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Monday, January 16, 2017

Where To Sell My Old Sporting Goods?

How Can I Get the Most Money for My Used Sporting Goods?

Where Should I Sell My Used Sporting Goods?
Where Should I Sell My Used Sporting Goods?

When cleaning out my garage, I came across an old pair of cross-country skis that came with the house when we moved in.  These skis seem to be in good shape, but appear to require some kind of special shoes to use them.  Since I do not have this kind of shoes and have no plan to get special ski shoes, it is time to sell the skis.

So the question of the day is:  What is the best way to sell my old skis?

Of course, I want to get as much money as possible for the skis.  Also, I would prefer something quick and easy rather than slow and painful.  Here is what I am thinking-

I could list the skis for sale on craigslist, but I have no idea how much to ask for them and I couldn't answer any questions about them.

I could list the skis for sale on an eBay auction.  This would solve the problem of not knowing how much to ask for them.  But if they sell, I would have to deal with shipping a large item.  This seems like a lot of trouble.

I could take the skis to a local auction house to avoid shipping.  But it would probably cost me more to drive there than I would get for the skis.  Most people go to the auction to buy things such as tools, furniture, and antiques.

I could take the skis to my favorite consignment shop.  Again, the problem is that almost no one goes into the consignmet shop looking for skis.  Although there is a small sporting goods section in the store, most people buy housewares, furniture, and clothes at the consignment shop.  I fear my skis would sit on the shelf until summer and then sell for a very low price...

So a good place to sell the skis would be a consignmet shop where people go to buy sporting goods.  Fortunately for me, there is such a place:  Play It Again Sports.  They buy used sporting goods to resell.  And "skis" is on their list of desired items since it is still winter.  According to their website, they will pay cash for used sporting goods, or you can sell items on consignment.

I have the skis loaded up for a trip to the Play It Again Sports store that is not too far out of my way.

The best place to sell used sporting goods depends on the item and how much you know about it.  In this case, I decided to give a used sporting goods store a try.

Stay tuned to see how much I get for my old skis...


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Cheap Bike... Your Ticket To Great Adventure

Cheapcycle (Cheap Bicycle): Biking For Almost Free

Break Away with a Cheap Bike
Break Away with a Cheap Bike
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The other day, I had the day off from work with no particular plans.  I ended up going for a 4 hour bike ride along the lake near my house.  This was a really fun way to spend an afternoon, plus it was almost free!

My bike is a 1972 Schwinn that my father gave me.  I am sure someone paid for it somewhere along the line, but I was happy to get it for free!  I did spend about $25 to outfit it with off-road tires for riding on trails along the lake.  I added an LED headlight/tail light for $15, and I ride with my $15 bike helmet.

My son gave my some biking gloves for my birthday last year which are great for long rides.  I have some lightweight shoes that I wear for cycling- I got these for $25 for my son about 4 years ago, but I ended up wearing them myself.  Now that the shoes are wearing out I try to save them mostly for bike riding.  

I have a nice Camelbak water bottle that the team at Wise Bread gave me as a gift one time.  I paid $8 for a fanny pack to carry my keys and cell phone while I ride.  Me wearing a fanny pack looks as ridiculous as it sounds, but things tend to fall out of my shorts pockets while I ride and hike...

As you can see, I have some pretty nice biking gear for almost free that allows me to go on virtually unlimited adventures.


Even if you aren't lucky enough to have someone give you a classic bike, you can find good bikes for cheap or even free.  I bought a 1983 Schwinn Caliente that I found for sale on someone's front porch.  I wanted a cheap bike to keep at work so I could go for a ride at lunch time.  The asking price for the bike was $35, but I bargained the price down to $28 since this was how much I had in my wallet.  After riding the bike for several years, I sold it for $35.

Check out cycling as a cheap hobby and good way to get exercise.


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Used EVO CX Exercise Bike Review

Used EVO CX Exercise Bike Review


Used EVO CX Exercise Bike
Used EVO CX Exercise Bike

I am always looking out for cheap used exercise equipment that I can use to stay in shape.  I have been looking for an exercise bike for a year or so since my old 20 year old Schwinn Airdyne broke.  I wanted something much more sturdy and capable of providing a quick, intense workout.

Last week, I found what I was looking for- and more- at the 2nd Wind used exercise equipment store.


The store obtained some used professional grade exercise bikes from a fitness center and was offering them at a substantial discount.  The EVO CX can be ridden like a standard exercise bike, but it has a neat trick.  It has a sway mechanism that allows you to stand up and work your core.  This simulates the motion of standing up and riding a bike up a steep hill.  What a workout!  I feel like I could leap over a small building after doing this a few times...

