Spin bike for training

derrick

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johnblack

Senior Member
I use a Schwinn Carbon Blue at the gym and use the GCN videos regularly. So much better than the turbo, in fact mines been packed away in the shed for a couple of years. The Schwinn benefits from have cadence and power meter, plus connects to my Fenix so I can download the data.

I'm actually thinking about buying one for home, but think the price for one that is similar to the Schwinn will be fairly pricey.
 
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derrick

derrick

The Glue that binds us together.
I use a Schwinn Carbon Blue at the gym and use the GCN videos regularly. So much better than the turbo, in fact mines been packed away in the shed for a couple of years. The Schwinn benefits from have cadence and power meter, plus connects to my Fenix so I can download the data.

I'm actually thinking about buying one for home, but think the price for one that is similar to the Schwinn will be fairly pricey.
I fitted garmin speed and cadence sensors to mine so i can upload to strava. Works for me.
 
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derrick

derrick

The Glue that binds us together.
Does it have automatic variable resistance if its used on the likes of Zwift?
Yes i get one of the servents to do the adjustments.:okay:
 

DRM

Veteran
Location
West Yorks
Spin bike will do it, but you’ve got to be honest with yourself when adjusting the resistance, when I did spin the instructor would get us to increase the resistance but one bloke never did, just sat spinning with no effort, I’ve found a smart turbo to be brilliant as I’ve done a training programme on Zwift & when it wants you to do a certain amount of watts for a set time, that’s exactly what you do, no cheating & it did work as I increased my FTP a fair bit, so I think a smart trainer is the way to go, I just leave mine set up with a cheap carrera on it ready to go.
 

BurningLegs

Über Member
If I ever go to a gym, I always use the spin bike (unless a Watt bike is available), but at home it's a smart turbo trainer with the bike left on it for me. It's just as easy to get going on a Zwift session with a permanent turbo setup compared with a spin bike and youtube video, in my experience.

My route into cycling was initially mountain biking, then I went to the gym twice per week for spin sessions to make the mountain biking more enjoyable, and it definitely worked. Spinning is fantastic exercise and the social element of going to the gym is really valuable for a lot of people.
 
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