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Hi
I love biking in the summer and was thinking about getting one of theses for the winter. Something about stationary bikes just doesnt do it for me.
Do you have any advice? These are the ones I am looking at BTW.

http://saskatoon.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-sporting-goods-exercise-exercise-equip

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005DI8DIA/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2


Anything else would be way too expensive. Thanks for your help!

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Hi Bud,

I need to start out with one disclaimer... indoor cycling is boring. You sit in one place, there is no breeze, and you don't go anywhere. Having said all that the way I try to make things tolerable is to ride in front of a video with a fan on me. But even given this the best I can do is about an hour on my rollers (indoor trainer except the bike isn't held in place).

The great thing about training in the winter is when spring hits and the roads are clear your first outdoor ride isn't as painful. You may not be where you left off in the fall but you have a good start on the season. So yes, despite the boredom, I strongly encourage you to get one of those trainers.

A couple of tips beyond the video (I prefer old cycling videos) and the fan: Trainers are noisy, especially the resonance that comes from the floor. To help counter this you can buy a special pad at a shop or get an anti-fatigue mat, like what you put in front of the kitchen sink. Put the trainer on the mat, this will cut way down on the noise.

Make sure that you put a block of wood or something under the front wheel so your bike is level. If it isn't you will always be putting pressure on your hands to prevent yourself from sliding forward.

Wear your cycling shorts. For all the reasons to wear cycling short outside you will want to wear them on the trainer. You can forego the helmet, I think you'll be safe!

Vary the work out. If you get a trainer with a remote increase the resistance for a while, like you are going up hill. Don't get lazy and just sit and spin at a slow cadence, but keep working through your workout.

Get ready to go through a rear tire. If you just replaced your tires you may want to head back to your local bike shop and get a really cheap tire to use on the trainer. Or just be prepared to replace your back one come spring.

That is about all I can think of right off hand. I know I said it is boring, and it is, but I always try to keep one goal in mind that motivates me through the winter - just how much more I will be able to enjoy that first Spring ride since I trained all winter.


Stock up on videos, hire someone to throw leaves and bugs in front of the fan, and get ready for a great next season!

Cheers,

Tad  

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I can help you with bicycle fitting problems (proper fit, numb hands, etc.), Buying help (Which type of bike, brand, so forth), basic repair problems (Flat tires, poor shifting, noises, etc.), technique questions (How to climb better, how to ride in traffic...), and even basic training questions (first race, long tour, or just a weight loss program). Some repairs are better left to the experts, we used to call this category "home repair gone bad." However, many fixes are simple and can be done by most. I will simply tell you if you should try it or take it to a shop. I will even help you ask the right questions when you walk into a shop so you can feel more confident. If I don't know an answer I can find out and get back to you.

Experience

I have worked in bicycle shops or the bicycle industry since 1984. I started racing around that time but rode bicycles and did some touring before that. I have managed large shops in the upper Midwest, been invited to join a professional team as mechanic, which I turned down so I could open my own shop. I have built wheels for two US National Champions. I have also been a consultant to retailers and manager of a bicycle fitting system company here in the US. My greatest joy is helping people get into riding and be more confident about their riding and bicycle.

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Various regional enthusiast publications.

Education/Credentials
Doesn't really apply but I do have a BA in English/History (Both very marketable - that is why I stayed in bicycles!) And had been working on my Master in Education before I thought better of that.

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