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    Indoor trainer: What do you watch?

    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"

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    I have a decent laptop and a NetFlix account that allows me to stream a fair selection of movies and tv shows via their website - there's also a good amount to watch on sites like hulu.com.

    This winter I'm going to try and find an ongoing series like the Sopranos to get hooked on. That way if I want to find out what happens next I'll have to turn some pedals.

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    If you're going to try the Sopranos, I'll also recommend another HBO series. The Wire. In my opinion, one of the best shows ever on TV.
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    How about some of the trainig videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrantGorgon
    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"

    Well, I tried "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1 and it didn't work very well. For me, the only think that I can handle on the trainer is action movies. Anything more sedate and I'm concentrating on my suffering too much. Also, action movies can help get the adrenaline going for tougher intervals.

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    Action movies and racing videos (Tour, classics, etc) for endurance rides and lower intensity intervals, which are longer than 2hrs.

    For harder intervals, I listen to music .. . think AC/DC, not Joni Mitchell.

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    I have a bunch of training dvds from charmicheal training (CTS) and spinervals.They are pretty good motivators on those intervals.
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    Mostly television shows. That said, I used my trainer VERY little last winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelMan
    Action movies and racing videos (Tour, classics, etc) for endurance rides and lower intensity intervals, which are longer than 2hrs.

    For harder intervals, I listen to music .. . think AC/DC, not Joni Mitchell.
    2+hrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPark
    2+hrs
    That's nothing
    My record is 5.5hrs..

    For various reasons including pigheadedness, last year I decided I would ride a 12hr solo race in March, in Australia. My first such race as a solo. But where I presently live in eastern Canada, we enjoy freezing rain alternating with wet snow from Dec through April

    Thus some crazy trainer time. I doubt I'll attempt that scenario again but it actually worked out quite well as I placed well and had a blast in Oz... You just need to have a goal and a plan.

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    I really don't watch anything.

    My problems are more physical than mental. (butt soreness, numbing, knee discomfort.....but not really boredom).

    I go into the cold garage and stick the radio on NPR. I'm always hoping to learn something new.
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    movies I normally sleep through. Lord of the Rings, the horrible pirates of caribbian etc. I can't make it through commercials so TV doesn't work. I prefer to not finish a movie on a training session because I look forward to finishing the movie on the next session.
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    I've got an old 200 disc DVD changer that starts with 300 and ends with XXX. Mostly action stuff. Fight Club, Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones series, the Collective movies, some training videos. Things where dialog isn't that critical.

    Something else I watch during the fall and winter is ACC basketball. I'll schedule my trainer rides around the 7:00 games I want to see. Usually there are 2 weeknights where they'll have games on. I'll increase intensities during timeouts, or sometimes vary up tempos based on the in game time to keep me paying attention. It's a good way to keep up with the season and it works well with the time change. It's on basically November thru March.

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    I watch concert DVDs. Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Rush, Nevermore, Steve Vai, Led Zep, Purple, Sabbath.
    I've tried the Charmichael stuff but it's too damned boring.

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    Anything i want from the DVR. For easier efforts I can do stuff that requires concentration. harder sustained efforts brain bead shows. Intervals I do whatever show i want to and hammer away the commercials.

    That said this winter I'm gonna spend more time on the road. But on an old mountain bike.

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    I can't do video... I need music.

    Otherwise I get wrapped up in watching the TV and lose my focus.

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    together with heart rate, power output and the computrainer cartoon course. If in erg mode, I watch how close I am getting to the power spikes, and then when the power spike is going to be over.

    I have not tried the 'real course' videos yet, but they sound cool.

    Pretty much had to choose between the computrainer and a new bike a couple of years ago, but we get 180 inches of snow here.

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    On the rollers....

    The '03 Tour.
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy (One disk per session)
    Miracle (intervals during hockey game scenes)
    Hoosiers (intervals during basketball game scenes)
    Band of Brothers (multiple times over the winter)
    Off Road to Athens
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    Between the Tape and some other DH racing vids.

