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11/21/06 2:04 P

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Hey there, everyone. Just started reading this thread and you all have entertained me today. So I thank you for that!

Now for my two cents: I tape the mountain stages of the Tour De France every summer and have kept them for "company" during indoor rides. I have them from at least the last six years. And still can't beat Lance after "The Look" to Uhlrich... I also have Troy Jacobson's Spinerval series. So between that and whatever regular tv I've taped, I have plenty of viewing. I just don't change tapes mid ride.

My set up is on a plywood board wrapped in a flannel sheet (to give me a solid surface and protection for my carpet). I keep a tv/vcr combo right in front of the bike. The bike is next to the treadmill, so I can keep the remote control in the treadmill pocket. The fan is right in front of me also (no timer, but I really like that idea), and another one is overhead (I can reach it while pedalling). I have a mag resistance trainer (Minoura) that is set on the rims instead of against the tire (don't have to worry about tire pressure or wear on the rear tire). And finally, my cycle computer is set on the rear wheel so I get all my stats.

I think I may go for that timer for the fan. It would be nice to start without it, until I can get warmed up. Or maybe another remote control...

OK--I rambled...maybe five cents worth...?

By the way, I just read the link Golfngirl posted from Coach Seiji--I laughed pretty hard. That's a good one. And now I want to try rollers, too!

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11/17/06 10:09 A

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Hi KJEANNE,

Not sure which one you saw. If you go to www.digave.com there are some wild bicycle videos.
The racing bicycle messengers in NYC is a rush.

 
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I saw a wild documentary about New York City bike messengers but can’t remember the name of the movie. They even had a one-legged bike messenger! Have you seen it? What’s the name?

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Breaking Away is one of the best movies EVER! Another new one I recommend is What It Takes but beware - it's a documentary about triathletes.

As for Spinning videos, the Spinervals series is pretty great. I have one and it's great. My time on the trainer is over in no time!

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I’ve never used the DVDs for indoor spinning/cycling. Instead I use all the cool tracks I have collected and listen to while at the gym on my iPod.

As for the cool/geekie chicks question, I noticed that Jeff is silent, smart man! But you can have it all with the proper exposure/teaching. My Dad was the man! I had no brothers but that didn’t stop my Dad from teaching my sisters and me how to work on our cars, build furniture and use power tools! Funny thing is that my sisters never developed a love for all of this “guy” stuff like I did. My Dad was a man ahead of his time. He also cooked, cleaned and braided our hair. My Mom worked graveyard shift so Dad picked up the slack for many years. I am so glad my hubby is not threaten by my love of gadgets and cool toys.


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Speaking of DVDs. Anyone use those DVDs for indoor spinning? Any recommendations?

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11/15/06 12:57 P

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Don't worry I wasn't trying to make a sweeping statement about all women and their like or dislike of gadgets. I was just giving gadget guy Jeff a hard time and not giving him the option of saying that he is involved with a gadget loving super hotty like yourself. As the father of a 5 yr old daughter whose tastes runs from Hot Wheels and other "boy" toys to the girliest of the girlie dolls I understand the diatribe; you'd be preaching to the choir. emoticon

...and to stay on topic may I suggest two movies to watch while doing some indoor riding:

Breaking Away - One of the reasons I tried to rebuild my huffy 10 speed into a racing bike when I was 13 years old. This movie and Greg LeMond of course

American Flyers - A little 80's cheese, but I love this movie. I'll break out this dvd sometime in February when the weather sucks and I need a little motivation.

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Easy there Adam, some of us girls are fabulously beautiful, wildly fun and we are techno-weenies as well. I will save my diatribe about why girls get doll and boys get the fun stuff, but I must say, there is no need to choose the girl or the gaget. Ask my husband!

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11/14/06 3:25 P

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...and they have all the cool gadgets. Now there is a nerd/geek conundrum for you. I'll put this to Jeff since he's the king of all things gadget (Love the timer on the fan idea by the way!). Here it is Jeff...Girl or Gadgets. Your girlfriend comes to you and asks you to choose: me or the gadgets! No cop out of well I wouldn't be with someone that would do that either. It's a simple choice Jeff...the girl or the gadgets.

sorry I'm so far off topic here. To get it back on topic...riding indoors sucks!! there emoticon

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Yeah, but the nerds win and get the babes.

Anyway, we got our virtually free cycleOps trainer back the other day and it rocks. So much better than my old mag trainer.

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Yeah, Adam, my first thought after seeing 'nerd' in this topic coming under fire was of that movie and the jocks chanting, "nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!". And, yes, I just copied and pasted that using key-binds. *blush* Still, I claim geekhood, not nerdom. :-D Given the pure literal of our posts, it does appear that nerds are in high demand though, eh?

