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Old 10-25-09, 09:25 AM   #1
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Winter plans: trainer or "stationary bike"?

Hey all,

It's getting cooler here in Philly, and I know that I just won't go for rides as far as often in January as I will in April. I want to keep riding, though, over the winter -- even if it's not outside.

I'm thinking about a trainer so that I can ride my bike indoors, but my husband points out that if my bike is attached to a gadget up on the 3rd floor, the odds of me going out when the weather is nice are much lower than they would be if the bike were more accessible. He wonders if it might be worth it to get a cheapo bike to use with the trainer.

Or would it be better to just get the sort of stationary bike that they have in gyms? You know, something that has pedals and resistance, but was never meant to actually move.

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Old 10-25-09, 09:37 AM   #2
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I have my rollers setup in the basement, and I use them when the temperatures drop and the weather is bad. I have no problem getting the bike back from the basement and getting back out into the fresh air. Getting it in and out of my narrow basement is probably the same as you doing something similar from the 3rd floor. It doesn't take long to do it and you will prefer to be back outside.

I have ridden a few stationary bikes, and I would prefer mine on the rollers or even the trainer any day of the week.
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I prefer a trainer over stationary or rollers. I've been on all three and I find it's easier to get a harder workout in on trainer. It's not that hard to take bike off trainer just take off, pull trainer skewer put in good one and ready to go. Any excuse to have another bike isin't such a bad thing thou.
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Hey all,

It's getting cooler here in Philly, and I know that I just won't go for rides as far as often in January as I will in April. I want to keep riding, though, over the winter -- even if it's not outside.

I'm thinking about a trainer so that I can ride my bike indoors, but my husband points out that if my bike is attached to a gadget up on the 3rd floor, the odds of me going out when the weather is nice are much lower than they would be if the bike were more accessible. He wonders if it might be worth it to get a cheapo bike to use with the trainer.

Or would it be better to just get the sort of stationary bike that they have in gyms? You know, something that has pedals and resistance, but was never meant to actually move.


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Trainer for sure. I have a spare wheel built up with the trainer tire on it. No problem to pull the bike off the trainer, swap wheels, and hit the great outdoors. I could see where having it on the 3rd floor might discourage you from going outside. Good excuse to buy a new bike, though.
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Old 10-25-09, 05:51 PM   #6
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For the op, I prefer rollers. You don't have to mess with pulling the skewer or anything. Just ride the bike...
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My husband gave me a trainer last Christmas. It's quick and easy to get a bike in and out of it. Less than 5 seconds easy. Spent around 12 hours on it last week. I'm going to hit the ground fast come the next warm enough day... which might actually be today if the rain stops!
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I just bought a trainer yesterday. I'd had enough of the cold and wet in Northern MI. I just wanted to pedal. I only pedaled for 1 1/2 hrs., but it was very smooth and, while I'm not sure I would call it enjoyable, it was OK.

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This may now be a moot question for me: my mom is moving, and she's leaving her Diamondback 1100 recumbent (gym-style stationary bike thingie) with me.

Has heart rate monitor, lots of blinking lights, very adjustable resistance.
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