Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Which Trainer?
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01-19-07, 10:07 AM
Well, the cold has finally set in. Any suggestions for a trainer for an uber-clyde (Just under 330 these days)? Does it make a difference? What trainers are ya'll using? I'm not looking to spend a ton of money here, but do want to buy quality, and don't want something that sucks so bad I'll never use it.....
01-19-07, 10:36 AM
I use the Kurtz Kinetic fluid trainer. It's quieter than wind or magnetic
01-19-07, 12:33 PM
Rollers are great if you want to improve your cycling skill/bike handling.
If you are just looking for aerobic workout, get one of those trainers which latch onto your rear axle.
I don't have enough experience with varying brands to say one is better.
I have a CycleOps Fluid2, it's great. Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is viewed as the best, so if you can get a good deal on one I would go with it. From experience I don't recommend wind trainers because they are REALLY loud. Fluid is the way to go. You get varying levels of resistance simply using your bike's gears and they are very quiet, which makes listening to music or watching TV doable. Riding on a trainer is very boring, so music or TV is highly recommended.
You can check out eBay or craigslist for good deals. Also, Nashbar and Performance offer their own brands of fluid trainers, although I don't know anything about them.
+1 for the cycleops fluid2. I wasted money on a magnetic trainer and found the resistance so variable per pedal stroke I ditched it and got the cycleops.
01-20-07, 09:16 PM
I too have a cycleops fluid 2 its fine I only have 2800 km on it but its fine. I think I would go with a Kurt Kinetic it seems a little better built. I also think that they say that its ok to hook up a tandem to it as well.
Get some spinnerval cds to go with that new trainer, it makes the time go faster and I think that one actually does a work-out rather than just spend time.
trainers are tough to pick. I have a Kurt Kinetic, but they are expensive.
I have some Spinerval dvds, but mostly I watch old scifi while I spin. Today it was the 2nd Matrix movie, but usually it is a series of some sort. You want time in the saddle; so something entertaining is going to work better for you until you feel up to the more intense training.
I've got a fluid2. I'm convinced trainers are left over torture devices designed by either the Marquis de Sade or someone involved in the Spanish Inquisition, but it works as advertised. Set it up in front of a TeeVee to avoid too much suffering.
Kurtz fluid trainer with a table to hold your phone, TiVo remote control some water, a nice fan blowing on you. Thats about the best you can do to make it less misserable.
+1 for the cycleops fluid2.
+1 here from me on this as well. I don't actually own one, but I borrowed one from a friend once for a week. It was very smooth and quiet and the resistance was pretty good. I set it up in my garage and had a small tv with a dvd player in it and used his training disc. I am planning to get one for when the weather is truly crappy as I can get them through my employeers benefit program at no cost to me, yea. I just have to get some more points to be able to get it. Once I get my new bike, I will just setup my trek 7300 to be my permanent trainer ride and not have to worry about swapping wheels to the one with the trainer tire on it.
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