    DH is just so much more exciting and fires me up more.

    I guess i am still a fat DH racer posing as a skinny XC racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    Between the Tape and some other DH racing vids.

    DH is just so much more exciting and fires me up more.

    I guess i am still a fat DH racer posing as a skinny XC racer.
    And how much trainer time do you actually do Califorinia boy?

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    I don't watch anything if I want to workout but I highly recommend listening to inspiring music. NIN [WITH_TEETH] would be my favorite album to exercise to.

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    I've found that I like my favorite music of the week, combined with an action movie with the subtitles turned on. The music gets my heart beating, the subtitles gives my brain something to do. I'm going to get some MTB videos soon or even motocross/freestyle videos sound good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN
    And how much trainer time do you actually do Califorinia boy?
    i did a lot more than i would like to admit this year! i can't ride much during daylight hours and our roads are not safe at night (like they are safe during the day with the road rage! ).

    also found that the trainer is best for doing drills. i want to get rollers and hope that those will help mix it up some this winter... but the chances are pretty small on having the funds.

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    RaceDayRush.com Studio Series

    Quote Originally Posted by ErrantGorgon
    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"
    Please pardon the opportunity for the shameless promotion, but I would suggest checking out the video on the attached link. This is a new concept that we are launching that will help break the mundaneness for many of you we hope. We've spent some time developing it and gotten some great feedback from coaches and spin instructors alike. The library of footage is currently under construction, but we expect to have significant options to provide in the next 1-2 months.

    http://www.racedayrush.com/train/ind...=106&Itemid=66

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    Downhill videos if my trainer workout is anything other than HR zones 1-2. My fav is "Roam" by The Collective.

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    Pick a good TV series you haven't watch and get the DVDs. I watched about five seasons of 24 last winter. Perfect trainer material. I would often ride longer because I just had to find out what happens in the next episode. Watched Battlestar Galactica (new SciFi series) the winter before. Lost would be a great one for the trainer, but I have been watching that show all along. I just check out the DVDs from the library.

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    Reviving an old thread...

    I tend to watch DVDs of cable tv shows. Over the past few winters, I've watched the following:

    The Wire (really, this show is too good to watch on the trainer/rollers; it demands your full attention)
    Lost
    Californication (funny, sexy women, too little action for interval efforts)
    Weeds
    Generation Kill (hard to hear some of the excellent dialogue while on trainer, but the action/fight scenes are good for riding)
    Dexter
    Blue Mountain State (mindless frat-boy humor, but pretty good for passing the time on trainer; good looking young women for motivation)

    Any suggestions along these lines? Looking for something that has a mix of humor, action, and ahem, attractive scenery...

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    Psych?

    I tend to just watch whatever I choose on netflix for the day.

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    I like to watch UFC that I have recorded on my DVR. I just dont think about how much I am hurting when I see those guys going at it. And I feel grateful that I dont have to try to do that to make a living.
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    I made myself a YouTube playlist of cycling video clips. I have a dual-monitor setup, and can simultaneously view myself from my 9 o'clock using my webcam on the secondary monitor, which is proving useful for seeing how terrible my position is

    Something with a good beat helps, I like this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiCIJ2JewPE (Lance Armstrong in 1999 TDF ditching everyone on a big climb)

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    Today it'll be Bicycle Dreams.

    Anything cycling related usually works, or Netflix is a good option. Some of the old stanbys are - 24 Solo, Off Road to Athens, Race Across the Sky, any of the old TDF's or Giro videos, any classic videos, like Paris Roubaix, good stuff!
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    NOTHING. Yesterday I did 2 hours on the rollers watching and listening to nothing. Just watching the time tick away on my bike computer and thinking about things.

    My wife was in an adjacent room working on a report for work, and I didn't want to bother her with other noise (besides my rollers/bike, breathing, and occasional suffering). :-).

    But normally this winter, I've been watching Universal Sports on cable. The alpine skiing is a blast to watch. Commentators are awesome.
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    Whatever works for that day. Training specific videos, Football with sprints during commercials in the 2nd half, Movies my wife doesn't want to watch.
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    Sufferfest!

