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Ok, dumb question for all of you experienced cyclists out there. My LBS offers an "indoor cycling" class... bring your bike, they provide the trainers etc. I want to go tonight even though I'm a little nervous about just showing up.<br><br>
So, what is the difference between this (trainer) and a spinning class at the gym??? (I've never done that either.. I'm much too intimidated). I like to just get on my bike and ride. I don't really dig indoor exercise as a rule but thought I'd check this out. They said beginners are welcome. They better not be lying.<br><br>
It's gonna be huge if I get up my nerve to go. And my bike is already in the car, so I am really planning on it.<br><br>
What should I expect? I just don't want to look like too much of an idiot!
 

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GO. Tell them you are a newbie and likely and I bet they will be nice.<br><br>
These classes tend to be more hard-core. Not like "i'm gonna die" hard core, but real cycling instead of the sometimes sugar coated spin classes you see at major-brand fitness centers (like 75 people in a room, all adjusting their makeup while doing 110rpm "up a hill"... yeah right).<br><br>
Anyway, GO I bet it will be fun. The social environment negates the whole indoor thing
 

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The huge difference is that on a trainer you are using your own bike that fits you like a glove. The spinning bikes will never feel like your bike.<br><br>
Having said that, I do not own a trainer, but WOULD LOVE TO. I go to spinning class frequently and find that i enjoy it much less now that I have my own road bike.<br><br>
YOU SHOULD GO!!!! It sounds like lots of fun and a great way to see if you like using a trainer!
 

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It will be fun, and I'm sure they will be nice. No need to be intimidated. The first time I went to a spinning class of that type, before I had a trainer, people were very friendly and help me set my bike on the stand properly, and no one laughed at me.<br><br>
...in front of me anyway. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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This is what I always hear! I know it is going to be tough, but I suppose if we're attached to trainers inside, it's not like I'll be all alone out on the road! I'm ready for a good workout.<br><br>
I really want to be better on the bike.
 

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That sound like it would be a lot of fun. The best part is you are on your bike and not a trainer that 1000's of other people have been on.
 

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Me too!!<br><br>
Ditto what everyone else has said. Go. Have fun. Let us know how it goes. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I love my spin classes (music and other people = fun) and I LOVE using my trainer (my bike, my gears, really good TRI workout)...but the trainer spin class sounds like the best of both worlds........people, music & your bike! Go for it!<br><br>
ps........let us know how it was <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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This winter, I went regularly to spinning classes, and once to a trainer spin. They're sooo different. Regular spinning - it's too much aerobic, and the bike feels like a beach cruiser. On the trainer, it's your bike and much closer to a real ride. Spinning classes are a breeze, but after that trainer spin I hurt for 2 days.<br>
Tip: bring a towel to put under your bike. At spinning, it's dark and nobody looks around, but with the trainer class... I was the only one without a towel and looked like I peed myself bigtime.
 

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Put a towel over your handlebars too. Sweat on the screws that hold your bike together = rusty screws. Just cover them up and you will be fine.
 

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I tried a couple spin bike classes, they were sort of fun, the things we did on the bikes were a little strange from a cycling perspective, but overall it was fun, kind of.
 

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Definitely go! I wish I had something like that I could go to. I can't even make it to the spin classes here because the times don't work out for me (I'm VERY limited on time and have to squeeze it in here and there -- my schedule also varies) I also want to get better on the bike, so I'm committed to 3 rides a week! I'm trying to seek our harder terrain for some of my rides too. I pretty much rode the same 2-3 routes last year because I was new to cycling (I still consider myself new to cycling -- less than a year). I want to do some different riding this year to really challenge me. Let us know how it goes.
 

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What LBS??? Maybe I'll join you sometime.<br>
Did you go?
 

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ok everyone, thanks for the encouragement (as always!)..... I went and there were only 5 of us total.... 3 guys and one other woman, who thankfully was a newbie too. She had been once before but is like me, new to cycling. I stayed in the back so no one could see how pathetic I am on a bike! It was HARD. I had to ease up a couple of times from what I was supposed to be doing in order not to pass out! I had one bottle of water, which wasn't nearly enough. They offer this every Tuesday and Thursday, so I'm going to try to go again in the next few weeks until the weather is better and it's Daylight Saving Time (10 days!!!)<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestion about the towel... it came in quite handy. I pedaled the whole 50 minutes and felt like I got a fairly decent workout...even if I would have been left in the dust if we were on the road! More than anything, I wanted to just be on my bike and remember the gears and all the stuff that still doesn't quite come naturally to me, especially after a few months off the bike.<br><br>
Courtney.... I went to Bicycle Village in Aurora. You should come!! I don't know if the Westminster location offers it too. That is probably more convenient for you, but I hope we'll meet up one of these days!
 

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Ah, BV is a great store. Where is that one in Aurora? Is it the giant one on Havana?<br><br>
I'll have to look into that in Westie... they just expanded their store.<br><br>
Great job!! Sounds like fun!
 

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Well they may have Computrainers set up for multi-riders. A CT ride can be a different world than a spinning class, especially if its set up for multi-rider you can race the person next to you. Plus you can get pedal stroke analysis to help you work on technique. Many LBS around here have CT rides. Let us know what its like.
 
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