urviving Chicago winters can be brutal, especially
when polar vortex events lead to freezing temperatures colder than readings found at the North Pole.
While some might prefer to hibernate until the
spring, I try to keep active by maintaining my bike riding pace.
In this article, I will provide you with a glimpse of the custom
configuration I came up with using spare parts I had around
the house. What you have available in your home will inevitably be different than me, but I hope sharing my setup, as well
as a collection of product selections, will serve as inspiration
for you to create your own home biking setup.
MY CUSTOM CONFIGURATION
Stationary bicycling is as exciting as running on a treadmill,
but with the help of my triple monitor PC, and several iOS
home automation and fitness apps, I look forward to hopping
on my fitness rig and riding for hours.
Attaining my homemade indoor biking rig wasn’t cheap or
easy. I have been riding a custom recumbent bicycle since the
‘80s, from an Indiana-based company that has since exited
the bicycle business.
The rear tire of
my recumbent is
attached to a
Blackburn mag Track-stand trainer ($60
used on eBay) that
has progressive resistance to further
elevate my heart rate
to its fitness target.
I use a Wahoo Tickr
Heart Rate Monitor
($49.99) and Sean
Pedley’s Heart Bud-
dy app (free) to track
my heart rate before, during, and after the riding exercise.
CREATING YOUR OWN INDOOR
BY MIKE RILEY