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    Need Advice Spinning Exercise Bike

    My wife and I are interested in purchasing a spinning bike to use during the winter. We have not ridden for some time and we would like to get in a little better shape before spring as we have purchased a tandem. I am not sure if this is the proper place for this post but any advice would be appreciated.

    I am considering the Spinner Sport $500, New Balance 500 $600 or the Multi Sport ENC 200 $510. I am 6'3" and she is 5' 3" so we will need to adjust the settings each time. Any other recommendations and or comments would be appreciated.

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    Really- they are all the same. For the majority of us, we seem to be in agreement that the difference between the big name brands have to do with customer service, as well as the doodads offered with the bike.

    These new bikes you're talking about... buyer beware. They are probably about the same in terms of being lightweight spinner bikes. If you're looking for bikes with staying power, you'll have to start shelling out the big bucks- cycleops, revmaster, schwinn, startrac... those are the big name ones that will probably last longer, give smoother rides, etc. Then once you start talking about those big name ones, it becomes a matter of which ones have better customer service, offer better equipment with their spin bikes, etc. At the top of the list of those, I'd consider cycleops and revmaster. Revmaster is cheaper and doesn't offer power, though it offers all the other readouts, but is a very good, solid bike. Cycleops is top of the line and offers power as well as the other readouts.

    Those ones you mentioned... meh. They're all going to be low end, mass marketed pieces of junk. They may last a year or so, but if you just want the bare minimum to go with, go with the cheaper bikes.

    Oh- and the bikes are usually made for people between 4' 11" and 6'4", though when you're getting to your height, they are less so. If you went with a Revmaster, they have extra tall handlebars and seats for those over 6' you could buy extra. Revmaster thinks of everything (made by Stairmaster, a division of Nautilus).

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    P.S. I'll move this to Training and Nutrition.

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    Mate, I bought ( and now use regually) a used Schwinn AireDyne bike.
    There are two versions of this bike .....one with a small wheel ..one
    with a larger wheel.

    Now I'm not kidding you one bit in saying a decent used AireDyne is a
    better bike than an new one of another brand. The larger wheel AireDyne
    is the one health clubs use (and abuse) 99% of the time. I bought mine
    from a fella that used it to rehab after a hip operations then didn't need
    it anymore. The original cost to him was $1200.....I paid him $350 and got
    a screaming bargain as it's just like new.

    What I lke about the AireDyne is that you pedal against wind pressure. The
    faster you pedal the more work it is. But it's butter smooooooooth with no
    jarring or vibration at all. Both you and your wife can easily set the best
    pace for your body as the bike works you at your pace, plain and simple.

    So before you spend money on another machine have a look for a used
    Schwinn AireDyne......you won't be sorry....and with minimum care will
    outlast you.

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    Thanks for your responses and honesty. I need to rethink this situation.

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    I pretty much like the Spinner Pro. I own one and it can take the rigors of the industrial enviroment that I teach in the fitness industry. I know that the cost is a little more then the 500 dollars that you quaoted but the quality of these bikes is what is really a plus here.They do have parts for larger individuals and are readily available if any break was to occure. I also suggest running down to some gyms near you and trying some of the stationary bikes in the various indoor cycling classes.
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    The good models are expensive, and they take up a lot of room in the house. Would it be cheaper and easier to join the YMCA or a convenient gym and use their equipment? Most facilities also have classes that you might like.


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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity
    I pretty much like the Spinner Pro. I own one and it can take the rigors of the industrial enviroment that I teach in the fitness industry. I know that the cost is a little more then the 500 dollars that you quaoted but the quality of these bikes is what is really a plus here.They do have parts for larger individuals and are readily available if any break was to occure. I also suggest running down to some gyms near you and trying some of the stationary bikes in the various indoor cycling classes.
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    Spinner pros are another one of those "meh" bikes. People like them because you can spin and do whatever on them with little or no resistance (strike one). Others like them because they have the chain driven drive, though the belt drives are better than the chain drives anyway, since you have to work harder to keep the wheel rolling. Spinners also have no extra features, and I think their customer service lacks (strike two). Spinner pros may be cheaper for gyms, but you have to buy them in bulk to get the discount (strike three). Otherwise, they're still expensive. So if you're going to buy an expensive bike, then you should just go with the Revmaster, since you have all the extra features, plus very good customer service.

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    I recently bought a Lemond Revmaster (used from Spinervals website ) and love it. I had tried using a bike on a trainer, but never felt steady, and had a hard time getting enough resistance (I am 6'3", 235#). The revmaster is easy to adjust, runs smooth, and gives plenty of resistance. It was fairly pricey (even used), but it seems to be a high quality piece of equipment, and has been enjoyable to use (at least as enjoyable as a stationary bike can be).