This sturdy piece of gear is just what I needed.  It is a heavy item, I would guess it weighs around 100 pounds.  I had my teenage son help carry it to my exercise room upstairs.  The base does have wheels to make it easy to position in your workout room.

The EVO CX is quickly and easily adjustable since it is designed for heavy use by people of different shapes and sizes in a fitness club.  It has a nice handle bar assembly that holds 2 water bottles plus your cell phone.  The hand rest allows a lot of different hand and arm positions while riding.

This is a simple "spinner" exercise bike.  You don't need to plug it in, and it does not have automatic exercise programs.  There is a red resistance knob that you can turn to increase or decrease the resistance.  Pushing the button stops the pedals from spinning when you are ready to stop.

 EVO CX Professional Grade Exercise Bike
EVO CX Professional Grade Exercise Bike

This bike includes a built-in computer to track your time, distance, and heart rate, although I did not get the wireless heart rate strap with my used model.

Really, this is two exercise machines in one.  You can ride this like a standard exercise bike, or you can set the switch to allow sway and stand up.  The exercise you get by standing up and swaying is more like running or sprinting.  I am in pretty good shape from riding my real bike up hills all summer, but this exercise bike is able to challenge me with a good workout that takes only a few minutes.

If you are looking for a really solid exercise bike to add a piece to your workout, check out the EVO CX.



These are pretty expensive new, check out used EVO CX on eBay:



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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cheap Workout Equipment

Cheap Workout Equipment

I Got This Weider Crossbow Weight Training System for $50!
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It is amazing how much cheap- or even free- workout equipment you can find if you are willing to look around.  From my perspective, workout equipment doesn't need to be fancy or expensive.  The point is to find a piece of workout equipment that you can use safely and that gets the job done of keeping you in shape.

Workout equipment is one of those things that lots of people buy, but few people use.  Once someone decides they don't want their workout equipment, it has little value to the seller and they want to get rid of it so they can have room for something else.  This means that you can often find really cheap prices for workout equipment that is in almost new condition and has been used very little.

If you have money to spend, you can get the exact make and model of equipment you want.  However, if you want cheap workout equipment, you'll need to be flexible about the exact features you can get for a low price.  Sometimes, you'll see a type of workout equipment you weren't even considering and decide to give it a try.  If you find something that you might use and it's cheap enough, it may be worth taking a chance.

Timing is important when buying cheap exercise equipment.  If the workout equipment you are considering is for sale on eBay, craigslist, or a yard sale, you will likely need to make a quick decision about whether to purchase it or not.  If you don't buy it, someone else might.  This is one of those cases where impulse buying may be necessary to get the best deal on workout equipment.

Where to Find Cheap Workout Equipment

Garage Sales
I have had good luck finding cheap workout equipment at garage sales.  My best find was a Weider Crossbow system that I brought home for around $50.  This is weight lifting system similar to a Bowflex.  The Crossbow has flexible rods that provide resistance, and you can adjust how many rods you are pushing against.  This is safer than free weights, and can be used for beginning to intermediate workouts, which suits me well.  Here are tips on how to find great deals at garage sales.  You will want to arrive early at sales that have workout equipment, bring cash, and don't be afraid to bargain to get a good price.

Craigslist
You can find cheap workout equipment and sometimes even free exercise equipment on craigslist.  Buying workout equipment on craigslist is a little more difficult than shopping at garage sales- you need to arrange a time with the seller to look at the equipment.  An advantage to shopping for cheap exercise equipment on craigslist is that you can find out the make and model of the item for sale and do some research to see if it is right for you.

Used Exercise Equipment Stores
If you check on the internet, you will likely find that there is a store that sells used exercise equipment in your area.  Many of these stores are consignment stores.  The owner of the workout equipment provides it to the store to sell, and when it sells the store gets a percentage of the selling price and the owner of the equipment gets the rest.  The quality of items for sale in a used exercise equipment store is generally pretty good.  Stores do not accept items for sale that are broken or in poor condition.  However, it is less likely that you will find really cheap prices in a store.  The store has to sell the items for enough to generate enough money to meet expenses.  Another downside of shopping for exercise equipment in a store- the salesperson may try to move you up to more expensive models with features that you don't really need.

