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Old 11-02-14, 02:35 PM
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"Dad, you're binging!"

...so said my 14 yo daughter yesterday when FedEx brought "N + 0.5", a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0. I had vague misgivings about this purchase, but hell hath no resolve like a reformed couch potato facing a New Hampshire Winter (and the fine people at Kurt were no doubt counting on that when they set the price, enjoy your winnings, guys).

Anyhow, perfect timing, it's 40 degrees and raining sideways, so set up my old Trek road bike, cranked some tunes and got to it. I can manage about an hour before I go stir crazy, but it's a good work out and it doesn't suck (as long as the music is good). The trainer itself is fine... that was the point of paying $350... it's simple, stable, well made, quiet and the resistance curve feels very much like pedaling outdoors up a 1% grade, just like the Kurt guys claim.

FWIW, I tried a (used) Cycleops 300PT stationary bike the other day and really wanted to be impressed, but I like my old bike on the Road Machine much better.
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Old 11-03-14, 04:42 AM
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It's a decent way to keep blood moving in the winter and the 3 points of contact in tune with the bike. Other than that, it just cant be the road.
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With forecasts for a colder and wetter than average winter here, I gave in and bought a used CycleOps Wind and put together a Frankenbike out of the parts bin. Our local gym, in its infinite wisdom, purchased three low-end spin bikes a couple of years ago and due to low participation, has relegated them to a dark corner under the stairs where they are already suffering from a lack of maintenance.
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My favorite way to use a trainer is to set it up in front of the TV and put a movie on - old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns work well.
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My favorite way to use a trainer is to set it up in front of the TV and put a movie on - old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns work well.
I liked setting up and riding close to the bigscreen on saturdays and pretending I'm drafting the nascar trucks down the straights.
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Old 11-03-14, 08:40 AM
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y'all crazy fiends...I usually end up blathering like this after winter, not before..!
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y'all crazy fiends...I usually end up blathering like this after winter, not before..!
Mental prep.
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These can help

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Ha! I'm avoiding winter this year. Going back to New Zealand from South Korea. Two summers in a row and no ice or snow in New Zealand in winter anyway. At least not where I intend to move the family.
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Anything works Congrats on the happy purchase.

Me, I can't wait to get a fat bike with 4.8 inchers and hit the snowy woods (or plowed suburbia). I may set up a bike with some studded 2.2's also. Snow or no snow, the temps and weather really don't bother me. If you can find the right gear and bike for the weather, anything is possible in almost-comfort (besides a lightning storm in the wide open spaces of farmland, or hail).
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