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Old 08-13-2017, 03:23 PM   #401
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Has anyone heard of an e-trainer? In the promo materials they say it goes up to 75 power assisted. It just misses the mark by 5rpm for 80 to 90 FE.
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:40 PM   #402
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:19 PM   #403
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I've had a look at the eTrainer webpage, but I can't find anything to indicate that it has anything other than a "passive" mode (i.e. it always does all the work). In such a mode, it seems to me that you would not be able to get your heart rate up into the required range of between 60% and 85% of your HRmax.

But they do use the word "assist", so maybe they just don't explain it's capabilities very well. If it supplies, say, 60 RPM, and lets you supply an additional 15 RPM, that might be close enough (assuming that gets your heart rate up into the required range).
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:04 PM   #404
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Thanks for all the info. Will get to the page, and perhaps the manufacturer, of the E trainer. I will be glad to get the cardio workup to help me see where I am.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:31 AM   #405
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Another thing I noticed is that the eTrainer looks very light in weight, and since it has no seat, your weight would not be available to help keep it in place.

This may not be an issue if it is only used in passive mode. However, if it is used in an active mode (assuming this is even possible), you may need to bolt it (and the chair you sit on) either to the floor, or to, say, a large, flat piece of wood placed on the floor.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:53 AM   #406
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Never would have thought of that! Thanks.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:54 AM   #407
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I'm back from two weeks of rafting down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. At one point (the narrowest point of course), I actually swam across the Colorado. Never thought I would do that! Other than seven dislocations of my meniscus, and therefore not being able to climb in all the slot canyons, it was a great trip. I've had my knee checked out and have been given the go-ahead to continue cycling. The first three days on the bike were in the 60s rpm and 35 minutes, but I expect to go longer and more quickly today. I'm eager to get back into my regular cycling routine. Amazingly enough, other than moving more slowly than some, my PD did not get in the way of participation in the trip. One evening I gave a presentation on PD. Six people came to the start and within minutes nearly all of the 28 were there, staying well into the dark for q and a. Pedaling trumps PD yet again!
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:42 AM   #408
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I made a video of the Grand Canyon trip:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nYAQ5ze9hDI
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:21 PM   #409
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Nan, thanks for sharing the video which was inspirational and enjoyable! Jo
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:03 AM   #410
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Default Progress in research on interval-training techniques

Some more research has recently been done on the application of interval-training techniques to cycling, for the benefit of PwPs [1].

For this trial they chose twelve 30-minute sessions, each session including a 5-minute warm up and a 5-minute cool down. For each of the 20 minutes in the middle of each session, participants were asked to pedal as fast as they could for 15 seconds and then pedal at a comfortable pace for 45 seconds. A stationary recumbent bicycle was used and the resistance was set to the lowest level. Significant improvements were recorded for each of the motor-related tests performed (e.g. 10-meter walk, timed-up-and-go, etc.).

The authors acknowledge that there is now a need for a separate study to compare the benefits of interval-training techniques with those of steady-cadence cycling.

[1] Mehmet Uygur , Maria Bellumori & Christopher A Knight (2017): Effects of a low-resistance, interval bicycling intervention in Parkinson’s Disease, Physiotherapy and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1359868

Effects of a low-resistance, interval bicycling intervention in Parkinson's Disease. - PubMed - NCBI

(abstract only - the rest is behind a paywall)
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