Thrift Shops
Most thrift shops or consignment stores have some exercise equipment for sale.  My experience has been that they don't have a lot of variety, but when they have something the price is usually very low.  Sometimes Goodwill Thrift Shops have some small exercise equipment items.

eBay
You can find cheap exercise equipment for sale on eBay, however shipping large items is usually expensive.  Sometimes you can find local items for sale on eBay that have pick-up as an option so you don't have to pay for shipping.  The way I use eBay for shopping for exercise equipment is to check prices and see what types of items are available.  If an item has cheap or free shipping, I would consider it.  Otherwise I try to find a similar item locally to avoid shipping costs.

amazon
I have purchased workout equipment from amazon.com.  Sometimes you can find new equipment at low prices.  When purchasing from amazon, be sure to consider the shipping cost as well as the purchase price.  Sometimes you can get free or cheap shipping offers.  You can often find items for sale at amazon that you cannot find in sporting goods stores.

The Best Cheap Workout Equipment

Here are my favorite cheap workout equipment items:
1) Weider Crossbow


 If you can find a Crossbow or Bowflex cheap, you can get a lot of use from it.  It is quick and easy to adjust the resistance and it never really wears out.  It does take quite a bit of space, so make sure you have room for one before you buy.

2) Cheap Treadmill

A Used Treadmill is a Good Way to Get a Cheap Workout
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Lots of people buy treadmills- and then use them as a clothes rack!  You can often find used treadmills much cheaper than the price of new treadmills.  It is nice to have a treadmill, especially during winter months where walking on slippery surfaces can be dangerous.



3) Cheap Exercise Bike

A cheap exercise bike is great to have to stay in shape over winter.  You can find nice recumbent models that allow you to get a cardiovascular workout with minimal impact on your back.  It is nice to stay in shape and start off the biking season in spring in good shape.




4) Pull-up Bar
Pull-up bars are cheap- you don't need to worry about looking for a used one.  You can buy a nice pull-up bar for around $30.  You can get in shape quick by doing a few pull-ups a day.



5) Pedometer

A Pedometer is Cheap and Helps Motivate You During Your Workout Program
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A good pedometer can be a great motivator for walking to stay fit.  You can get a pedometer for around $20 that will last for years.  A pedometer allow you to track walking distance and can also calculate calories burned.  Here is a review of the key features to find in a pedometer.

6) Heavy Punching Bag

A Heavy Punching Bag Can Provide a Cheap Workout at Home
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I bought my Everlast Heavy Punching Bag new for under $100 including accessories, but you should be able to find used heavy punching bags for sale even cheaper.  A heavy bag takes some work to install if you plan to attach a punching bag to your ceiling.  You can also get heavy bag stand stands so the punching bag does not attach to your walls or ceiling at all.  Used heavy punching bags should sell in the under $100 range and provide a quick- and fun- workout.


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Walking Time Calculator- How Long Would It Take to Walk?

Walking Time Calculator

Walking is an easy form of exercise that requires no special equipment.  You can save money by walking instead of driving- but how long will it take to walk to your destination?  Find out with the Walking Time Calculator!

Find how long it takes to walk any distance using this simple walking time calculator.  Select the units you would like to use for distance: miles, kilometers, or blocks.  Select your walking speed: leisurely, purposeful, or brisk.  This article describes the different walking speeds.  Input your walking distance and push "Compute".  The time required to walk the given distance at the selected walking speed will be displayed.


Walking Time Calculator by Dr. Penny Pincher
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Units:
Miles
Kilometers
Blocks (650 feet)
Walking Speed:
Leisurely (3.1 mph/5.1 km/hr)
Purposeful (4.2 mph/6.8 km/hr)
Brisk (5.9mph/9.5 km/hr)
Enter distance to Walk:

Result: Time to Walk= seconds
Result: Time to Walk= minutes
Result: Time to Walk= hours

* Remember to click "Compute" to update the results when you change units, speed, or distance!

Your walking time is calculated and is presented in seconds, minutes, and hours.  The resulting time in seconds is equivalent to the time in minutes, which is equivalent to the time in hours.  The different time units are shown to allow you to look at the result that makes sense based on your walking distance.

Walking Time Calculator Instructions

The Walking Time Calculator calculates your walking time in seconds, minutes, and hours and give you the answer for how long it takes to walk any distance.  Simply set the units that you wish to use to enter your walking distance, type in the distance, and click "Compute".

Walking Speed Calculator Input

  • Leisurely walking speed is actually the average human walking speed of 3.1 mph which is 5.1 km/hr.  
  • Purposeful walking is the speed people walk when they want to get somewhere- it is a comfortable walking speed for most people at 4.2 mph or 6.8 km/hr.
  • Brisk walking speed at 5.9 mph or 9.5 km/hr is very fast walking- most people could not sustain a brisk walking speed without being in top condition.  Typically, you only see people walking at brisk walking speed during training or perhaps at an airport trying to catch a flight.

