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Old 10-23-20, 08:22 AM
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Indoor training - keeping pets safe while riding

I'll start by saying that BF should create an Indoor/Trainer sub-forum ... 2020 has all of us spending more time riding indoors and it'd be nice to have a sub-forum focused on this topic.
UPDATE: I didn't know this forum was under Road Cycling - https://www.bikeforums.net/indoor-st...cycling-forum/

We upgraded trainers this autumn with KICKR v5. I feel that the direct trainers (without wheels), have limited places where a pet could get hurt. I'm interested to hear if anybody else has similar concerns/issues with pet (or small children) while riding a trainer.

In the past we've had wheel-on trainers (Kinetic Road Machine & Cyclops Fluid2), there was a concern about the spinning wheel with the dogs coming and going through space with the trainers. We took some of those hateful yard signs people post on street corners and created a barrier around the wheels and trainers. I can't find a good photo of this hack, here's the best with 2 bikes in the way.




For reference, these are the new Kickers


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Old 10-23-20, 09:18 AM
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I would also like to follow up and teach your kids also to be aware. My son almost got close once.
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Old 10-23-20, 09:32 AM
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There is and indoor cycling sub forum in the Road cycling forum.
Thou I think there should be a main forum for it as so many people do it now days.
my Kickr Bike is set up in a small office room in my upstairs. An I shut the door when I am riding. I know not everyone has such a secluded room that one can dedicate to indoor riding.
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The subforum is in a weird place - https://www.bikeforums.net/indoor-st...cycling-forum/

To be honest, I've never had a problem with pets/kids and getting too close to the trainer. When I get the trainer out, they know daddy is going to ride angry.

We used to have three cats and one dog, and I have a habit of... being vocal at the end of particularly tough intervals, so the animals would run for the hills as soon as I got set up.
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I have two wheels spinning and my dogs have kept their distance on their own. As far as the kids and wife, none of them want to be in the same room with me anyway unless it's the wife walking in to light a candle LOL.
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OK, I stand corrected. I'll use that sub-forum going forward. Thanks.
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Old 10-23-20, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Ed Wiser View Post
There is and indoor cycling sub forum in the Road cycling forum.
Thou I think there should be a main forum for it as so many people do it now days.
my Kickr Bike is set up in a small office room in my upstairs. An I shut the door when I am riding. I know not everyone has such a secluded room that one can dedicate to indoor riding.
You remind me of my last house, we had 5 bedrooms (big house but we both used a bedroom as an office since we both work from home). After the kid moved out, we used one room for the trainers. When we put the house on the market, the realtor hired a stager and I'll never forget her response to the trainer room: "well ... that's just odd" I even started a thread 'Staging" your house for sale when you're into cycling
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My dog and cat steer clear of my trainer. Don’t like the noise. And now I know who bought the last two Wahoos!
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When we put the house on the market, the realtor hired a stager and I'll never forget her response to the trainer room: "well ... that's just odd"
Well I'm currently searching for a home, and my realtor knows that one of my deal breakers is that I need to have an area to set up the trainer that's within viewing distance of the main TV in the living room, so that I can multi-task and engage in conversations, watch the nightly news with my wife, or watch a movie to make the time go by more easily while I'm on it.

I thinks it's "odd" when I see houses without trainers in the living room.

No animals were harmed.


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My dog and cat steer clear of my trainer. Donít like the noise. And now I know who bought the last two Wahoos!
OMG! We had quite the story with those Kickrs! Lisa had been shopping them all over the place, just happened to see REI add them to stock at the start of the month, she bought two right away. They said they'd ship them to a local store and they'd be here in a week. Well that day came and went, we called REI and the Kickrs went from PA to AZ but we're in MN Their internal shipping tracking is weak (at best). They really couldn't give us info on the location of our Kickrs. Funny enough, after over a week of less than encouraging info, Lisa is IMing with REI support yesterday and we got info that the trainers left AZ and might get to Minneapolis Friday (today). Shortly after she finished the IM, we get an email that they are ready for pick up at the store

I'd been a little paranoid that our Kickrs were sold to somebody else and we'd be screwed since we already sold our old trainers. I didn't believe they got it right until I opened the boxes.
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I had planned on putting the Kickr Bike in our upstairs master bedroom. But then I daughter moved back in to save money to go back to school. Some day I will have my rolllers and Kicker bike set up together. 😀
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I don't think our dogs would approach someone on a trainer. My daughter has a wheel-on trainer that she doesn't use much. I have a kickr and i think they are relatively pet safe.
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I had very similar concerns, and this is one of the bigger reasons why I chose a Tacx with a virtual fly wheel over the Kickr and its physical flywheel.
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put a rolled up newspaper or vacuum near the backend for the pets & a bushel/peck of broccoli or stack of homework from school for the kids.
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I had very similar concerns, and this is one of the bigger reasons why I chose a Tacx with a virtual fly wheel over the Kickr and its physical flywheel.
does that mean it has a motor?
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does that mean it has a motor?
In short, yes it IS a motor.

https://blog.tacx.com/what-makes-the-neo-so-unique/
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I had very similar concerns, and this is one of the bigger reasons why I chose a Tacx with a virtual fly wheel over the Kickr and its physical flywheel.
Seems to me the chain and sprockets are a bigger hazard to canines and felines (and similarly-sized humans!) than the relatively small (relative to wheels) and smooth-surfaced flywheels that are on at least the wheel-on Kickr. Maybe they're bigger on the direct-mount trainers?
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Update from the OP: First workout on the Kickr, rode about 90 minutes. Our 10 month old puppy was interested, but never came close enough to be a concern and ended up curling up on a rug nearby to keep an eye on me and the trainer ... she's very suspicious of new things.
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You can't mention a puppy and then not post pics of the puppy.
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I'm sorry, my bad! I was planning to get a pic of her curled up yesterday, but skipped my brain after climbing Alpe du Zwift.

Here's the remote doorbells recharging in my office. Left to right: Jasper, the Jedi Master boarder collie; Summit, the Jedi Knight flat-coat retriever; and Libby, the 10 month old Padawan cattle dog mix (AKA little s***).

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Any color so long as it's black, eh?
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And a rescue! The older two from the GV Humane Society, the puppy from a boarder collie rescue group ... all transfers from other states too!
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