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 Post subject: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:27 pm 
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I want to get one because, especially in the winter, I am unlikely to get any exercise because most of what I do is walking and I hate the cold! So, maybe if I can have some sort of machine that allows me to stay in my home and watch tv while I exercise, I will be a little bit motivated.

Our apartment is pretty small, so I was looking at some of the folding ones. If anyone has any experience with having an exercise bike in a small apartment, I'd love to hear about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:49 pm 
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My husband bought me one for my birthday. It was so heavy and took up way more space than he thought it would.

I had a mini-stairclimber in a hotel once and it was pretty good.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:52 pm 
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Tofulish wrote:
My husband bought me one for my birthday. It was so heavy and took up way more space than he thought it would.

I had a mini-stairclimber in a hotel once and it was pretty good.


oh no, was the one your husband bought a folding one?

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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No, it wasn't, so yours might be fine :)

Here is the mini-stairclimber which was so small it fit under the bed in a hotel room easily.
http://blujay.com/item/NEW-Mini-Stair-S ... 00-2194067

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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Do you have a bike? If so, what about getting a trainer to mount it on? The trainer itself is small and if your bike is already taking up space...

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monkeytoes wrote:
Do you have a bike? If so, what about getting a trainer to mount it on? The trainer itself is small and if your bike is already taking up space...

this!


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monkeytoes wrote:
Do you have a bike? If so, what about getting a trainer to mount it on? The trainer itself is small and if your bike is already taking up space...

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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do you have people living below you? if so, i would say unless you hate them, maybe don't? i get stabby when my upstairs neighbors do that stuff. which is pretty much always.

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:20 pm 
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I don't have a bike, but that would be a cool idea if I did!
I do live above people. I hadn't really considered that a stationary bike would be really loud to them. But, they keep us up all night with their loud TV, so maybe I won't worry about that so much.

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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I am so glad I don't live in an apartment. Sometimes I envy your cheap and easy heat but then I remember the noise....

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:22 pm 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
I don't have a bike, but that would be a cool idea if I did!
I do live above people. I hadn't really considered that a stationary bike would be really loud to them. But, they keep us up all night with their loud TV, so maybe I won't worry about that so much.


Get a bike + trainer. It's a more efficient use of money, since you can ride the bike around outside when it's warmer. Plus, you can take the bike off the trainer for easier storage.

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:24 pm 
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I found a Diamondback stationary bike at a garage sale for $60 bucks and I love it. But, alas, it does not fold.
But...it doesn't seem to make a shiitake ton of noise, either. I had it at my apt. for school and my downstairs neighbor said
he couldn't hear it. (We had thick carpeting, so that may have helped)

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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I'm terrible at exercising but I had a stationary bike in my living room for awhile and it really worked. I did it almost every day while watching tv. So I think it really may work for you.

It was a regular stationary bike (a cheap model from sears I got on sale), not foldable or anything, so I don't have recs as far as that but I will say I don't think it made that much noise. It was in my house, not an apt. so I can't say for sure, but I really don't think it was that noisy.

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
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I had a trainer that I used for about a year but it just wasn't working for me so I replaced it with a big exercise bike like the ones you would find in a gym. I parked it right in front of the TV and I do not watch tv unless I am riding the bike. It is almost silent to ride, very comfortable on my body and works great. I ride about 150 miles a week on mine and I love it because I really don't have to pay any attention to it as apposed to the trainer which needs more than an iota of brain cells to be aware.

Check your local craigslist because people buy $1200 bikes, realize they don't use them and sell them off a fraction of the cost in like-new condition.


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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:49 am 
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Thanks, everyone! We have wood floors, so I'll definitely get a rug or mat to put under it
Aubade, that's totally the encouragement that I need!

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 Post subject: Re: Apartment Excercise Bike recommendation?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:14 am 
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If your apartment is teeny-tiny like mine and you don't have room for a real bike with the trainer lift, try this tiny thing, the MagneTrainer:
http://www.magnetrainer.com/
It's small enough that you can store it in the bottom of a closet and it's silent. It does tend to slide away sometimes when peddling, so I put mine on a piece of rubberized shelf liner and don't have a problem with it now.


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