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How do you keep motivated on a bike turbo?

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RunningKatie Mon 29-Dec-14 14:11:30

It's too icy outside to ride my bike, so I've got the turbo set up.

I've got to unearth my mp3 player as staring at a wall that needs painting isn't motivating me!

Does anyone else use one and have any top tips?

Dh says just because I am inside I can't have a cup of tea halfway through a session

CMOTDibbler Mon 29-Dec-14 16:04:57

I watch programmes on the tablet, but for proper training, you could try a Sufferfest video.

The thought of tea in a sports bottle is inspired!

DH, ds and I were out yesterday morning, and it wasn't too slippery by 10.30 (good as it was my first time out on new road bike, and ds had road tyres on for the first time).

Mitchy1nge Mon 29-Dec-14 21:40:15

don't have a turbo envy but use my spin bike and sometimes do a YouTube class (do you do intervals and things? It could work) but there are also long vids online of mountain and beach rides and stuff that might help?

RunningKatie Tue 30-Dec-14 09:12:00

We've got hours of the Vuelta left to watch so I may tag along the back of that grin

Great ideas though, I'd not thought of youtube.

We've still got iced up roads so no chance of getting out yet, so I'll be back on it tonight.

ThereisnoFinWay Tue 30-Dec-14 09:18:35

Sufferfest definitely. Somehow you just can't cheat it.

FelixFelix Thu 01-Jan-15 12:58:26

My DP uses Trainer Road and has just set up an account for me too. Doing my first turbo session today shock It looks like a good programme to keep motivated. I may set up my tablet to also watch something in the background too grin

pootlebug Thu 01-Jan-15 13:02:50

Sufferfest if i want to do decent training. Netflix if I'm feeling lazy but it does result in some fairly crap training.

CMOTDibbler Sat 03-Jan-15 17:38:25

Ds is on the turbo at the moment, and he's been calling me through to deliver tea with a straw to him. Bless, he's doing intervals and is all happy and sweaty.

happygelfling Sat 10-Jan-15 23:46:59

DH is a turbo addict. He watches old Tour de France programmes and similar on itvplayer.

Suzannewithaplan Sun 11-Jan-15 09:49:14


I looked into getting one of these but my initial research suggests that they are too noisy for use in a flat, does anyone have a quiet one?

Mumski45 Sun 11-Jan-15 10:03:34

Suzanne I have recently bought a tacx vortex smart. Initially I did find it noisy but I had cyclocross tyres on my bike at the time. I bought a specific trainer tyre and difference was incredible. I now think that the fan I have on to keep me cool makes more noise. I think if you bought a decent trainer, used a trainer specific tyre and possibly a mat underneath it (especially if on a hard floor in an upstairs flat) then you might find its ok. However all these things do add to the cost.

dalekanium Sun 11-Jan-15 10:03:47

Where do you all set them up?

I had one when I was in my old place, set up in the spare room (massive, rented, no neighbours)

Now I'm in a small semi with no spare room. Do you all assemble and disassemble or find some space to set up permanently.

CMOTDibbler Sun 11-Jan-15 10:06:41

Mine is in the dining room, which isn't ideal, but means that you can use it when only adult in the house with ds, and ds can use it. Only takes a minute to set up

Mumski45 Sun 11-Jan-15 10:38:10

Mine is currently in the living room. Sounds daft but we have a kitchen/ diner/family room so the living room is hardly used. I intended to put it in the garage but that was broken into before Xmas and 2 bikes stolen so all bikes now live temporarily inside including the turbo until we have a more secure garage.

It's great because I can now cycle anytime without having to wait till dh is home. Bit of a faff as I have to change the rear tyre if I want to go outside for a ride.

DS just got a new bike for his birthday and wants to have a go so have ordered a trainer tyre to fit his bike as well.

UniS Sun 11-Jan-15 10:39:22

Interval session on the tablet whilst listening to radio 4.

UniS Sun 11-Jan-15 10:40:43

We run our turbo in an unheated conservatory.

dalekanium Sun 11-Jan-15 14:15:32

Hmmm. No garage or conservatory. I am eyeing up a spot in the kitchen.

<feels sure we can manage without a kitchen table anyway>

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