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Home Gym Trifecta

Posted Feb 06 2012 8:57pm
After the busy holiday season, and traveling for Ragnar, I was just feeling rather bleh the rest of January. It wasn’t a bad month, it was just uneventful. I had a lingering cold that completely sapped my energy for about a week and a half, and we had nothing on the agenda aside from routine stuff at home.  I wasn’t feeling much inspiration for blogging, so I didn’t.

Speaking of routine stuff, we finally talked some cleaning projects we’ve been putting off. The previous residents left some crazy crap behind in the attic. We had TWO pick-up trucks worth of junk to take to the dump. We found things like their bankruptcy paperwork (um, yeah they filed once I the 90’s and then AGAIN in 2007….and what exactly do you buy for over $100K at places like Macy’s, Dillards and Best Buy? No joke, those were 3 of their main creditors).

Also things like family death certificates, journals, adult VHS tapes from like 1982 (totally ick), and tons of other stuff covered in sensitive personal information.

With their credit situation, maybe they weren’t too worried about anyone wanting to steal their identity anymore? I don’t know. It was some weird stuff I would’ve wanted to keep private if I were them.
So what do you do after you clean out your house? You bring new junk in of course. Well, Mr. Blondie may beg to differ, but I don’t think this is junk at all.

So I’ve put my grandiose vision of learning to cycle “for real” on the back burner for now, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a used spin bike when I saw a friend looking to get rid of his.

She might not be pretty, but she works perfectly, and is all mine now.

I did my research, and refurbished this bike goes for about $600-800. So for $200, i thought this was a fair deal for a third-hand bike.

Lucky #13 here started off life as a fitness center bike.

My friend had swapped out the pedals long ago to work with his cycling shoes. Since I don’t have cycling shoes, I stopped at Performance Bicycles on my way home to see if I could buy toe cages for the pedals.Well, when I got to the store I told the salesperson swayed me away from the toe cages and showed me a pair mountain biking shoes on clearance for $40 that would work better.

And once you have shoes, then you need the cleats. If you’re paying $25 for just the cleats, then you might as well pay $40 for the cleats/pedals combo right?

The pedals have seen better days, so I was down with that logic.

This sports equipment stuff is a slippery slope.

So $285 later I still think this was a deal. If I use it great, if I don’t then I won’t feel too guilty. I like having another cross-training option at home though.

It doesn’t look like it, but it weighs a TON. I lightly scratched my car bumper wrestling it out of the trunk, and I’m most likely going to lose a toenail from setting it down on my foot as I dragged it into the garage. We’re not quite sure how we’re going to get it up the second floor, but eventually it'll join the treadmill and elliptical in our gym/office/guestroom. And unlike the previous owners, we'll be normal people and take it back down when we move out the house too. So have you ever found anything crazy while cleaning out a closet or storage area?

Are there any podcasts or videos you could recommend for indoor cycling workouts?
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