Exercise Bike With Treadmill

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Introduction: Exercise Bike With Treadmill

Quick and easy exercise bike using an ordinary bicycle and treadmill.

Step 1: Attach Stand

Start off with plain old treadmill. No need to modify the treadmill in anyway. Using an old piece of scrap metal got from and old weight bench to hold the front of the bicycle, I cabletied it to the frame of the treadmill. Anyone with some welding skills could make a similar stand.

Step 2: Insert Shaft

Insert threaded bar or two bolts on the stand to rest the bicycle frame.

Step 3: Attach Bicycle

Take the front wheel of your bicycle and pop it on the shaft and tighten the nuts . Easy as that. Digital display will give you the amount of miles and speed you are cycling. Simple as pie!

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    23 Comments

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    workryan
    workryan

    7 years ago on Introduction

    A great way to destroy the deck on your treadmill and then your belt.

    I tried this... at 5mph my treadmill quit working and gave me some error message. It's an older treadmill I picked up used but either way, it didn't work. I don't know if the problem is just that if you pedal just the slightest bit faster than what the motor on the treadmill is going it screws it up or what. If that's the case then it kind of defeats the point since pedaling and actually feeling any resistance what so ever instantly causes the treadmill to glitch out. I tried taking the drive belt off the motor on the treadmill to make it self propelled but now the walking belt won't budge... I'm at a loss here but either way it didn't work for me. Worked great in theory but didn't work in real life for me. I'm going to keep screwing around with it to see if I can't figure something out since I can't stand that treadmill anyways but as of right now... no dice.

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    FruitbytheFace
    FruitbytheFace

    10 years ago on Step 3

    Wouldent the back end of the bike swerve around?

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    the_burrito_master
    the_burrito_master

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    Not if you pay attention. it might give it a more realistic feel.

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    2 stroke
    2 stroke

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    why not put the bike on high gear and lift the wheel off the ground

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    baggot
    baggot

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    If there is no resistance you will just be spinning the wheel. even in the highest gear you will not be getting a workout.

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    2 stroke
    2 stroke

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    what about ut a gear shifter to control the back breaks so you can control the resistance like those bikes at a school gym

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    ReCreate
    ReCreate

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    And you won't know how far you went or how many calories you burned....

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    Dipster
    Dipster

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    There would be no "road", so no rolling resistance of any kind.

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    salazam
    salazam

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Do you ever smell burning of rubber? Because unlike with running, where your feet are moving with the belt... the tire is stationary and probably creates an incredible amount of pinpoint friction in the area directly below the tire and on the underside of the belt.

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    nruegs
    nruegs

    12 years ago on Introduction

    perhaps you don't turn the treadmill on, you just get on and start pedalling, with the bike spinning the motor like a generator.

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    J2M313
    J2M313

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I've got an older self propelled treadmill, and this is exactly what it will do.

    Not exactly sure how a motorized mill would be as far as friction goes.  Would you be able to adjust the friction without the unit being on?

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    Gypsyman
    Gypsyman

    12 years ago on Introduction

    doesn't the treadmill just spin the bike tire for you? thus taking away the work out?

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    dhaughton99
    dhaughton99

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    It will spin if you stop peddling but you do have to put work into it. I do 5 miles a day at 10 miles an hour. Works up a great sweat.

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    adrian gumba
    adrian gumba

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    if its going fast and you have a fixed gear bike when you stop peddling,its gonna hurt a lot