Is the workout quality better when using an exercise bike or trainer with less flywheel weight?
With less flywheel weight such as a bicycle on a trainer as opposed to spin bikes, coasting is harder. This should make it easier to learn to pedal smoothly and not coast which are encouraged. Because our muscles work longer, it seems like it's more effective for improving our endurance for the same workout duration and getting more exercise out of the same amount of time. We might expect working our slow twitch muscles more and using our fast twitch muscles less.
If dead spots make it an issue, can shorter cranks or oval chainrings be substitutes for flywheel weight?
Update: When I say pedalling smoothly, I meant in terms of power output throughout each pedal stroke.
With a smoother pedal stroke, would it actually decrease normalized power?