For the record, I am thinking of my rollers and CompuTrainer as I write this, so it almost counts as 'on topic', right? ;-)

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I have nothing to add to this discussion about geeks v. nerds, so I'll just leave you with this:

Danny Burke, Alpha Beta: Well, let's get those nerds!
Stan Gable: [screams] Nerds!
Fred "The Ogre" Palowakski, Alpha Beta: [screaming] Neeeeeeeeeeerds!







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I wouldn't put 'geek' in my username if I thought it was derogatory. :-) No worries here.

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It really is hard to 'interpret' intent sometimes in a post. My apologies also if I 'misread' the meaning behind your comments.

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You’re cool Kimi. Heck! Some of my best friends are geeks, nerds and cyclists! You could make the argument that I am even a geek since I am an IT Auditor. Not just any old auditor, but a certified IT auditor. So I’m an IT geek. My friends sure do view me that way. When I talk about work, their eyes glass over and they often slip into comas! Thank God my husband is also an IT geek – software testing! He finds my work fascinating!

As for the label thing, I like my husband’s thoughts on that stuff: it’s a compliment unless they tell you otherwise.


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Oh wow, I am so sorry, I did not mean to get on a high horse about anything. I am so sorry if that message seemed that way, I was going for the bantering and fun, but apparently dropped the ball, missed the target or something.

I apologize for that and hope that I did not spoil the fun. I am deeply embarassed if my comments were taken out of context.

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I went to the mother of all nerdy schools (MIT) and nerdiness/geekiness just comes with the territory. We banter about it alot. Please accept my apology if I hit a nerve.

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Didn't mean to hit a nerve here. Didn't realize we were discussing derogatory labels, or making fun of anyone. Don't we all think of people with some kind of label whether we like it or not? Black, white, male, female, adult, child, oriental, jock, bohemian, bum, successful, old, young, organized, artistic,.... and I don't think they are intended to be deragoatory. Whatever. That's my two cents worth and I'm out of here.

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Hmmm. . . . interesting topic on the nerds vs geeks bit. Not to get preachy, but I try to ignore the noise of derogatory labels. It pigeonholes me into a category and sets up expectations for how I should act. I went to the nerdest/geekiest school of them all for my masters and I will proudly wear either label and assume anyone that wants to make fun of it is nothing more than jealous. . . . I mean seriously, what is not to be jealous of having an automatice fan attached to my bike trainer that turnson when my body temp rises by 0.5F and scales up according to the rate of temperature rise? I am jealous just thinking about it.

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Haven't popped in to check this group and had a good time reading all the posts.

RE: nerd vs. geek.....my daughter is an industrial engineer and works in the computer industry. We've had numerous discussions about the geek/nerd definitions. We're with skigeek on this one.....a nerd tends to be socially challenged....geeks tend to be the smart, tech-savvy. Soooo....here's to geekness!!

My husband and I bought Trek trainers (I think magneto) and I love it! It is so nice to be on my own bike, in my own saddle, and not have to make all the adjustments needed if we were sharing a stationary bike. I've been doing the training video that came with the trainer....a 55 minute mountain bike interval training video. I have a road bike, but I figured what the heck.....the interval training would be good no matter what bike you ride.

I was too chicken to try the roller trainer. A guy I work with (who is a physical therapy instructor) showed me the one he has and I decided it would be way too much of a challenge for this girl!!! Way to go, skigeek, getting out of the saddle on one! Whew...I'd be on my kiester (or face, or something other than my bike).

I'd also have to agree that riding indoors is not nearly as nice as riding outside, but in view of 6 months of snow, ice, below zero temps, riding inside vs no riding.....I'll take the riding indoors! Also, like the idea of a fan on a timer! Too cool!!

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Hmmmm. . . . I haven't put much thought into nerd vs. geek. While I might go along the 'social' stigma of nerd, I think, according to Wikipedia, both seem to be slanderous. The geek page has a picture of Bill Gates. The nerd page has a picture of Steve Urkel. I would rather be the former. The thought of the show 'beauty and the geek' made me want to vomit. Smart people are portrayed as ugly, awkward and bumbling and beautiful people are protrayed as stupid, ignorant and materialistic. So stereotypical. Perhaps, tech-savvy can be the term of choice, but you can still be skigeek!

That said, I wimped out on my ride this morning (brrrr), but got on my paddling trainer. I think great minds (er tech savvy minds) think alike. I think a tubular magnet on the rope with a sensor near the pully would work. Thanks!

