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This is what I'm looking for. I can't find review sites or something of the like.<br><br>
I just want a basic bike.<br>
No LCD screen.<br>
No speakers.<br>
No fan.<br>
I have all of those as separate items, besides... if the bike breaks, I'll have a TV, radio and fan that I couldn't use anymore...<br><br>
So...does anyone know of something sturdy that fits the bill?
 

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An Air-Dyne type bike maybe?<br><br>
Or, if you have a bicycle already, you could buy a bike trainer for less than $400.
 

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craigslist!!! our craigslist has a plethora of used exercise equiptment.
 

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I'm not sure about your trainer question. I wondered it myself, but it might be worth looking in to.<br><br>
What about a place like Play it Again Sports or Second Wind where you can get gently used fitness equipment at a more reasonable cost?<br><br>
That's a great idea to get a bike set-up at home, BTW.
 

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This bike might be good, a Spinner. It is $499 but comes with 3 DVD workouts. The advantage is you can do more than sit and pedal, although you can do that too. Resistance can be adjusted to simulate sprinting, climbing, jumping, standing, etc. It's a better workout and more interesting.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://media.godashboard.com/spinning/5956.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Here's a link:<br><br><a href="http://www.spinning.com/store/store.asp?nProductID=2991&country=United%20States" target="_blank">http://www.spinning.com/store/store....nited%20States</a>
 

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meri - I'll check out craigslist! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
sgh - that's perfect for what i'd use a bike for. do you think it's something that could accomodate larger people? I don't notice a weight limit on the specs or on google...
 

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Yep, you just need to put road tires on it. It's nice, because you can take the bike off and put the trainer away. It's not a piece of furniture, which is good.<br><br>
I love my trainer.
 

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I wondered that too. My instructor manual doesn't say anything about it either but I seem to recall in training they told us the bikes fit 4'11" - 7'0". They are very adjustable -- we set them up specifically for each rider.<br><br>
Probably a quick call to the manufacturer would answer the question, or PM me your height & approximate weight (if you don't mind), and I can e-mail my master instructor and ask.<br><br>
 

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I have a hybrid, so they aren't mountain bike tires, nor are they road tires.<br>
I suppose they wouldn't work either?<br><br><br>
Thanks SGH, I was just wondering if you knew offhand. I can make the call <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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My trainer works with any type of tires, and I suspect most do. If you've already got a bike, the trainer option is clearly the best way to go. You can get one for less than $100 (around $300 if you want a <a href="http://www.1upusa.com/bike_trainer.html" target="_blank">really good one</a>).<br><br>
 

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If you decide to buy one, I might be able to get you a discount. No pressure though, I don't get any commission or anything!
 

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What do hybrid tires look like? They just need to be not knobby. You can get cheap slicks for it at a bike shop. Actually, you'd only need one, for the back wheel, which is the one on the trainer.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.performancebike.com/product_images/250/40-1775-NCL-ANGLE.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"> $89 from Performance Bike. Do you have these out there? Sometimes you can get even better deals in the store. Also, this time of year might be good to buy, since people are getting outside and off their trainers.<br><br>
I looked into a spin bike before I bought my trainer. The nice thing about a trainer is that you are still training on YOUR bike and YOUR seat, etc. Which is great if you are planning to do a tri or race on it. If not, it doesn't matter all that much. They are easy to set up and take down, even I, the mechanically challenged one, can do it. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Is this something just you would use? Or will your wife be using it, too? If so, the spin bike is great because it's way more adjustable. I'm sure your wife (if I remember right, she's a shorty like me) can't ride your bike! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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if I decide to, I'll definitely let you know <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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No Performance Bikes out here, but there are lots of good bike shops (WheelWorks, Landry's, etc), so I'm sure I can find something similar.<br><br>
Yeah, she's a shorty. 5'4. I'm guessing only I would use it, she's not all that interested. I still haven't decided if I'd get one or the other, but I've got lots to think about.<br>
Thank you all for the help <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Good luck with your decision! I rigged up this tray with my laptop in front of it so that I could play poker online while I rode. Pretty cool, a little dorky. <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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hey, where do you play?<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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More details, DH would love that! he hates his bike trainer (it is on his mtn bike).<br><br>
I play Full Tilt, but not lately.
 

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Poker stars here, or I use DD Poker, which is a game you buy, and then play in their online community for free.<br><br>
I got one a tv tray and put the laptop on it, and played that way. You don't need many fingers, just one to hit the call, raise, bet, etc buttons. You may have to put the tv tray on something to get it tall enough, depending on how high up you are. I'm short, so I got away with just using the tray.<br><br>
Trainer rides can get pretty dull, so I have to either watch something really great on tv, or do this. I'm sure I'd get a better workout if I just hardcore focused on the ride, but I just cannot do it.
 

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nice!!!!
 
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