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    Spinner pros are another one of those "meh" bikes. People like them because you can spin and do whatever on them with little or no resistance (strike one). Others like them because they have the chain driven drive, though the belt drives are better than the chain drives anyway, since you have to work harder to keep the wheel rolling. Spinners also have no extra features, and I think their customer service lacks (strike two). Spinner pros may be cheaper for gyms, but you have to buy them in bulk to get the discount (strike three). Otherwise, they're still expensive. So if you're going to buy an expensive bike, then you should just go with the Revmaster, since you have all the extra features, plus very good customer service.

    Koffee

    Hi Koffee,
    Resistance is purely intuitive and subjection at this point -I mean you can make any stationary bike do nothing for you if you want. But that is not the question of a bad bike- that is an adherence to a workout problem.
    What extra accessories do you need? I am there for a work out I don't need a TV to get me going. I mean its a stationary bike it goes NO WHERE why do you need to figure out how far you've gone and if cadence is a factor for you listen to a great beat in music while you train-most of us know what sort of cadence that we want to mimic outdoors plus a Cat Eye doesn't cost that much to add to a stationary bike

    Hint- I need to know 3 things for a great work out
    1) The training I need- steady state or interval
    2) The time it will take me
    3) The intensity I need to accomplish my training effect.
    As far as a price of equipment the higher end bikes are over 1000 the middle of the road bikes (which is what I am talking about see picture above) are around 800 and the really problematic ones are below 600 (like I would not suggest getting a Reebok -belt driven) I have never had a problem with mine other than needing to change out friction pads and I have warn out a seat. As far as customer service- haven't had to use them and the gyms I work at do all their own maintenance and so do I. (user friendly) Again this is my two cents and I feel now I have to validate my opinion so here goes. I am a MI and a indoor cycling coach for the last 6 years I have 2 major national primary certifications in group exercise and personal training I have 4 certifications in different indoor cycling programs which I keep current. I have ridden all sorts of indoor bikes from RMís to V Bikes and I do it all because I want to train for out door riding and these bikes feel the closest to riding a actual bike on the road- that is all I have for basing my opinion on and its just my opinion.
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    Well, yay for you, MI. I guess that means you have a bias then. I don't mean to be mean, but I think your opinions are a bit skewed. I'm an indoor cycling instructor since 1999, went through the whole MDA thing, have several certs through other organizations, and I have my USA license through USA Cycling. My thoughts first and foremost are function, then customer service, then ease of setup, then accessories, then last... just my own personal experience. Lucky for me, I'm not forced to sign a contract that forces me to stick with only one bike. So I'm good to go.

    Your whole post sounds like one big advertisement... yeech. Perhaps you'd be better off stepping out of the discussion and just letting the people who have nothing to lose or sell give opinions. Just my 2 cents.

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    Funny Koffee -no I am not just certified by just MDA so any bike will do (even yours)and I do have an opinion and in fact the major chain of gyms that I am a MI (Excuse the F out of me) for doesn't do "SPINNING". I coach people that want three things CV, neuromuscular and caloric burn and the bike I picked was not due to anything but what I like in a bike to get the job done. I really am quite pleased now that I have pissed you off anyway suck on that coffee stirrer-you have now been decaffeinated.
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    You are NOT excused.

    Throwing around that silly title like you've got some authority on the subject- phuleeezzeee... they always do that crap. I don't care if you're certified by Jesus Christ- doesn't make your word bible, bud.

    Offer up an opinion without sounding like a condescending jerk, and maybe I won't have to go there.

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    Don't worry Koffee its just a title of a "JOB" I do so I hope that you understand that I gave my opion on a f'n stationary bike -you turned it into a game of "strike one " strike 2 come on I didn't shizat on your opinion and I don't need to be excused. You hag around this place like you got some sort of "higher thinking" I have seen you in more intervals on the key board then anyone else- is it just your luck or is it your outstanding human nature ESAD
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    Hi,

    We have a Giant Tempo Spinner. Plenty of adjustment (I'm 6'1", my wife is 5'6"), and works great. We have a couple Spinveral Videos. I think they run between $700 - $900. Swapped pedals and added a computer, and it seems like a very well built unit.



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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    Really- they are all the same......
    Not sure I agree with this. I've been spinning for about 2 years at the local club, and in that time have ridden a variety of higher end club bikes.

    The Schwinns are darn near bullet proof, and all the other brands I've ridden don't compare favorably to the Schwinn for durabiity, smoothness, and tension adjustability.

    About a year ago, the clib started phasing out the Schwinns in favor of some brand labeled "Tomahawk". Those things were the biggest POS on the planet. Tension adjustment was crap, the bikes did not ride smooth, and the real capper - crank arms were actually snapping off during class. I personally witnessed this 3 times. People were complaining daily, and the factory actually sent a team of "experts" to quell the revolution that was formenting. They couldn't.

    The Schwinns started coming back into the lineup, and everyone is happy now. They integrated a few "Spinner" marked bikes, and they seem pretty solid, too.

