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Old 03-27-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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Recommend a stationary bike

I'm in the market for a stationary bike. I'd like a compact one, though not so compact that it compromises usability.

There seems to be a large variety of makes and types on the market.

I'm really not even sure what to look for. I know from past experience that the resistance control can be an issue after heavy use. However, my experience with stationary bikes is about 15 years old.

So, does anyone own one that they would recommend? Are their certain things I should be looking for?
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Look used / refurbed...

Is there a "2nd Wind" or other such dealer in your neck of the woods? They will often have the heavy duty bikes such as you'll find in a commercial gym.

I bought a used "Reebok" model a few years back...when my tennis club offered for sale as they were upgrading to newer models. Heavy enough for us "Clydesdales" but built robust enough for hard usage. Serviceable friction pads / cables etc. It'll still be going strong when my grandkids (none born yet....) are chasing their middle ages ( and spare tires!) around the virtual block.

Can occassionally see these on Craigslist, too...
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:00 AM   #3
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if you already own a bicycle, your best bet may just be to add a trainer to it.

Plusses: easily stored. Less $ than a dedicated 'stationary bike.' You ride your own bike in your own riding position

Cons: wears tires very quickly. Boring as hell to ride (actually any trainer's boring as hell to ride). If you have knobby tires, you'll need a smooth tread to avoid ripping off the knobs.

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:02 AM   #4
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if you already own a bicycle, your best bet may just be to add a trainer to it.

Plusses: easily stored. Less $ than a dedicated 'stationary bike.' You ride your own bike in your own riding position

Cons: wears tires very quickly. Boring as hell to ride (actually any trainer's boring as hell to ride). If you have knobby tires, you'll need a smooth tread to avoid ripping off the knobs.

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I no longer have a bike, though I'm in the market for one as well.

For now, I'd just like a stationary one.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:07 AM   #5
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Most stationary bikes end up as one thing....stationary. As in dust collectors.
Put an ad up on Craigslist and you will have your inbox full of people who were going to get into shape.

I used a trainer on my bike for years and called it a vomitron. I hated it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:10 AM   #6
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Most stationary bikes end up as one thing....stationary. As in dust collectors.
Put an ad up on Craigslist and you will have your inbox full of people who were going to get into shape.

I used a trainer on my bike for years and called it a vomitron. I hated it.
I'd prefer not to deal with craigslist. I'm fine with purchasing new.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:24 AM   #7
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if you already own a bicycle, your best bet may just be to add a trainer to it.

Plusses: easily stored. Less $ than a dedicated 'stationary bike.' You ride your own bike in your own riding position

Cons: wears tires very quickly. Boring as hell to ride (actually any trainer's boring as hell to ride). If you have knobby tires, you'll need a smooth tread to avoid ripping off the knobs.

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I'm a fan of the Kurt Kinetic Rock 'n Roll...my stationary platform of choice.

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:34 AM   #8
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I'd prefer not to deal with craigslist. I'm fine with purchasing new.
I ride a KLR and a BMW so I am sure you can understand my thought process on buying used.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:39 AM   #9
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I ride a KLR and a BMW so I am sure you can understand my thought process on buying used.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:06 AM   #10
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I ride a KLR and a BMW so I am sure you can understand my thought process on buying used.
trainers are one of those things that *most* people buy, ride em a few times, figure out how much willpower it takes to get on em, and then sell em.

*most* trainers are pretty well brand new when you buy em 'used.'

...just like cars, or Yakima/Thule racks: buying used is the smart thing to do. Let some other sucker take the depreciation hit.

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:11 AM   #11
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I would second the trainer recommendation but would also add that you should check out trainerroad.com if you want to get the most out of your indoor biking.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:54 AM   #12
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Goodale's sells LeMond trainers that look to be nice, though spendy. I've never tried one though
What sort of money do you have in mind?
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:07 AM   #13
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Goodale's sells LeMond trainers that look to be nice, though spendy. I've never tried one though
What sort of money do you have in mind?
I'll go as high as $400, but I DO NOT want a trainer! Right now, I'm just looking for a stationary bike.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:01 AM   #14
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Anybody suggest a Harley yet?
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Anybody suggest a Harley yet?
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