DIY Stationary Bike

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DIY Stationary Bike
Any road bicycle can be turned into a stationary bike. (bike image by chrisharvey from

A stationary bike is a bicycle that remains stationary when pedalled, and can be used for exercise or to generate electricity. Commercial stationary bikes are available for purchase at exercise shops, some bicycle stores, online or through local classified ads. A commercial stationary bike might be beyond your budget, however, or may not be comfortable enough for your body type. Building your own stationary bike allows you to save money while tailoring the device to your specific needs and budget.

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Things you need

  • Bike trainer
  • Road bike
  • Rug
  • Exercise mat

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    Purchase a bike trainer, sometimes also called a cycle trainer. A bike trainer is a metal stand with two pegs and a rotating cylinder. The back tire of a road bike is fixed to the two pegs and rests against the rotating cylinder. When the bike is pedalled, the rear tire turns against the cylinder, allowing the user to pedal without going anywhere. Basic bike trainers simply rotate, while more complex trainers have special resistance modules attached to add resistance and simulate pedalling on the road.

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    Purchase a bike if you do not already have one. Because a stationary bike has no use for shocks, stabilisers or other features found on some bicycles, a basic road bike is the most economical choice. A used bike with bald tires is an inexpensive option, as a stationary bike doesn't require road-ready tires.

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    Place the bike trainer in a stable location, such as a hardwood floor. Place an exercise mat beneath the trainer if the floor is carpeted and the trainer feels unstable. Lift the rear tire of the bike over the trainer pegs and fix the frame into place. Tighten the clamps onto the bolt of the rear tire so that the bike is stable and securely fixed to the trainer.

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    Set the level of resistance for the trainer cylinder if your trainer comes with one. Some resistance modules must be filled with liquid before they will work. Consult with your trainer's manual for specific instructions.

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