So cycling indoors in warmth and comfort is the same as cycling outdoors ?

Twilkes

Guru
Can you imagine a thread on "Your indoor ride today".
Isn't that pretty much what the Zwift thread in the Training forum is?

It's maybe similar to the difference between indoor and outdoor climbing, thousands of people could be amazing indoor climbers without ever having to insert their own protection and lead on an actual rockface.
 
Isn't that pretty much what the Zwift thread in the Training forum is?

It's maybe similar to the difference between indoor and outdoor climbing, thousands of people could be amazing indoor climbers without ever having to insert their own protection and lead on an actual rockface.
It is actually the Zwift which the article is based on. Reading the article I got the impression she had some issues and this approach appealed to her.

Indoor Climbing however is a well recognised sport discipline by itself as suitable rockfaces are not easily accessible or safe. So indoor makes it easier for the masses as well as more affordable. I suspect that there are more people in indoor rather than the outdoor due to cost and access.

Cycling outdoors however is accessible for everyone. Only inclement weather and the lockdown stops us. Cycling on a trainer however is excellent for training, no arguments there but as a sport not sure.
 

Milkfloat

An Peanut
Location
Midlands
It is actually the Zwift which the article is based on. Reading the article I got the impression she had some issues and this approach appealed to her.

Indoor Climbing however is a well recognised sport discipline by itself as suitable rockfaces are not easily accessible or safe. So indoor makes it easier for the masses as well as more affordable. I suspect that there are more people in indoor rather than the outdoor due to cost and access.

Cycling outdoors however is accessible for everyone. Only inclement weather and the lockdown stops us. Cycling on a trainer however is excellent for training, no arguments there but as a sport not sure.
However, it is really not. Many people don’t want to mix with horrible traffic or perving men, or they fancy riding up some mountains and don’t live near any, as well as training and don’t have a suitable place for intervals on the road. Cycling is a broad church and I don’t think anyone should be cut out if it because they do it indoors. As a country we have won sackfuls of medals cycling indoors, something that has been going on for over a hundred years.
 

T.M.H.N.E.T

Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902
Location
Northern Ireland
However, it is really not. Many people don’t want to mix with horrible traffic or perving men, or they fancy riding up some mountains and don’t live near any, as well as training and don’t have a suitable place for intervals on the road. Cycling is a broad church and I don’t think anyone should be cut out if it because they do it indoors. As a country we have won sackfuls of medals cycling indoors, something that has been going on for over a hundred years.
In the past few months I wouldn't have rode much if at all if it wasn't for an indoor trainer.

I'm still a cyclist, not a single person on the internet with a sh1tty not real/fake miles/easier miles take on indoor training will be taking that from me.

#youdoyou :whistle:
 
However, it is really not. Many people don’t want to mix with horrible traffic or perving men, or they fancy riding up some mountains and don’t live near any, as well as training and don’t have a suitable place for intervals on the road. Cycling is a broad church and I don’t think anyone should be cut out if it because they do it indoors. As a country we have won sackfuls of medals cycling indoors, something that has been going on for over a hundred years.
Indoor cycling is no different to running on a treadmill. The primary focus is fitness training. I would not consider it a sport. I suspect most of us have a trainer including me for inclement weather and when I just don't feel like going out. It can really put out the watts without a gust on your face.

Calling the use of a treadmill as broad church of recreational running using the same analogy might paint the picture better.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Typically if I have less than two hours or so free I'll consider a turbo session instead of going out. Which I choose depends on lots of things.

I have the option of a TV simulation of a classic climb in beautiful surroundings versus slogging through South East London suburbia. I have the option of putting in a ton of effort with no worries about safety versus constant vigilance on roads full of bastards who would like to see me dead.

I've only used the turbo for sessions of over four hours or so during lockdown. It can get rather hard on the backside.

Personally I tend not to pay much attention to the distance stats from the turbo. I don't find it terribly meaningful.
 

BurningLegs

Veteran
I'm still a cyclist, not a single person on the internet with a sh1tty not real/fake miles/easier miles take on indoor training will be taking that from me.
You’re absolutely a cyclist.

I personally think the closed views this thread are more representative of Internet culture than cycling culture.

I suspect that if you talk to a cyclist who rides exclusively or mainly outdoors they’d be unlikely to dismiss or criticise you as a cyclist for riding primarily or exclusively on Zwift (or any other platform). It does seem to happen on the internet though.
 

gzoom

Senior Member
Not really. I use Zwift on one screen and Eurosport on the big screen.
We've got a Pelton bike coming in 10 days time, so am not anti-indoor cycling, but this was the 'view' on my morning ride today at 7am. No indoor setup can come close to delivering the smile inducing feeling you get when powering you way across the beautiful British countryside on a pedal bike. I love it.

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FishFright

More wheels than sense
Isn't that pretty much what the Zwift thread in the Training forum is?

It's maybe similar to the difference between indoor and outdoor climbing, thousands of people could be amazing indoor climbers without ever having to insert their own protection and lead on an actual rockface.
'Sport' climbing bridged that gap nicely .
 
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