Walking Distance Calculator Input
I included units of blocks since people often think in terms of blocks when walking in a city.  Blocks are different lengths in different places- blocks are even different lengths within the same city.  In my area, blocks are about 650 feet long on average.

Walking Time Calculator Outputs
All of the results outputs from the Walking Time Calculator are equivalent- you get your walking time presented in seconds, the same walking time presented in minutes, and the same walking time presented in hours.

The walking calculator result is output in seconds, minutes, and hours so you can pick the one that makes sense based on the distance you are walking.  For example, if you are only walking a few blocks then the result in minutes would be the most useful.  If you are walking a long distance, the result in hours is easier to comprehend than looking at a very large number of seconds.  If you want to check walking time for very short distances, the results in seconds is easiest to understand.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Everlast Punching Bag: Heavy Bag and Speed Bag

Everlast Punching Bag

When most people talk about a punching bag, they mean a heavy bag.  A heavy bag is a bag about 4 feet tall and 18 inches across.  My Everlast 4008 Traditional Heavy Bag weighs 80 pounds.  The other type of punching bag the people think of is a speed bag.

A speed bag is a small punching bag about the size of a basketball that is attached to a wooden platform.  You punch the speed bag and it bounces back rapidly.  My Everlast speed bag provides good hand-eye coordination training and aerobic exercise.

Everlast Heavy Bag

A heavy bag is about the size of a person's torso- just right for punching as hard as you can.  I wear Everlast Neoprene Heavy Bag Gloves when I punch my heavy bag.

Punching a heavy bag is great exercise, both for building upper body muscle and for aerobic exercise.  I have been working with a heavy bag for about 10 days and the difference is noticeable.  I look and feel stronger already.

Everlast Heavy Bag installed in my basement
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A heavy bag work-out is intense.  I do one exercise where I rapidly punch the bag and keep it lifted up with my punches for perhaps 30 seconds or so.  I also spend some time working on jabs.  I know almost nothing about boxing.  The punching bag was a Christmas present for my teenage sons and I use it just for fun.

Installing an Everlast Heavy Bag

Punching Bag Stand
If you don't want to mess with attaching hardware to your ceiling, you can get a free-standing heavy bag stand such as this Everlast Heavy Bag Stand .  The main advantage of using a stand over permanent mounting is that a punching bag stand allows you to easily place the heavy bag anywhere you want to work out.  You can move the bag without installing or uninstalling anything- just move the stand.

The main disadvantages of a stand are that it is an extra item to purchase, and that it restricts your movement and access to the heavy bag somewhat during a workout.  For some people, using a punching bag stand is more convenient than attaching a heavy bag hanger to the ceiling.



Ceiling Attachment
I installed my Everlast traditional heavy bag using lag bolts to attach it to a joist in my basement ceiling.  I used a Everlast Wood Beam Heavy Bag Hanger to mount my heavy bag to the ceiling joist.



My house is new construction- usually a good thing.  However, the joists are engineered material rather than solid wood.  The joists use what looks like OSB and plywood rather than solid wood.

Since the joists are not solid wood, I wanted to beef the area up a bit before hanging the heavy bag.  I used deck screws to attach 1x2 pine boards above the bottom edge of the joist.  I screwed the 1x2's from the sides and also screwed through the bottom edge of the joist into the 1x2's to add some strength.  I did not want the lag bolts to pull through the bottom of the joist, and I did not want the bottom board of the joist to separate from the 3/4" OSB part of the joist.  If you look closely at the pictures below, you can see two of the four green deck screws that I used to strengthen the board on the bottom of the joist by screwing it into the 1x2 bracing through the bottom.


Added Bracing (1x2 boards) to strengthen bottom board of engineered joist for heavy bag hanger
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Diagram showing bracing to install heavy bag in ceiling joists
Installation of Everlast Heavy Bag in Ceiling Joists using Heavy Bag Hanger
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After hanging the bag, I noticed that the joist would flex side-to-side as the bag was swinging.  I did not want to fatigue the joist, so I added some 2x4 bracing to stabilize the joist.  I cut some 2x4 scraps to length to get a friction fit, and I nailed the bracing in place so it wouldn't fall out when the bag is swinging.

Using the Heavy Bag Hanger along with some bracing did the job.

Everlast Speed Bag

My kids also got an Everlast Leather Speed Bag  and Everlast Elite Adjustable Speedbag Platform for Christmas.  They must have been really good all year!


