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  1. CycleCheshire on November 26, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I’m on zwift almost everyday during the UK winter. As much as I enjoy it from a fitness perspective, it doesn’t compare to the feel of being outside. I commute 14 miles a day and whilst not as fun in the winter, still prefer it to trainer time.

  2. Ilan Vardi on November 26, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I much prefer indoor velodromes to outdoor ones.

  3. thetien on November 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Biking outdoor is undefeated. Biking indoor is like being on the elliptical except you don’t have that hand thingies.

  4. Jay DeSimone on November 26, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I find that riding outdoors is more mentally stimulating and the time passes faster. Riding on the trainer, even if watching a movie or doing a Zwift session, isn’t as engaging and I tend to watch the clock. Also, when you’re outside, if you want to quit halfway, well…sure, you could call a taxi, but it isn’t as easy as ending a session on the trainer. This can be a good thing, too, if you get an injury or find the weather changes. I recently took a bad fall and even though my ride home was only 3.5 miles, it was excruciating. Fortunately, my bike was undamaged and I was able to ride home. That’s never likely to be an issue for an indoor ride except perhaps for the most unlucky, accident-prone people among us.

    That said, I do find it "easier" to do intervals indoors since I don’t need to worry about traffic, intersections, and gradients.

  5. Patrick English on November 26, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    which indoor trainer is Rupert riding? I’ve not seen anything like that previously. the answer to the question is that outdoor is way more fun but on dark stormy winter nights the ability to pop on the turbo for an hour is very welcome

  6. adam nesiba on November 26, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Why does one have to be better? Any day on a bike is a good day.

  7. David Beardsley on November 26, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Anything other than riding outdoors is mind-numbingly boring.

  8. S Barnard on November 26, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I enjoy indoor and outside cycle. Those who say it’s fun in the dark wet cold winters, get on zwift or another,it’s just as good…I used to ride out in winter but now I ride most of winter inside , less hassle, more convenient and easy. Rather than just rding at weekends in winter it’s 5-6 time’s a week..but come late February early march I’m outside till late October early November…

  9. Stan Roberts on November 26, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Good question! I live in a place I can get outside periodically during the winter. This is the second year I have had the option of indoors. I like riding my bike which is outside, I use the indoors to keep from loosing fitness. The odd thing is I gained fitness last winter, surpassing my goal. Still outdoors is where it is at for me and this year I have gotten outside more often.

  10. Darrell Clarke on November 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Rain, wind, sleet or snow,
    Do let us know,
    in the comment section below. *Mic drop*

  11. Neil Hyde on November 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    The answer has to be mix it up and do both, zwift races are great fun and a club ride on a Sunday is worth it for the cake, coffee and social regardless of the weather

  12. Hugo Carlos on November 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Outdoors is better because I commute to work. 😀

  13. koen miseur on November 26, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Maybe indoor is better but it so BORING! I really can’t do it, I have a turbotrainer but after a few times I was so bored of it I really can’t believe people like it or can’t do it so long, even with zwift or watching a movie!

  14. Tim Fitzwater on November 26, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I never thought I would ride an indoor trainer but I bought one before the Holidays and have been really enjoying it with Zwift. For me in a pretty tough winter climate it isn’t about indoor or outdoor – it’s about indoor or not riding.

  15. JogBird on November 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    i bought a fs mtb for winter biking in snow ice etc

  16. Michigan Outdoors on November 26, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    In Michigan I can go for a bike ride outside in the winter but I will quite literally freeze my balls off. 😬

  17. Bruce Langsteiner on November 26, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I’d be riding outdoors today, but it just happens to be snowing at about 2cm per hour. Plus, I still don’t have a "winter" bike. Thank goodness for smart trainers!!

  18. hdueo on November 26, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Indoor training after work means I can blast uphill and through the country on weekend with that little more strength.

    Would love to see a review of that Canyon SLX with Force Etap!!!

  19. OirschotEquip on November 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Bad weather and short days –> indoors

    Acceptable weather and daylight –> outdoors

    Simple as that.

  20. Norevlimitr on November 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Zwift makes winter bearable.. Outdoor, solo, ripping KOMs is for me… Need more global warming asap…

  21. Sommervillephotography on November 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    new canyon paint job on that ultimate is beautiful

  22. Ben Lubin on November 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Is this even a question? Can’t see how sitting on a trainer is better than getting out there in the elements.

