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Old 12-17-2012, 10:26 AM  
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I'm considering a treadmill

I'm considering buying a treadmill. I hate treadmills. But the wife wants one so the smart money says we'll end up with one.

I need to query the CP brain trust regarding the treadmill products out there.

I'm looking for one that I (she) can move pretty easily. Don't want it to cost a fortune but I also don't want to end up with a pile of **** either. I may use it from time to time, and I'm enormous, so how big of a deck should I get?

What kind of brands or features should I look for/avoid?

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #31
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There are no good treadmills that move easily. You're talking about a product that is designed for a person weighing potentially hundreds of pounds running on it for hundreds of hours. You can't make something that will put up with that level of abuse out of plastic. Of course the reality is that most treadmills see a couple hours of use and then never come out again.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #32
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What the **** are you talking about?

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Wea...ation=USKS0530

Tuesday is the last day I'd want to be outside. The high after that is 51 and there isn't a day the wind is going to be below 10 MPH. That's goddamn cold.

And she gets home at 6, an hour after it gets dark. It gets damn cold running in 25 degree weather.
No. No it really isn't that cold at all. Especially not for running.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #33
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I'm on my second Pro-Form purchased in the last 10 years. I have arthritic knees so I only use it for walking (very little running). In the Spring, Summer and Fall I ride my bike nearly every day but can't ride my bike in the winter so I use the treadmill most every day when the weather is bad or cold. I purchased the Pro-Forms from Sears for about $400 - $500. The first one crapped out on me after about 7 years of use; the running board cracked and the belt went bad. I checked into replacing the board and belt but that would cost almost as much as a new low-end Pro-Form so I purchased a new one. They aren't the highest quality but they have worked fine for me.

I agree with previous posts about placing the treadmill in front of a TV. Time seems to drag by even being in front of the TV but I couldn't fathom being on the treadmill without being distracted by the TV.

BTW - I weigh about 170 lbs.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #34
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Go to an actual exercise equipment store. There is a big difference between health club quality equipment and those little flimsy things you see at academy/dicks/etc. You'll probably need to spend $1000 minimum.
I don't agree with that. You can get semi decent entry level equipment for around $700 if you shop smart. this is a good example:
http://www.amazon.com/Horizon-Fitnes...ords=treadmill

No bells and whistles but they're tough and they get the job done.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #35
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Not telling you what to do, or denigrating what you think of as cold, but after you've been running for 15 minutes, you're not cold anymore.
You're not telling me. It's my wife. She ain't doing it. I ran cross country in high school. I know, but it's not me.

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Guess I'm just used to this "cold" weather you speak of. 40 and sunny is not what I call cold. Wednesday is the only day on that forecast that I look at and say nope, and that's because its a mix of rain and snow.
the 25th and 26th are 60% chance of snow. And there isn't a damn bit of sun for your 40 and sunny at 6PM when she's running.

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No. No it really isn't that cold at all. Especially not for running.
Again, it isn't me. It's my wife. And it's going to be after 6PM. It's cold out here in the high country.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #36
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I don't agree with that. You can get semi decent entry level equipment for around $700 if you shop smart. this is a good example:
http://www.amazon.com/Horizon-Fitnes...ords=treadmill

No bells and whistles but they're tough and they get the job done.
Have you been on it? It looks narrow and flimsy.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #37
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the 25th and 26th are 60% chance of snow. And there isn't a damn bit of sun for your 40 and sunny at 6PM when she's running.
Snow isn't shit, dude.

Not only is it far too early for it to stick but unless its a blizzard its nothing.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #38
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You're not telling me. It's my wife. She ain't doing it. I ran cross country in high school. I know, but it's not me.
Ok, so you're stuck with it. Like others have said, I have pretty serious doubts about finding a quality treadmill that even you, let alone your wife, are going to want to move around on a regular basis.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #39
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That's the plan. That's why I want it to be mobile, so she can run it out in front of the TV and roll it back in the closet.
yeah, not gonna happen. Treadmills aren't designed to be moved around all the time. They are big and they are heavy. They are meant to stay in one location unless you are moving it for lengthy storage. Mine isn't even that big but it is heavy as hell and I dread when I do move it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:04 AM   #40
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If you want something "mobile" get a trainer for your bike.

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Snow isn't shit, dude.

Not only is it far too early for it to stick but unless its a blizzard its nothing.
Are you high? At this time last year there was 15" of snow on the ground.

But either way, it's my wife not me. You can call her a pussy all you want, but she still isn't going to go run in the dark when it is 20 degrees outside. Especially in February when it is 10 and windy. It just isn't happening.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #42
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yeah, not gonna happen. Treadmills aren't designed to be moved around all the time. They are big and they are heavy. They are meant to stay in one location unless you are moving it for lengthy storage. Mine isn't even that big but it is heavy as hell and I dread when I do move it.
Awesome

Thanks for the heads up. I might be looking for a different spot for it.
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Have you been on it? It looks narrow and flimsy.
I own that exact model, they're good machines. The T-100 series from Horizon are highly regarded and if you ask around for best bang for buck treadmills from people who know about this stuff they will steer you to this machine. At least, that's what happened to me in January and that's why I own one.
Now keep in mind that the fan sucks and the speakers are shit, but that didn't bother me. I wanted the money I spent to go to the motor and chassis, in short all the important bits, and that's what you get with this treadmill. No bells and whistles.
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Ok, so you're stuck with it. Like others have said, I have pretty serious doubts about finding a quality treadmill that even you, let alone your wife, are going to want to move around on a regular basis.
Buy a big sturdy one and mod it. Put some rollers on, cut the posts and install hinges, etc.
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There's a reason these are like the #1 most listed item on Craigslist and garage sales. You will be cursing it profusely when it's sitting unused for months taking up 1/4 of the room. Everybody says they'll be the type that will actually use it.....
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