Indoor trainers damage carbon bikes, and 5 other indoor cycling lies uncovered

Common cycling trainer misconceptions debunked

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 Winter months for much of the northern hemisphere mean decreased daylight and outdoor riding conditions that may be less inviting than the other nine months of the year. For many, this means putting the cycling time on a trainer.

Those who ride trainers year-round will tell you that it’s an effective way to stay fit and avoid altercations with motor vehicles. While it’s hard to question these benefits of riding indoors, there are many other assertions about indoor cycling that are questioned as axiomatic.

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Greg has been on and around bikes since his early teens. He got his start when tubulars and freewheels were still a thing, while working at local bike shops, and dabbling in the Philadelphia racing scene. Greg still geeks-out on bikes, cycling gear, apparel, and accessories as much now, as when he first discovered the sport. Greg has been on staff at VeloNews and Bicycling, and also was a contributor at