Trainer vs. Road

Bicyclists are generally a friendly group, but every so often when out riding I run across a particularly chatty rider.

Such was the case Sunday – I caught up to a guy riding a fixy on the slight downhill stretch of Foothill between Los Altos and Arastradero and we started talking.  After covering the weather and his bike (a nice Surly), we talked about riding indoors in the cold and he said (unattributed), that a 50 minute trainer ride is about the same as a 90 minute road ride.

I’ve thought about this just a bit and I think he’s about right. Or at least I hope so.

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