January of 2012 was when a new love entered my life: A new bike. Yeah, I’m kind of sentimental about my bikes. I bought this bike to help take my riding up a notch. I wanted to go further and faster and that bike definitely helped me do both.
Winter, however, has slowed me down a bit. I enjoy some cold weather riding but have some limits to as to just how cold I can tolerate. However, thanks to some gadgets, new Christmas presents and experimentation I’ve assembled a pretty decent indoor bike riding/training setup. Since I’m a sharer, what follows is a bit of a look at that that setup looks like.
First, the bike. Can’t do any of this without a bike! Mine is a Pinarello FP1. Aluminum frame, carbon fork (just look at that sexy front fork in the picture!) and carbon rear stays with a Shimano 105 groupo. It may be in the bottom tier of the Pinarello family but I absolutely love this bike. Before I added pedals and bottle cages she weighed just over 17 lbs – far lighter than I need/deserve and I’m OK with that.
OK, that’s the bike, now the indoor trainer. I’m using the Cycleops Mag Trainer and it is working out great. I’ve found a resistance setting that feels quite close to being on the road and some timed rides and their mileage basically bears that out. And, unlike some types of trainers, this one isn’t all that loud either.