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Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 5 Jan 2021, 8:53pm
by eileithyia
I've used a turbo on and off since the mid 80s. Got one when one particularly wet / heavy showers June meant I was being discouraged from getting out on the bike to do training miles as well as my commute miles. You think modern turbos are boring, I lived in a flat with a separate garage, unlit no electricity, just a couple of workouts to work to.....

These days I have a smart trainer, garage with electricity, wifi, TV monitor, Radio, and still sometimes need motivation. I will always prefer to be out on the road however; I use it for various reasons:- to do a specific workout ie timed intervals, to keep my fitness up in periods of poor weather, to get back on the bike riding following injury / surgery.

Recent years I have taken up the Rapha 500 challenge, until this year turbo miles were not included in the challenge, combo of icy roads and fitting in around the start of some extensive work on the house saw me using the turbo far more than I would normally and must admit on a couple of days the motivation dipped severely.

I don't try to do the sort miles I might do on the road, although the 500 saw me doing more miles than usual on the turbo. I find 90-100 mins is normally my tolerance level, both for undercarriage and for boredom (even with the distractions of zwift and the radio and the birds I can see from the window), I work on the basis that miles on the turbo are actually harder than on the road, remember no easing off the pace for junctions, no stopping at those junctions to relieve your position, no freewheeling... you pedal all the time in a very dialled in fixed position... so not always as comfy as being on the road.

I have to be disciplined to get it done, it does help that recently via zwift I have indicated I would 'join' an 'event' group ride or meet up.... obviously you are not beholden to do it, but knowing you have a ride start time and 'others' to ride with, certainly helps with the discipline of getting out to the garage and doing it.

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 9 Jan 2021, 11:04pm
by keyboardmonkey
LittleGreyCat wrote:... Finally, does anyone look remotely like the Zwift (and other products) riders in the TV ads?
Complete with the big screen TV or tablet etc.


I’ve just caught the end of a BBC Click feature on Zwift presented by a chap who I think was a cycling newbie. Maybe worth watching out for on the BBC News channel or when it’s available online.

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 10 Jan 2021, 12:47pm
by cyclemad
I use an iPhone and stream it to my 65'' flat screen ( cheap one from eBay ) that I had in the garage during lockdown in the summer.

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 10 Jan 2021, 1:22pm
by Mick F
Do you think a 65" screen is big enough? :wink:

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 10 Jan 2021, 2:05pm
by cyclemad
that's just what my partner said ............

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 10 Jan 2021, 5:11pm
by LittleGreyCat
Thanks again for all the information!

I get pelted with Zwift ads on my Twitter App on my phone.

One has a male riding a trainer set up as a TT bike.
Forward bars and everything.
Now I can see that if you are training to ride in a very specific aero position to get set up for real life on the road this could be of benefit, but apart from that...aero on a static bike?
At least he isn't wearing an aero helmet. :lol:

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 10 Jan 2021, 5:15pm
by Syd
LittleGreyCat wrote:Thanks again for all the information!

I get pelted with Zwift ads on my Twitter App on my phone.

One has a male riding a trainer set up as a TT bike.
Forward bars and everything.
Now I can see that if you are training to ride in a very specific aero position to get set up for real life on the road this could be of benefit, but apart from that...aero on a static bike?
At least he isn't wearing an aero helmet. :lol:

The bike currently on my turbo is an older TT bike. I took off the aero bars and fitted normal drop bars and shifters I has spare. More comfortable for a start.

Didn’t bother fitting break cables though. Something I need to remember if I take it out on the road again.

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 11 Jan 2021, 12:19pm
by rmurphy195
amaferanga wrote:Those claiming its too boring on a turbo trainer should try Zwift.


Or simply read a book and listen to the radio while pedalling!!

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Posted: 11 Jan 2021, 1:17pm
by drossall
And, with Zwift, you can spend ages on the Zwift forums, talking about it instead of doing it. It's exactly like real riding :lol: