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20 April 2015

Going Nowhere Fast

Getting and using a static bike trainer

Did I mention I broke my leg in January? Right, I did. Well, I'm still in the process of recovery, and (as I also mentioned already) to help with that, I bought a bike trainer (aka "turbo trainer"). This is a device you enter your bicycle into, to turn it into a static bike. When I went out to buy this thing, I spent an awefull long time to consider all the options. There are a lot of options, at least in theory.

There are bike trainers with different mechanisms to produce the resistance to your wheel (magnetic, fluid, air/ventilator), each with their own advantages and disadvantages. There are very simple systems that do not allow to vary the resistance, some that you vary it in a mechanical way, and some that do it electronically (and the fluid trainers vary it with the speed of your wheel. And then there are those that vary it electronically, while being connected to a computer (or tablet computer), which gives way to all kind of funny games, like showing a video that will change speed as you pedal faster, and increase the resistance if you're going uphill in the video.

OK to buying one, but... buying one in Greece?

So what should I buy? I had another problem to that: Since I am living in a far, far away place, on the end of the map (so to speak), in Greece where shops have only a limited choice of products, and often these products are more expensive and a bit outdated... a lot of the stuff reviewed on the Interwebz is not available. It is a tiny bit understandable, given the good weather here, a trainer is not that useful.

So my choices came down to buy something simple here and now, or order something fancy over the Internet. A trainer is a heavy and big item though, so ordering it would have taken a long time. I went for the simple and as-cheap-as-possible choice. I got the cheapest magnetic trainer I could find readily in a shop near me. The result is that I have a trainer that not even the company that made it lists on their website. In Greek there is an expression "not even its mother knows it", pretty fitting here.

It does the job so far. For now, all I'm doing is 30 minutes of riding two or three times a week. I tried watching some cycling videos on the laptop, but most of the time it doesn't inspire me. It detracts from the riding and it detracts from the cycling video. Maybe if I would be doing 2 hour rides I would be more tempted to try something that works like a game. Right now spinning away on the bike and feeling my legs move is entertaining enough.

Posted by betabug at 19:45 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Going Nowhere Fast

Difficult choice? I think no; take the one which makes
electricity. Be always öco!!

Alles Gute Dir Sascha!! Wir sehen uns im Sommer?!?!!
Obwohl wir noch nicht ganz sicher sind, wie wir
bezahlen werden.

Gruß Veit&Georg

Posted by: VeitHAM at April 21,2015 11:49
Re: Going Nowhere Fast

Hallo Veit! Es gibt tatsächlich ein so ein Teil, das ist elektronisch und bei dem man keinen Stromanschluss braucht. Es ist aber eher teuer und daher wohl eher ein Gimmick. Strom für was anderes kann man damit nicht machen.

Im Sommer sind wir da (wenn alles gut läuft), aber ob ich dann schon wieder mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs bin, ist noch nicht sicher!

Posted by: betabug at April 21,2015 15:48
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