We live in a region that is very good for cycling and walking, in the summer. However,
the winters are quite long and not always conducive to being out and about, so I
looked into the idea of an exercise bike.
Bizarrely, systems like the ‘turbo trainer’ (below left) that used a standard bicycle
were actually more expensive than a complete ‘home exercise bike’ (below right) .
I suspect this is because the former tend to be used by serious cyclists and are
produced to a higher quality than those for the would-be get-fit brigade. I’d class
myself somewhere between the two.
Ideally I wanted something that would allow some sort of variable route to be programmed
in. The reason for this is the ‘challenge of a hill’ feeling as opposed to grinding
it out on the flat against a head-wind feeling, which is just grim !
Typical ‘Turbo Trainer’
Typical ‘Home Exercise Bike’
Typical costs in 2011 :
Turbo Trainer (standard) : 120 Euro
Turbo Trainer (prog’ble) : 800 Euro
Home Ex Bike (standard) : 80 Euro
Home Ex Bike (prog’ble) : 240 Euro
It looked like any type of programmable exercise bike was going to be expensive,
especially the turbo trainer variety, so time to play the A-team theme music and
get the welding torch out !