Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Road Bike v. Spin Bike

Met the Brooklyn Tri-Club for the Tuesday morning bike workout.  Took my road bike rather than my tri-bike for a bunch of reasons: (1) tri-bike has a flat; (2) didn't feel like fixing the flat; (3) have a slight concern that the tri-saddle has been aggravating my hamstring/glute issues; (4) really didn't feel like fixing the flat.  Anyway, I always forget how great it feels to ride a bike that fits properly. Spin bikes never do. Also, the need to balance evens out the pedal stroke and everything else.  I did about 30 or so miles in Prospect Park, not too fast in a big friendly group. I was on the bike for two hours, and finished feeling great.  Heel is looser, hips are looser, hamstring is less sore, adductor is less sore.

I usually think of biking and spinning as pretty direct substitutes, but now I'm not so sure.


  1. Ah, the first time on the road bike for the year. Nothing is better. Maybe the first run, if one is healthy.

    Spinning and cycling are substitutes sort of like reading Michael Lewis is a substitute for reading legal scholarship. Not saying it isn't fun or even helpful, but, well, for riding there is no substitute.

    Occasional commenter D__ may report that biking on a trainer is superior training tool. I can't argue with his results, but I still contend that riding is riding.

  2. I'm seriously starting to wonder about the treadmill as sub for outside training. I certainly never had as many probs before I was relegated to the 'mill. But there are a LOT of confounding factors.

  3. Treadmill: you can't open up your stride. Spend too much time worrying about form and you forget to hold your spot in the middle of the belt. Maybe if you spent $3K on one of those parking-lot sized treadmills, but for most of us, I think it presents serious problems.

  4. On the treadmill at the gym I have to remind myself to look at the church steeple a few blocks away to keep my focus high. Otherwise my form collapses entirely. Placement of the television can be very important.