Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Iain Cheyn » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 00:30:28


I recently got a Waterrower and I am very pleased with it.
Unfortunately, I have very no room for it inside my tiny London flat. I
have left it in my garden, for the last two weeks, under a thick plastic
sheet. So far, it is not showing any damage and I am enjoying exercising
outside. I called Waterrower up about it and they said that it should
work OK, but I should oil up the small metal parts.

Has anyone else tried this? Did it work OK?

Iain Cheyne

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Mark William » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 15:35:15

Mine is outside too, slightly under cover, however I will have to
bring it in in the winter or change the water to anti-freeze.

I wonder if anyone has used antifreeze before.

Wilf

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Nick Sues » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 16:14:23


Quote:
> Mine is outside too, slightly under cover, however I will have to
> bring it in in the winter or change the water to anti-freeze.

> I wonder if anyone has used antifreeze before.

> Wilf

I didn't need antifreeze when I was displaying a WaterRower at the 2000
National Championships at Penrith (the Olympic regatta venue) but it came
extremely close to it, and that was early March, so our summer here in Oz
was only just over. It was damn cold and barely stopped raining all week. I
brought it in under an awning every night, but nevertheless it remained
pretty thoroughly soaked. The only discernible effect was that some of the
***heads began to rust a bit. Maybe if I had spread a bit of oil over
them, or perhaps vaseline, this would have been prevented. Wise after the
event.

But a WaterRower needs such a small floor area for storage, about 60 cm wide
by 50cm out from the wall, so you guys must be really cramped for space!

Nick Suess
Scull Success
WaterRower distributor for Oz-NZ
Bayswater WA

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Iain Cheyn » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 20:19:36

Quote:
> But a WaterRower needs such a small floor area for storage, about 60
cm wide
> by 50cm out from the wall, so you guys must be really cramped for

space!

London flat prices are not funny.

Iain

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Iain Cheyn » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 20:18:11


Quote:
> Mine is outside too, slightly under cover, however I will have to
> bring it in in the winter or change the water to anti-freeze.

> I wonder if anyone has used antifreeze before.

> Wilf

I am not really worried about the water freezing, as the tank is only
half full. So long as there are enough gaps for air to escape, the water
should be able to expand, while freezing, with no problems.
--
Iain Cheyne
 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Neil Wallac » Fri, 05 Oct 2001 01:08:56


Quote:



> > Mine is outside too, slightly under cover, however I will have to
> > bring it in in the winter or change the water to anti-freeze.

> > I wonder if anyone has used antifreeze before.

> > Wilf

> I am not really worried about the water freezing, as the tank is only
> half full. So long as there are enough gaps for air to escape, the water
> should be able to expand, while freezing, with no problems.
> --
> Iain Cheyne

I am not sure you are correct. A bucket can split if it is half full and the
contents freeze.

Furthermore - even if it remains intact - it'll be pretty difficult to use
when frozen solid!

Neil

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Allan Bennet » Fri, 05 Oct 2001 02:55:17


Quote:

> Furthermore - even if it remains intact - it'll be pretty difficult to use
> when frozen solid!

Winter training?

--

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Nick Sues » Fri, 05 Oct 2001 11:55:04


Quote:
> > But a WaterRower needs such a small floor area for storage, about 60
> cm wide
> > by 50cm out from the wall, so you guys must be really cramped for
> space!

> London flat prices are not funny.

I know. My daughter lives in one. She's just round the corner from the
Kennington Oval, a fact which she takes absolutely no advantage of, as she
has not inherited my love of cricket. And cricket is one of the few things
which might occasionally make it marginally worthwhile being in pomland
during their excuse for summer. But then she doesn't drink real ale either,
the nectar of the gods, and sole anaesthetic capable of rendering pomland
half tolerable at any time of year. Kids today just don't know what life's
all about.
 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Mark William » Fri, 05 Oct 2001 15:22:39

Quote:

>London flat prices are not funny.

Ditto Luxembourg
 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Iain Cheyn » Fri, 05 Oct 2001 20:29:45

Quote:
> I am not sure you are correct. A bucket can split if it is half full
and the
> contents freeze.

You've got me worried now. Originally I was only concerned about the
state of the wood and the fittings.

Iain

 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by ehrl.. » Sat, 06 Oct 2001 04:13:49



Quote:

>>London flat prices are not funny.

>Ditto Luxembourg

Yes, but if you store your erg in Luxemburg and actually want to use it,
can you put it down on the floor without one end sticking into Belgium?

;^).

CEE
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Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Nick Sues » Sat, 06 Oct 2001 14:48:07


Quote:

> > I am not sure you are correct. A bucket can split if it is half full
> and the
> > contents freeze.

> You've got me worried now. Originally I was only concerned about the
> state of the wood and the fittings.

One alternative is to drain the water, but if you're using it regularly,
that becomes a chore. However, I've got a bright idea to prevent it from
freezing. Get hold of an old single electric blanket and drape it over the
WaterRower under your plastic sheet. Then buy one of those timers that goes
into a plug socket, and if sub-zero weather is forecast, get it to come on
for an hour a couple of times in the course of each night.
 
 
 

Is it OK to keep a Waterrower outside?

Post by Neil Wallac » Sat, 06 Oct 2001 21:34:31


Quote:



> > > I am not sure you are correct. A bucket can split if it is half full
> > and the
> > > contents freeze.

> > You've got me worried now. Originally I was only concerned about the
> > state of the wood and the fittings.

> One alternative is to drain the water, but if you're using it regularly,
> that becomes a chore. However, I've got a bright idea to prevent it from
> freezing. Get hold of an old single electric blanket and drape it over the
> WaterRower under your plastic sheet. Then buy one of those timers that
goes
> into a plug socket, and if sub-zero weather is forecast, get it to come on
> for an hour a couple of times in the course of each night.

.......or an electric home brewing mat - surely all university rowers made
their own beer at one time oar another??