Ride From The Zombies

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I’ve written a few times about how hard it is to make it to spin class.  And I don’t really enjoy riding in the immediate area surrounding my house (way too much traffic, not enough bike lanes).  A few people reminded me about my Bell Motivator, which was gathering dust in my garage.  See?  This is why I love you!  I had forgotten about my Motivator but my readers had not!


I spy Margaret.


The Bell Motivator is an indoor trainer.  You hook your road bike up to it and can ride inside.  There are loads of indoor trainers on the market; some are expensive and some are not.  The Bell Motivator is definitely one of the cheapest options – under $100.


I’ve had a few questions about the Motivator, so I thought I’d give it a thorough review.


I really like the Motivator (when I remember that I own it), although it doesn’t compare to spin class (people! action! things to look at!) or riding outside (same).  I usually put my bike in front of the TV or in front of my back window so I have something to think about; it’s currently in my bedroom because Henry tries to climb my bike if it’s in the living room.


The Motivator creates resistance by pressing up against the back tire.  You can turn the knob to make the ride harder or easier (shifting gears will do this, too). 


The biggest question about indoor trainers is “how loud is it?”  I would say the Bell Motivator is as loud as you would expect a cheaper trainer to be.  It’s equal to a vacuum.  I can listen to NPR on my speaker system (small, cheap speakers) while I ride if I put the volume all the way up.   Hopefully, that gives you an idea of how loud it is!


The other issue with the Bell Motivator is that it slightly tilts the bike forward.  You can buy a riser block (like this one) but I just put a heavy book under the front tire.  Problem solved.



The bottom line is that I think the Motivator is an excellent product considering it’s price.  I’ve had it for about four years, and whenever I do use it, I am really thankful that I own it.  I rode for 45 minutes yesterday and broke a serious sweat while simultaneously reading a book and listening to the news.  Can’t do that outside!


Speaking of books… I just finished World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.


TWO HUGE THUMBS UP!  I loved this apocalyptic horror novel.  It’s written in such a creative style and was a really engaging and exciting read.


The Zombie War has been over for a decade years, and a UN employee is traveling the world to record testimonials from everyone from average citizens to political leaders about what happened when zombies attacked.  The book is formatted as interviews and reads like a collection of short stories.  Through the interviews, you slowly piece together what happened when a virus nearly wiped the entire human race away.  World War Z is actually going to be a movie (coming out in June and starring Brad Pitt), but I just don’t know how they are going to recapture the feel of the book in movie format.  If you love zombies, definitely check out World War Z.  Plus – isn’t World War Z the best title ever?!



  • Joy March 27, 2013, 12:55 pm

    While I don’t have the Motivator, I do ride a trainer inside for a lot of my cross-training during the winter and spring. I love riding the trainer because I feel like I always get such a great workout, and, like you, I get to read. That’s a huge bonus!

  • Carolina John March 27, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Riser blocks make great christmas/birthday presents! I love my bike trainer too, use it all the time. especially until it finally warms up here!

  • Ja @Athlete Within Ja March 27, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Nice bike and trainer. I do have a bike trainer too – it’s Travel Trac Comp Fluid. I love bike trainers especially during winter months when I can’t go bike outside. =)

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs March 27, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I’ve been wondering what that book was like — sounds like I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies March 27, 2013, 1:12 pm

    One of my ninth-grade students is reading that and said it was really good. I think I’m going to have to buy it — originally I was thinking I’d give it to my non-reader lover-of-all-things-apocalypse-and-zombie boyfriend, but now I think it’s something I’d absolutely love. Glad to see more than freshmen boys like it. 🙂

  • Angela March 27, 2013, 1:23 pm

    I think that trainer is great for people like me that a-live in a place where it’s usually always rainy and miserable and b-live nowhere close to a gym… like 20 minutes away is the closest one!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I want to read this book but I’m slightly scared… was it scary???? I watched the first season of the Walking Dead but I had a ton of zombie dreams and couldn’t bring myself to watch the second season lol! I’m such a nerd 🙂

    • jessika March 27, 2013, 11:21 pm

      I honestly had problems sleeping for about a week after reading it and I don’t scare easily. It’s written in such a believable manner that you’ll be on high alert for days.
      BUT, I still recommend it because it’s impressive that it freaked me out that much.

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 27, 2013, 1:25 pm

    I definitely would love to have something like your Motivator- as there’s too much snow outside for most of the year to ride my bike, but I love a good bike ride! And a bike ride while reading sounds amazing.

