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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 08-21-12, 11:41 AM   #1
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Stationary bike?

Can anyone recommend a stationary bike, ideally with a power meter, that I can get easily enough in PA? I'm not looking to spend a fortune on it as it won't see a lot of use (I'm only there for a few weeks) and I'd really like to try one before I commit to it so would rather buy from

Storage when I leave PA isn't a problem, I've got a friend with a huge mostly unused basement, as long as it collapses or disassembles to put in the car to get it there.

I'll also need to get some form of music going, as otherwise I find stationary cycling desperately uninteresting.
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Old 08-21-12, 12:44 PM   #2
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Here's your videos to watch while riding... they look awesome.

http://www.thesufferfest.com/

On the subject of stationary bikes, you'd probably be better off just joining a gym for a month - are you seriously suggesting buying a stationary bike for just 3 weeks? Then what, sell it? Maybe find a used one on Craig's list in that area, or just order from Amazon and have it delivered.
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Out of curiosity, why does it have to be a stationary bike? A semi-decent one is probably going to cost as much as a used bike on CL.

If that were the case for me, I'd second Trojan's advice and just pay a gym membership.
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Here's your videos to watch while riding... they look awesome.

http://www.thesufferfest.com/

On the subject of stationary bikes, you'd probably be better off just joining a gym for a month - are you seriously suggesting buying a stationary bike for just 3 weeks? Then what, sell it? Maybe find a used one on Craig's list in that area, or just order from Amazon and have it delivered.
More like 7-8 weeks at the latest estimate, and since I've been given a space to keep it I can use it next time I'm over.

I can't say I'd considered the gym option - in the past I'd never noticed any gyms in the area but that could just be because I wasn't specifically looking for them.
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Out of curiosity, why does it have to be a stationary bike? A semi-decent one is probably going to cost as much as a used bike on CL.

If that were the case for me, I'd second Trojan's advice and just pay a gym membership.

I like the idea of a stationary bike so I can just get on it for whatever time I fancy during the day, in the evenings, whatever time is free. Where I'm going to be has hills way beyond anything in my home town, and a stationary bike means my wife and I can both use it, it means we don't have to deal with the local mountains (which I think I could cope with but she almost certainly couldn't), and also means we're not dealing with the vagaries of a used bike of unknown provenance in an area with no cellphone coverage. Then we'd need to get whatever attachments it took to put two bikes in/on the car.
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I have a Schwinn 240 (Made by Nautilus). It's pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-240-Re...ds=schwinn+240

PROS:
It has 16 resistance levels, ranging from 'is this thing on?' to 'please kill me'
It's VERY quiet
Supports the Polar heart monitor wireless spec (not WIND but the traditional one)
Has standard pedal threads so I replaced mine with clipless pedals
Has a customizable routine
Supports 2 user profiles
40 intervals per workout

CONS (these are all pretty minor):
Says I can average 25mph.
Only one custom routine per user. I would love to have 2.
40 intervals per workout can be too few sometimes. If I want to do an hour with some 30 second high power intervals, I can't really because the interval length is time/40, or 1:30 for an hour. Still much more granular than other bikes I've used though.
Two pages of data alternate on the screen at 6 second intervals. One has cadence, the other current power. I wish those would be combined onto one screen while speed and distance eliminated, because those figures are meaningless.
No power figures other than current power during the ride, and average power afterwards.
The computer was clearly designed for an elliptical machine, it keeps telling me to use my arms at certain points or lengthen my stride.
Doesn't think anyone can weigh more than 300 pounds.





It's the best stationary I've ever used. They have an upright version called the 140. A few minor tweaks and it would be perfect.
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Thanks Mithrandir. I'm nicely below 300 now so that's not an issue for me. More power information would be nice to have but only if it's cheap - trying to strike a balance between buying good stuff and accepting it's only going to get used for a few weeks each year at most can be a tricky one.

I'll take a look at the 140 too. I haven't used a recumbent stationary bike in years (tried one briefly in my gym rat days but never really like it then, but then I wasn't a cyclist either).
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