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Using a fan while riding indoors, if my main goal is weight loss?

No. Weight lost by sweat is water weight. Your body needs water, and you should replenish lost water as you ride and/or immediately after. People have reduced their weight through sweating to meet an ...
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Why can't I use my new pedal indoors?

As other have commented it appears to be based a legal opinion. While there is no physical reason they would not work the safety side says having sharp pins sticking out would not be a good idea. The ...
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Using a fan while riding indoors, if my main goal is weight loss?

My answer is essentially the same as Adam's, but phrased a bit differently. The less adequate your cooling, the lower the power you'll be able to sustain. Power directly correlates with calories burnt....
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Why can't I use my new pedal indoors?

My indoor exercise cycle specifically cautions against using pedals which are not designated as being strong enough for indoor cycles. Supposedly, the stresses put on pedals on exercise bikes are ...
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Why can't I use my new pedal indoors?

Probably due to the fact that many indoor bikes, particularly spin bikes, are fixed wheel inc. a heavy flywheel which is why they always have toe-clips and/or clip in pedals - to make sure foot says ...
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Using a fan while riding indoors, if my main goal is weight loss?

No, it does not mean that. Losing water is not weight loss, unless it's the night before a fight (judo, boxing) and you need to get your weight into your weight class, then happily gain it back. Your ...
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Why can't I use my new pedal indoors?

I believe this has nothing to do with the pins, or with any special mechanical stress that indoor cycling involves. In my opinion the issue is the possibility of corrosion due to sweat. Indoor bikes ...
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Can I use a rim brake rear wheel in a disc brake bike, for indoor training?

The standard hub width for road wheels with QR is 130mm for non disc and 135mm for disc hubs. Even though you can force the frame to clamp around narrower hub, it is strongly recommended to add ...
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Spinning bike speed vs outdoor ride speed

Based (very roughly) on this calculator here, I'll guess 28 km/h or less. Using a 0 weight rider and bike with no wind and 200 watt output you get roughly the speed you are getting on the trainer (...
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Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

Try a Garden Centre, they usually sell a range of trays and they should have something suitable. An example would be this "Giant Plus Garden Tray" which at 120cm x 55cm should be big enough to place ...
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Indoor cyclist keeps popping out of clips

On Shimano SPD pedals, you can sometimes adjust the tension for how tightly they clip in (likely via a hex bolt). If the tension is too low, your feet will be too easy to pop out, whereas if its too ...
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Completely new to indoor cycling, is there a MUCH cheaper alternative to power meter that would be compatible with the RGT app?

You can basically use any trainer with a powermeter (I would call it a "smart trainer" but others do protest too much). The cheapest ones start at 200€, better ones, with a more accurate ...
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What power adapter to use for the Cybex 700 stationary bike?

Most information appears to have vanished from the official website, but other specifications suggest it's just a 12V power plug. I've tested a universal power supply and 12 V, 1 A turned out to work ...
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Can't do outdoor training for 150km and only on trainer. Can anyone give tips and training plan?

Should be possible, but you are going to need a lot of dedication to sitting for hours on the trainer. You'll also need to put a trainer specific or cheap disposable tire on you bike as trainers wear ...
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Can't do outdoor training for 150km and only on trainer. Can anyone give tips and training plan?

This is possibly a duplicate of Training for 150 km race in 2 months practicality and plan , so you can still follow the advice in those answers to good effect. There are some advantages with a ...
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Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

I use a few cardboard boxes taped together with gaffer's tape. The tape is waterproof. 2 layers of cardboard (staggered at edges if you're using small boxes) is plenty to make it through a season. ...
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Key points to ensure that a trainer is compatible with bicycle?

Generally, not much. You need to look at the manufacturer's wheel size ratings and the hub widths allowed, along with the type of the axle (e.g. if you have a maxle, you'll need a special replacement ...
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

This problem has been solved by many intrepid flatlanders, just tow an old car tyre.
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

Consider constructing a parachute similar to those worn by sprinters: https://www.amazon.com/SKLZ-Speed-Chute-Resistance-Acceleration/dp/B002CLK21C This would generate significant drag at moderate ...
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Completely new to indoor cycling, is there a MUCH cheaper alternative to power meter that would be compatible with the RGT app?

I'll answer in a very general sense. For virtual cycling, the program or app needs to know how fast you are going. This is a function of what power you are producing. The simplest solution is to have ...
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Is an Indoor Trainer Tyre Required with a Magnetic Powered Trainer

You can use road tyres on turbo trainers, which I used to do many years back. The problem is that there is a lot of heat and often a lot of pressure at the contact point, so the tyre wears down a lot ...
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Tacx Flow Smart trainer calibration issues with 700x35c tyre

After listening to advice from @Carel, I warmed the tyres up for 20 minutes, a lot more than I would have envisaged, and I finally got consistent results being able to calibrate more than once. After ...
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How to get a decent workout on a mid sized, flat parking lot?

As your description implies that you'll be spending a lot of your time building up speed (i.e. stop-start riding), adding weight will add a fair bit of resistance. Ideally you'd fit 4 panniers with ...
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Storing commuter bicycle indoors during winter

Your bike would like the same conditions as you yourself would like - room temperature air and humidity. Also bikes dislike being left salted - if your location salts the roads then rinsing this off ...
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What is the purpose of rollers

While stationary trainers are used primarily to train for raw strength and power, rollers provide training for form and balance. Because the bike is free to move and weave on the rollers, the rider ...
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How to Fit a Thru Axle Road Bike into Elite Nove Force Home Trainer

The thru axle adapter https://www.elite-it.com/en/products/home-trainers/ecosystem-accessories/thru-axle-adapter should do it. You have a 12x142 mm thru axle. The trainer web page quotes the part ...
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Storing commuter bicycle indoors during winter

It's not the temperature changes that cause rust, but humidity, especially in combination with salt. Let the bike dry completely whenever possible. I store my steel bike indoors both at work and at ...
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Storing commuter bicycle indoors during winter

Most modern bicycle components will withstand an amazing amount of variation. I do, however, recommend that you allow time for the bike to dry in between taking it out and keep the bike as free as ...
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What is a good way to learn how to ride a bike on rollers?

I bought a set of Cyclops rollers a few years back and it was scary to say the least when I started riding on them. I too was trying the door-frame technique, but I felt it to be dangerous in case I ...
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Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

On the cheaper side, a tarp or a vinyl tablecloth should do the trick, and be more easily tidied away and stored. Even a decent-weight shower curtain!
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