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The Ill-Tempered Audiophool

Rehab in the listening room

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The latest addition to my "listening room", which everyone else calls the "living room" and insists upon sharing, is my mountain bike.


I bought a fluid trainer to put it in:

Although quiet by bike trainer standards, this does nothing positive for the noise floor. The simplest solution: turn the volume up. Way the hell up.

Nothing like high volume music when you are pushing through pain.

I'm now walking again, sort of, after busting my ankle Jan 1st and having a bunch of metal stuff (wood screws and plates) put in later that day.


You might think being laid up like that might be a good chance for some music listening.

It was not.

But I find I really appreciate it now that I am trying to recover, and a standard CD-length recording is a nice metric for timing a workout. (Accumulation of pain, sweat and stench provide a great reality check as well). Anyway, I find this somehow much easier than watching the clock, and somehow having the music on, loud, helps, as does the silence afterwords.

Now if you will excuse me, I have some writhing in agony to do.


  1. wgscott's Avatar
    Yeah, I spend way more on bikes than the stereo. Sue me.
  2. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
    Do you like the trainer? I've been thinking about getting one for the MN winters so I can use my bike more than 3 months per year.
  3. wgscott's Avatar
    Yeah. I just started using it, but so far I really like it. It definitely is NOT silent. It isn't terrible the way a wind trainer is, but with a nobbly mtn bike tire, it is audible throughout the house. I'm going to get a slick tire to see if that helps. As for this particular brand, I think it is the one to get. I just tried the main competitor at a local bike shop today (CycleOps). I like this (Kurt Kinetic) better. Definitely more robust, and gets better ratings on the REI web site. I tried rollers once about 20 years ago and wound up giving them away.

    Also, it is extremely robust and stable. I'm pretty scared of falling at the moment, so that is a big deal to me.

    I bought an iPad holder that goes on the handlebars of the bike, so I can read computer audiophile and control the stereo, or even watch movies (haven't done that yet). The main thing people complain about is it can get incredibly boring. In my case, the pain seems to help keep me entertained.
  4. Encore's Avatar
    I find that watching Ted talks is a good way of passing time on my exercise bike. As is reading, although this doesn't work if I really want to get my pulse up.
  5. Bones13's Avatar
    I pulled out one of my running playlists when I was doing rehab on my ACL many years ago. Back then my playlist was on a cassette tape and Sony Walkman. As I took running back up in the 90s, I was introduced to MP3 players, as all the computer audio started up. Nowadays, also consider books on tape (a misnomer since not many are on tape anymore).

    BTW, as a professional in the business, they did a great job on your ankle, your xray looks perfect.
  6. wgscott's Avatar
    Thanks. I lucked out, since I didn't exactly get to go shopping for a surgeon for Jan 1st emergency surgery.
  7. Guidof's Avatar
    Best wishes for gradual disappearance of the pain!

    Dont want to spoil the anesthetic effect of loud music, but try to be careful with the dB level. It can play havoc with your hearing acuity.


    Guido F.
  8. wgscott's Avatar
    It turns out that with the delightfully-named Kojak bald tire, it is quite quiet.
  9. wgscott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Guidof
    Best wishes for gradual disappearance of the pain!.
    Thanks. It is quite gradual.