(1) A portable bike stand. I grabbed one of these highly useful portable bike stands off of Amazon, and I'm surprised I went without it for so long.
|Stand in the place where you bike.|
What's more, because the arm pads sit above the extensions, they are a pretty "tall" bar. Some, like me, wish for more downward mobility. Nick Salazar at Tririg.com designed and created replacement clamps that lighten the bars by 1/2 pound, reduce the necessary screws from 14 to 4, and allow the bars to go about 1" lower. They are incredibly elegant.
|These parts replace everything above and more.|
I installed these on my bike, and the difference is obvious.
|On left: new, lower clamps. On right: old hardware.|
(3) Sennheiser wireless headphones. I spend a lot of time on my trainer in the winter (and, heck, in the summer) months, and I often find it difficult to hear dialog in movies or television shows I'm watching. I could turn on closed captioning, I guess, but these are much better:
|Sennheiser RS 170 digital.|
These things sound amazing, are wireless, and block out external sound so that you don't need to disturb the whole house while you're getting your workout in. You can adjust the volume, among other things, on the headphones themselves. I even find that the reduced ambient noise reduces fatigue after a little while, and makes the whole thing more pleasant. There are cheaper models -- I used to have some -- but the elimination of interference that this model offers is well worth the extra cash, in my opinion.