Everlast Speed Bag installed in my basement
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The speed bag was simpler to install than the heavy bag.  I have exposed wall studs behind a vapor barrier in the basement wall.  The lag bolts were not included with the platform kit, so a quick trip to the hardware store was required to pick up 4 lag bolts.  I drilled out holes so that the lag bolts could be installed without cracking the studs.  The picture below shows a close-up of the installation of the speedbag platform to the wall studs.


Everlast Speed Bag Platform is attached to the wall using 4 lag bolts.  One of the 4 is shown at the far left.
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The Everlast Speed Bag Platform allows about 8 inches of height adjustment.  My first attempt to install the platform resulted in the speed bag being too low for anyone to use.  The bottom of the speed bag should be about chin high.  I had to take the platform off of the wall and re-install it with the top board near the ceiling to get the platform high enough.  The height that worked for me was with the top board installed 90 inches (7' 6") from the floor.

Everlast Boxing Gloves

But wait, there's more!  My kids also got Everlast Neoprene Heavy Bag Gloves.  These work with both the heavy bag and the speed bag.  I got tired of borrowing my kids' gloves, so I ordered my own pair.




Punching a heavy bag would be hard on the hands without gloves.  These gloves work great.  I use the heavy bag gloves on the speed bag as well.

Everlast Punching Bag Gym

I am surprised how much fun it is to have punching bags in my basement.  I like to alternate between the speed bag and the heavy bag.  Sometimes I use the heavy bag at the same time as one of my kids, punching from the opposite side.  I like the quick workout you can get from punching bags- it only takes a few minutes to get some serious exercise.


Recommended Reading:
The Perfect Multi-gym Pull-up Bar- with installation tips

Cheap Bikes For Sale- How to Get a Bike for Almost Free!


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Adult Tricycle or Recumbent Trike: Find the Best Three Wheel Bike

Advantages of Three Wheel Bikes over Bicycles

All types of adult tricycles have a big advantage over bicycles- you don’t need to worry about balancing.  Since tricycles have 3 wheels, they are stable even when you are moving very slowly up a hill, or even when you come to a complete stop.  You can stay comfortably seated on your three wheel bike, even at a complete stop.

Recumbent trikes are much lower to the ground than bicycles.  This is a disadvantage in terms of visibility when riding- both for seeing traffic and being seen by drivers on the road.  However since recumbent bikes are so low to the ground, falling off is not much of a safety concern.

If you want to use a human-powered cycle for hauling, an adult tricycle can be a good option, especially for hauling bulky or large items that may affect your balance on a bicycle.  Adult trikes can be outfitted with a toolbox or cargo bed for hauling.  Adult bikes and recumbent bikes can pull trailers or carts to increase hauling capacity.

Comfort is another advantage for tricycles over bicycles.  On an adult tricycle, you can ride in an upright posture.  On a recumbent trike, you can sit comfortably in a supine position which reduces back and neck strain.  Many people find three wheel bikes more comfortable to ride.

Types of Three Wheel Bikes for Adults

Appropriately enough, there are three main types of three wheel bikes for adults:

Adult Tricycle


Adult Tricycle with Basket
Image courtesy of Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

Adult tricycles look much like tricycles for children, only they are sized for adults.  Adult tricycles are ridden in an upright seated position and are easy to get on and get off of.  Many have a step-through frame design so you don’t need to raise your leg very high when getting on or off.  Adult tricycles are good for older riders to ride on bike trails.  This can be a good way for someone who can no longer ride a bike to be able to continue to participate in family bike rides.


Recumbent Trikes

Recumbent trikes are low to the ground and are ridden in a seated supine position.  It may be more challenging for older riders to get on and off a recumbent trike.
You can find models that have over seat steering (OSS) and under seat steering (USS).  Over seat steering is said to be easier to get the hang of quickly, while under seat steering may be more comfortable for long rides.

There are two types of recumbent trikes:
Delta Recumbent Trike
A delta recumbent trike has one drive wheel in the front and two other wheels in back.  The peddles are between the front wheels and back wheels, inside the frame of the trike.  Delta trikes are relatively long from front to back.


Delta Recumbent Trikes (left) and Tadpole Recumbent Trikes (right)
Image courtesy of  Cacou via Wikimedia Commons

Tadpole Recumbent Trike
A tadpole recumbent trike has one drive wheel in the back and two other wheels in front that are used for steering.   The peddles for a tadpole recumbent trike are out in front of the cycle.  I suppose the name tadpole comes from the idea that like a tadpole, a tadpole recumbent trike has the one tail in back that is driving it and 2 legs in front for steering.