  • Jen March 27, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Is that one of the classics from your list (I think you had a goal to read them all). Glad to see your getting some use out of it!

    • Caitlin March 27, 2013, 2:03 pm

      Hahah not a classic. But awesome!

      • Jennifer March 28, 2013, 8:50 am

        I’ve tried to read them too….but the language and density just put me to sleep. I use mine to press tofu =)

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 27, 2013, 2:10 pm

    I wish I had a bike (okay really I want a treadmill) to use in my apartment. I spend way too much time walking to and from the gym!

  • Jessica R @ From the Kitchen to the Road March 27, 2013, 2:10 pm

    I love apocolyptic and post apocolyptic books. I was thinking about heading to the library today, I will see if that book is there.

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker March 27, 2013, 2:47 pm

    I would love to ride my bike in front of my tv while watching a movie…I need to get one of those!

  • Amanda March 27, 2013, 2:54 pm

    I just read that! Sooooooo good!

  • hush March 27, 2013, 3:59 pm

    If you like zombies, you should see the movie “Warm Bodies” – it’s a RomZomCom (aka a romantic zombie comedy). “Shaun of the Dead” was probably the first RomZomCom. I’m a huge fan. I like to watch “The Walking Dead” while I run on my treadmill.

  • Shannon March 27, 2013, 4:34 pm

    If you like apocalyptic novels you should read The Road by Cormac MCarthy! Pretty much one of the best books ever.

    Also, if you like scary books and if you liked Fahrenheit 451 (I don’t remember you mentioning your thoughts once you finished it) you should try Something Wicked This Way Comes, also by Ray Bradbury. Something about that book just gave me the willies!

  • Sarah March 27, 2013, 4:56 pm

    I love all things Zombie, I have to read this.

  • Sue March 27, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Do you have a planned workout on the bike (i.e. 2 min fast, 2 min hard etc etc)? I always feel like I get a little lazy watching tv or reading and don’t peddle hard enough for a good workout. If you do a planned workout – can you share what you do? Thanks!

    • Caitlin March 27, 2013, 6:21 pm

      I do the Run the Chorus technique! I sprint when I hear the chorus of whatever song i am listening to

  • bama March 27, 2013, 6:56 pm

    I’m surprised you haven’t read that one! I read it a few years ago and am actually listening to it on audio now.

    I highly recommend that you read Cell by Stephen King. I’ve read it twice and listened to it once on audio. LOVE.

  • Kelsey March 27, 2013, 7:12 pm

    I definitely plan to check that book out, I love historical fictions and zombies. I highly recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children if you haven’t read that yet. Such fun, quick fiction to read.

  • meredith March 27, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I am laughing because I posted today that I skipped my favorite spin class in favor of running. Lately I can’t deal with the whole preparation of getting to the class, waiting on the line, getting the bike, setting up, pedaling to warm up all before the class even begins. That bike looks cool though!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 27, 2013, 8:16 pm

    I’ve always wondered if a trainer was worth the investment. Currently I go to spin class twice per week and hope that the weather gets warm/nice enough to head outside soon. Thanks for the reviews, it’s definitely nice to hear others’ thoughts and opinions.

  • Erin March 27, 2013, 10:04 pm

    The only thing that gets me on my bike rollers these days is Walking Dead. Somehow the fear of zombies makes me ride my heart out. BTW rollers are so much more enjoyable than trainers. I just have cheap ones but I love them!

  • Emily March 28, 2013, 9:11 am

    Great minds think alike! ;o) I just ‘borrowed’ World War Z on my Kindle and have been reading a little bit each night (plus I’m sneaking in some pages at work! Shhhh) and so far, it’s fantastic! I’ve heard the movie doesn’t really follow the book at all, but I still have hope that it’ll be DECENT, in the least.

    On another note – I have SO loved watching Henry grow into a little boy! Thank you for sharing him with the world. My little one, Oliver, will be 4 months next Thursday. Time has just flown by, but I’m so grateful for every moment we spend together.

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream March 28, 2013, 10:10 am

    Love love LOVING World War Z! I’m about 3/4 of the way through and can’t put it down… literally sit at work thinking about getting home to read it… and I’m not typically a Zombie person but I think it’s got me… now I’m also addicted to The Walking Dead.

    Happy riding!

  • Rachel March 28, 2013, 11:11 am

    Could you suggest some workouts for using an indoor trainer? I never feel like I get a good enough workout using mine, and though that may be because I honestly have never taken a spin class (I run or bike on trails in warmer weather), I’m just not sure what to do….

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