Stationary Bike is Killing Me, Why?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by Grenouille, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Grenouille

    Grenouille Grenouille

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    At the gym (where I've retreated while waiting for the glaciers outside to recede) I struggle to do a half hour on a stationary bike at the cadence/speeds that on my actual bike I can do for 3 hours without stopping. Any ideas why? or more to the point, any ideas on how to improve?

    -- Bad positioning of seat/pedals/handlebars?
    -- Machine actually underreports how hard I'm working?
    -- I'm just out of shape for cycling (though been doing other aerobic/strengthening stuff regularly all winter)?
     
  2. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I'm going with position first. Do you coast? Do you get up out of the saddle every few minutes? I doubt that you can go for three hours on your bike without shifting around a bit, which may be the problem on the stationary bike.
     

  3. Grenouille

    Grenouille Grenouille

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    Yup, I confess, I do coast sometimes, and I do stop for intersections, riding is never uniform.

    But no good way to fix position on the gym bike other than raise/lower the seat.
     
  4. tomk

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    I have the same problem. I just can't get them adjusted to where I am comfortable. I have a little bit better luck with the recumbent bikes at the gym but for the most part I just pray for spring!
     
  5. CTD50

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    It's because all you do is SIT THERE AND PEDAL -- no swooping corners, no bunnyhops, etc.

    In '05, my (R) arm was in a cast to the shoulder, so I couldn't ride; a friend loaned me his trainer so I wouldn't get flabby (and I readily agreed).

    Used it twice; the most GODAWFUL experience of my adult life! I'd rather get another divorce than ride a stationary bike or a trainer!
     
  6. photosbymark

    photosbymark New Member

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    Trainers to me are like Latin. I may ride them once in a while, just as I might research a latin word here and there. I'm not going to make a habit of doing either one.
     
  7. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    I find that with my road bike on the trainer I can't go a long time without getting off for some reasom ( bathroom call ) 30 min come back and do anouther 30 :eek:. I think you have to be realy dedecated in training to keep the peddals going :rolleyes:
     
  8. greenhorn

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    I have an upright exercise bike, with magnetic resistance to vary the resistance. The seat can be adjusted up, down, forward and back. I can ride for 2 hours with no problem. 2 tricks I found that work for me. Get something interesting on TV to watch, that way I'm not thinking about the ride, or comfort. The other thing I do is ride my riding clothes. Padded shorts and all. I even put my clip pedals on the upright in the winter. Try those 2 tricks and see if you can take your mind off the bike.
    But it was 50 in PA yesterday, I took the real bike out for a spin.
     
  9. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    Is there a physical reason for you not being able to ride as long? Pain?
     
  10. Grenouille

    Grenouille Grenouille

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    The Stationary just tires me out real quick. Doesn't hurt. Better hope for a warm spell, get rid of enuf snow so i can get back on the road !
     
  11. Industry_Hack

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    Don't give up, mix it up! If you're stuck on a stationary bike, now is a good time to do some easy intervals. Even if it's just a few minutes of a slightly higher pace, then stand and/or coast for a bit, then do it again. Just throw some variety in, and it will be your friend. And don't forget to warm up and cool down.
     
  12. PJinNJ

    PJinNJ New Member

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    I bought some cross country or global cycle touring books and read them only while on the stationary. I can ride for hours now. I think it's a mental thing, distract yourself and you can keep going.
     
  13. Grenouille

    Grenouille Grenouille

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    Did some intervals/coasting on the thing this morning, thanks , that's some help. Mostly though, realized I'm sliding slowly off the seat, thing is set up for a "cruiser" type riding. After a half hour my legs felt like they do after a half century. Only real remedy here is warm weather ! Thanks though everyone.