I used to be a year round cyclist. I had all the gear for cold weather, snow, and ice including studded tires.
I got tired of the maintenance and upkeep associated with riding in the winter. The salt and sand is extremely hard on chains, cassettes, cables, etc. And having all of those layers to have to wash made for a lot of extra laundry.
So, last year I purchased an indoor smart trainer. It has a roller that the rear wheel drives, and there is a motor in the unit that can adjust resistance to simulate hills and such. The trainer broadcasts via Bluetooth and I use Zwift on my laptop as my training software. Zwift (https://zwift.com/
) is a software that can be used with indoor cycling trainers and treadmills to control resistance and incline, and it provides a real time simulated course in 3D. It's a little cartoonish looking, but it works.
I was using my trainer at home in my basement but decided to move it to my office this morning so I can take breaks throughout the day and get some activity. The windchill is expected to drop into the -20s this week, which makes walking very unpleasant and even dangerous if you're not careful.
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