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Stationary bike questions(5 posts)

Stationary bike questionstlt
Oct 9, 2001 10:50 AM
I am in search of a stationary bike for winter workouts. What is the difference between a spinning bike and an upright traditional bike. My wife wants to ride sometimes so I can't use my road bike with a trainer. Any help or advice on brands or things to stay away from.

Oct 9, 2001 11:38 AM
Buy a $10 beater bike at a yard sale. Put your familar pedals and saddle on it. Buy a trainer. You'll be much better off.
fwiw, I agree. Or...cory
Oct 9, 2001 1:25 PM
Buying a cheapie makes sense to me, if only because I cringe when I see my "good" bikes on the trainer. But if that's what you've got, it only takes about 45 seconds to get a bike on and off a trainer. When we lived in an apartment, I had to install mine every time I rode it. No big deal.
Does it matter what kind of bike?keyser soze
Oct 10, 2001 4:11 AM
I've seen this suggestion before and wondered if it matters whether its a road bike or not. My old mountain bike is sitting around collecting dust - is there any reason not to use it? Obviously I'd put slick tires on it, but with the different geometry is there any reason that I wouldn't get the same benefit?

Thanks for your input.
Does it matter what kind of bike?scottfree
Oct 10, 2001 4:45 AM
I've done exactly that the past two winters. I don't think the different geometry hurts a bit. Purists may disagree. The only drawback I can see is you won't have as high a top-end gear on a MTB, hence less top-end resistance.

I stumbled across a yard sale bike this summer that almost exactly matches the geometry of my road bike, though, so I paid the 10 bucks and that's what I'm going to put on the trainer this winter. Just serendipity, not because I was dissatisfied w/ the mountain bike.