Want to make a stationary bike? We’re not surprised – it makes perfect sense.
Let’s face it. Coronavirus has changed the way we live, and exercise, for the foreseeable future. It’s meant that many of us have increased the amount of cycling that we do. The problem is, going out on your bike is not always practical.
The weather might be bad. You might not want to be seen in figure-hugging lycra (that’s got strangely even more figure-hugging since lockdown began).
If you’re super keen, you may want to exercise more than the regulatory once-a-day. Or you may just want to cycle in front of the TV, as you power your way through the next mile.
The answer, of course, lies with a stationary bike.
A clean stationary bike
It goes without saying, but to make a stationary bike, you need a normal outdoor bike to begin with. But second to this, if you’re bringing an outdoor bicycle into your home to use, you simply must make sure it’s clean.
That’s where GT85 lends a more than a considerable hand. Spray liberally on the group set (the cassette, chain, and derailleurs) to flush the dirt away more effectively. The long-lasting PTFE coating will then lubricate, protect and add a shine to your bike.
Once clean, get busy
But anyway, back to the ‘how to’. To make a stationary bike you’ll need some basic DIY skills (and tools) to make a wooden frame.
The idea behind it is, this wooden frame clamps and elevates the back wheel of your bike, allowing the rear wheel and free hub to spin in the air whilst the front wheel stays stationary on the ground.
There’s a few ways you can make the frame, but we like this handy YouTube video that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsPW4bjE0ko
Staying safe whilst cycling
Once you’ve made this stand, or something similar, you need to think about the safety aspect of it all. When installing your bike, make sure that the wheel is tightly secured in the stand. It should sit solidly in place.
Your bicycle should be evenly mounted. There may be a little wiggle and wobble as you cycle, but when going full speed, ensure that your bike will not tip over. Also, think about where in your home you’re going to position it. Find somewhere that’s flat and ideally non-carpeted.
Finally, we know, it’s not the nicest, but without the wind to cool you down, you don’t want to be cycling in a pool of sweat on your floor. Grab a towel or even a floor fan to replicate that country lane breeze!
So, to make a stationary bike, first you need to get your bike ready for action by ensuring it’s clean with GT85. You can buy it here: https://amzn.to/2XDxh9R
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Happy (indoor) cycling!