I'd say you can definitely get a good workout on a trainer! The trainer and the 'gym bike' don't really compare and it's a worthy investment if you have the money/ space.<br><br>
I honestly have no idea how your stationary bike would compare to outdoor riding. As with treadmill miles, I imagine that it does. ? If you have ever spent a couple weeks running on the treadmill you'll feel like you are moving in slow motion on the road. I imagine that you'll feel that way on your bike when you take off in April. My best advice while your thinking on a trainer, would be to do the best you can to move the upright bike into your best possible 'road bike' fit which I'm not sure (I'd have to look at it) may throw your back/hips out of plumb. And I don't think you can get the handlebars down, so if you are training on it, you'll have to add in <span style="text-decoration:underline;">additional</span> core work so that you can handle the change in position come April.<br>
I have no idea what you do in addition...but interchanging w/ the elliptical/ stepper/spin class/ mountain climber, heck even a pump class will help to build/maintain the strength/endurance you'll need.<br><br>
Yes Pete, they are freakishly strong~ it may technically be a workout. But if they feel they are getting a workout~ more importantly if you feel that you are getting a workout... I'm not saying I've never been wrong. Just that I don't think I am.