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  • #91
    Originally posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Do you use a different tire for the trainer? Because I don't hit the road anymore, I changed my road tire to a trainer tire (it's a bright red thing) so I don't have to worry about taking it out on the road. It'd be a pain to swap out the tire each time, and very expensive to buy a second rear wheel and cassette if one didn't want to change only the tire.
    I use my regular road tires. I haven't seen a huge difference in the amount of wear when I switch back and forth. They do get squared off if I am on the trainer quite a bit, but even a short road ride and it gets rounded back off and looks as good as new.

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    • #92
      I decided to get the Wahoo Kickr because it already had the cassette and cadense sensor. Then I went over to Tractor Supply and got a 4x6 stall mat of the type previously referred to in this thread. The trainerand a few other items fit great on the mat. Finished the whole thing off with a used 32" TV with Apple TV so I could watch my rides or watch TV while I train. Zwift is the app I chose but I'll probably try out a few others.

      Everything is now calibrated and took my first ride. While I'm essentially starting from scratch I thought the ride went well and I'll continue to build up to about an hour or more per session. Really happy with this rig.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Shaka View Post
        I decided to get the Wahoo Kickr because it already had the cassette and cadense sensor. Then I went over to Tractor Supply and got a 4x6 stall mat of the type previously referred to in this thread. The trainerand a few other items fit great on the mat. Finished the whole thing off with a used 32" TV with Apple TV so I could watch my rides or watch TV while I train. Zwift is the app I chose but I'll probably try out a few others.

        Everything is now calibrated and took my first ride. While I'm essentially starting from scratch I thought the ride went well and I'll continue to build up to about an hour or more per session. Really happy with this rig.
        If the first ride was at least tolerable, then you'll be just fine. It takes a little time to build up saddle stamina, but it becomes easier and more enjoyable as time goes on. And a 60-minute ride is a good workout, better I think than the same amount of time on the road since you're pedaling constantly. Congrats on getting everything together.

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        • #94
          Originally posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
          If the first ride was at least tolerable, then you'll be just fine. It takes a little time to build up saddle stamina, but it becomes easier and more enjoyable as time goes on. And a 60-minute ride is a good workout, better I think than the same amount of time on the road since you're pedaling constantly. Congrats on getting everything together.
          My butt was used to the saddle when I was spinning a month or so ago. I'm not looking forward to reacclimating.

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          • #95
            Thats a nice set up. Is it indoor, or in the garage? My trainer is in the garage, which is fine for about 8 months of the year here, but it can be intolerably hot out there in the summer.

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            • #96
              Originally posted by bluegoose View Post
              Thats a nice set up. Is it indoor, or in the garage? My trainer is in the garage, which is fine for about 8 months of the year here, but it can be intolerably hot out there in the summer.
              In the garage. I’ll move it inside for winter. There’s a tv now mounted to the wall directly in front of the bike.


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              • #97
                Very nice. I love zwift. I use it about twice a week this time of year. Adds a ton of purpose to my workouts and makes a 30-45 minute ride fly by.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by Shaka View Post
                  In the garage. I’ll move it inside for winter. There’s a tv now mounted to the wall directly in front of the bike.


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                  I need something like that for the winter months. How much for the trainer & zwift?

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by Bo Diddley View Post
                    I need something like that for the winter months. How much for the trainer & zwift?
                    That trainer is Wahoo Kickr and they run $1200. It comes with the cassette and the cadence sensor. I paid a few hundred less. They make another called the Kickr Core that is a few hundred less and does all the same stuff except you have to buy the cassette and cadence sensor. This can actually be an advantage because you can match the cassette to the one on your bike. PAC has a Wahoo that is significantly less but you keep the rear wheel on your bike. You can also find a used trainer and buy the sensors for it and your bike and use it with Zwift.

                    I just went for it with the Kickr because I already know I like this form of training and wanted to maximize my experience. My knees feel a lot better when I spin.

