Are you riding inside or outside this winter?

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As the days get shorter, colder and probably wetter, where are you going to be doing most of your riding? Inside on the trainer or outside in the cold?

I will probably be doing a fair amount of both.

Like anyone, I'd rather ride outside all the time — preferably on warm, sunny days with a tailwind, thank you very much. But, like for most of us, there's the whole issue of reality that often gets in the way.

I don't mind bundling up for cold rides, but if it's cold and wet, I'll often bag it. Hey, I grew up in New Mexico; we don't really do cold and wet. 

In the last few weeks I've been testing a bunch of smart trainers on Zwift for an upcoming feature. I have to say, I have really enjoyed doing some of the group rides and races. 

For me, in the past, riding inside was only for doing intervals when I had a goal in mind — not for fun! Zwift has made riding inside fun (if you consider it fun to slobber on yourself on the trainer, while in pursuit of random people).

How about you? Will it be all outdoors this winter? All indoors? Or a bit of both. And yes, Aussies and Kiwis, I'm well aware that you're entering peak summer season; I'm just going to try my best to ignore that.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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