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spin bike at home? recommendations? (Read 3512 times)

farm girl


    Hi,  I'm considering investing in a spin bike to use at home for cross training.  Anyone have suggestionson on a brand, features, or maybe brands to avoid, etc?  I haven't looked into any of this yet, just thought I'd see what the RA folks had to say firstSmile  Thanks for any insight.


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      What is your budget?

       

      I know nothing about specific spin bikes, but it looks like a decent gym-quality Schwinn unit would run $1-2k+.  For that money why not get a decent entry-level road bike and indoor trainer?  That would give you the option to ride outdoors, too.  Riding the "nowhere bike" is pretty miserable, especially if there is the option to be outdoors.  Only thing more miserable is running on a treadmill.  With a bike that can go outdoors you can always do high-cadence "spin" rides with real hills and fresh air and ever-changing scenery and use the trainer when there's snow and ice on the roads or during high winds.  You'd also have the option to do some multi-sport races, like duathlons and tris.  Spin bikes have always seemed so unnecessarily limiting.

      Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

      '14 Goals:

      • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


      Puttin' on the foil

        If you already have a bike, a Cyclops trainer is the best bet.  It's a small unit that attached to the rear wheel of you bike so you can turn your bike into a stationary bike.  A fly wheel makes contact with your rear wheel and provides resistance.  The resistance is caused by either hydrolic fluid (fluid trainers (more expensive but quieter and better road feel) or magnets (cheaper but loader).

         

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          We picked up a Lemond Revmaster bike from our gym when they were replacing theirs with the latest variants. We only paid a nominal amount for it (maybe $100) and it is rock solid and performs like new.

           

          It seems that they don't suffer the same wear and tear as treadmills so that may be an option.

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            It seems that they don't suffer the same wear and tear as treadmills so that may be an option.

             

            While my real suggestion is to investigate the road bike/trainer combo, if you absolutely know that you won't ever ride outside, a spin bike has a similar advantage over a real bike to that described regarding treadmills.  Not nearly as many parts on a spin bike means less to futz with and fix.

             

            The however to the however is that is/when it does break or get squeaky, you can't get magic help from any ol' bike shop.  (though some bike shops know these things... and, really, there's not much to them to know, so the mechanically inclined can perhaps figure out the issue.)

             

            100 bucks... dang.  That is a sweet deal.

             

            Elly.


              What is your budget?

               

              I know nothing about specific spin bikes, but it looks like a decent gym-quality Schwinn unit would run $1-2k+.  For that money why not get a decent entry-level road bike and indoor trainer?  That would give you the option to ride outdoors, too.  Riding the "nowhere bike" is pretty miserable, especially if there is the option to be outdoors.  Only thing more miserable is running on a treadmill.  With a bike that can go outdoors you can always do high-cadence "spin" rides with real hills and fresh air and ever-changing scenery and use the trainer when there's snow and ice on the roads or during high winds.  You'd also have the option to do some multi-sport races, like duathlons and tris.  Spin bikes have always seemed so unnecessarily limiting.

               

              +1

               

              Only thing I would add is getting some workout DVD's/tapes when it's snowing outside to add a little spice to the workout.  I have a Robby Ventura "Race Day" DVD that does a great job to getting my heart pumping and my blood flowing.  

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              Needs more cowbell!

                 

                +1

                 

                Only thing I would add is getting some workout DVD's/tapes when it's snowing outside to add a little spice to the workout.  I have a Robby Ventura "Race Day" DVD that does a great job to getting my heart pumping and my blood flowing.  

                 

                We have a few Spinervals DVDs with Coach Troy.  I am skeered to use them.  All the hardcore riders I know shudder when they talk about Coach Troy.  I've run out of excuses not to try a Spinerval workout, though.  I can't say that I am training for any running races as of this past Sunday and want to save my legs.  D'oh! Black eye  I've heard good things about the Robby Ventura DVDs.  I may have to give one of those a try, soon.  I do like watching movies or intense dramas while riding.  During chase scenes in movies I will do some out-of-the-saddle intervals until my legs and lungs can't take anymore.

                Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                '14 Goals:

                • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                   I do like watching movies or intense dramas while riding.  During chase scenes in movies I will do some out-of-the-saddle intervals until my legs and lungs can't take anymore.

                   

                  do you make your own sound effects too? Joking


                  Needs more cowbell!

                     

                    do you make your own sound effects too? Joking

                     

                    Yep...lots of whimpering and grunting and gasping and wheezing.  Some swears, too. Blush

                    Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                    '14 Goals:

                    • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                    • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


                    In it for the long run..

                      I would love to have a spin bike.  I think it is better (for me) than my road bike on a trainer.  However, they are too expensive for the use I would make of it.  I'll just go to spin class. 

                      "It's not who wins the workout..."

                        I've always done well with my Performance Bike brand fluid trainer and road bike. I've used a Kinetic and personally found it no better, just more spendy. I'd steer clear of magnetic resistance trainers. If you already have a bike a trainer more bang for your buck and easier storage. I've done spinning classes and enjoyed the stiffness of a good spin bike over the trainer so if you want to make that investment it's up to you but loads of serious cyclists do well with trainers.

                         

                        I'm intrigued by Lemond's Revolution trainer

                         

                         

                        I've used Coach Troy's DVDs and feel they give a decent workout. He's a bit cheesy though.


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                          I'm intrigued by Lemond's Revolution trainer

                           

                           

                           

                          Less intrigued by the $500 price point, though.  And the hassle of removing the bike from the unit and replacing the wheel every time I want to ride outdoors.  And it's supposed to be really loud.  I do like that it takes up a bit less room and would be less of a danger to roaming cats, though.  If they came down in price I might consider one.

                          Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                          '14 Goals:

                          • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                          • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                             

                            Less intrigued by the $500 price point, though.  And the hassle of removing the bike from the unit and replacing the wheel every time I want to ride outdoors.  And it's supposed to be really loud.  I do like that it takes up a bit less room and would be less of a danger to roaming cats, though.  If they came down in price I might consider one.

                            Yeah, 500 is a bit much for a trainer. I'm sure not getting one. For me, the value was with the Performance trainer. The wheel removal and noise doesn't bug me, especially if it would give me a better "road" feel. I hadn't considered it but the cat safety thing would be a plus. Fortunately my trainer scares the crap out of my cat.


                            Needs more cowbell!

                              I hadn't considered it but the cat safety thing would be a plus. Fortunately my trainer scares the crap out of my cat.

                               

                              Ours are surprisingly not all that phased by our trainers.  Mostly because they are stupid.  We have had to do some sudden rear wheel braking in the past.  Now they are more afraid of getting yelled at than sliced-n-diced, so that keeps them out of the room more than anything.

                              Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                              '14 Goals:

                              • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                              Elly.


                                 

                                We have a few Spinervals DVDs with Coach Troy.  I am skeered to use them.  All the hardcore riders I know shudder when they talk about Coach Troy.  I've run out of excuses not to try a Spinerval workout, though.  I can't say that I am training for any running races as of this past Sunday and want to save my legs.  D'oh! Black eye  I've heard good things about the Robby Ventura DVDs.  I may have to give one of those a try, soon.  I do like watching movies or intense dramas while riding.  During chase scenes in movies I will do some out-of-the-saddle intervals until my legs and lungs can't take anymore.

                                 

                                Well.......... I have Coach Troy, too.  If your hardcore friends shudder at them, than it's because they are pretty bland.  B-O-R-I-N-G.  Also, don't forget that that your don't HAVE to go as hard.  It's pretty individual.  Robby's are more intense ... but again, you get to choose how hard you make it, or use the big ring or the little ring. 

                                 

                                HStreet .... you go at my pace.  You can handle it easily. 

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