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Stationary Bike Options

I F'ed up my right foot a few months back and I can't jog or power walk until it heals, so I'm looking to get some opinions on some stationary bikes to buy for home use. I don't want something cheaply made, but I don't want one of those $5000 buck commercial Cybex stationary bikes, either.

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If you already own a bicycle why not go and buy the platform and a fluid drive trainer for the rear wheel? No cranking resistance but a fluid makes it feel more realistic.

They do cost 200 bucks for the best ones though....You can find them cheaper.

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I use the Schwinn HRC 920i recumbent stationary bike. As far as I could tell when I was shopping it was the closest thing there was to a full blown health club type bike. A lot cheaper for the money. Try Chicago Home Fitness, I think that there is one near Naperville. they won't have this model, but they do have some similar products.

"The Schwinn 920i HRC was designed and built for use in health clubs, these bikes are fully equipped, featuring detailed electronics and contact Grip Heart Rate. Choose from over 250 workout possibilities, manual mode, 15 programs (including Heart Rate Control), and 20 levels of workout intensity"

920i HRC
a little over a $1000 and EXCELLENT.
http://www5.instantestore.net/mercha...hwinn_920i.cfm




We also have a lower end Schwinn 205p. No high end programming, but it works well. Significantly cheaper. Runs below $500, here is a review http://www.outdoorreview.com/cat/out...8_3028crx.aspx Most reviews put it 4 out of 5 stars.

Details at http://www.buysmartfitness.com/205p.html


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If you already own a bicycle why not go and buy the platform and a fluid drive trainer for the rear wheel? No cranking resistance but a fluid makes it feel more realistic.

They do cost 200 bucks for the best ones though....You can find them cheaper.
+1 on that.

Check ebay for them, a lot of cyclists buy them and get bored since they would rather be outside on the bikes anyway.
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If you already own a bicycle why not go and buy the platform and a fluid drive trainer for the rear wheel? No cranking resistance but a fluid makes it feel more realistic.

They do cost 200 bucks for the best ones though....You can find them cheaper.
This is all true, but I was hoping for something with a built-in heart rate monitor.

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Mine has a built in monitor, but it would be cheaper just to buy a heart rate watch...

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This is all true, but I was hoping for something with a built-in heart rate monitor.
Kelly has the best idea Matt, the more farkles you get the more $$$$ you spend , the more things can go wrong. I have my Biachi roadbike on a fluid trainer and love it!

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I have a Schwinn SRB 1800 that I just got myself for X-mas. So far I like it, it was a little over 400.00 with a heart rate moniter.

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well.....

This fluid trainer cost $199 and if you go this route i have a bike place close to me called 2 seasons or twoseasons.com They are cool and will work with you as well. The guys name is Tyler and thats where i bought the wifes stuff.

The heart rate monitor watches i like is Polar. They can be had for as little as $70 bucks!
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I have a Schwinn Aerodyne. No heartrate monitor and I don't have current pricing, or know if they're still made. It's a great bike if you can find a used one.

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well.....

This fluid trainer cost $199 and if you go this route i have a bike place close to me called 2 seasons or twoseasons.com They are cool and will work with you as well. The guys name is Tyler and thats where i bought the wifes stuff.

The heart rate monitor watches i like is Polar. They can be had for as little as $70 bucks!
Kelly have you or the wife used the heart monitor yet?

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