    I ride to the sufferfest videos, love 'em. Downward Spiral and Revolver are my favorites. I use it as part of my training regimen. Just spinning the legs doesn't really help me, I've got to have a training structure. I also ride to DVD from Cyclefilm

    www.thesufferfest.com Gotta check it out.

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    Watching football and every time the ball is in play sprint as hard as you can! It makes you you feel as if you are part of the game. Those long kickoff returns are brutal!

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    Whatever happens to run/walk/fly/crawl past the shed door. My "indoor" ain't in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acero853
    Whatever happens to run/walk/fly/crawl past the shed door. My "indoor" ain't in the house.

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    Your are lucky, but here in Quebec, i wouldn't consider riding in the snow a minus 10celcius a good training, But i could do cross country skiing!

    For now i watch Best motoring, I download 34 episode of about 1 hours. Top Gear Uk is fine. WRC events.

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    Drum and Bass on the I pod for me. Most of it is 170-180bpm just right for keeping the cadence up in the 85-90rpm range.

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    Beats from DJ Scene on the ipod......and World Cup replays on Freecaster.tv (links on right side)

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    Currently: Alias seasons 1 - 5.
    Once done there, Star Trek DS9 ... always wanted to know what happened in the last few seasons.

    Basically anything that makes me forget I'm riding on a trainer will do.

    The porn option would eventually become .... uncomfortable, I imagine. Doesn't mean I won't try it at least once.

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    Very cool idea. Hope you guys can get off the ground and survive!!



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    Please pardon the opportunity for the shameless promotion, but I would suggest checking out the video on the attached link. This is a new concept that we are launching that will help break the mundaneness for many of you we hope. We've spent some time developing it and gotten some great feedback from coaches and spin instructors alike. The library of footage is currently under construction, but we expect to have significant options to provide in the next 1-2 months.

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    i have my computer hooked up to my tv and i been watch the carmichael "train right mountain biking" dvd on silent in one window and a movie on netflix in the other. the movie usually runs longer then the dvd so it motivates me to do more after either it be easy spinning or some weights.

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    I watch the news. No joke, I hate politics and politicians, and they talk lots of politics. Nothing pisses me off more than a bunch of overpaid politicians and speculators repeating the same cr@p every day. Oh, and gas prices, those piss me off and they're constantly speculating to add more fuel to that fire.

    Usually when I'm doing harder intervals I'm not actually seeing much of what's on TV anyway.. I'm trying to figure out how in the heck I'm going to make it the rest of the interval and trying to avoid looking at the remaining time on the cycling computer. Staring at the seconds tick by makes time go very slowly!

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    sufferfest. but i have to admit, they are starting to annoy me. maybe because they are really hard. the music is getting to me also..

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    Braveheart as of late. Intervals during battle scenes for as long as I can stand it, especially the initial charges across the fields!

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    I'll take this opportunity to do a quick poll.

    How interested would you folks be in having trainging videos with MTB footage. I'm thinking of something with structured intervals, working on certain skills/fitness aspects of cycling, overlaid with music and MTB footage.

    Think of it as Sufferfest videos but MTB based instead. Possibly not pro footage though, I'm thinking of helmet & steady cam footage of "local" trails, races & events.

    Any interest in this? I know I would be in the market for such videos but who else is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    I'll take this opportunity to do a quick poll.

    How interested would you folks be in having trainging videos with MTB footage. I'm thinking of something with structured intervals, working on certain skills/fitness aspects of cycling, overlaid with music and MTB footage.

    Think of it as Sufferfest videos but MTB based instead. Possibly not pro footage though, I'm thinking of helmet & steady cam footage of "local" trails, races & events.

