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« on: Oct 22, 2009 at 12:24 »

It seems like there are a couple people that are into biking, so I figured I would ask this question.

I have a mountain bike, and we recently bought an exercise bike (Norditrac ~$330) for my wife. I figure that I am much more likely to exercise with her (rather than on my own), but don't want to drop another $330 for a second exercise bike.

I have been looking at trainers to lift the back wheel of my mountain bike, so that I can use it as a stationary, but I have found that some of them are just as expensive as the new exercise bike. Any of you know of a cheaper option that is still good and will allow me to exercise while watching TV (a must for me)? Wink
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 22, 2009 at 12:40 »

I don't know jack about those type of bike trainers.  I'm guessing they are mostly for road bikes, but surely there are Mtn bike types too. 

You can check MTBR.com.  It is largely a Mountain Bike forum, and I'm sure there is info about those trainers on there. 

Is the Norditrac like a spin bike (non-electronic)?  I prefer the spin types over the electronic.

What kind of Mtn Bike do you have and do you get out to ride much?  Kluis are you in the East/Southeast?

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 23, 2009 at 09:52 »

I did a search on mtbr for "indoor trainers" and this link has all the threads.  The 8th one by shane has some info pertaining to your question.  It looks like "decent" trainers are $150 and up.  Good luck.

http://forums.mtbr.com/search.php?searchid=8623820
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 23, 2009 at 11:16 »

Cinderblocks.
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 23, 2009 at 11:41 »

A little spendy.

http://www.kurtkinetic.com/road-machine-p-35-l-en.html

Here's one for substantially less and some reviews to read.

http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Motivator-Indoor-Bicycle-Trainer/dp/B000AAYBWS

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 23, 2009 at 15:05 »

Cinderblocks.

Awesome.  He can put the rear tire in a bucket of sand to simulate uphill biking.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 05, 2009 at 00:39 »


What kind of Mtn Bike do you have and do you get out to ride much?  Kluis are you in the East/Southeast?



My wife and I bought the bikes to ride around our neighborhood (bike trails). We took them out 2 or 3 times before we found out she was pregnant with twins. They told her no bike riding while pregnant. Then can't take the kiddies out until 1+ years old. We could do it now, but don't have a pull behind buggy yet. I love to ride, but I don't get to do it hardly at all anymore. We're in Northern Virginia.

The bikes are Diamonback Coil EX...can't remember what model year they are, but we bought them from Dicks in '07. They seemed like very good bikes for the price. At least to me anyway.
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 08:03 »

Pulling the kids in the kiddie is always interesting.

I used to take mine, just to get out of the houe for an hour.  I'm to cheap to buy the high end traielrs, so I bought the kind with hard plastic bottom from Target or W-mart.

They were prett little, maybe 1.5 and 3.5.  They would each prink a coulpe of books, and each had a sippy cup.  The oldest was in charge of the snacks which usually consisted of a sandwich bag filled with Goldfish.  I'd ride 30 - 45 minutes and let them out to throw rocks or what ever.  I would ride up this canyon on a service road.  It is the starting and/or ending point for some of the rides I do now.  My youngest never wanted to get back in.  Once she got out, she was done, so I would stuff her back in there, and ride as fast as I could back to the truck, with her screaming the whole way. 

Lots of fun stuff like hat to look forward to with your kids!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 09:47 »

I'd ride 30 - 45 minutes and let them out to throw rocks or what ever. 

BV obviously lives a 45 minute bike ride away from Tommy Maddox.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 10:05 »

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BV obviously lives a 45 minute bike ride away from Tommy Maddox.

But how many feet is that?
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 10:11 »

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BV obviously lives a 45 minute bike ride away from Tommy Maddox.

But how many feet is that?

I keep a bike on cinderblocks on Tommy' front lawn.  Sometimes he's a little pissy about it unless I offer him goldfish, but sometimes he's pretty cool and we toss a ball for a bit.  It helps Tommy if I wear a Ravens or Raiders jersey, though.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 11:18 »

My youngest never wanted to get back in.  Once she got out, she was done, so I would stuff her back in there, and ride as fast as I could back to the truck, with her screaming the whole way. 

Lots of fun stuff like hat to look forward to with your kids!!!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 11:28 »

I'd ride 30 - 45 minutes and let them out to throw rocks or what ever. 