Tadpole Recumbent Trike- Drive Wheel in Back, Peddles in Front
Image courtesy of Chonk via Wikimedia Commons

Which Type of Three Wheel Bike is Best?

Choosing the best style of three wheel bike depends on how you plan to ride as well as your riding preferences and abilities.  If you plan to ride on the street, a recumbent trike might be the best choice.  Recumbent trikes typically have gears for hill climbing and can reach much higher speeds than adult tricycles.

If you plan to ride mostly on bike trails and would have trouble getting on and off of a recumbent trike that is only a few inches off of the ground, an adult trike may be the best choice.




Accessories for your Three Wheel Bike

Three wheel bikes can be outfitted with all sorts of accessories to improve their utility.  Here are some of my favorites:

Fairing: You can equip recumbent trikes with a fairing.  A fairing is a covering that goes over a recumbent bike.  This makes cold weather riding more comfortable and also decreases wind resistance.  You can get fairing that is sort of like a windshield that goes in front of the trike, or you can get a full fairing that covers most of the surface of the trike- this makes it look sort of like a very small car.

Trailers and Carts: You can build or buy a trailer or cart for either adult tricycles or recumbent trikes to haul gear such as tents and camping equipment.  Some trailers are water resistant, which keeps your gear dry when riding through the rain.

Cargo Bags: Trikes can be equipped with cargo bags for hauling books, clothes, and other small items on your trip.  I once saw a recumbent bike with a pouch underneath for hauling a small dog along on rides.  Both the rider and the dog seemed to like this accessory!


Riding three wheel bikes on a bicycle trail
Image courtesy of Chonk via Wikimedia Commons

Where can you find a used three wheel bike for sale?

It is easy to find used three wheel bikes for sale.  I have seen adult tricycles for sale at garage sales for under $150.  I have looked for a couple years, but have not yet seen a recumbent trike for sale at a garage sale.  You will likely need to check a bike shop, craigslist, or eBay to find a used recumbent trike for sale.  Used recumbent trikes seem to start at nearly $1000 depending on the brand, condition, and what accessories are included.




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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How To Find A Used ElliptiGO For Sale

Why Look For A Used ElliptiGO For Sale?

How to Find a Used ElliptiGO For Sale
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Today's Bike Deals on eBay!

As with other types of exercise equipment, people may buy an ElliptiGO and then do not use it much as they planned.  If you are looking to buy an ElliptiGO, this presents an opportunity.  If you can find a lightly used ElliptiGO for sale, you could save about $500 by buying a used ElliptiGO instead of a new ElliptiGO.

If you plan to look for used ElliptiGOs for sale, you should go though the process of deciding which model you want.  The models to choose from are:

  • ElliptiGO 3C.  This model has 3 gears.  Good for relatively flat terrain.  New price: $1,799
  • ElliptiGO 8C.  This model has 8 gears.  You'll want 8C or 11R for hill climbing.  New price: $2,499
  • ElliptiGO 11R  This lightweight performance model has 11 gears and is suitable for hill climbing.  New price: $3,499

If you are buying a used ElliptiGO instead of a new one, you'll want to make sure you save enough money to make it worth the trouble.  If you buy a new ElliptiGO, you can get support from the dealer and have warranty coverage.  I would look for $500 or more discount from the retail price on a used ElliptiGO.

ElliptiGO Dealers

The place to start your search for a used ElliptiGO is at an ElliptiGO dealer.  You can check at the ElliptiGO website to search for a dealer near your zipcode.  When you are at the dealer, you can get more information about ElliptiGO and get answers to your questions.  You can even take a test ride and make sure an ElliptiGO is right for you.  You might also be able to buy a used ElliptiGO from a dealer.  Dealers have demonstrator models that they use for test rides and some dealers also rent ElliptiGOs.  Let the dealer know you are looking for a used ElliptiGO and see if they have any for sale.  They may offer to call you in a few months if they have one for sale.  Some dealers will buy used ElliptiGOs and resell them.  If the dealer has a bulletin board, see if you can post an ElliptiGO wanted note.  Someone may be thinking of trading up to a different model and will have one they want to sell.

Post an ElliptiGO Wanted Ad on Craigslist

You might as well search your local craigslist ads to see if any ElliptiGOs are for sale, but chances are that you will not find any.  ElliptiGOs for sale are not that common.  But you might have success if you post an ElliptiGO wanted ad on craigslist.  Someone with an unused ElliptiGO may see the ad- or someone's spouse may see the ad- and you will get a contact with a used ElliptiGO for sale.  Someone in town may have an ElliptiGO just sitting in the basement or garage and will be willing to sell it to someone who is interested and has cash to offer.