    Any interest in this? I know I would be in the market for such videos but who else is?
    Well it's interesting that you've polled this as I am interested, which is part of why we created RaceDayRush.com. Our Studio Series videos are like this. We have a second generation of filming planned this summer that will incorporate front and rear facing cams similar to the Hot August Nights video on our mtb page. Only with better optimized camera positions. The intervals that we incorporate are typically suited to the actual race GPS profile. Trying to keep it real. I would love to hear what others have to say too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Well it's interesting that you've polled this as I am interested, which is part of why we created RaceDayRush.com. Our Studio Series videos are like this. We have a second generation of filming planned this summer that will incorporate front and rear facing cams similar to the Hot August Nights video on our mtb page. Only with better optimized camera positions. The intervals that we incorporate are typically suited to the actual race GPS profile. Trying to keep it real. I would love to hear what others have to say too.
    Yes I did propose it for you guys to make a "personal" edition in the past. Your studio series are too expensive if you ask me, that's the main problem.

    Sufferfest strike the perfect price by using an electronic distribution model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    Yes I did propose it for you guys to make a "personal" edition in the past. Your studio series are too expensive if you ask me, that's the main problem.

    Sufferfest strike the perfect price by using an electronic distribution.
    I don't recall a "personal" edition so to speak. Please do share again. I don't mind what Sufferfest has done, but do find them a little cheesy in some ways. We are not really much more expensive than that either, and our videos are professionally edited to create our dashboard.

    With the new offering coming following the season of filming, we will be assessing pricing and delivery options for sure.
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    Here : DVDs to watch on trainer?

    It's not about it being personal edition or not, it's about bringing the price down and making it easily accessible. As I said, 30$ for a workout of 1H is too expensive if you ask me.

    And I agree Sufferfest are a little cheesy or over-the-top. They seem to take themselves a bit too seriously. Their workout structure is impeccable though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    I'll take this opportunity to do a quick poll.

    How interested would you folks be in having trainging videos with MTB footage. I'm thinking of something with structured intervals, working on certain skills/fitness aspects of cycling, overlaid with music and MTB footage.

    Think of it as Sufferfest videos but MTB based instead. Possibly not pro footage though, I'm thinking of helmet & steady cam footage of "local" trails, races & events.

    Any interest in this? I know I would be in the market for such videos but who else is?
    Epic trails in HD would interest me! Also world class courses/famous would be cool to see. Sufferfest is neat because you are right there with the pros and the scenery is cool. At the same time, they are cheesy as heck as the meister mentioned. You would need to ride race pace to seem believable right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk
    You would need to ride race pace to seem believable right?
    Without unveiling all my ideas (this would be a business after all) I'm not sure I agree. Different riders have different needs. Personally, I don't care how hard the dude is going on screen if the underlying workout is hard.
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    I have to watch mt bike videos when I train. I can't pay enough attention to a movie I like and it takes my focus off the intervals anyway.

    My favorite is to watch race videos my husband filmed with his helmet cam. I focus on the course and picture trying to pass racers. If you don't have a helmet cam, use "Race Against the Sky" (Leadville 100 documentary) or Specialized's movie "Roam". If you have Apple TV, you could set up long You Tube mt bike race videos and switch to new ones in between intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by godsang
    I have to watch mt bike videos when I train. I can't pay enough attention to a movie I like and it takes my focus off the intervals anyway.
    And how interested would you be in a structured training movie with MTB footage?
    How important is the training versus the movie?
    What would you consider a fair price?
    Would you prefer to get CDs/BluRays or direct download?


    Maybe I should start a poll and another thread...
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    Personally, I have a specific training program that I do, so I wouldn't want a training video that told me what to do and when. I have to watch my HR as I do my intervals and go hard at certain points. I look for mt bike footage that is interesting to watch while I do my intervals.

    I think that a training mt bike video for racers (or riders who just want to get faster) is an awesome idea though. Just the same way people buy Spinervals, I think they'd buy mt bike specific dvds. I'd pay $20 for a dvd that lasts 45 to 60 minutes and provides a warm up, set of intervals with recovery periods, and a cool down (all with appropriate single track footage). I'd pay $35 if it was really good (which I'd have to hear by word of mouth). I'd want the ability to buy 1 dvd, and if I like it, buy more (or buy a whole set for $100 for 4 dvds).

