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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-19-07, 11:37 PM   #1
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Trainer

Hi, haven't posted much in awhile, been too busy working

Haven't been riding much either because of the above criteria even though I have bought a head and tail light for my rig. Put 2 folding baskets on it though for the odd ride to the market in the early a.m. hrs. That works out really well...but I digress....

I was talking to someone (at work of all places) about how I needed to get a trainer and discussed the noise levels of mags vs fluids etc....well I never knew that he liked to ride bikes. Not dressing up in costumes and the like but he has and does incorporate wheeled training in his health regimen.

He has of all things a roller! I never would've guessed! He invited me over.

I had never seen one although read about them, mostly bad things...like falling off and the like...But I tried it after A LOT of encouragement and ...I loved it. I've been thinking strongly about a trainer since I haven't been doing any real riding lately and have been planning to get one for the 'foul' months that are approaching. I've tried a few mag and fluid trainers and even with a dvd movie to watch, and fan, my mind still wanders to health issues....bills....family...etc...and you DO need to keep a more focused attitude on the rollers which I really liked. Perhaps after you're comfortable with it your mind can drift a bit but I found it to be very.......hmmmm...meditative...oh gosh...perhaps zen like! Good for the soul.

So I'm doing my research online.

Any Rollers Out There?


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Old 08-20-07, 05:03 AM   #2
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Try Craigslist, I have seen one or two advertised in the boston/worcester area.
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Old 08-20-07, 05:22 AM   #3
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Nope, Not here. I use an older Blackburn Wind (Squirrel Cage) style trainer with fair results. I get bored fast with it and I try any good day (32-40 degrees) to get out there and try a ride. We have a few good packed and groomed Snowmobile trails that offer up quite a work out.

I try an NOT ride on the street due to the road salt issues and the damage that it causes to a bike. I work on too many bikes that are abused and ruined by the effects of road salt to do it on my own bikes. I don't consider any of my bicycles disposable enough for that.
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Old 08-20-07, 07:13 AM   #4
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I have a CycleOps Mag+ and it is pretty quiet, but can get pretty loud if your really cranking lout the power and cruising along at 30 mph. Not a usual problem for me . To teep the boredom down, I hooked up a portable DVD in the garage and watch a movie or record a couple of tv shows or wear the Ipod. It actally makes it go by pretty quickly. Never used rollers, don't think I have the nerve.
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