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                    • Originally posted by Shaka View Post
                      I'm debating getting a Wahoo Kickr Core to use with Zwift or just getting a Peloton. It seems like the hardcore cyclists that are in my spin class all have a Zwift setup but some have picked up a Peloton and like it better. It seems like the cyclist disdain for the Peloton is diminishing as it gets a user base.

                      Thoughts anyone?
                      We got a Peloton about six weeks ago, mainly because I wanted something my wife would enjoy and find easy to work. I like it, I don't always follow the program but I like having all the numbers in front of me. I also find myself competing against others who are on their bike at the same time. It shows their user name, age, gender and location and I do find a little satisfaction in burying guys in their 30's and 40's. My wife says I should turn that off before I kill myself but it's fun.

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                      • Originally posted by RC Vikings View Post
                        We got a Peloton about six weeks ago, mainly because I wanted something my wife would enjoy and find easy to work. I like it, I don't always follow the program but I like having all the numbers in front of me. I also find myself competing against others who are on their bike at the same time. It shows their user name, age, gender and location and I do find a little satisfaction in burying guys in their 30's and 40's. My wife says I should turn that off before I kill myself but it's fun.
                        RC, I saw this today and thought of you:

                        https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7ARhbB...=1okb8qr370qdr
                        Prepare to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them, along with this slice of humble pie that comes direct from the oven of shame set at gas mark “egg on your face”! -- Moss

                        There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese. --Coach Finstock

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                        • We haven't been able go to the gym in nearly a year and have decided that even when it opens up again, we don't want to go back (drive time and the crowd). We've been thinking about buying a home gym and have seen options ranging from a few hundred bucks to $5K or more. Ultimately, while we want to save money where possible, our biggest concerns are quality and ease of use. I know a power cage and lots of free weights might be ideal, but a smaller, one unit approach is better for us for a variety of reasons. Costco is offering this Inspire FTX for $1,300 which, at least in relative terms, is a bargain. Since we're in our late 60s and focused only on fitness, not muscle build-up, I don't think we need more than this. Please advise if this is a bad idea or if there are better suggestions.

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                          • Originally posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
                            We haven't been able go to the gym in nearly a year and have decided that even when it opens up again, we don't want to go back (drive time and the crowd). We've been thinking about buying a home gym and have seen options ranging from a few hundred bucks to $5K or more. Ultimately, while we want to save money where possible, our biggest concerns are quality and ease of use. I know a power cage and lots of free weights might be ideal, but a smaller, one unit approach is better for us for a variety of reasons. Costco is offering this Inspire FTX for $1,300 which, at least in relative terms, is a bargain. Since we're in our late 60s and focused only on fitness, not muscle build-up, I don't think we need more than this. Please advise if this is a bad idea or if there are better suggestions.
                            Have you thought specifically what exercises you'd like to do? I'd say as long as this ticks the boxes for you, go for it. What I like about free weights is the many things you can do with them.

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                            • Originally posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
                              We haven't been able go to the gym in nearly a year and have decided that even when it opens up again, we don't want to go back (drive time and the crowd). We've been thinking about buying a home gym and have seen options ranging from a few hundred bucks to $5K or more. Ultimately, while we want to save money where possible, our biggest concerns are quality and ease of use. I know a power cage and lots of free weights might be ideal, but a smaller, one unit approach is better for us for a variety of reasons. Costco is offering this Inspire FTX for $1,300 which, at least in relative terms, is a bargain. Since we're in our late 60s and focused only on fitness, not muscle build-up, I don't think we need more than this. Please advise if this is a bad idea or if there are better suggestions.
                              HA! My wife bought this exact model for me about 1 year ago from Costco. It was serendipitous since we used my wellness money from work for 2020 on this instead of a gym membership.

                              I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. The app and online lessons are pretty useless. But I’m able to do basic workouts on it. The one attachment I’ve bought that’s think you need are ankle attachments. You can get those for around $20 on Amazon.

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                              • Originally posted by Donuthole View Post

                                RC, I saw this today and thought of you:

                                https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7ARhbB...=1okb8qr370qdr
                                That's pretty funny. When I get beat I'm just going to assume it's this guy.

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