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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-24-10, 09:53 PM   #1
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Spin Bike: Does This Count as N+1?

Well, I haven't been on the road much lately...things came up, I got sick and it's been raining quite a bit. I'm hoping tomorrow will be the day.

While I was home bound, I began thinking about a spin bike. Now, a new spin bike (a good new one) is way out of range right now so I thought I was just dreaming. Then I saw an ad on craigslist for a Schwinn Johnny G for $150! The guy didn't live that far from me and even threw it onto the bed of his truck and got it to my house!! It's got some years on it, and a bit of rust on the frame, but it is quiet, smooth and rock solid!

I've put about 3 hours on it so far this week and for whatever reason, it seems almost fun! One thing I want to do is to learn how I might simulate some hills and develop some effective interval workouts to get a little faster on the road. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-25-10, 07:25 AM   #2
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I've got a cheap recumbent style one from wallyworld set up in my living room, just rode the other night because it was dark and raining and I needed to ride. I lift weights and watch tv while using it and it's not bad. One thing I do for interval type stuff is just crank up the resistance and pretend I'm riding a hill, then take it off and I'm coming back down. Like a kid, just using a little imagination. What really upped the usefullness is adding handweights to the workout, after 10-min of curls even 5-lbs gets pretty heavy.
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go to your local gym and take a couple of classes and you will get the feel for how they simulate some on road stuff.
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Old 07-25-10, 04:57 PM   #4
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go to your local gym and take a couple of classes and you will get the feel for how they simulate some on road stuff.

Agreed! I loved doing SPIN classes in the winter... and then I moved... new town doesn't have any classes that fit my schedule, so I bought my own SPIN bike... Of course things happened and it's been gathering dust for a while now... I did however just dusted off and am trying to use it at least once a week for some simulated "hills", since I live where it is totally flat! LOL!
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