BV's kids are Browns fans?
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 06, 2009 at 11:32 »

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But how many feet is that?

I'm going to guess about 9,037 and 1/2.
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 03, 2009 at 17:50 »

I have a Mountain Bike and I bought a Trainer at WalMart for $99 a few years back, I still use it to this day in the winter.
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 08:05 »

Axe - Where (what part of the country) do you live and do you get out much on your mountain bike?
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 09:32 »

Axe - Where (what part of the country) do you live and do you get out much on your mountain bike?

I live in Dayton Ohio, rolling hills EVERYWHERE and some good Mountain Bike Trails. yes I do get out alot on my Bike, try to put as many miles on the damn thing as I can, I use road and dirt tires on it, depends on my mood, switch them out easily. this past year I put 2000 miles on it. did a couple of Over the road trips, did a 300 miler a couple of months ago.
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 13:12 »

Dayton?  Ugggggh - that's where I grew up.  That was long before I started mountain biking, but did some road biking back there.

Sounds like you get quite a few miles in, that's great especially for that climate.  There is no way I would ride in July or August, although this past summer was an exception, which leaves May, June, and September.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 14:24 »

Dayton?  Ugggggh - that's where I grew up.  That was long before I started mountain biking, but did some road biking back there.

Sounds like you get quite a few miles in, that's great especially for that climate.  There is no way I would ride in July or August, although this past summer was an exception, which leaves May, June, and September.

ahhh, you grew up in Dayton huh Huh?? where about Huh?? I live on the east side, E.5th and Linden Ave. I was born in Toledo and lived there all my life except for the 2 1/2 years I been here and the 4 years I was in the Army. I do my riding from May to Sept. then I get on the stationary bike for the winter. I'm not to fond of this City really, plan to be moving back to Toledo for a few years till my Daughter is grown (4 years to be exact) then it's off to parts unknown to me (which isn't many places) prolly Florida or maybe even Tennessee (which is where I was stationed in the Army) lots of Mountain biking in Tenn. but I got a few years to make my mind up. what part of the country you in now Huh??
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 15:40 »

5th and Linden?  Do you have a concealed weapons permit?  That is what I consider rough territory in an Appalachia sort of way.  I can say that becasue back in the day, I delivered pizzas out of the Pizza Hut at Woodman and Burkhart.  The map in my head is getting fuzzy, but we delivered down 5th down to the edge of downtown.  Linden may have been a block South of our territory.  What's the rec center right there at 5th and Burkhart?  I can't believe I can't remember the name of it, but I left there in 1991.  Everything from there West, towards down town, was borderline wellfare recipient territory. 

I grew up in Vandalia and lived in Beavercreek while jacking around and attending Wright State.  Lets see if I can come up with street names.  I lived at Kemp and Grange Hall in a townhome complex - definitely can't think of the name of that - but just North (I think) of the grocery store or auto place that is/was at that intersection.  That is about 2 miles from Wright State.  You prolly know where that is.

I now live in the Denver Metro area, on the South West side of Denver.  Just started Mountain biking about 2 years ago but I am really into it.  I have posted a few video clips and my rides (GPS cyclo-puter overlays actual route on google earth) in some other threads.  I'll see if I can dig them up and add them to this thread.

Fortunately, the scenery, weather, and topography here are quite different than that of Ohio.  Very low humidiy, and at higher elevation where the biking takes place, not overly hot.  Here the riding season is generally March through November.  March you have to pick your spots, as some still have snow, and the same with November.

Where do you ride around Dayton?
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 15:47 »

Here is a link to another thread that has a video and a bike-o-puter link.  When the map comes up, click satellite to get the google earth map. 

http://maximumgrilledsteelers.com/index.php?topic=17997.0
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« Reply #21 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 16:10 »

5th and Linden?  Do you have a concealed weapons permit?  That is what I consider rough territory in an Appalachia sort of way.  I can say that becasue back in the day, I delivered pizzas out of the Pizza Hut at Woodman and Burkhart.  The map in my head is getting fuzzy, but we delivered down 5th down to the edge of downtown.  Linden may have been a block South of our territory.  What's the rec center right there at 5th and Burkhart?  I can't believe I can't remember the name of it, but I left there in 1991.  Everything from there West, towards down town, was borderline wellfare recipient territory. 

