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Why do people use turbos?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Rhythm Thief, 28 Mar 2008.

  1. Following on from Buggi's thread about possible damage to turbo - mounted bikes, why do people use these? (This is a genuine question, by the way.) Is it purely to avoid riding in the rain, or does turbo riding bring fitness benefits that outdoor riding doesn't?
    I've never used one.
     
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    maybe ask in "health and fitness"..;)
     
  3. But there are more people in the cafe.;)
     
  4. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Eating cake....
     
  5. Alright, Mister Pedantic. There you go.;)
     
  6. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    OK, Mr Mod...;)
     
  7. longers

    longers Veteran

    I have a friend who used to prefer an exercise bike with the curtains drawn on a sunny day than go outside on a real bike.
     
  8. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I have not used my turbo this year, but I did use it a few years ago when I was very fit...it helped get me very fit.

    I would not use it now to "get me fit" but it can...
     
  9. longers

    longers Veteran

    I see what happened but this were in Cafe when I started typing ;)

    Ignore my reply please as it's not relevant to here.
     
  10. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    It must be nice being able to step off when you feel like it and be back home...

    I think that's a great motivator in getting on it in the first place.
     
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    As an example, if someone were to have broken their leg while skiing then a turbo would be an excellent way to being bike fit again.
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    How come you can use your superpowers (mod-style) to do that when you can't even carry out a simple tidying up request from a humble, ordinary -yet-prolific user?
     
  13. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

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    Is this a serious question?

    Serious answer:
    Its easier to plan regulated routines for training.
    Its a lot less hassle than riding outside.
    Can train all weathers.
    No restrictions on times of day ie i used to do an hour before work, a roadride at 5/6 o'clock in the dark with sleepy drivers isn't my idea of fun.
    Can listen to music/watch films whilst training.

    Lots of good reasons for Turbo training ;)
     
  14. yogi

    yogi New Member

    Here's another good reason to use a turbo-trainer - when my wife's working I can still train and look after our child. Can't go and do intervals with my daughter just yet.
     
  15. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    I must be a bit weird in that I actually quite like my turbo trainer ;)

    Mainly for all the reasons Steve Austin gives above. At the moment I'm doing 4 weeks base training so I can't let my HR go above 126 which is impossible to achieve on the road for me, especially if I spot a distant challenger :biggrin:

    When thats up I'll be back to interval training which is so much easier to control on the turbo. When the evenings are finally lighter I will use it less but it won't be put away for the summer by any means.

    The main thing is time though, with having a demanding job and young family I just can't get enough road miles in.