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    Touring bike indoors as exercise bike?

    It has occurred to me that 'riding' my bike *indoors* in Winter -- as a stationary bike -- might be a win/win (riding/storing) situation. I see that bike stands exist for this type of thing. I would welcome advice (past advice was awesome!) or recommendations. Do tell!
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    I have a Cycleops trainer.

    It's boring as hell but better than going to a gym.



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    I'm riding mine on rollers.

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    Heck yeah. I had set up my Lemond on the trainer, then got concerned that I needed some recumbent specific work, so I set up my Bacchetta on the trainer and it too has worked out fine.

    You might take a look at my "42" thread. My bike is in front of a TV, and I route my iPad through it via an adaptor to an HDMI cable into it. I then watch people's training vids. This week I've gone cycling in Mallorca, the Minuteman Trail in Boston, and up Mt. Ventoux.

    The widespread amateur use of video cams and YouTube I think has revolutionized trainer time. I've actually grown to like it. Kind of.

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    I have a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, bought based on the reviews that said it was well made and wouldn't leak fluids like some do.
    I've used it in the winter with old tires (trainers are hard on tires, don't use your good ones)
    It is so very much no fun.

    Yesterday I went out on my commuter bike in pouring rain to do intervals rather than ride the trainer.
    But I have ridden it when the combo of cold, dark and wet makes outdoors less inviting.

    Set up a TV, audio book, or something so you don't lose your mind.
    Have a fan and something to catch the buckets of sweat that will fall off your exhausted body.
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    I think your triple chainring will be a huge plus on the hills.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    In a more serious vein of thought.....get good and bored. Otherwise you havent been on it long enough.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
    I have a Cycleops trainer.

    It's boring as hell but better than going to a gym.
    My gym is full of fit trophy wives and attractive spin instructors ,
    and they have a cool video thing on a big screen so we can cycle Bryce Canyon, the Adirondacks, and Death Valley all in an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    My gym is full of fit trophy wives and attractive spin instructors
    I'm surprised you actually saw there was a video screen

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    Although it is boring as heck, I like having my own bike seat that riding at the gym on their stationaries

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    This is where collecting all those On the road Videos may help ...

    something to put on the TV/computer monitor to stare at while you turn the pedals..

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    42?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Heck yeah. . . .

    You might take a look at my "42" thread. My bike is in front of a TV, and I route my iPad through it via an adaptor to an HDMI cable into it. I then watch people's training vids. This week I've gone cycling in Mallorca, the Minuteman Trail in Boston, and up Mt. Ventoux.

    The widespread amateur use of video cams and YouTube I think has revolutionized trainer time. I've actually grown to like it. Kind of.
    What a super idea. And this might increase my courage to get out there and *ride* more!

    How do I view your '42' thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I have a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, bought based on the reviews that said it was well made and wouldn't leak fluids like some do.
    I've used it in the winter with old tires (trainers are hard on tires, don't use your good ones)
    It is so very much no fun. . . .

    Set up a TV, audio book, or something so you don't lose your mind.
    Thx. Sounds like you are happy with your 'system' -- except for the boredom factor. ;-)

    What about changing up the SEAT when using as an exercise bike -- e.g.: adding an uber cushiony one? Seems like being extra comfy might make up for the 'uninteresting' nature of riding in place.
    Paulette
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    Change my saddle? NEVER! The point of a trainer is that you are on on your bike that fits and is the same bike you use on the road. If you have a better saddle, use it everywhere.
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    I was using my Vaya touring bike on the trainer earlier this winter....fenders and all! I was swapping out a new 6800 11spd group on my road bikes, so the touring bike was all I had. I use the Kurt Kinetics trainer

    As far as getting bored, I have some riding videos that are pretty good. I also really like the Spinerval training videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmhlb View Post
    What a super idea. And this might increase my courage to get out there and *ride* more!

    How do I view your '42' thread?
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    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...uffering/page6

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    I have an '82 Fuji Supreme that does permanent duty on a trainer in the basement in front of the TV.

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    I last about 33 minutes on the trainer before I keel over from boredom, which (perhaps coincidentally) is just about the time when I start really working up a sweat. Key thing is to work out before you put the heating on so the room is nice and cold and watch something on TV where it doesn't matter if you miss bits of the sound. Even the so-called quiet trainers are not really quiet.
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    I have my bike trainer sitting on a treadmill bed (weird, yes). The ledge of the treadmill control panel holds an iPad running sufferfest training videos (http://www.thesufferfest.com/). I also have a fan blowing from the front, and speakers on either side hanging from the ceiling. I alternate two minutes of sit and two minutes of stand. It's still tough to go more than 30+ min without total boredom blackout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Change my saddle? NEVER! The point of a trainer is that you are on on your bike that fits and is the same bike you use on the road. If you have a better saddle, use it everywhere.
    Makes sense; gotcha!
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    My MAG trainer is hell on the back tire. I have a flat spot in the middle after riding hard on the trainer quite a bit. My legs are doing fine, though.
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    I use my oldest bike on the trainer, this puts it to good use. The least boring thing that watch on TV when riding the trainer is a basketball game and during commercials I shift to a high gear then stand to climb hills during the minute or two.
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