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Old 10-29-07, 02:06 PM
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Inexpensive floor mat solution?

Hi Folks,
Looking for an inexpensive floor mat solution for riding a roller unit on hard wood floors - need to protect those floors.
Anyone have the same challenge or have any ideas?
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Old 10-29-07, 02:09 PM
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interlocking foam matting for kids rooms -buy at Home Depot for $12.
 
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Towel under cardboard? Towel protects from scratches from the cardboard...

You could also take three 2x4s about 30 inches long, staple some old t-shirt material around them (staples on an edge, not a face), lay them flat, crossways, and set your rollers on them. That's similar to how I elevated my rollers above carpet with a soft pad.
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tool mats, for placing tools on countertops and whatnot without scratching them. Saw some at Home Depot yesterday.
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Cheap yoga mat. Easily stored and sweat-proof too for $10-$20.
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This is what I use.
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This is what I use.
+1 on the sportcraft... I also have the interlocking tiles for the weight bench... its a tossup as to which one gets used. The interlocking tiles will be more useful if you ever decide you want to weight train and not damage your weights onto the floor.

Either way, walk into Walmart, target, or any sporting goods store and you'll come out with whatever suits you best. Just don't pay $40 or $50 for a "trainer" branded item, as its exactly the same as that sportcraft.
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The mat for my Cyclops trainer costs $25.
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We sell 36"X78" treadmill mats for $39. Or we have another "equipment" mat 36"X48" for $29. Both are made my SuperMat. They'll do the trick.
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Ikea sells 5' X 7' area rugs for $15. Probably the cheapest 'decorative' solution out there, if that's what you're looking for.
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Go dumpster diving at your local carpet store.
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All great ideas, thanks folks.

I'm also thinking I may add a weight bench in the same room, so now it comes down to covering the entire room... any ideas? A rug is a good idea, but what about the static, yikes!
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Probably SportCourt or similar. You don't want to drop a weight on a rug on your floor.
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Skip the mat idea and fill your tires with water. Greatly reduces the noise level of rollers.
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I actually used an old plastic chair roller guard. The kind that you lay down to protect tile and carpets from rolling chairs.
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Originally Posted by Percist View Post
Cheap yoga mat. Easily stored and sweat-proof too for $10-$20.

+1, Yoga mats work great
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All good ideas... this is the final solution...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3357068
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I had the hardware store cut 4 feet of this roll-out plastic mat they have. I use it under the rollers and under the bike when doing maintenance.
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Go dumpster diving at your local carpet store.

+1...thats how I got the carpet for my basement stairs. I did call first before I went diving...they had no problem with it.
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Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
All good ideas... this is the final solution...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3357068
Different definitions of "cheap." I was looking for solutions from crap I have in the shop. Yours costs like 13x as much
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My local Wal-Mart had the Sportscraft mats on sale for $11 a couple of days ago, so I decided to get one. Dunno if they're on for that price in all Wal-Marts.
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Different definitions of "cheap." I was looking for solutions from crap I have in the shop. Yours costs like 13x as much
Sometime I wish I had a shop filled with crap...
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Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post
My local Wal-Mart had the Sportscraft mats on sale for $11 a couple of days ago, so I decided to get one. Dunno if they're on for that price in all Wal-Marts.
Will certainly check that out, thanks a bunch.
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you can usually find equipment mats at Target for cheap, and there are a lot more Target's by me than there are Ikea's or Walmart's...
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