to gym or not to gym

Autumn is here and winter is coming. This reality literally hit me in the face when I was cycling in the mountains of Pinggu last Saturday, where the temperature fluctuated between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius. Even wearing a long-sleeve cycling jersey, a yoga jacket and autumn cycling pants did little to protect me from the cold. The only time I didn’t feel the chill was when I was climbing  (read: huffing and puffing) and when I rode where the sun rays shone.

After enjoying months of cycling and jogging in the great Beijing outdoors, I’m now forced  to consider alternative arrangements for the freezing winter months ahead. It doesn’t help that the cost difference of the two options I’m contemplating is minimal: gym membership and bike trainer. So here’s my reasoning and analysis about the pros and cons of each option.

gym pros cons

Trainer pros & cons

Here’s a video that explains what a bicycle trainer is for the non-cycling enthusiast:

Why do I have this sneaky feeling that I’ve always known all along which option I was going to pick?

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