indoor row machine w/ canoe adapter

I am thinking about buying a concept II indoor rower with a canoe adapter to allow me to still train during the bad weather days of winter in Nor Cal. Anybody have any advice or comments on this machine or others?

Submitted by ondakanu on Tue, 10/26/2004 - 7:35am

[quote="luke"] i guess it's better than the east coast[/quote]
ha, yeah, just maybe. :shock:

#1 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 11:48am

I have a Paddleone C. It's pretty good and cost about half of what a concept 2 with adapter would cost. I row on a Concept 2 at the gym and love the my legs get toasted. Back to the Paddleone uses a wheel with a strap for friction. The feel is pretty good but it takes alittle getting used to when switching sides, but you do get used to it and can switch sides as fast as you would in a boat. I broke 2 bungees because of 'burrs' on the inside of the steel tube body were rubbing it raw. I had to take it apart and file them down. I also broke the paddle rope from some sort of friction problem. The guys at Paddleone sent me replacements each time.

Biggest drawback is lack of computer. I rigged a cyclo-computer to it by gluing the magnet to the wheel and manipulating the settings to give me a decent reading (most computers won't accept a wheel size setting small enough).

I haven't used the Vermont canoe adapter for the Concept2, but I highly recommend rowing with that machine and if you really want to paddle, the adapter is probably pretty good (the 'feel' of the chain driven fan is really nice on the Concept 2).

#2 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 4:09pm

bad weather in california? theres terrible weather here, i see sunny skies everyday and walk out in shorts and slippers and almost freeze to death.. i paddleboarded this morning in 50 degree weather, i thought my arms were going to fall off... so yeah, it sucks here.. haha, nah.. i guess it's better than the east coast

#3 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 11:24am

Bad weather in California? Even Nor Cal?
Anyways, I use Concept II rower as part of my winter training. I've tried a couple of different paddle adapters and I never bothered to get one, as I think that the cross training on rowing erg helps me more than just paddling (use of legs, different parts of back and shoulders, whole body workout)...

#4 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 10:24am

I Love mine - in warm but Rainy Hilo. I've had a Concept 2 for about 8 years and the paddling adapter for about 6 years, though about 2 years ago, I got ahold of an old damaged OC-1, cut it up, put legs on it and mounted it in front of the Concept 2. Now it is just like sitting on an OC-1, but dry (except for the sweat). I mix it up by doing more straight rowing type workouts in the off-season and more OC-1 style indoor paddling in-season.

The basic theory is, the more types of workouts you have available to you, the less chance of missing a workout (regular paddling, indoor paddling, indoor rowing, outdoor biking, indoor bike rollers, the gym, etc, etc.)

RB 8)

#5 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 6:10pm

I just purchased a Paddleone/C. We live in Virginia Beach and we get a little "foul weather". I am looking forward to working out with the POC vice the really cold stuff.
It feels pretty good so far...

#6 Tue, 10/26/2004 - 6:18pm

[quote="RB"] I got ahold of an old damaged OC-1, cut it up, put legs on it and mounted it in front of the Concept 2. Now it is just like sitting on an OC-1, but dry (except for the sweat). [/quote]

how awesome is that! :lol: now all you need is a projector with video of the ocean and you'd be all set.

#7 Wed, 10/27/2004 - 3:45am

thanks for the advice everyone. I check out the PaddleOne C and Concept 2.

The bad weather in Nor Cal is definitely not as bad as the East Coast but if I can't be "ondakanu" at least I can be "ondamachine".

thanks again.

#8 Wed, 10/27/2004 - 5:52am

Does anyone own a paddleone trainer? If so, I'd love feedback on it. I am unable to get on the water M-F during the winter and want to know if this is a decent alternative (although no substitute for water time.)

#9 Sun, 10/02/2005 - 10:55am

sdc2447, there was also some discussion on this from last fall, so I merged the thread.

#10 Sun, 10/02/2005 - 11:48am

Aloha sdc2447,
I am stoked with my Paddleone C. Working out on the trainer last winter definitely set me up for a good OC-1 season this year.
If you are on the East Coast, "Ziggy" (email: ), had bought some Paddleone Cs, to resale. I know he wants to move them so give him a holler.

#11 Sun, 10/02/2005 - 12:02pm

I have a concept II with paddle adaptor, as this machine has been designed as a rowing machine and around a sliding seat. The simulated paddle in water phase of the stroke is substantially heavier than what you will find it actually is on the water. It is however most probably the best on the market at the moment (warranty, reliability, servicability wise).

#12 Tue, 12/20/2005 - 10:36am

Vasa has an awesome new paddling erg. Just got mine for triathlon swim training and bought the paddling kit, too. It feels much more realistic than CII adapter because they got the resistance range right. Best part is I can use mine for Kayak paddling, canoe paddling either side, or switch it over easily for swimming and a bunch of shoulder exercises. If you want the best paddling machine look no further.

#13 Sat, 04/14/2007 - 4:35pm

Search for my old post on using a Nordik Trac ski machine. Gets you a great torso/arms workout as well as a legs workout, plus good computer/HRM.

#14 Sun, 04/15/2007 - 1:41am

I have a concept 2 (model B), w/ vermont waterways paddle adapter. I've had this set-up for about 7 years. THe OLDER version. I like this best. Takes up a lot of basement space, but I think it's smoother. OUr Dragonboat team uses these for our offseason erg trials. I think the newer vermont waterways adapter takes up less space (as well as the PaddleOne), but I don't like the "action" as much. Like YldBll said, contact Ziggy on the east coast. He May have a few still around...I had originally made my own paddle adapter, but couldn't quite get the bugs out of it as far as the pull being smooth and even..

#15 Sun, 04/15/2007 - 3:49am

I REALLY want to see a picture of the cutup OC-1 and the paddle erg. That sounds awesome.

#16 Sun, 04/15/2007 - 4:33am

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