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    Question about Indoor Cycling bikes...

    As a fairly new dad, I just don't have the time to ride the way I used to. I find myself stuck at home most evenings, watching tv, becoming fat and lazy. I'm also on the wrong side of 30 now, so I got that going for me.

    I've been looking into getting an exercise bike lately, and I'm wondering what you all think of indoor cycling bikes?

    Also, can someone tell me the difference between an indoor cycling bike, a spinner bike, and the regular exercise bike you find at the local gym?

    I'm debating which one to buy. Advice on brands and types? Or post a link to any sort of guide that I can refer to.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Buy a trainer to mount your road bike on and ride that while watching TV.
    http://www.cycleops.com/
    http://www.kurtkinetic.com/
    http://www.blackburndesign.com/trainers.html
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    Trainers are better than any stationary bike made.
    I use the Kurtkinetic trainer.

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    Stationary bikes are fine if you want to pedal and watch TV. I can never get comfortable on them because they usually have a more upright seating position that isn't comfortable for me for more than 10 mins. Wind or mag trainers are fine if you block up the front wheel so the bike is level. I personally prefer rollers. they take a bit more effort to use since you have to maintain balance. They have the added benefit of improving your form and bike handling skills.

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    As a fairly old dad I find trailer much better than a trainer. Your child will love it.

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    A spinning bike has a heavy flywheel so it runs smoother and runs on like a real bike, they can be fixed wheel or free wheel, the normal exercise bike has a lighter flywheel so it tends to not be as smooth or run on as well and are freewheel.
    The spin bikes are much nicer to ride if you are used to real bikes. If you go with a magnetic brake one, they are so quite that you don't even have to turn up the telly to listen whilst riding . The newer ones are much more adjustable than previously and have multi position handle bars and standard seat posts so if you don't like the seat you can fit your own.
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    Another vote for rollers here! Keeps you in shape for when you really can ride. I also used a child trailer, I liked to rent it and the kids out to racers for training rides If you teach the kid to throw raisins and M&M's it will keep the wheel suckers off of you too

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    lemond rev master

    or

    star trac V-bike

    look them up. they also ain't cheap. but these two are the pinnacle of simulation
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    ultra quiet and stable, and simulate real riding better than
    any bike on a stand, or any other system..period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    Another vote for rollers here! Keeps you in shape for when you really can ride. I also used a child trailer, I liked to rent it and the kids out to racers for training rides If you teach the kid to throw raisins and M&M's it will keep the wheel suckers off of you too

    Aaron
    I had a friend whose kid would throw his stuffed toys. I would retrieve them and put them back in the trailer.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo
    lemond rev master

    or

    star trac V-bike

    look them up. they also ain't cheap. but these two are the pinnacle of simulation
    ---

    ultra quiet and stable, and simulate real riding better than
    any bike on a stand, or any other system..period.

    I actually went with the Star Trac Pro (Commercial version). I was debating between the lemond and the star trac, but my wife is also going to use the bike, and she used to use the star trac at her old gym, so I just went with what she was used to.

    If it were up to me, I would've bought the lemond. Because the flywheel was solid, and not perimeter weighted, it felt more like a real bike.

    Both were about the same price (around $1000), so it was basically a coin flip.

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