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Old August 2nd 03, 09:01 PM
10Sguy
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Can anyone recommend a good stationary bike that I can use to keep in shape
during the off season?


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Old August 2nd 03, 10:04 PM
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Buy an inexpensive set of rollers and ride them instead of a stationary bike
or trainer. My rollers by Tacx cost $100 at the LBS. Rode the heck out of
them this winter with no problems. Since you have to pay attention to your
spin and balance the time passes quickly. You won't the hammer drills in on
rollers as you would a good resistance trainer , but you will gain
technique. The rollers are not that hard to learn either. I was
comfortable enough with them after about 30 minutes of using a doorway to
grab on to. Now all I need is a high back chair to assist me when mounting
and dismounting.
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Can anyone recommend a good stationary bike that I can use to keep in

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Old August 3rd 03, 07:24 AM
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In article ,
"10Sguy" writes:
Can anyone recommend a good stationary bike that I can use to keep in shape
during the off season?


Sooner or later, somebody's gonna bug ya about how there is no
"off season", refer you to the icebike web site, wax pedantic
about tires 'n stuff, and generally try to make you feel like
a dweeb for even considering not riding because of the weather.

But it's not gonna be me.

As BudMan suggested, get the rollers. That's what I, and many
others have done.

I got mine by asking at an LBS; the guy told me to hang on and
wait awhile, 'cuz he knew someone who was intending to sell his.
Eventually I got 'em, cheap. I used them until I couldn't stand
it anymore, and /had/ to take it out on the street, and f*** the
weather.

"Riding" and "indoors" are incongruous. Yes, there are times when
the elements are too unkind. But there are also (hopefully) times
when the elements are less unkind.

So, get yourself some cheap rollers. The rest, you'll take from
there, because as Sinead O'Connor sang, "nothing compares" (to
/real/ riding on /real/ streets).

There are a lot of cheap 2nd/3rd/4th-hand rollers out there,
handed down from ppl who've been through it all before.


cheers,
Tom

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Old August 3rd 03, 12:32 PM
B a r r y B u r k e J r .
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On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 23:24:58 -0700, (Tom Keats)
wrote:

In article ,
"10Sguy" writes:
Can anyone recommend a good stationary bike that I can use to keep in shape
during the off season?


The Giant Tempo.

Rides like a "real" bike, can be fitted as a fixie or with a
freewheel.

Barry
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Old August 3rd 03, 11:21 PM
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Try a Schwinn AirDyne. They exercise both arms and legs and the
effort required to push them hard is considerable. You won't be reading
a book or watching TV while using one of them, just trying to survive
the workout. But, the rewards of greater strength and endurance will be
worth it. We used to have one-minute competitions at my fitness club
with them. Whoever could take one to the highest RPM and hold it for 60
seconds won. Most people had to recover for awhile afterwards, before
they could walk. The use of all limbs will expand your circulatory and
respiratory capacities and increase your red blood cell count.

The Schwinn AirDynes are built like tanks and rarely break down.
They are moderately priced. The fact that you rarely find used ones for
sale attests to how much their owners appreciate them.

Steve McDonald

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Old August 4th 03, 11:57 PM
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I appreciate the benefits of riding my "real" bike on rollers. However, I'd
rather use a stationary bike that will allow me to do other things, such as
read or watch TV, while getting my workout. For me, It's just too boring
riding inside.

Can anyone suggest a good online source for any of the recommend bikes
(Tunturi, Giant & Schwinn)?

Thanks.



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Old August 5th 03, 12:55 PM
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How about using your real bike on a trainer? I use the
Kurt Kinetic and it is very good. If you use an exercise
bike you will have a different position and use different
muscles that when you ride your real bike.

Joe

I appreciate the benefits of riding my "real" bike on rollers. However,

I'd
rather use a stationary bike that will allow me to do other things, such

as
read or watch TV, while getting my workout. For me, It's just too boring
riding inside.



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Old August 5th 03, 01:29 PM
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I have an older DP Airgometer that provides upper body exercise like the
Schwinn Airdyne. Of course, you don't have to use the moving handle bars if you
don't want to. I got the DP because it was half the price of the Schwinn.

I also have an EKG recumbent, where you can read if you wish.

Yes, it is boring, but worthwhile.

I ride a Trek Navigator 200 comfort bike for the rest of the year. Living in
northwestern Illinois can discourage the invigorating winter rides.

Ron

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Old August 5th 03, 11:34 PM
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On 5 Aug 2003 03:00:22 -0700, icebike wrote:
Riding on frosty winter days is WAY more fun and more
exercise than rollers. Its not dangerous, cold, or difficult.


How do you breath? My lungs burn terribly if I try
to breath for excersize in cold weather.

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Old August 6th 03, 01:13 AM
Pete Hickey
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In article ,
Rick Onanian wrote:
On 5 Aug 2003 03:00:22 -0700, icebike wrote:
Riding on frosty winter days is WAY more fun and more
exercise than rollers. Its not dangerous, cold, or difficult.


How do you breath? My lungs burn terribly if I try
to breath for excersize in cold weather.


what is cold for you? Lots of people exersize in cold weather,
XC skiers, hockey, alpinisme, ice skating, etc. Maybe you
get used to it. Never bothered me.
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