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Hey guys I had a quick question, so I started cycling around the end of last summer, I road my bike back and forth to work everyday (around 14-16 mile commute). Since the fall/winter seasons came I haven't road my bike at all. I know some people cycle even during the winter months, but I am someone who cannot take cold at all, if the weather is under 65 I am a wreck and cannot function properly :mad2:.
My question is, is it a good idea to hit the gym and use the spin cycles to get my stamina and leg strength back as the Spring approaches? Does anyone have any experience doing this and could possibly provide some insight? Possibly some better alternatives than the spin cycles for leg strength?

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Simple answer: yes, spin at the gym.

Since it seems that you just want to commute, spinning will help you maintain. If you wanted to race you should think about getting a trainer and mixing it with weights and different exercises.
 

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Many moons ago I did the on again/ off again thing, riding in the warmer months and essentially hibernating in the cooler months, but (predictably) lost fitness and had to 'retrain' every spring. After a couple of years I invested in a stationary trainer. Far from ideal, but better than nothing and better (IMO) than using a bike that hasn't been fitted to you.

What and how much you do in the off season (and in season as well) depends on your goals, but you can mix up time on the trainer (or spin cycle) with some core exercises, stretches/ yoga and weights.

IME all of the above take a higher level of discipline than just hopping on your bike on a sunny, warm day, but the payback is increased stamina/ performance on those days.
 

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It can't hurt. Most road cyclists who take time off in winter do some indoor riding, whether on spin bikes at a gym, or on a trainer that they put their bike on at home. While it doesn't exactly duplicate road riding, you're using the major muscles in the same way, so it's certainly useful for maintaing some fitness.

I like spin bikes. I bought one for home some years ago (found a floor demo model discounted, though it was still a chunk of change). It's a pain on the rare occasions when I've moved it from room to room (probably weighs 120 pounds), but I like the workout I can get.

And get some warm clothes and toughen up a little. 65? ;-)
 

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Spinning is a good way to get into shape if you've got a gym with a good instructor. My local gym has a good spin instructor who's got a very defined idea of what she's trying to do with HR training. Even the cheerleader/screamer types who don't really have any idea what they're doing and just wanna get your HR up aren't bad, put on some earbuds and do your own thing. For whatever reason, being in a class full of other people makes it more interesting than trying to watch TV in your living room on the trainer.

I've got a trainer (that I never use), and though I'm just riding through winters in SoCal now, I'd rather ride in the cold/wet, or go to a spin class than spend time on my trainer.
 

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I'm the same way. Below 55 degrees is my limit. I am much happier riding indoors in room temperature than suffering through cold weather and blowing my nose every five minutes.

I use to use a trainer, but I am doing the rollers now. I find those to be better overall. Plus, the rollers I use, have three resistance settings that makes it even harder than my kurt kinetic trainer.

Took me about a month to get comfortable on the rollers, but worth it. I am still a long ways from no hands and/or one legged tricks though.
 

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Hey guys sorry I took so long to reply, thanks for all the feedback. I actually bought a membership to the gym today will begin spinning (and other exercises) this Thursday. I will be spinning 4 times a week until the weather is stays above 65 consistently. Right now we are averaging around 50, with mornings in the upper 30's. I will defintely look into buying a trainer as well, when my budget is able to accommodate. :D
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And get some warm clothes and toughen up a little. 65? ;-)
I would kill for 45, seriously.

Last week it was -7 F here, -28 F windchill.
I would kill for 65 degrees right about now.

I don't know where you guys are from, but I'm from Atlanta,GA.. Born & raised in the south. Under 65 is cold to me, especially for cycling. That cold air hitting your face..... Just the thought of it is terrifying! I really can't handle being cold... I can barely walk around my house when it's cold. I don't even want to take my feet from under the blankets. Until my thermometer in my house hits 70, I'm not leaving the bed or moving. If I have to pee, I will hold it.

I can't do it man.... :(
 

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Hey guys sorry I took so long to reply, thanks for all the feedback. I actually bought a membership to the gym today will begin spinning (and other exercises) this Thursday. I will be spinning 4 times a week until the weather is stays above 65 consistently. Right now we are averaging around 50, with mornings in the upper 30's. I will defintely look into buying a trainer as well, when my budget is able to accommodate. :D
Again thanks guys









I don't know where you guys are from, but I'm from Atlanta,GA.. Born & raised in the south. Under 65 is cold to me, especially for cycling. That cold air hitting your face..... Just the thought of it is terrifying! I really can't handle being cold... I can barely walk around my house when it's cold. I don't even want to take my feet from under the blankets. Until my thermometer in my house hits 70, I'm not leaving the bed or moving. If I have to pee, I will hold it.

I can't do it man.... :(
Man up. I rode 50 miles recently where the high was 7° not factoring wind chill. You can do it =)
 

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You would have been weeded out by natural selection if it were pre Industrial Revolution times. Although I am firmly in the “man up” camp, I will not belittle you because I liked it when you said “I can’t do it man” and then inserted a frowny face. It’s endearing.

But just to review, 50F is not cold – at all. sub 40 is getting chilly, sub 30 is chilly, sub 20 is cold. Anything sub that is hardcore material.

I can only assume you’ve never ridden when it got “cold” or that you didn’t have the right clothing.

Oh, to answer your question, yes spinning will absolutely help.
 

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You would have been weeded out by natural selection if it were pre Industrial Revolution times.
Not if he lived in the tropics, where people evolved and where most of them lived until a few thousand years ago.

But yeah, it would have been rough if he were born in Germany 500 years ago.
 

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Do you guys really enjoy riding at those temps? Ive tried colder than my usual 55. I have the cycling jacket and leggings and multiple layers, but its just not enjoyable. If I was training for a team or getting paid for it, that would we where I'd "man up".

Id suspect if was raised in a colder climate or had a few years of living up north in Chicago or something, id get use to it. Been in Houston, Texas for most of my life, so im used to the warm temps. I can get out in the 100 degree temps and be ok.
 

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If you stay cold outside at 65 you need to go faster and harder. anything above 50 should see you getting pretty warm once you get going. Are you riding at any measurable speed? No climbing to do where you are?
 

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Yesturday's ride started in 63.0 °F weather, dressed in Bib Shorts and a Short Sleeve Jersey. Plenty warm enough with the heat generated during the ride. Today's Ride, 54.0 °F and overcast with raining threatening. Dressed in Bib Shorts, leg warmers, long sleeve jersey and a windbreaker, long fingered gloves and a over the ears skull cap. Plenty warm and a tad over dressed for the ride. What I am getting at, you have to dress appropriately for the weather. It is far easier to take off, fold and tuck under the jersey than it is to put on non existent clothing..
 

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Yesterday's ride of 53 miles started off at 34f with light flurries and ended with mostly sunny 40f. Couldn't stop thinking of how I hate the cold...I guess you could say I survived but don't like the cold none the less. Chalk it up to March riding in New England.
 
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