Boring_Username wrote:keyboardmonkey wrote:I have a ‘dumb’ trainer - a CycleOps Fluid 2.
I’ll leave the positives until the end, but here is a list of the negative factors that, for me, make it tiresome to use...
Set up time: I have a spare wheel with a cassette and turbo tyre; swap wheel; drag out turbo (and level it), sweat towel thingy, front wheel raiser;
Or - buy a 1990s rigid MTB as a turbo bike for £50 and eliminate all that
Hmm. I know you mean well, but the idea of sourcing a secondhand bike that fits me during a pandemic that has brought about a scarcity and premium price for such bikes motivates me less than the thought of getting out the turbo. (I’ve also got seven bikes kicking about so I think I’d struggle getting another one past the wife.)
Apart from the benefit to legs and lungs of using a turbo I had looked to the turbo to help with conditioning my body for when I go on actual bike rides. Specifically, stretching out on the drops - or even hoods. Pre-Covid I might have gone for three to five weeks between bike rides, and although my legs mainly coped I found the by then unfamiliar position of being on a road bike left me with aching shoulders and upper body generally. (Maybe that’s a bike fit thing. Dunno.)
But the 20 minute turbo time means that’s not much use for conditioning as it’s over too soon. Hey ho.
I think as others have said if you’re a gym bunny you’ll be okay on a turbo - smart or dumb - but if like me (and the OP by the sound of it) you don’t get out your yoga mat and your free weights continue to gather dust then you’re unlikely to thrive when using an indoor trainer.
I suppose the allure of cycling around Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, with cafe stops in normal times, beautiful countryside & wildlife, and catching up with friends is so removed from the experience of twiddling for less than half an hour in the kitchen that it simply doesn’t compare. Apart from walking I do no other regular exercise; effectively I get my fitness as a by-product of the pleasure cycling outdoors brings. A turbo gives me no pleasure.