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My Indoor-Outdoor Bicycle

November 21st, 2010 at 02:04 pm



OK, here it is, all set up in the spare bedroom.

I donned my sweat pants and, to be honest, just a bra (I was planning on working up a sweat) and hopped on this morning. It was pretty easy to pedal without real hills to worry about, so I put it in the lowest gear possible, the kind you'd use if you were going down a really long hill.

Even then, I could tell it would probably take a while to really get my heart pumping. It was a little on the noisy side, like a pretty loud hum. I think it scared Waldo. I want to try putting some extra carpet padding I think I have in the attic under the trainer to absorb some of the vibrations and make it quieter.

So after about 10 minutes of mindless pedaling, I got bored and hopped off. I hope I can put in more time without getting bored. If I were doing it at a gym, i know from previous experience that personal "pride" keeps me exercising longer, cus you don't want to look like a wuss. Of course at home, it's so much easier to bag it, as my very first 10-minute ride demonstrates.

Well, good thing I didn't sink a lot of money into this......

I spent all day today indoors. Just didn't feel like going outside in the 40 degree weather. I enjoyed just puttering around the house doing different things plus, taking a very long mid-afternoon nap felt quite luxurious. I'm really enjoying indoor time now that I'm not forcing myself to freeze my butt off at 62 degrees or so. 67, I'm finding, is very livable. I think it will be worth a couple of hundred extra bucks if that's what it ends up taking. Doesn't sound very frugal, does it?

Normally, an oil tank fill-up in the summer will last me til early January, but I suspect I will be filling up in December. We'll see.

I was trying to help my mother pin down what kind of pressure cooker she wants for Xmas to replace the one she's had for 44 years! 4 quart, stainless steel, 2 handles...

I bought my dad a cookbook filled with slow cooker recipes. I didn't know he was using a slow cooker, but it came out in conversation a while back, so I hope he would use the cookbook, I don't know. It was only $8.

5 Responses to “My Indoor-Outdoor Bicycle”

  1. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Thats a cool bike ! Weather-permitting maybe you could head outdoors on the bike and maybe head for some hills if there are any about ?

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Tell your Mom not to panic when she sees how thin the metal is on the new pressure cookers compared to the old ones. I still have my 64 year old pressure cooker, but last year DH bought a second one and I was afraid of it at first because it seemed so "thin and frail".

    Would you tell what the bike device is called?

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What if you put a television in the room where you are riding? That way you could watch movies or tv programs while you ride. It might make it slightly less boring.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Very nice! I need to get a bicycle.

  5. Jerry Says:

    I have seen those bike trainers and I wondered if there was a way to create extra resistance (aside from the gears) for exactly that reason... will it lead to a sufficient workout? Plus, as you mentioned, there isn't the insurance of other people watching to make your ego kick in... =)
    Jerry

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