I am a die hard outdoor cyclist. I have all the gear to ride day or night, rain or shine, in the heat or in the cold. But I have a confession to make. I recently purchased a stationary bike for my partner and I have enjoyed riding it. I have always considered sitting on a tractor seat, pedaling and going nowhere, inside where the air is stale almost a sin. But for an early Christmas present for my partner, since her daughter moved out and on to her own, taking with her her stationary bike, I decided that riding indoors on those wet and cold days or nights when I would head out and she would stay behind would be a good investment in her health. If I got her a good one, one that simulated outdoor cycling, it would be a good compromise I told myself.
So I started to research the issue. I viewed endless Craig’s list ads of New Year’s resolutions gone bad and found an endless supply of giant machines, with computers, even TVs to distract the rider, with seats that look like they should be for the giant butts for overweight farmer’s tractors. What amazed me was that these machines, like the ones you sadly find in most gyms, were nothing like a real cycling experience and cost a huge amount of money even though they were used. The new ones were even more. I was trying to replicate the outdoor cycling experience that we both love so I continued searching for a piece of equipment that would be more suitable to what I had in mind.
Finally I came across some manufactures who were trying to make such equipment. I finally settled for a Whirly Cycle DX C81. This was a good choice as I figured that maybe if I found one that was very adjustable I could use it in a pinch. I am six foot and she is five foot six, I ride a 20” frame and she rides 15” frame so our new stationary cycle had to be very adjustable and it is.
So lately when I get home after a long day and it is dark, cold and wet I now get on the stationary cycle and go for a forty five minute (minimum) ride before dinner. I am dealing with the quilt, for at first I felt like I was cheating on my Titanium custom built beauty, but then after a while I rationalized that I was training for my outdoor bike so that when I do get out for a ride on her I am a better rider because of it. Justification by rationalization has always been a strength of mine.
So now on those days when I am beat and it is wet, cold and dark out there I get on my Whirly Cycle, turn on the TV and put in an hour or so. My Ti sits against the wall without jealousy as I train on the Whirly to be ready for her when we get out for a real ride.