    Were I to spend the cash for a spinning bike, my experience would lead me straight to the Schwinn Evolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    Throwing around that silly title like you've got some authority on the subject- phuleeezzeee... Koffee
    I've got no dog in this fight, but..... isn't that kind of what you did?
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    Not really. Dood gets on and waves his arms in the air about being an aerobics instructor because he doesn't like my response and calls himself a higher authority because he knows how to get in front of fat folks and say 1-2-3-4, so I responded in kind to let him know I teach too... so what? I don't care who you are- I gave an opinion about a bike I prefer over others, then he decided to butt in with the "woot woot, hey, I'm an MI..." crap. Who cares? No one asked for MI's to step up and talk about their opinion about what bike works and doesn't work- and no one asked for the party line so some MI can hit his quota for indoor bike sales. Dood just wanted an opinion. No matter- I've given what I think to be the best bike, stated my reasons, and now, I'm out. Permenantly. Peace.

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    P.S. Team B & J, if you need further information about the Revmasters, I can pass along some other stuff I got when I went to Interbike in Vegas.

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    Oh, and if I ever pull that same crap- someone asks for an opinion about bike and components and I start giving the pompous "well, I'm a moderator and I've been on bikeforums for x years and I have x posts, so it makes me the authority.... blah blah blah", feel free to drop kick me to Dante's seventh circle of hell. Bleah- I think I just dry heaved just now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R900
    Hi,

    We have a Giant Tempo Spinner. Plenty of adjustment (I'm 6'1", my wife is 5'6"), and works great. We have a couple Spinveral Videos. I think they run between $700 - $900. Swapped pedals and added a computer, and it seems like a very well built unit.



    John
    Great bike nice choice

    Koffee your opinions suck!


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    For those of you who might still be looking at spinbikes, I bought a Softride, http://www.softride.com/spinbike/, from Costco for 700.00. It's absolutely great, comes with clips that fit my shoes, and a training video. Also, absolutely no noise, except for my breathing, and my heart pounding. I am in Canada, so I'm not sure that the Costcos in the States have them.

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    Spinning

    I just stumbled upon this post, sorry if it's too late.
    I own a business in the Boston area, I service spinning bikes at gyms. When it comes to spinning bikes I've seen them all!!! My clients are always asking for advice when buying new bikes. When answering them I use this logic- If I had to pay for the bikes with my money, what would I buy? I also remember that I'm the one that has to maintain them.
    Each of the big companies makes several models to satisfy every price range, this doesn't mean that the higher the price the better the bike. For instance, Star Trac now makes the NXT, the selling point? Aluminum Frame....... Why? Unless you're actually moving, weight is not a factor. The kicker is it retails for $1600.00. Not to mention if you need parts they are expensive and you cant just run to the bike shop to get them, you can only order through Star Trac. On the flip side Star Trac makes the V-Bike, in my opinion the best bike out there. Durable, easy to use and maintain, very adjustable, most parts (chains, bottom brackets, etc.) can be bought at any bike shop. I've seen this sold used on craigslist and other sites for about $500.00. This might seem like alot but it's not.
    Another factor you need to consider if this is for home use is noise. When you're at the gym and the music is blasting you dont really notice the chain, clacking. after all it is metal moving over metal. Keeping the chain properly tensioned and lubed will minimize this but it will never be totally silent. So when at home in front of the TV you'll need to crank the volume. An alternative is a "belt" driven bike. There are a few models out there, the best by far is the LeMond Revmaster. It's ugly yellow paint is prone to rust and if you're tipping the scales at say 300lbs or are a body builder you may want to stay away as the belt tends to slip under heavy weight and pressure when tension (climbing) is high. These are simple machines, few moving parts and are easy to maintain. These can also be found used online and the parts can be purched through LeMond but aren't that expensive.
    I recommend buying used and putting a $100.00 or so into refurbing, mainly because both of the above mentioned bikes retail for around $1000.00.
    If you want to know what bikes are best for home use, visit a couple of gym. Stay away from Reebok and New Balance and any model advertised in an INFOMMERCIAL!!!! Need more advise, email me at bill@spincycleservices.com.

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    @spinningbill or you can completely buy one of those used stationary bikes
    Last edited by shockware; 08-19-10 at 09:14 PM.
    tips and guides about used stationary bikes http://www.dogengine.com/us/used-stationary-bikes.php

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    My gym uses the Spinner Pro and the worst feature of this bike is that the handle bars hit my knees when I am standing [I am 6ft]. They also have the Schwinn [do not remember the model] and they tension adjustment on those are terrible [a small turn changes the tension too much]. The Spinner Pro does seem to have pedal issues since several have broke in the years that I have been at the the gym.
    Just so you know, I have no degrees or certifications. I am a Mercedes, McLaren, and a Maybach technician and have been known to be a Butcher that likes to ride bikes.

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