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Treadmill Shopping

Treadmill Shopping

ProForm J6 Treadmill

ProForm J6 Treadmill

My old ProForm J6 treadmill is getting a bit tired these days. It actually just shut off on me during my brick run last Saturday. It has served me well for the couple hundred dollars I paid for several years ago, but we both agreed it was time for an upgrade.

I have also learned to embrace the treadmill lately. I used to be a bit more “macho” and run outside no matter what, but I am totally over that now. I have nothing to prove there anymore and I am more than happy to chug along for miles while watching TV or or some videos. I also tend to get this wheeziness in my lungs when I do any intense activity in very cold temperatures. My wife used to refer to this as my “hockey cough” when I would come home late at night after playing ice hockey and be wheezing and coughing in bed. I obviously inherited the athsmatic-ness of my mother and grandfather.

I started doing some research online and found a few brands and features that I thought were important. I made the rounds to several shops in the area and tested them out. The LifeSpan TR4000i was one model that struck my eye online. It had good reviews and was rated highly by Consumer Reports and Runner’s world, but no one had any in stock to try. One shop had a TR1200i, but it was not setup correctly,  so it was making all kinds of noise running on it. Not a good sell. Their price was also a bit higher than the online price of the 4000i, so I bagged that.

I headed down to Quakertown to FItness Factory Outlet which states they have the 4000i on their website. When I got there he stated that he only sold that online. He did have a bunch of these Spirit treadmills in the showroom. I tried them all and was very impressed. The price was right too. I went home and did some research on them and it turns out Consumer Reports also recommended the Spirit 485 higher than the 4000i I was looking at before. It also had a little better warranty too. So after thinking it over for a few days, I made the call to purchase!


I was pretty excited to hear that they had the model I wanted in stock, so I figured they would deliver in a day or so. I was told that the delivery guy would call me later that day to setup delivery. When he called I was a bit disappointed to find out they were about a week behind on deliveries. We agreed on the following Saturday to setup and deliver.

The driver arrived promptly at 10:30am with my treadmill. They carried the large box in and started setting it up. Eventually they called me down to report that the main wire adapter from the panel to the motor was broken. They were very apologetic, but I knew it was not their fault. They said that the Fitness Factory Outlet guys would get back to me. I psyched when the called me in a couple hours and said they had a wire from another unit and would be up in an hour to finish assembling it.

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill 1

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill 1

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill Deck

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill Deck

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill Console

Spirit Fitness xt485 Treadmill Console

Stay tuned for a future post on my actual review of the unit after I get some use out of it. So far so good though!

New Sprockets Dieter!

dieter5I am a huge Mike Myers and SNL fan, so whenever I can stick references to that in I am all over that. Anyway, before heading on vacation, I decided to change up the crankset on my tri bike to a compact(50T/34T). There are a lot of hills on most of the courses I ride and riding my old road bike, which has a compact, I realized how nice it was to spin up the hills at 80+rpm. This and the fact that after all the trials and tribulations of the faulty crankset that Cycles BiKyle originally put on my bike, I needed to restore some confidence in my bike lasting a long distance event without issue.

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I took my bike over to Sleeping Dog Pro Cycles in Topton to take a look at it and at first he wasn’t sure if I a compact crank would work with the front derailleur and the bracket on the bike. He offered to test it out with my other bikes’ crank to be sure. Fortunately it worked and he even had a Shimano DuraAce 7950 Compact crank, in my crank arm length(172.5), on closeout…Sweet! He installed it while I was on vacation and I picked it up the day after I got back.

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I took my first ride on the bike on Saturday with the new crank and it was awesome! I did a few hills in the beginning of my ride to see how it felt and my cadence was definitely higher and it made them seem so much easier. This will really help eliminating that cramping feeling in the run during races. And also provide guilt-free non-spinning rests on steep downhills! Smile The chain does rub the derailleur a little in the easiest gear on the back, but it isn’t that bad really. When John showed it to me in the shop it sounded worse. Below is the GPS track from my first ride with the new crank. Wasn’t a stellar ride due to it being my first ride since back from a week and a half vacation and it was especially hot.

LSD Ride by schwinbp at Garmin Connect – Details.