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Turbo Trainer? whilst gaming.

dancookdancook Posts: 279
edited July 2011 in Commuting chat
I'm trying to find a workable solution to be able to exercise whilst gaming.

I've just considered putting my road bicycle on a turbo trainer and using that in the lounge - assuming I'd be able to sit up right and hold a controller whilst my legs did the work.

I wont be slacking but I'm not too fussed about how intense my workout is, I've watched films in the gym and breezed an hour or so on the bike without realising it - but still got a decent enough workout.

I know people will say 'GO OUTSIDE!' which is fine. I just find it a lot easier to find motivation to game than cycle. I'm also a little out of shape from an extended break from regular exercise! so it'll be nice getting back into shape in the privacy of my own home.

Oh, there are alternatives to the turbo trainer - so if you think any of these would be better? Pedal exerciser?
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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
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  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    edited June 2011
    Sketchley wrote:

    Imagine doing that with a 'pedal controller' of some sort, you'd always lose :) unless you were a pro cyclist.
  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    You can get turbo trainers linked into laptops and then "race" the tour de france route. But that games looks fun.
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  • Clip-on tri-bars would probably make it quite easy to hold a controller....
  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    Clip-on tri-bars would probably make it quite easy to hold a controller....

    Thanks, good idea. I'll keep it in mind if I ever manage to get my bicycle into the living room.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,447 Lives Here
    Bruno Senna (yes, nephew of Ayrton) manages fine on a set of rollers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcrppPDqFI
  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    Bruno Senna (yes, nephew of Ayrton) manages fine on a set of rollers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcrppPDqFI

    awesome :) but i'm not risking that!
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    I don't see the point you're not going to get the best workout whilst gaming cause you'll have your mind on the game and end up not doing a high effort.

    Maybe go have a good game of CSS, get totally owned, get in a rage, THEN go on the turbo trainer and take your rage out on it.
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,179
    maybe hes just looking to build his base though? not all turbo efforts have to be eye ball straining stuff. sometimes its good to just sit there for an hour or so spinning
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,506
    Bruno Senna (yes, nephew of Ayrton) manages fine on a set of rollers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcrppPDqFI

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  • KonaMikeKonaMike Posts: 805
    Bruno Senna (yes, nephew of Ayrton) manages fine on a set of rollers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcrppPDqFI


    Thats impressive !!! 8)
  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    freehub wrote:
    I don't see the point you're not going to get the best workout whilst gaming cause you'll have your mind on the game and end up not doing a high effort.

    I did say in my original post that I'm not too fussed about how intense the workout is.

    I've watched films on an exercise bike and have put in effort enough to get a decent enough workout. I think I could manage a decent enough pace whilst playing a game.
  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    I've narrowed down my choice to

    Cycleops Fluid Pro
    Cycleops Fluid 2
    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

    Does anyone know of any good deals at the moment to help reduce the blow?

    I'm checking classifieds too, but not sure i'm going to get exactly what I want without a long wait.
  • InitialisedInitialised Posts: 3,047
    I can't see this working out very well for serious PC gamers, you'd lose way to much accuracy on a mouse. But I guess it would be OK for less intense games on consoles.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • kaytronikakaytronika Posts: 580
    I tried to play Unreal Tournament on the PS3 while using my exercise bike. The movement on the screen as I turned around caused me to lean to one side and I nearly fell off.
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  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    I can't see this working out very well for serious PC gamers, you'd lose way to much accuracy on a mouse. But I guess it would be OK for less intense games on consoles.

    I can't imagine using it on a PC would be easy, but thankfully that isn't my intended application.

    I'll watch films, tv episodes and I've got white knight chronicles 2 coming, so I'll play that.

    It's a game that I could take me attention off from time to time, fast reactions are not required.
  • fenboy369fenboy369 Posts: 425
    kaytronika wrote:
    I tried to play Unreal Tournament on the PS3 while using my exercise bike. The movement on the screen as I turned around caused me to lean to one side and I nearly fell off.


    Sorry, but, A-hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, A-hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Thats awsomely funny. Many, many thanks for sharing that! :lol::lol::lol:
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,447 Lives Here
    dancook wrote:
    I can't see this working out very well for serious PC gamers, you'd lose way to much accuracy on a mouse. But I guess it would be OK for less intense games on consoles.

    I can't imagine using it on a PC would be easy, but thankfully that isn't my intended application.

    I'll watch films, tv episodes and I've got white knight chronicles 2 coming, so I'll play that.

    It's a game that I could take me attention off from time to time, fast reactions are not required.

    LA Noire.
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  • ZachariahZachariah Posts: 782
    fenboy369 wrote:
    kaytronika wrote:
    I tried to play Unreal Tournament on the PS3 while using my exercise bike. The movement on the screen as I turned around caused me to lean to one side and I nearly fell off.


    Sorry, but, A-hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, A-hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Thats awsomely funny. Many, many thanks for sharing that! :lol::lol::lol:
    If you like that, you'll love the stories I've seen here of people on rollers who swerved to avoid their cats...
  • dancookdancook Posts: 279
    LA Noire.

    :) Sold it on already, maybe I'll play some more naruto ultimate ninja storm 2.
  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    Zachariah wrote:
    If you like that, you'll love the stories I've seen here of people on rollers who swerved to avoid their cats...

    awesome! :D
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  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262
    Play Wii tennis while on the turbo trainer. Haha.

    I would have thought your hand would be a bit too wobbly becuase of your legs going up and down. I have tried reading a book and cant because your hands do move a little bit. Might get frustrating that a small amount of bounce would throw your accuracy off by quite a lot. Interesting idea though, might try it.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,447 Lives Here
    mossychops wrote:
    Play Wii tennis while on the turbo trainer. Haha.

    I would have thought your hand would be a bit too wobbly becuase of your legs going up and down. I have tried reading a book and cant because your hands do move a little bit. Might get frustrating that a small amount of bounce would throw your accuracy off by quite a lot. Interesting idea though, might try it.

    If you have bounce in your upper body, something's not right!
  • InitialisedInitialised Posts: 3,047
    Or you could get one of these:

    hammacherdesk062911.jpg
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262

    If you have bounce in your upper body, something's not right!

    Its actually just a tiny amount of movement you wouldnt normally notice unless you are trying to hold a book (which is not as easy holding your arms straight out with no support). I would imagine this tiny amount of movement would ruin any accuracy with a joypad.
  • mossychops wrote:

    If you have bounce in your upper body, something's not right!

    Its actually just a tiny amount of movement you wouldnt normally notice unless you are trying to hold a book (which is not as easy holding your arms straight out with no support). I would imagine this tiny amount of movement would ruin any accuracy with a joypad.

    Which is why I recommended some tri-bars...

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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    mossychops wrote:
    Play Wii tennis while on the turbo trainer. Haha.

    I would have thought your hand would be a bit too wobbly becuase of your legs going up and down. I have tried reading a book and cant because your hands do move a little bit. Might get frustrating that a small amount of bounce would throw your accuracy off by quite a lot. Interesting idea though, might try it.

    If you have bounce in your upper body, something's not right!

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  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262
    EKE_38BPM wrote:

    RC, you've just outed a nodder!

    Lol isn't a nodder a condom? I found a solution though, instead of holding my books out in front of me I put them on the pedals and this solved much of the bouncing. Wonder if I need to check my saddle height?

    Paranoia is setting in now and I'll be checking myself constantly. :oops:
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,447 Lives Here
    I played angry birds on my turbo on my phone till I started getting sweat all over it.

    Got to 3 stars on all the paddy levels doing that.
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