Find Used ElliptiGO on eBay

There are usually a couple auctions with ElliptiGO for sale on eBay.  If you watch for awhile, you may find one within driving distance that you could pick up and avoid paying for shipping.  If you can get a good enough price, paying for shipping may make sense.  Some sellers offer free shipping, which can have a value of $100 or more.


Cheaper Alternatives to ElliptiGO

If you can't find a used ElliptiGO, check out less expensive alternatives such as StreetStrider ($2000) or Zike ($600).


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ElliptiGO vs StreetStrider- Find the Best Elliptical Bike


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Friday, September 13, 2013

How Far Would You Need to Walk to Burn off a Doughnut?

How Far Would you Need to Walk to Burn Off a ...

Walking is the simplest form of exercise.  No special equipment is needed.  You can do it indoors or outdoors.  The amount of calories burned by walking is about 100 calories per mile.  The exact amount of calories burned by walking depends slightly on body weight and walking speed, but is close to 100 calories per mile. 

If you know how many calories are in the food you want to burn off, you can easily calculate how far you would need to walk to burn off a donut, candy bar, hamburger, ice cream cone, etc.  The table below lists some typical junk food items and how far you would need to walk to burn them off.  The table also shows how long this would take at a walking pace of 4 miles per hour.


Food items, walking distance, and time required at 4 mph walking pace
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Table: Food items, walking distance, and time required at 4 mph walking pace

Food Item Calories Distance to walk-miles Time required-minutes
Coke or Pepsi- 16 oz 130 1.3 20
Donut- Duncan, medium 195 2.0 29
Hersheys candy bar 210 2.1 32
Medium Dairy Queen ice cream cone 330 3.3 50
Quarter Pounder with Cheese 520 5.2 78
Value meal: cheeseburger, small soda, small fries 710 7.1 107


For example, the top line of the table shows that if you drink a 16 oz Coke with 130 calories, you would need to walk 1.3 miles to burn it off and this would take 20 minutes at a 4 mile per hour walking pace.  So if you want a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, are you prepared to spend 78 minutes walking 5.2 miles to burn it off?

How Far is it to Walk a Mile to Burn off Calories?

One mile is equivalent to 17.6 football field lengths or about 8 typical city blocks.  This is the distance you need to walk to burn off 100 calories.  Keep this in mind as you are considering ordering a fast food snack!  Fatty foods contain lots of calories and if you eat calorie intense foods, it requires a lot of effort to avoid gaining weight.

How Far to Walk to Burn off X Calories?  How Long Would it Take?

The table below shows how long it takes to burn off calories by walking at various walking paces.  Average human walking speed is about 3 miles per hour.  Measurements of other walking paces show that purposeful walking is about 4 miles per hour.  The fastest most people can walk is about 6 miles per hour- this is almost like running and few people could sustain this pace very long.


Table of walking distance, calories burned, and time required at various walking paces


Table: Walking distance, calories burned, and time required at various walking paces

Time Required- minutes
Distance- miles Calories Burned Leisurely
3mph
Purposeful
4mph
Fitness
5mph
Brisk
6mph
1 100 20 15 12 10
2 200 40 30 24 20
3 300 60 45 36 30
4 400 80 60 48 40
5 500 100 75 60 50
6 600 120 90 72 60
7 700 140 105 84 70
8 800 160 120 96 80
9 900 180 135 108 90
10 1000 200 150 120 100

You can use the table to see how much walking time and walking distance that extra food will cost you.  For example, if you are thinking about eating a huge meal with 1000 extra calories, you can see from the table that it would cost you 150 minutes to burn it off by walking 10 miles.

How Long Does it Take to Burn off a Pound of Fat by Walking?

Losing a pound of fat requires burning about 3500 calories.  If you burn 500 extra calories per day by walking 5 miles per day, you would lose one pound per week.  From the table above, you can see that burning 500 calories requires walking 75 minutes at purposeful walking pace.  So you would need to walk 75 minutes per day to lose one pound per week, assuming you do not increase your caloric intake.

