Originally Posted by walk28
My apologies for the cross-post, but I haven't received any responses in the Recreation folder, and I need some advice before hubby regrets allowing me to turn the den into a workout room
Hubby and I are thinking about buying an indoor trainer to turn our cheapie big-box-store mountain bikes into stationary cycles as an alternative to working out on our treadmill. What do I need to make this an effective, comfortable workout? I've read some info on other sites and have all but decided on a magnetic trainer (found one on amazn for 79.99 + free ship) and block to raise the front tire. I figured we could just use the gear shifts to adjust resistance while on the bike, so no need for a remote. How does this sound, and is there anything else I should consider? Also, hubby is a big guy (~275 lbs) - do I need to be concerned about how much weight these things will support? Thanks!
First of all, this forum is pretty much visited by people that ride OUTSIDE during the winter. So my first suggestion is that you consider riding outside and discovering what all of us icebikers already know...."winter cyling is just as fun if not funner than any other season."
With that said, many can't get past the first obstacle which is there mind. So they never get a chance to learn how easy and comfortable it really is. It is all about dressing correctly. I am entering my third winter of riding and I do enjoy it. I prefer the warmer seasons, but mainly because it get really OLD messing with all of the extra gear every day... lights, tights, gloves, balaclava,base layers, studded tires, etc.
NOtice i didn't mention temperature, because it really isn't a problem.
NOw that i have said that....THE TRAINER:
I have a trainer. I bought it last season. I got the rim drive model because it allows you to leave knobby tires on a bike, you don't need slicks. I learned very quickly last year that riding a trainer is very near the most boring activity in the world. It will quickly teach you that the joy of bike riding must be in the change of scenery because staying in place sucks!
I can only handle 1 hour on a trainer and even at that I am soooooooooooooo glad to crawl off of it. That is why i ride outside every day in the winter unless it is raining. It is really cool to hear the crunch of new fallen snow under your tires, as I cruise the quiet, isolated countryside with the smell of someone's wood fired chimney hitting my nose.
Winter is sooooooo much more tranquil than summer. Where i ride, you can really find quiet in the winter. A couple of occasions i have gotten off the bike just to hear the quiet. Absolutely dead calm. Which is rare in our modern world.
Oh Yeah...here is a pic of the trainer. Mine costed about $120. (Probably one of the worst purchases i have ever made.) It does allow me to still get on the bike on days when i otherwise would not.