  23. Gavin Neale on November 26, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    The costs involved with purchasing a smart trainer, add that to a zwift subscription for what real benefit long term, harden up, can’t say I remember Sean Yeats as per your wall poster in the back ground training that way lol, come to think of nor did Merckx, Lemomd, Armstrong, Contador and many other greats

  24. Stylish Riding on November 26, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Spend the money on a nice bike instead of all the equipment you’re told you need. I cannot imagine anything more boring than sitting at home on my bike looking at a TV screen! Outdoors is where it’s at!

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  26. gordon harker on November 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I like that well done.

  27. Matthew Lewis on November 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    In winter, indoors with a smart trainer and Zwift has been a revelation.
    I suffer from asthma, and get frequent chest infections, so being able to train out of the cold is a huge advantage.
    Plus, I have kids and a demanding job, so time is precious.

  28. Troy Rakes on November 26, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t think u can ever beat cycling outdoors. I think indoor cycling with a good smart trainer is amazing and I wouldn’t be able to ride hardly at all if it wasn’t for my indoor trainer. But u can never replicate that feeing you have when u are outdoors

  29. Kent Benson on November 26, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    A mix of both is possibly the best way forward. It is currently blowing a gale with gusts of 100km. This has lasted since Saturday! If it wasn’t for the turbo I wouldn’t be riding at all. #Zwift makes those dressings a pleasure.

  30. mike coleman on November 26, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    OUTSIDE only! I live in Utah and fat/mountain bike all year around. studded tires for the winter/ice. It’s the ONLY way to roll.

  31. Zygfryd Homonto on November 26, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    no need to compare or better: no need to chose. One can have both 😉

  32. Matthew Passerini on November 26, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Shave. Those. Legs.

  33. Kyle Larson on November 26, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    I love the advances made with indoor riding. And I’m happy I have the option to ride indoor but I can’t wait to get outdoors. Living in the USA in Wisconsin You will find me indoors for a few more weeks for sure.

  34. Tomas Berg on November 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm


  35. Jairo Boyacá on November 26, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    What about the air quality indoor? Some solution for this!

  36. philly624 on November 26, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Viewers across the Atlantic who can’t go outside during the winter? Ha! Unless it’s snowing three inches plus outside, there is nothing that’ll keep me from getting a good ride in.

  37. T Watts on November 26, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Ideally, combine the two!
    Personally I prefer outdoor riding. I’ll generally ride all weathers so consistency isn’t an issue.
    However the last couple of weeks storms have kept me indoors for the first time. The training has been much more stable (easier to maintain power) and therefore likely more effective.

  38. Mark Brim on November 26, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I don’t have an Indoor trainer yet but I’m saving to invest in one soon. There are many days during winter that I either don’t ride or regret leaving the house due to dodgy conditions. I think a healthy mix of both is key like you said.

  39. Max S on November 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Only just took up cycling in lockdown and loving it , just bought a mid range bike ! I would only consider indoor cycling to help improve outdoor ! Indoor is so boring and very hard to pace! Managed 100 km in 4 hours outside ! 10 mins indoors at 225 kw and I am knackered

  40. Jason Girvan on November 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Can’t it be agreed upon that indoor is best for training and outdoors is best for developing skills.

  41. Tom on November 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    The problem I have with outdoor riding in the UK is how much time I spend maintaining my bike

  42. mothaybabonnam on November 26, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    What a stupid question

  43. AdamOrnelles on November 26, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    I used to live in glorious mountains and I would’ve said outdoors no question, now I have to live in a tiny flat place with only highways and pickup trucks. I travel back to the mountains on the weekends so indoor training facilitates the twice a week great rides.

  44. Jimmyduxfitness Ke on November 26, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Out door rocks

  45. Battista on November 26, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Whenever the weather is bad, I do indoor cycling on CVRcade.

  46. Mark on November 26, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Is it just me or has Cycling Weekly’s quality dropped sharply in the last few weeks or so?

  47. nathan.dynamo on November 26, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Outdoar only!

  48. Mister Ray on November 26, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Indoor is not cycling. It is just pedaling. It lacks any sense of bicycle handling. It can be a great work out, but really no comparison.

  49. Evan V on November 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Bad luck, HA!
    Winter has been pretty mild here sofar in Virginia

  50. Chris van Buggenum on November 26, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Mid week = training = indoors. Weekends are for outside and are for fun and for enjoying the gains made on the trainer. Of course weather permitted.

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