Before smart trainers and quality indoor cycling apps, almost no one chose to ride indoors. If you had base training on the schedule you just went out and rode no matter the weather. If you had intervals you probably had a favourite flat place with low traffic and no traffic lights or you might have a favourite hill. A chosen hill-repeats hill, or one that was simply long enough to do common effort lengths was also something you’d see discussed among cyclists in every area. When winter hit it was either layer-up and bear it, or take a break and switch sports until the weather changed enough to allow outside riding again.
At some point rollers and magnetic trainers gained popularity and at that point, indoor riding was almost a punishment. No one chose to ride indoors unless it was a necessity. You’d look out the window and see the weather then try to mentally calculate what was going to be the lesser of two evils. The question was always, would you rather deal with the cold outside or the boredom inside?
In today’s modern world, things have changed. Today we have a collection of the best smart trainers and indoor cycling apps to go with them. When you combine great products like the latest Wahoo Kickr Move and software like Rouvy, you’ve got a compelling and interesting option for riding indoors. It’s no longer torture but is it enough to make you actually choose indoor riding even during the summer when an outdoor ride is calling? Keep reading to see some of the reasons that you might choose to sweat indoors instead of outdoors no matter the weather.
Uncouple your riding from the time of day
This is the place where the health benefits of cycling indoors start for many people. The simple fact is that riding more is a healthy choice for most people and for some the hours in a day are a barrier to entry. For what it’s worth, it’s also one of the reasons that I personally spend a lot of time riding indoors.
In the past you’d have to think about how to ride within the confines of sunrise and sunset. Of course it’s not impossible to ride after dark but fewer people are going to be doing intervals in the dark. That always meant a finite time for training and frequently things like work and family got in the way. Only those who could dedicate daylight hours multiple times a week to intense training had the opportunity to take their cycling past a certain…