General Cycling Discussion - Trainer?'s
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10-29-07, 08:20 PM
I searched a little, but there are so many threads that itís hard to find real info. Can someone please educate me a little on trainers? Iím looking for something to use indoors now that the weather is about to snap. I know I want to be able to vary the resistance, but other than that I am pretty clueless. Iím 6í3Ē 240lbs and want to be able to get a good workout that simulates hills as well as distance. The furthest that I ride right now is a little over 30 miles, but I also like to hit a hill in the neighborhood and power up coast down half a dozen times to build up some punch. Any suggestions? I guess I am worried about not having enough resistance. Do most of these have a flywheel to simulate coasting?
10-29-07, 10:19 PM
I'm much the same size you are, and I have an Ascent trainer. It's cheap, and available at Performance. It has 3 levels of resistance, and includes a new QR skewer (I recommend using it, as I scratched up my dropout trying to use the one that came with my bike).
I've got a Minoura magnetic trainer. They're reccommended over wind trainers only because they're quieter. It has variable resistance, but I leave it in low and shift gears. That varies the resistance just fine.
By the way, I hate trainers.
10-30-07, 02:42 PM
Trainers come in a lot of flavors, features, and price points. First consider the resistance methods:
Wind: cheap, reliable, noisy, varies only with wheel speed.
Magnetic: can be variable, fairly quiet
Fluid: can be variable, quiet, smooth, some are known to leak.
Kinetic: I have no experience with these.
The variability is either the product of your selected gear rations or adjustability in the system itself. Some have a number of bells and whistles to make the trainer a bit more useful or entertaining, but aren't necessary for a decent workout.
The addition of a flywheel makes the resistance a bit smoother and realistic, but also tends to negate some of the value of the trainer by giving your legs a rest. There is little benefit to coasting.
Also, consider getting a smooth, cheap tire for the trainer (some of them wear tires quickly) and a riser block for the front wheel so it doesn't feel like your pointing downhill the whole time.
Expect to pay $150 for a new, basic, good unit, and much, much, more for a really hopped up computerized model. $300 will buy a really good unit without the electronics. The price difference may reflect the overall quality or simply the brand name.
Most people find these things remarkably boring.
11-01-07, 09:30 AM
If you're going to be indoors, go for a quiet one that you can position in front of a TV.
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