Motivator

Good morning!

 

I felt extra awake this morning, which was shocking considering I spent ALL day on campus for classes, a test, a lab, and a club meeting. I was gone from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm!

 

Instead of using my extra 20 minutes for laying in bed wide awake, I jumped on the bike trainer.

 

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I got in a super quick cardio workout! I took my heart rate monitor out of retirement to get an idea of how hard I was working.

 

Bike Stats:

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 137 bpm
  • Max Heart Rate: 159 bpm
  • Calories burned: 150

 

A couple readers asked about my indoor bicycle trainer last week. It was my Christmas present from my parents, so I really had no idea how to answer your questions like where I bought it and how much it cost.

 

I did some research (Googled it) and found my trainer. I have the Bell Motivator indoor trainer, which you can find here.

 

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I love it!

 

It is super easy to use, and requires no assembly. I literally popped it out of the box, unfolded it, and hooked my bike in. It takes about 30 seconds to set up.

 

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It is quite easy to put the bike in and out. There are two clamps that you set the bike into and twist to tighten. It feels very sturdy.

 

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The back wheel rests on the resistance magnet at the bottom which might need adjusting for your particular bike, but once that’s set, your bike will go in and out without much fuss. The front wheel just rests on the floor, or you can purchase  block to set it on ( I do not have one).

 

The magnetic resistance piece can be tightened or loosened to adjust the level of difficulty you are looking for.

 

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The only downside is that it sounds like a muffled vacuum cleaner. It can get loud if you pedal SUPER fast, but not if you are pedaling at a decent cadence. Just in case this helps make it more clear, I can hear the tv over the bike trainer without turning it up.

 

If you are into biking, looking for a form of cross training, trying to not leave your house in the cold of winter, or just find biking fun, I would recommend looking into a trainer. This is the only one I have ever tried, and I am sure there are better ones out there. I’m very happy with it, though!

 

Feel free to ask any questions about it!

 

Breakfast

 

Typing all of this out worked up an appetite! I was craving a hot breakfast. It is still SO COLD in Florida! I am used to the weather cycling back and forth. We have had close to freezing temperatures for weeks now! So much for global warming.

 

I made a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I haven’t had oats since my birthday! I have missed them.

 

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My bowl included:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL flax
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (love it.)
  • banana
  • almonds and walnuts

 

I love eating super healthy and filling breakfasts. They make me feel better about my morning.

 

❤ MegaNerd

 

Note: Just so this is clear, no one is paying me to say that I like this product (The Bell Motivator). I just happen to enjoy it and want to share it with my readers.

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28 Responses

  1. i want an indoor rider thingie!!!

  2. That trainer looks so cool!!! Sounds like you really like it.

    Have a great day!

  3. Wow! That is super cool and convinent! I had oats today too, it’s and oatmeal kind of day I Beantown! Have a great day!!!!

  4. That really is such a great invention, how convenient!

  5. I just set up my trainer last night!! But I definitely cannot hear the tv over it AT ALL!! hahaa

  6. I love my husbands trainer! I’ll be getting my own bike soon, so I can’t wait to hook it up and get used to it. It’s still way too cold and snowy to get used to it outside… this will also give me a chance to get used to clip in pedals!

  7. yea i ❤ my bike trainer but it can get really loud. the more expensive liquid resistance trainers are much quieter.

  8. I love your bike trainer! You must feel so intense because I always think of those things as being used by racers to warm up before events

  9. So cool that you now have an indoor bicycle trainer at home!
    Seems like a great solution for chilly days… And laziness! Haha!
    Kisses from a warm place,
    Gabriela

  10. That trainer sounds awesome – especially the ease of assembly, I assumed they’d be super complicated. Love getting in quick early AM workouts!

  11. Such an awesome way to get in a quick workout without heading outside! Thanks for the review.

    Whenever you mention the trainer it also makes me think of Owen Wilson in You, Me, and Dupree. 🙂

  12. That’s definitely neat! I want one! But I guess I would need a bike first! Haha. Cycling is expensive! Guess I will just have to stick to running for now 🙂

  13. Oh how I ❤ my bike trainer. Like you said, it is the best thing for when it is too cold out and you don't feel like going to the gym! It does have kind of a whirring sound though, lol. I have to majorly turn up my TV or music just so I can hear over it.

  14. I have the same indoor bike trainer! Do you have a bald tire on the back? A friend of mine, who is an avid biker, told me that I needed to switch out my regular tire and put in a bald tire. It has so helped so much with the noise!

  15. thanks for the picture of the bike trainer. i had no real idea what it looked like and felt silly asking people 🙂

  16. My hubby has always wanted a bike trainer! I need to look into yours for his up coming 40th bday….=)

  17. It’s funny how the body can react to a busy day. Clearly you are eating well and taking your vitamins for your body to respond the way that it did this morning.

    I think the Bell Motivator trainer sounds like a great idea. It allows you to ride inside and outside, with only buying one bike! What a great idea.

  18. I have seen those trainers before but never used one, well I guess I would need a bike first! Your breakfast looks delicious and healthy! Have a great day!

  19. I really want that bike thing…it seems so clever, like a home gym workout! Genius 🙂
    No oatmeal since your birthday!? Crikey, I miss it after one day, let alone like, a week!?

  20. that bike trainer looks so cool! I have never seen one before.

  21. There’s nothing like a big bowl of oats 🙂 The right breakfast will start your day off on the right foot, in my opinion.

  22. I love my bike trainer! Seriously a awesome investment!! 🙂 Mine was close to $150….for those who are wondering about cost.

  23. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know you’re missing a block stand for your front wheel on the trainer. It makes the bike sit flat, instead of the front end tipping down as yours is now. I’m a triathlete and spend plenty of time on my trainer and can tell you I think you’ll be much more comfortable with the block there 🙂

    Here’s a link to what I’m talking about..
    http://www.amazon.com/CycleOps-Riser-Indoor-Bicycle-Trainers/dp/B000BT7HX8

    -Hilary

  24. I really really really want to get a bike trainer…..I figure it would be a good way to keep bike fit over the winter months 🙂

  25. That’s so cool. I’ve never seen anything like it. My poor parents are in Florida right now visiting my aunt on vacation in Nokomis. They’re staying right on the beach, but have to walk on it in layers!

  26. You should get a block for the front wheel of your bike when on your trainer. It stabalizes everything and keeps you from feeling like you are riding downhill. It also makes it easier to sit up and read while cycling or watch tv. They are only about $10 at bike shops and are well worth the money.

  27. that bike trainer looks so cool! i’d love to have something like that, especially in the winter when i don’t want to be out riding!
    i love eating oats for breakfast too. they’re just so wholesome, and make me feel so good – my mom likes to say “they warm your soul” 🙂

  28. […] 19, 2010 by MegaNerd Not only did I ride my bicycle indoors yesterday, but I took it for a spin outside, […]

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