A recent search of the following, led someone to my site: “Is 28.5 miles at 18.5 mph on an exercise bike good”.
To answer the question properly would be near impossible without knowing the resistance setting, but that begs a bigger question: How does an exercise bike stack up against the real thing? Seriously.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the last three years on my bikes, upwards of 16,000 miles worth and I’ve spent all of ten minutes in my entire life on an exercise bike. Now, the new TdF model withstanding, which has some technical advantages over “exercise bikes”, there’s a reason I’ve only spent ten minutes on an exercise bike in my life – it’s because they suck next to the real thing. On the other hand, on a real exercise bike, at least you can really crank down the resistance so they do have their benefits – especially in the off season.
I mean, let’s face it folks, if it isn’t below freezing outdoors, what looks like more fun?
Talk about bringing a knife to a tank fight, holy smokes!
Of course, and this is actually pretty funny, my real bike cost ten times more than that exercise bike.
In the end there are benefits to each… One is good in the winter when it’s nasty outside and the other is better every other day of the year – and twice on Sunday.