Cycling as a hobby is a great way to stay in shape while taking in the scenery and some fresh air, but nobody wants to ride outside in the rain or cold. Cycling is well known to reduce stress, improve overall fitness and helps you to lose weight. Cyclists living in northern climates are faced with even tougher weather conditions and can rarely ride outside in the winter months, certainly not when it snows. Even if you live in warmer climates, you will be confronted with early sunsets during the winter months. Riding in the dark can be extremely dangerous particularly in urban areas. The solution is to take up indoor cycling as a hobby.
The first thing you need to do of course is to purchase an indoor trainer. We have made this step fairly easy for you; visit our buyers guide page to learn what features to look, and then head on over to our indoor trainer reviews to find a model you like. When your trainer arrives, simply dust off your old bike in your garage, pump up the tires, and you will be getting a great workout in just a matter of minutes.
Buy a Comfortable Seat
Okay, I will admit it, that sounded like it was way too simple. We didn’t even talk about the seat and after your first workout your bottom is sore and you want to give up indoor cycling already. Don’t despair, bike seats have come a long way since you were a kid. With the advent of new materials, today’s seats are far more comfortable than ever and well suited for long rides. So toss out that old seat and purchase a new gel-padded, split-design, seat for the ultimate in comfort. Spend a few bucks on your butt!
Dress for Success
For a serious workout, you need to stay cool and dry. Wear a moisture wicking t-shirt or tank top. Avoid wearing baggy sweat pants, three-quarter length tights are a much better choice. As a hobbyist you probably don’t have those fancy cycling shoes, no problem simply wear a pair of high-quality sneakers.
Customize Your Bike
Before you start, you may need to make some adjustments to your bike. First of all, adjust the seat to you hip height. Handlebars should be at the distance of your forearm from the tip of seat and raised to a comfortable height while you ride the bike.
To get the most of your workout add toe clips to your bike pedals. These serve 2 purposes. First, the clips will keep your feet well positioned on the pedals so they don’t slip off during a vigorous workout. Secondly, you can enhance your workout by lifting your pedal on the upstroke. Burn more calories in less time.
Strap on Your Bike Helmet
Just kidding! Yet another benefit of indoor cycling is you don’t need to wear a helmet. Unless of course you have a habit of falling off your bike in which case perhaps you should take up another hobby other than indoor cycling.
The History of Indoor Cycling a.k.a. Spinning
The indoor cycling boom started in 1991 when avid cyclist and entrepreneur John Baudhuin collaborated with South African endurance cyclist Johnny Goldberg to introduce indoor cycling to the rest of the world. Goldberg actually built his first indoor bike in the mid 80’s. After being hit by a car when training at night, he felt there had to be a better way and he created his first indoor trainer.