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    spin bike versus recumbent bike

    What are the ideas for exercising on either one of these bicycles?
    I have a spin bike because that's what PW recommended, but i see lots of people use recumbent bikes. Just curious about differences.

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    The reason I bought a recumbant bike rather than a spin bike is because due to my level of injury my trunk was affected. If i used a spin bike my back would kill me and I could only ride it for a short amount of time because it was uncomfortable on my butt, back, and tail bone espeically.

    Also with the spin bike i was able to use momentum to my advantage which would make me lasier in a sense because I could let the bike do all the work. With my recumbant bike it also also you to use momentum but it doesn't seem like as much. I found it alot easier to pedal a spin bike, i don't know if it was becuase of the positioning or it may be that the muscles on my body kick in better if i'm upright rather than laying backwards.

    But the way the recumbant bike (well mine anyways) is seated, its alot harder to pedal than a spin bike was, i also like all the programs and level of reistances I can go too on the recumbant bike. I know the spin bike also has this ability. But my major issue was comfort, i can sit on the bike and ride for about 20 mins but with the spin bike i'd be hurting after 5 minutes.
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    I'm using a spinning bike with the seat removed. I sit in a chair behind the bike which gives me the benefit of the recumbent position plus the momentum of the large flywheel on the spinning bike. I use clip on shoes to hold my feet in position.

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    I'm not sure if this is helpful, but I prefer the recumbant bike because, again, better lumbar support and comfort. And for some reason i can press my feet against the pedals better. Even though, i don't have ankle control i can pedal a recumbant on a easy setting without strapping my feet down. I think this is because i have enought strength in my quads to maintain decent pressure.

    i only tried the spin bike in rehab-it was an active passive cycle.
    I've also tried a regular exercise bike (sitting more upright and using the handlebars). That's by far the hardest to pedal, partly because i need to strap or tape my feet to the pedals (velcro works well for this), but it's a better workout for my abs and back. I also found this company that makes training wheels for adults, and i'm gonna attatch' em to my old AB bike and see if i can ride down by the beach again.
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    I'm going to go in a try a recumbent bike at a gym. They sound like they work better. Thanks for the information.

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    Wow brian it looks like you can pedal that bike pretty good! My main problem has been my left leg has muscles missing it it so its hard to keep it straight when I push. It ends up hurting my knee, did you ever have that issue? I use my 1 hand somtimes to keep it straight instead of alittle sideways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    Wow brian it looks like you can pedal that bike pretty good! My main problem has been my left leg has muscles missing it it so its hard to keep it straight when I push. It ends up hurting my knee, did you ever have that issue? I use my 1 hand somtimes to keep it straight instead of alittle sideways.
    The only problem I've had is keeping my knees lined up. I initially used exercise tubing to hold my knees out so they wouldn't bang together on the seatpost. That has improved over time, and I no longer use the tubing. I do have a foam ball mounted on the seatpost as a cushion for my knees, because I still have a hard time keeping them apart when I'm pedaling at my top speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brain
    I initially used exercise tubing to hold my knees out so they wouldn't bang together on the seatpost.
    Brian,

    Could you tell me the name brand or what exactly exercise tubing is so i can get some? It sounds like that would help me a ton. I have to stop on the exercise bike not becuase i'm tired but because I get worn out from holding my left leg out so it doesn't go inward and screw my knee. Then try to concentrate on doing good form and pushing correctly with each muscle. If i could get a device to keep my knee's aligned like you said it would be great! Thanks.

    -Cory

    WHen i googled it, i got the following im 'not sure how it would work exactly any info would be great!
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    I have a recumbent bike and pedal while watching the Tour de France. I have won every stage so far but am worried I may not due so well in the mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    Brian,

    Could you tell me the name brand or what exactly exercise tubing is so i can get some? It sounds like that would help me a ton. I have to stop on the exercise bike not becuase i'm tired but because I get worn out from holding my left leg out so it doesn't go inward and screw my knee. Then try to concentrate on doing good form and pushing correctly with each muscle. If i could get a device to keep my knee's aligned like you said it would be great! Thanks.

    -Cory

    WHen i googled it, i got the following im 'not sure how it would work exactly any info would be great!
    Cory,

    Yeah, that's the stuff. I used the blue tubing. I had bought some before my injury, so I had it laying around. If you don't want to buy a whole box of the stuff, you might check out some physical therapy facilities in your area. They might sell you the length you need.

    Cut two pieces (one for each leg) of appropriate length and tie a loop in each end. Make one loop big enough to fit around your knee comfortably. Then hook the other loop on any fixed object. It will probably take a little experimentation to get the length and tension right. Good luck!

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