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Derf2010-05-02 14:26:08 +0000 #1
Seriously considering buying a spin bike for home. I have a trainer (actually we have two), but I find the spin bikes at the gym to be so much more quiet and smooth. The bikes I always use at the gym are Spinner NXT bikes. The other bike I'm looking at is the LeMond Revmaster. Any thoughts on which is "better?"
Raindrop2010-05-02 14:34:33 +0000 #2
My current favorite indoor bike is the Keiser M3. It works without the 38 - 42lb. flywheel pulling your legs around, instead using magnetic resistance so you have to supply the power. Also, you can get it with a computer so you'll know your power output.

I've been teaching this format for over a decade and this is the most excited I've gotten over a bike that doesn't actually go anywhere.

Check out their site:

www.keiser.com/m3/index.html
Derf2010-05-02 14:51:41 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Raindrop

My current favorite indoor bike is the Keiser M3. It works without the 38 - 42lb. flywheel pulling your legs around, instead using magnetic resistance so you have to supply the power. Also, you can get it with a computer so you'll know your power output.

I've been teaching this format for over a decade and this is the most excited I've gotten over a bike that doesn't actually go anywhere.

Check out their site:

www.keiser.com/m3/index.html

Cool. Thank you. How do you adjust the resistance? Is there a knob?
RoadRaven2010-05-02 14:57:58 +0000 #4
Yes, we bought a spin bike for our place.

Like you, we found the indoor trainer set-up very noisy (the only plausible place indoors is in the living room/area)

Plus, having an indoor trainer meant alot of bike-swapping as there is a big discrepancy in height/size between the cyclists in this house (5'10" - 6'4").

So having the spin bike has solved both problems. It is a heckuva lot quieter... whoever is on the spin bike (unless they are doing high cadence work) does not interfere with tv or stereo and can hear what is going on too.

It does have a knob to adjust resistence. It has its own little comp on it that does speed, distance, heart rate etc, but we have an extra one on there set up to the pedals so we can measure cadence.

I do cadence training on it (great, cause its just like a fixed gear bike of course), as well as "aerobic time trials" and sometimes standing. Mostly it gets used by all of us to warm up or cool down, or do a recovery ride.

We bought it from torpedo7.co.nz

Looking at it now, it has no brand name on it, so I can't remember the make/model etc - but its pretty generic... I assume like the ones you have been using at the gym.

In my opinion, and I think the rest of the family here that uses it, it is a much better option than having a trainer indoors.
knapplaura2010-05-02 15:01:57 +0000 #5
I have a LeMond RevMaster. I really like it. I use it for Spinervals video workouts. I bought it from Excel Sports (over the internet). Definitely put on your own pedals though.

It is better than worrying about wearing out your tires on a trainer! I may put PowerCranks on this winter to try something different.

good luck!

Laura
teigyr2010-05-02 16:44:53 +0000 #6
If anyone knows of one of these bikes on sale, please post it! I've been pricing them out and it looks like it'll be $1,000+ investment. I go to spin class on some days but it would be SO nice to have this at home, especially with a video or computer program. Our exercise room has a TV/DVD/Stereo so it'd be perfect. I like spin classes but they really take up so much time. We have to sign up almost an hour before to ensure a spot plus it's about 20 minutes each way to get to the gym. Not to mention on a work day when I'm gone 12+ hours, it would be easier to get a workout in.

While DH has agreed that we need a form of cycling for in the house and he knows we need something good, something on SALE would really seal it!
snapdragen2010-05-02 17:14:15 +0000 #7
teigyr - I got my spin bike off ebay for about $300. It's used, the guy was selling of a group of bikes that had been retired from a gym. It was refurbished, and aside from some cosmetic junk - works great! Keep an eye on Ebay!
teigyr2010-05-02 17:37:40 +0000 #8
Excellent. I looked for the Keiser one and there was one but it was pick-up only in Florida. Alas. No Lemond that I could see. I did see quite a few Star Tracs. Is there any opinion on those? One of the gyms I go to uses them but I couldn't really say if I liked it one way or the other.

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