As for the temperature thing, I haven't done it yet. I was thinking about projects for the winter. Maybe a body temp monitor can be set according to the user preference, but the range and resolution would be tough.

Maybe we should just talk about riding!



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Amazing! Just truly amazing! Talk geek as much as you like. I personally am just fascinated.

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Sorry for the geekery, folks. While off topic, please bare with us engineers while we try to find our solutions. Thanks. :-)

Kimi:
Uh... I'm not keen on the 'nerd' term, actually. I'm curious how you define each. For me geek is someone technically savvy with something, while a nerd is socially challenged. For me they are mutually exclusive. I haven't found this clearly defined in any current definitive resource, but it's my reference.

Anyhoo... for your paddling device, I'm assuming that the cable (or something similar) that you're pulling on changes direction. I think I would try to rig some sort of passthrough with just a little friction within a fixed chamber so that the passthrough would move from one end to the other as the cable direction changes. Make the passthrough thingy magnetic and you've got your trigger. If what you're pulling on doesn't change direction then I'll need a schematic. How's that?

Where and how are you measuring heat for the thermally activated fan? Just curious, I'm all set with what I've got. :-)

Edited by: SKIGEEK at: 11/6/2006 (22:32)
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Hey, Jeff, I have to laugh at the 'extras' you like to do. I am totally with you on that.

So, since you are the uber-nerd type like me, maybe you can help me out on this problem . . . we rewired a cycling computer to put on the paddling trainer (the same as a rowing trainer, but modified to do a canoe stroke on either side). The cycling computer measures the speed of the flywheel, but that relative due to the size of the fly wheel, the resistance, blah, blah, blah. Now we are scheming on how to put a magnetic switch onto the cable to add stroke rate, any thoughts?

For kicks, you should add a thermocouple or thermister with a comparitor to the fan set up so it turns on when the temp starts rising. Then for days when you are really bored, you could add a controller to the fan to very speed according to temp. . . . I think I am on to something!

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Hehehe... my mind feels like it works at about a mile a day, but it takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'... the geek factor. :-)

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How do you think you these ideas, Jeff? You mind must work a mile a minute!

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Well... I upped the ante'. Last night I achieved a major goal of mine on the rollers. I managed to ride out-of-the-saddle! Major pucker factor! But I managed and did it a few times. This is a big deal to me because my roller sessions were limited to how much a certain zone of my butt could take because I didn't feel comfortable enough to move around to get a new position. So, yeah... rollers are scary, but exciting too. :-D

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I have a date with my kurt kinetic trainer in a few minutes. I haven't sampled rollers - they sounded too scary, so I went for the trainer instead.

So far, so good - I love the ride, love riding my own bike and not an exercise bike, it's quiet enough to do in the kitchen while my SO sleeps in t'other room - and most importantly, it gives me a very good workout - the sweat is the most realistic part of the ride... (riding in the kitchen will never be as fun as riding in the country, but you can't have everything.)

Love the outlet timer, Jeff - I have a light that's on one - your fan idea is elegant!


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11/2/06 3:53 P

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Of course! Doesn't everyone have an outlet timer? If not, here's another reason - use the timer to start a rice cooker so that the rice finishes cooking just before you get home for dinner. :-)
*Butthead voice* Huh-huh... huh-huh... gadgets are cool!

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All of us that know and adore Jeff (skigeek) are giggling right now. That answer is so Jeff. He loves his gadgets. A fan on a timer. I LOVE IT!




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On the needed air part, my trainers are in the basement (roommate friendly), so I use a fan. I haven't gotten serious about indoor riding YET, but my setup is to have a good fan pointed in my face and plugged into a timer so that it starts after I've been riding ~10 minutes so that it doesn't freeze me to start, but will cool me down after I get warmed up. Once I get going on the trainers I'll let you know how well my setup works. :-)

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I have the Blackburn fluid that I got at REI on sale - throughout the winter, they have trainers on sale. I love mine. It's set up right next to the sliding glass door and facing the tv. I can open the door to get fresh air, which you will NEED, and watch my favorite sitcom. : )




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image comes from NOAA photo library website. they have some great images, free and most are in public domain.
As for the trainer, I think I'll try one of the fluid ones, not sure which yet. I'm going to see if my bike shop has some I can try out first.


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KJEANNE, Thanks for the vote of confidence!!! I have to do more research on the rollers. I have a mountian bike and might have to get new tires called slicks. This could get expensive. I will know more this weekend when I go check it all out. I will keep you updated.

