This Peloton Alternative Turns Your Ordinary Bike into an Exercise Trainer.


 Last year, on a whim, my husband and I walked by a bike shop located in a quaint neighborhood.  My eyes landed on this matte black cruiser and I fell in love.  My husband realizing, that I had instantly become obsessed with the bike, purchased it as I took it for a test drive around the parking lot. 

I was beyond excited about my new bike.  It was actually my first bike ever.  Growing up, I often rode my friend's bikes but never had one of my own.  The very first weekend with my new bike, I woke up early and tried to tackle a nearby bike trail.  It wasn't long before I realized how out of shape I was and how much work was actually required to ride a bike for longer than 15 minutes.  

It was long before started talking myself out of going out for bike rides.  Next thing you know, my beautiful new bike is in the corner collecting dust.   Guilt immediately took over as I contemplated how I could incorporate bike rides into busy days.  With cold weather and shorter days approaching, the idea of outdoor bike riding again was out of the question. 

My bike was doomed to spend its remaining days in a dark corner until I learned of the existence of stationary indoor bike riding stands.  

Whenever I went to the gym (and didn't feel like working out), I'd always start off by getting on the exercise bike.  Sitting on a workout bike while scrolling through my phone seemed like the easiest way to warm up before actually doing any physically demanding exercises.  Bike riding is a legit workout but you're seated the entire time so it feels a little less rigorous.  

One day, I happened to see a video of a guy riding a bicycle his tiny living room and I knew what I had to do.  He was using some sort of contraption that allowed his ordinary bike to operate as a stationary exercise bike

 I absolutely had to have one.

  Amazon offers several options at various price ranges.  I went with a lower-cost option with decent reviews.  Surprisingly, setting it up was pretty easy. Within minutes, I figured out the instructions and was riding my bike on the patio while overlooking the lake.  The entire experience was amazing. 


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 One thing worth mentioning is that these bike trainer stands come with an attachment that creates multiple levels of resistance.  It feels kinda like I'm on a spin class right at home.  I can feel the burn in my thighs after only a couple of minutes of riding.  It's intense.

If you live in an area that rains a lot or has harsh winters, or maybe you'll feel safer riding your bike in the comfort of your home.  If any of these apply to you, it might be a good idea to add a bike trainer to your Christmas wish list.  You don't need to have a fancy racing bike to use an indoor trainer. The one I purchased worked just as well with my cruiser.  

Next up, I'm buying an Ipad holder for my bike so I can catch up on my favorite shows while I ride.  The stand keeps the bike perfectly upright so I feel very comfortable multitasking while I ride.   For the past couple of weeks, I've been slowly turning my patio into an at-home gym.  The stationary bike is the main feature of my gym.  Even when I don't feel like working out, I'll still hop on the bike....'cause it's fun.    

 I'm really looking forward to the metabolism boosting benefits of consistent bike riding. 

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