If you are beginning an exercise program, you will likely not see a steady reduction in your weight at first.  You may gain some muscle mass- which is a good thing.  Muscles burn calories all the time, so you want to increase your muscle mass.  Also, you may hydrate more when you start exercising, so even though you will start loosing fat right away, the scale may not show that you are loosing weight until after a few weeks of increasing your exercise level.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

ElliptiGO vs StreetStrider- Find the Best Elliptical Bike

Elliptical Exercise Machines Let You Train and Ride

Three ElliptiGO elliptical cycles on a sidewalk
ElliptiGO- hybrid of bicycle and elliptical trainer
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One problem with exercise equipment is that people quickly lose interest.  Workouts can become boring.  Treadmill machines often include a video screen so that you can watch TV or even simulated scenery as you exercise to help hold your interest.  Some stationary bikes include a video screen and resistance control to simulate riding a specific route, making the workout more interesting.  ElliptiGO and StreetStrider take your workout to an entirely new place- moving down the street on an elliptical exerciser.  Which is the best elliptical cycle?

ElliptiGO Elliptical Bicycle

ElliptiGO is an elliptical exercise machine with wheels that actually moves while you are exercising.   Like an elliptical exerciser, you use the ElliptiGO in an upright, standing position.  Riding around on an ElliptiGO would attract some attention- this is an unusual looking machine.  It sort of reminds me of an elongated Segway HT with elliptical pedals.

ElliptiGO is a cross between bicycle and elliptical exerciser.  It has brakes activated by hand levers similar to brakes on a mountain bike.  ElliptiGO uses handle bars for steering and has gears to make climbing hills easier.  You can get 3, 8, or 11 speeds depending on the ElliptiGO model you choose.  If you plan to ride on hills, the 8 and 11 speed models are recommended.

ElliptiGO is designed to provides a serious cardiovascular workout as well as an interesting riding experience.  Most people interested in ElliptiGO are focused on getting intense exercise and finding an alternative to running.  Since ElliptiGO works like an elliptical exercise machine, it is easier on feet, knees, and hips than running.

Since ElliptiGO has 2 wheels, you'll need to balance it, similar to riding a bicycle or scooter.  The standing position while riding an ElliptiGO allows you to use your whole body to propel you up hills- sort of like standing up while riding a bicycle to climb a steep hill.  Weighing in at about 40 pounds, ElliptiGO is fairly heavy compared with road bikes.  ElliptiGO can reach speeds of 15-25 mph.

You can use ElliptiGO with a stationary trainer- this allows you to use ElliptiGO indoors during winter months as a traditional elliptical trainer.

ElliptiGO models are priced ranging from about $1799 - $3000, depending on model.
ElliptiGO models include the 11R, 8C, and 3C.
Manufacturer website: http://www.elliptigo.com/

StreetStrider Elliptical Cycle


Red StreetStrider on a stand in a living room with woman exercising
StreetStrider- hybrid of cross-country ski machine and tricycle
Image Courtesy of FitnessFreakLA by CC-SA3.0

StreetStrider provides a cross country ski machine workout on a stand-up trike.  StreetStrider has 2 wheels in front and one rear wheel.  The 3 wheel design virtually eliminates the need to balance, and you can come to a complete stop without putting your feet down.

Unlike ElliptiGO, you pump your arms in addition to your legs to propel StreetStrider.  But how do you steer StreetStrider?  The answer is lean to steer.  You shift your body weight to the left or right to make StreetStrider turn.  That way you can keep pumping your arms, even in turns.


StreetStrider weighs about 50 pounds, about 10 pounds more than ElliptiGO.  Gear options include a 3 speed model (Sprinter 3r) and an 8 speed model (Summit 8r).  Like ElliptiGO, you can use StreetStrider with a stationary trainer for indoor workouts as shown in the picture above.


The StreetStrider 8 speed model is priced starting at about $1800.
Manufacturer website:  http://www.streetstrider.com/




A Zike step cycle looks like an interesting low-cost alternative to ElliptiGO or StreetStrider at around $500:

ElliptiGO vs StreerStrider: Which is the Best Elliptical Bike?
  • These elliptical exercise cycles both look like a lot of fun and would be great for people who are looking for lower impact exercise than running
  • If you are looking for an alternative to riding a bicycle for exercise, elliptical cycles are worth considering:
    • A bicycle requires a seated, hunched over posture  
    • Recumbent bikes or recumbent trikes require a reclined posture  
    • Elliptical exercise cycles use a standing up posture
  • With a stationary trainer, these can be used year-round indoors or outdoors.
  • As with any exercise equipment the key question is- would you really use it?  The ability to ride it like a bicycle seems like a nice feature.
  • These cycles are fairly expensive.  You could get really lucky and find one of these at a garage sale cheap.
  • You could check craigslist for a used one.  These are fairly unique, so the market for used ones may be limited, creating an opportunity to drive a bargain (maybe).
  • Look for the best elliptical bike deals on eBay:




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