I grew up in Vandalia and lived in Beavercreek while jacking around and attending Wright State.  Lets see if I can come up with street names.  I lived at Kemp and Grange Hall in a townhome complex - definitely can't think of the name of that - but just North (I think) of the grocery store or auto place that is/was at that intersection.  That is about 2 miles from Wright State.  You prolly know where that is.

I now live in the Denver Metro area, on the South West side of Denver.  Just started Mountain biking about 2 years ago but I am really into it.  I have posted a few video clips and my rides (GPS cyclo-puter overlays actual route on google earth) in some other threads.  I'll see if I can dig them up and add them to this thread.

Fortunately, the scenery, weather, and topography here are quite different than that of Ohio.  Very low humidiy, and at higher elevation where the biking takes place, not overly hot.  Here the riding season is generally March through November.  March you have to pick your spots, as some still have snow, and the same with November.

Where do you ride around Dayton?

Wright State huh Huh?? funny you mention that. before I moved here (was still in Toledo) my Brother and I came down here to install some Carpet for one of the campus Apartment complexes (don't remember the name) behiond the Meijer store off of Col. Glenn Hwy. we where here for 3 weeks, in that 3 weeks time I got to know some of the Students that was still here (we started before spring break began) and they talked me into playin some Beer Pong with them, anyway I had to show those Youngsters ( I was 42 at the time)how it was done, went 15-0 before they finally gave up and didn't want to play against me anymore. then I had to deal with them arguing over who was gonna be my teammate. anyway had a blast there some good peeps all around in that place.

LMAO at the concealed Weapon Permit thing, and no I don't, I have no problems in this area. I think thats because of the fact that when I 1st arrived here some people tried fuckin with me and they quicly found out that I'm no slouch when it comes to fighting. I beat some ass and asked questions later ( then they found out I used to be a fighter both in the Army and in the Yard (back in the day, late 80's) I used to do some illegal basement fighting. won some cash and decided it wasn't for me, I did go 10-3 in the time my dumbass did that shit. so word got out and I haven't had so much as a name call. It's still welfare territory here but the rent is cheap.

I'm jealous you live in the Denver area, must have some good bike trails there. I ride anywhere and everywhere, parks mostly but I do some street riding here and there. the park of choice is Evergreen just off of Linden about 1-1 1/2 miles from Smithville. but the park where the mountain bike trails I go to is in or I should say just outside of Englewood. I ride out to Xenia and beyond on the bike path through evergreen park.
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« Reply #22 on: Dec 04, 2009 at 16:15 »

Here is a link to another thread that has a video and a bike-o-puter link.  When the map comes up, click satellite to get the google earth map. 

http://maximumgrilledsteelers.com/index.php?topic=17997.0



whoa, rock on. that looked like some fun shit there. the mountain bike trail here is nothing compared to that.
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 06, 2009 at 10:20 »

Sounds like you have enough "talent" to live in that are - lol.  I had a couple of close calls delivering pizzas with mugging/fighting but managed to get out of both.

Before I moved to CO, they had just built the Nutter center but the Meijer and most of that other stuff wasn't there.  They were just starting on the Fairfield mall there on North Fairfield, and it seemed odd they would build a mall out there.  Crazy.

After living out here, I couldn't ride back there in the humidity.  When I did ride out there, I would ride from Beavercreek out to Yellow Springs and back.  Country roads and no cars for the most part. 

This is definitely a mtn biking paradise.  The start of the trail in that link, which is where the video was taken, is 4 miles from my house. That is the beginning of the Colorado Trail which is 490 miles in length and goes to the South West corner of the State.  Some times Bike Neighbor's wife takes up in the foothills and we ride that trail home.

It is a lot of fun, but mostly good exercise, outside, and in the mountains. 
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« Reply #24 on: Dec 06, 2009 at 10:28 »

http://maximumgrilledsteelers.com/index.php?topic=17823.0

Here is a short video that shows what a lot of that trail looks like.  The section above where I come into the picture is really gnarly but some fun down hill.

I posted a video on here showing Bike Neighbor riding up a really hard part, but I can't find it.

Good stuff.
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