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    what trainer or roller

    Any advice on a trainer or roller. I imagine I am leaning towards getting a trainer. Any advice on what to look for or what to stay away from.

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    I use the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. It's actually a tougher workout than a ride.

    My method is to ride through the Jerry Springer Show and on a push day, sprint each time there's an inappropriate moment and cool down during the commercials and a recovery day, just pedal along in the midzones of the HR.
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    ^ I like that method.

    I have a CycleOps wind trainer. It's pretty loud, but it gets the job done.
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    I have Minuora rollers. I like them, because it makes me focus on my riding, rather than just sitting on a bike keeping a cadence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I use the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. It's actually a tougher workout than a ride.
    Me too, the Kurt has a lifetime warantee and it is fairly quiet, I also agree that it seems tougher than a ride, hopefully this will help come some descent riding weather.

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    I've got both. Contrary to popular belief you can get a decent--if steady--workout on rollers. On the trainer you can get a better workout, but no improvement in skill or form. Both are impossibly boring, but the rollers do require some concentration to operate. Were I to pick one, it'd be rollers. If you get good enough to hammer for an hour on rollers, you're both strong and good.
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    My wife use my handlebar adjustable tension Minoura Mag Trainer, and I use her simple Nashbar trainer. The Mag trainer is more stable, and she feels more comfortable with it, so we traded.

    We both use Spinerval videos, and we use the trainer as little as possible, preferring cycling when possible, swimming and walking.

    However, it looks as if I will be on the trainer tomorrow.

    Learn more about trainers here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
    I've got both. Contrary to popular belief you can get a decent--if steady--workout on rollers. On the trainer you can get a better workout, but no improvement in skill or form. Both are impossibly boring, but the rollers do require some concentration to operate. Were I to pick one, it'd be rollers. If you get good enough to hammer for an hour on rollers, you're both strong and good.
    When I am on the rollers I make myself stay above 20 mph for the hour I am riding, when I can get an hour in. I have gotten better with my form, or at least I am doing less work at keeping it in the middle of the rollers. I also do interval work outs on the rollers. I just use my heart rate monitor to do my intervals. I do time once I get my heart rate to a certain point, then I slow down until my heart rate drops to a certain point.
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    I just ordered the Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer. It should be here by the end of this week. I am excited as some of my friends have said it is awesome. My LBS owner who is a great road bike rider himself says that he has one and that is a great trainer. He went on to tell me that since I am a big guy, my bike would appreciate the fact that it will be able to move around and not fixed upright. Sounds right.....I will let you know.

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