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I highly recommend trying rollers before buying them. I like them, but they're definitely not for everyone. Also note that staying upright on rollers is acheived by the gyroscopic affect of the wheel turned, so the slower you go, the harder it gets to stay upright.

Regarding shifting, I would say that it revolves around cadence/pedaling pace (no pun intended). The generally recommended cadence is 80-95 revolutions per minute. There are several cycling computers that will report your cadence.

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GOLFNGIRL:
You’re not crazy! Go for the rollers and let me know how it goes. I have also been thinking about getting them but decided to get the new bike instead.
BTW I’m a G’ma too! Cycling fun isn’t just for the youngsters!


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Okay call me crazy because this very unbalanced grandma wants to get the rollers. I love a challenge!!! I really want to get into biking. I went to Piere Marquette state park a few weeks ago and had a blast. I want to learn the basics about when to shift, what gear is best uphill, ect.

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Springtime, if you're worried about leakage on your floor you could just put a disposable foam dinner plate under the fluid unit just in case, or something similar. A small price to pay (very small) to enable the use of a superior trainer. Just my $0.02.

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Hey Springtime, that is a pretty slick design. It appeals to my mechanical engineering soul. The guys that founded my company designed the original CycleOps trainer, so I have a soft spot for them.

At anyrate, I would say it is better to get a Fluid trainer for the feel. I have had several different trainers through the years. Leakage, which is not as common as posts might indicate, is usually not much. There's no spewing or major flowing leaks. The amount of fluid in the trainer is small already (on the order of a cup to a cup and a half). So, logically if they leaked much or if leakage were that common, it would render the majority of them useless in a very short time. If you look at the unit frequently, you should catch any wetness.



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One of the reasons I went with the Kurt Kinetic trainer is the fluid compartment is designed differently to prevent leaking. Here's a website (http://www.kurtkinetic.com/wont_leak.php) that has more info about it. Some of the complaints I've heard about magnetic trainers is that while they're fairly quiet, they squeal a lot. The fluid trainer is super smooth and doesn't squeal unless you're tires aren't pumped up correctly which causes it to slip on the wheel.

Hope that helps.

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thanks for all the info. I think the trainer sounds better for me than the rollers. I'm a little concerned about fluid leaking on my hardwood floors, so I might go with the magnetic or wind trainer instead of the fluid one. I'll have to do some shopping around quick to get this on my Christmas list emoticon

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I have a Kurt Kinetic trainer that I absolutely LOVE! But be forewarned that if you can find them there's a monopoly on them - you'll have to check Craigslist in order to find them at a possible reduced price (below $275).

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Okay, for any of you with CycleOps trainers, the customer service rocks! I found an old one at an REI garage sale. It was leaking fluid, but for $50, we thought we would give it a shot. They have a lifetime warranty. Saris (owns CycleOps now) not only responded to our email request for repair in minutes, they are also going to replace the fluid unit with a new version for free.

That's right, for those of you who have shopped around, that will make a $300 trainer with brand new fluid unit that I bought for $50.

Cha - ching!

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10/31/06 2:09 P

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I decided to google cycling rollers and found some information on how they work. Okay you all are for real!!! I don't know if they are for me, afterall I am a rookie rider. I found one article about rollers that was too funny!!! You can read it at www.coachseiji.com/rollers.html

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10/31/06 1:49 P

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Hi Jeff, I never heard of rollers. It kinda sounds like walking on marbles, very dangerous!!! I don't want to break anything!!! I like the idea of working on balance. Your not joking are you???

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10/31/06 1:04 P

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Welcome Donna and SPRINGTIME69!

I tried to do some homework for y'all. All I could come up with was the following links:
An overview by a not-so-diplomatic guy
http://tinyurl.com/y4zqn8
The core cycling product review site - no overview verbage
http://tinyurl.com/tcu27

I hope this helps. :-) I have had rollers for a long time and they work well, but definitely have an element of risk and balance issues associated with them, but they do pay extra dividends in helping to improve handling and working the balance muscles that may otherwise get ignored on a trainer. I reckon the roller info isn't worth $0.02, but there it is, regardless. :-)

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10/31/06 12:31 P

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If you look under the Gadgets and Gizmos topic, you’ll see a discussion thread about trainers and rollers.

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10/31/06 12:25 P

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The correct name is a trainer and you can get them at most bike shops or on ebay. The prices vary as well as the quality. I have been looking into purchasing one myself, but can not decide which one to buy. Maybe we can both find out more about them.

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10/31/06 12:18 P

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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a lift that I can put my bike on so I can ride inside in bad weather. (I'm referring to it as a "lift", I don't know the correct name for it).
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