LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
“We have about three extra trainers for people to use,” he said. “And we have a whole shop full of bikes.”
Indoor training offers its own set of controllable challenges. Most training stands allow for the rider to remain focused on pedaling rather than balance. They prop the back wheel up a few inches while fitting the front wheel in a separate holder that ensures it will remain in place. Resistance can be added or riders can simply change gears.
Hale, however, will sometimes mount a training stand consisting of three rollers – two for the back wheel and one for the front wheel – which engages the balance portion of cycling. It essentially looks like a treadmill when fully functional, allowing both wheels to spin freely. This also makes it impractical for breaks during the workout.
“My heart rate is always faster on this thing,” Hale said. “It’ll never drop below 160.”
Dwight Broyles makes the trip from Corbin to participate in the London sessions. Broyles wants to be ready the moment warmer weather hits Laurel County. For him, training indoors is a great alternative to braving the frigid cold.
“I want to try to stay in shape for the upcoming cycling season,” Broyles said. “I’ve been cycling for a little over a year. I guess this kinda gives me motivation to get out there and ride a little earlier.”
Broyles is quick to mention how wearing more isn’t necessarily better when riding in freezing temperatures.
“No matter how much you put on, it’s still more of a struggle when it comes to the breathing,” he said. “We’ve been out riding a couple of times this year in the cold weather, and it’s definitely more of a challenge.”
For more information on Mike’s Hike and Bike, call (606) 862-0009 or (859) 626-9626. You can also visit the store’s website at www.mikeshikeandbike.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/mikes-hike-and-bike.