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Second hand exercise bike , reco

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by See Change, 13th Aug, 2015.

  1. See Change

    See Change Timing Lord Premium Member

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    Looking at picking up a second hand exercise bike from gum tree

    Any advice on brands , features etc ?

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  2. pinkboy

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    Buy a real bike. Far more enjoyable.

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  3. See Change

    See Change Timing Lord Premium Member

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    We have those already

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  4. Ace in the Hole

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    Does price matter?
     
  5. See Change

    See Change Timing Lord Premium Member

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    Gum tree , looking for a good one second hand .

    Cliff
     
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    Ace in the Hole Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Does price matter?
    You can get great 2nd hand models at a good price which cost much more than new mid range models.
     
  7. See Change

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    No , within reason

    At this stage , want to get an idea of differences between great ones , and good ons and the target $100 ones ...

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  8. Hodor

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    I got one from a gym that was upgrading. Quality was much higher than ones I found offered for home use.

    Otherwise get a roller. Fluid is much better than magnetic resistance. Can be on my bike then. Just change the wheel so I don't wear my tyre. About 250 from wiggle.

    Best to do real kms as pinkboy said but due to work im stuck at home sometimes so I understand the need for stationary km's
     
  9. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Get yourself one of these:
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    or one of these

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  10. Bran

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    Wahoo Kicker. At least you might have a hope of using it.
     
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    Bought one, sold after a few months, much prefer a brisk walk to the beach.
     
  12. pinkboy

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    I'm doing 12hrs on a trainer for charity next week. My best is 6hrs. Anyone who rides one of these can tell you how boring/excruciating/boring/painful these can be. :eek:

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    @pinkboy - Time to invest in that 60" flat screen, surround sound & a couple of Tour DVD's.
     
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    Don't most exercise bikes get used to dry washing?
     
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    Aren't there systems out now where you can hook the bike up to the TV and via some software system actually ride real courses?
     
  16. Redwing

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    Try a couple of Spin Classes to get a feel for a more expensive model than the BIG W or K Mart options?

    How about the Assault Air Bike ;)
     
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    Nah
    Yeah, and for the 12hr I'm using Zwift, but normally I used no other stimulation and would go as far as doing it in the dark to build mental strength.

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  19. See Change

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    Should have given more info ....

    I go to the gym as does my wife . I like using a recumbent exercise bike . Gym has a TV set on its but we will position ours in front of a 60 inch TV

    Reality is with the way are lives are organised at the moment we're not getting the time to go to the gym . The travel time to and from the gym is time I can use doing exercise .

    Planning on giving up the gym membership .

    I'm doing regular light weights , stretching etc at home but not much cardio

    My wife ( who has had an ACL reconstruction and subsequent OA care of an idiot on Mt Perisher ) doesn't like walking or running but is quite happy to sit on the bike while she watches escape to the country , NCIS , Madam secretary or Elementary .

    We have real bikes which we don't use much . My wife has stated she has no intention of riding a bike in Sydney streets so .....

    We are going to buy an exercise bike . Not a cheap k mart version .

    Question is what type ?

    Looking at a recumbent ( have used them and like them ) . Mid range to upmarket , but don't know which are the good brands , features etc . Obviously the ones in the gyms are commercial grade

    Looking last night there are a couple of Nordictrak GXR 4.1's in gumtree around 400 . Are they a good brand ?

    Are there brands to avoid ? What are the gym equipment versions of BMW / merc , what are the equivalents to Toyota / Subaru ( we drive subaru's ...)

    Features we would value would be quietness ( probably most important , so we don't have to put the volume of the TV up ... Yes we could use headphones , but don't want to ). and a consistent mechanism for adjusting tension . Personally I don't do the different styles of work outs that the gym ones have , I just chug along at a steady pace , though from what I can see all the more expensive ones seem to have these . I'm sure our fitness orientated kids would be happy to use those features .

    iPod / phone connectivity is not essential ...

    Any thoughts would be appreciated ?

    Cliff
     
  20. Scott No Mates

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    I'd suggest trawling the auction sites for ex-gym bikes. That way you can pick up a reasonably heavy duty bike which can do the job properly.
     
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