're just not. You're turning the pedals. That's not to suggest that turning the pedals on a trainer will automatically be easy. Obviously, it's as difficult as one makes it.
To reiterate: I understand indoor trainers. I have one, although I have't touched it in probably three years. I totally get why some people might have to rely on them due to harsh winters, prolonged periods of darkness, work schedules or many other factors.
However, if someone wants to declare themselves King of the Indoor Cycling World (not that anyone here is doing that) then they can have at it. I'll be too busy taking in the sights and sounds of the Great Outdoors to care one bit about such accomplishments.
Truthfully I'm just bringing in another side to the discussion.
I personally don't own a trainer....I prefer to go out regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, 100 degrees F, 10 degrees F...whatever. The only 3 things that will keep me inside are 25+mph winds (I've had some scary situations getting blown around), freezing rain, and snow when they haven't paved the roads yet.