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    I watch the counter on my dvd player for my minute intervals and 5 minute wind ups, I added a killer headwind fan to a set of floating rollers i built last winter,no bungy,just a self centering free rolling action, it greatly reduces most of the mentioned physical problems with trainers /rollers. I generally ride for about 100 minutes,once you can do stand up intervals you can take the pressure off the sit area.I did a little over 2 hrs once and i really didn't see a problem with going longer ,but trainers are continuous;no coasting downhills or stopping at lights,so a 2hr ride is really equal to nearly 3 hrs outside.

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    Well, I usually ride very early in the morning so I have to be quiet to avoid waking wife/daughter.

    For interval work, I just watch the news. I'm usually spending enough time concentrating on the interval that time passes fairly quickly. Although I have some of the CTS and Rides DVDs, I don't use them since I need to do specific workouts usually not covered by the DVD.

    For LSD on trainer- a movie, including my three favorites from Gripped Films: 24 Solo, Off Road to Athens, and Chasing Legends. Sometimes I replace the movie with ski racing, cycling, or triathlon on Universal Sports.

    Last week, I went to a friend's and a few of us did the Spinervals "Tough Love" vid (3 hours!) on her system in the basement (huge projector TV). Kind of fun to set up trainers and suffer as a group- makes the time go by.
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    As mentionned above, I decided to start a survey to know what people want to see in MTB training videos, please take some tiem to answer, I'll jugde if I want to invest in this based on number of answers.

    MTB training movie survey
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    I have been watching instant netflix through my xbox this winter. So far I watched Cosmos with Carl Sagan and a ton of other documentaries. Action shows work well too. I watched some gladiator show that was completely ridiculous, but it worked well with intervals. In the past I have watched Tour DVDs.

    The Wire is an excellent show, but I am struggling watching something I have to think about when doing intervals.

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    Mostly Action movies. I've also found that popping in a disc of Cowboy Bebop kills a 2 hr ride quite nicely. I think it's the music. Two winters ago I did a 2.5 hr trainer ride to the Semi-final curling matches at the Olympics. That was pretty sweet.
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    Opt Out series on Amazon instant video 4.00 ea to own watch it on the computer or on TV if you have that capability. Colo. single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    Without unveiling all my ideas (this would be a business after all) I'm not sure I agree. Different riders have different needs. Personally, I don't care how hard the dude is going on screen if the underlying workout is hard.

    When the screen yells "sprint", it would just be weird if the rider on the tv continues to cruise at 7mph. The video should replicate the commands like sufferfest does.

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    Metal concerts - last week i was watching "The Big 4" with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer & Megadeth.

    Gotta have a fast beat and be aggressive.

    I like being screamed at while training I guess.........not by my wife though (she hates all things bikes)

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    Good point about the metal music. Not specifically for me but put on Pandora internet radio. Alternative genre. Opt Out video and good to go.

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    Any game on TV...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim22
    Opt Out series on Amazon instant video 4.00 ea to own watch it on the computer or on TV if you have that capability. Colo. single track.
    I have 6 OptOut DVDs and none are singletrack...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk
    When the screen yells "sprint", it would just be weird if the rider on the tv continues to cruise at 7mph. The video should replicate the commands like sufferfest does.
    Personally I don't really look at the tv because our setup is better suited to the threadmill for my GF (TV too high). It's probably why I don't care about what's going on on the screen.
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    Ride1 Red Rock

    Ride2 Mule Creek

    Ride3 Monarch Crest Trail

    I mostly ride so these are the only 3 I have. There are more. It lets you preview. I think they're great.

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    I got the base 6 DVD pack, not-so-great purchase...
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    Pay 4.00 for one of the three. Let us know what you think.

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    No, I don't want to unplug the computer to watch a movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrantGorgon
    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"
    So something that would look like this with the video actually playing, in a download format, with structured workouts where the rider is following the activity on screen...

    Thoughts???
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    A bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...

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