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kentphilkentphil Posts: 476
edited January 2014 in The cake stop
Why is the position on gym bikes so awful? Or is it just me? You can only adjust the seat height, the position feels so cramped, your arms are too far apart, horrible pedals, the list goes on....
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Erm, because they're designed to be used by hundreds of different size / shape people, most of whom aren't cyclists and don't have a clue what a bike is supposed to feel like :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • upperoilcanupperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    kentphil wrote:
    Why is the position on gym bikes so awful? Or is it just me? You can only adjust the seat height, the position feels so cramped, your arms are too far apart, horrible pedals, the list goes on....


    Get on the spinning bikes,different beasts all together,plenty of adjustability.
    Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2.
  • sungodsungod Posts: 12,209
    ^this

    rarely, a gym will have a proper bike trainer, wattbike/similar, but the only times i've seen them they've been occupied the whole time i was there

    unlike the awful ones with the fixed bars, stupid fat saddles and wobbly foot straps, i've tried sprints on them but i'm tall enough that my my knees hit the damn bars, grrrr
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • pipipipipipi Posts: 332
    The bikes at the Virgin gym were quite adaptable with handlebar height, Seat height and being able to move it backwards and forwards. But it still never felt quite like my bike! And that's probably a good thing. It seemed to always be wanting me to sit upright however much I adjusted.

    The pedals did have SPD on one side and a strap on the other side so that was quite good.

    I agree that a gym bike is probably designed for comfort for a standard person, and it's also designed to be used for an hour maximum. Whereas an hour is probably a short time for most roadies.


    I would liked to have tried a Wattbike so that I could get an idea of consistent effort. Trying to remember each time how much resistance to twist on or off was too confusing in the middle of a workout, let alone comparing from week to week.

    Is the Wattbike designed any better for roadies?
  • Gym bikes suck.
  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Gym bikes suck.

    More or less than running :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • arran77 wrote:
    Gym bikes suck.

    More or less than running :wink:

    Less than running as it's still cycling of a sort.
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,028
    The ones that the plebs use are pretty rubbish but we have a couple of fully adjustable 'proper' ones that you can ride through various bits of the USA on which is quite cool
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