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Excercise bike on a cruise?

This might be a silly suggestion, but has anyone ever thought about mounting an exercise bike for an extended cruise? If you hook it up to an alternator, you could have a workout and some power.
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Give it a shot . Although I don't know that I would necessarily use an alternator. I imagine a regulated DC generator might be a better choice. Maybe a modified wind generator. You could gear it down enough such that you're simulating a 30kt wind

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I would hook it up to the prop shaft. Put the Misses on the bike, don't tell her it is a 5 mile long narrow channel until you get to the anchorage. Just remember how green you will be not burning those hydrocarbons!!!!!
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I had thought of that too . How about hooking it up to a giant fan for those days when there isn't enough "natural" wind. lol


Actually I like the battery charger idea. You could even use a standard bike gearing system to increase/decrease the workout/output.

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Rig 2 of them, one on each side for generation. Then rig the handle bars to the steering system so you can steer while peddling. Mount your plotter to the handle bar so you can see where you are going. Mount a flat panel TV on the other handle bar so the other peddler has something to watch too.
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I don't think I ever saw a boat that was big enough to carry all the crew, gear, food, supplies, sails, lines, bumpers, anchors, dinghy, and.......an exercise bike. Maybe on a 60 footer. The piont is, space is so limited on your basic cruising sailboat and in such demand that I can't imagine taking up all that room with an exercise bike.

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I don't think I ever saw a boat that was big enough to carry all the crew, gear, food, supplies, sails, lines, bumpers, anchors, dinghy, and.......an exercise bike. Maybe on a 60 footer. The piont is, space is so limited on your basic cruising sailboat and in such demand that I can't imagine taking up all that room with an exercise bike.
that was my only concern. but the newer ones fold up pretty nicely when not in use.
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I don't think I ever saw a boat that was big enough to carry all the crew, gear, food, supplies, sails, lines, bumpers, anchors, dinghy, and.......an exercise bike. Maybe on a 60 footer. The piont is, space is so limited on your basic cruising sailboat and in such demand that I can't imagine taking up all that room with an exercise bike.
I wouldn't go putting an regular exercise bike on board but maybe set up something you can pedal while at the helm.

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like tjk said, i don't think you would have enough room on the boat to store one. why not replace the dink with one of these.
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