Cold, wet winter weather can be enough to keep even the most dedicated cyclists indoors and waiting for spring. But now more than ever, there are some solid indoor options. So keep your gear close, consult the list below and get back on that saddle. Because now, there’s no excuse to stop pedaling.
FOR STARTERS, TRY SPIN
If you haven’t yet succumbed to the popular, cult-status frenzy that is spin class, now’s the time. Spin classes range from classic, performance-based rides to rhythm-based options incorporating choreography and hand weights. So there’s something for everyone. Throw in the pulsing music and group setting, and you’ll get a high-intensity workout protected from the elements.
THERE’S ALSO PELETON
If you’re not familiar, Peloton offers special bikes equipped with large screens, so you can take live or on-demand spin classes in the comfort of your own home. The workout is the same, but you get to skip the commute to and from class — making Peloton a solid option if you’re pressed for time. Choose from the catalog of classes and instructors, and spin on your own schedule. The bikes aren’t cheap — they retail for about $2,000 — and require a $39 monthly subscription to stream the classes.
GET A SMART TRAINER
A very economical option is a simple cycling trainer — often called a smart trainer or turbo trainer. These contraptions turn your road bike into a stationary one, by attaching your back wheel to a roller that rotates as you pedal. You get all the benefits of road cycling with none of the actual road. Basic trainers let you adjust the resistance manually, while the smarter options include varied terrain and programmed rides, automatically adjusting the resistance as you go.
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MAKE IT A GAME
Zwift acts like a smart trainer with extra bells and whistles. Those embellishments come via a virtual world that features iconic cycling routes worldwide, famous climbs and even the inside of a volcano. Connect the Zwift app to your phone, computer or TV, and you’ll see yourself riding on screen — immersed in the virtual environment or even riding in a group with other users. It’s a great way to have some fun while riding. With all the various training programs and routes to explore, you won’t get bored anytime soon.
VISIT A VELODROME
The Velo Sports Center in Carson, California, is the only permanent indoor cycling track in the United States. This 250-meter wood track is an official USA Olympic training site, so if you happen to be nearby and want to take a day off to watch a race, by all means. But if you’d like to get out there yourself, the center offers open riding sessions. Which means that you can enjoy the thrill of riding really fast on a circular track with lanes and banked walls. On second thought … it’s probably best to start with a lesson.