Did you know that one of the most decorated cyclists, Greg Lemond, was once a competitive skier who got into cycling to train in the off season for skiing? The rest is USA cycling history. Lemond found his proper sport as he was a naturally dominate rider easily transitioning into cycling competition via a ski fitness plan. There is no better exercise for quads and applicable muscles for sking than cycling. Top athletes utilize this cross training method for ski fitness to be sure when the flakes fly again their legs are also ready to fly. The big advantage is the low impact on joints as opposed to other cardiovascular exercises that pound on delicate knees.
Looking at new gear can be a bit of sticker shock. Keep in mind for a road bike or a mountain bike, economical options can be found in used bikes. Most especially road bikes as they see less damage from ordinary use. Many bike shops sell used gear as well which is good peace of mind. Of course the appeal of shiny new gear is undeniable and rightfully so. All carbon frames for the road and the transitioning to 29″ wheels in mountain biking make for a lot to take in.
How do I know which type of bike I want?
Test ride! Many bike shops offer free demos of various kinds of bikes periodically throughout the year. If you are unsure, it is the perfect opportunity to get out and try something new on the trail or on the road with professional guidance from your local shop to help size you to a bike and give you tips.
Rent a bike. There are bike rentals in most every tourist area, if not close to home. It is the perfect way to try on cycling and see if it is something you might enjoy. Try a road bike rental near the beaches of NJ or a mountain bike rental in the mountains of VT, the opportunity exsists on your next vacation to sample a days worth of riding before making a major purchase. Be prepared to spend in the $1000 range for a reliable component set for either a new road bike or mountain bike in the entry level category.
For me, I never did decide which I enjoy more. Road and mountain are both uniquely appealing. I use each one for very different experiences as the mood strikes me. As a result, I have never been fatigued when the early ski season rolls around. Cross training can be most effectual for even an occasional cycling enthusiast getting out a couple of days a week, pushing their legs in the off season.
It always helps to really enjoy your workouts as the motivation must exist to get out and ride. The end result is a stronger set of legs that will assist in preventing the possibility of injury. The other benefit is the exceptional side effect of reducing fatigue when ski season calls on us to turn in our bike racks on our cars for our ski racks and make the switch.
Get out and ride! You will be glad you did today and at apres ski when you are going strong.