I did my first spin class last Thursday*. It's great for a workout and for spinning a low gear at a high cadence, which I know means more actual power, but it got me wondering if it was actually a good idea for me as I ride 100% SS off road.
I feel where I'm lacking 'fitness' is out and out torque (?) - slow speed, steep climb, low cadence, out of the saddle grunts - having enough strength to get through uphill technical sections. I can't seem to get anywhere near the resistance on the turbo trainer (Cycleops Fluid) to replicate that.
Will conditioning my legs to spin easy gears fast actually hinder this?
*I live in America, and here we can't ride the trails when they are wet, and night riding is not permitted. It's not a case of keep riding through the winter - it's just not possible all the time