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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 01-24-08, 08:50 PM   #1
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spinner bike vs trainer

what the pros and cons of both besides the fact that its boring I'm talking about the bad weather days when we can't get out and ride what's a good spinner and trainer how stable are these trainers thanks
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Old 01-24-08, 10:07 PM   #2
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Trainers are very stable.

I prefer the trainer because it allows you to train on the bike you'll be riding during the season.
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Does anyone own a trainer and rollers?

If so, what do you prefer and why?

I really like my rollers, but maybe I am missing something.
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I just picked up the Tecx Sartori trainer. It is super stable. I'm 6'5" and 270lbs, and it keeps me riding smooooth while I work my way back into game shape. The only drawback is the numbskull instructions for putting it together...
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I use both, the rollers are great for form, trainer is fine for spinnerval work-outs and watching television.

If you can only have one and your long term goal is to be a better rider and have better form go for the rollers, if you want to spend long hours riding indoors and getting up a sweat trainers are easier and require less attention when riding, hell you really have to try to fall off on trainer,on rollers it can happen even if you are awake. Both are fun .... sort of
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Having had all 3 over the past 30 years.... A good fluid trainer is the best way to go.
I used rollers in the 70's where there were no trainers, great workout.... but you have to pay attention. I had a recumbent stationary whil I got my first retainer 12 years ago..... I used to switch between the two of them, but I always got a better workout on the trainer.... So after lugging the stationary between 3 moves in 2 years..... I left it at the last move..... never looked back.
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I have a recumbent exercise bicycle, a Kurt Kinetic fluid trainer and I recently picked up a set of rollers at Performance. I also bought a Kreitler forkstand for the rollers to give my SO the option of using them. She has a little trepidation with the stock rollers but the forkstand removes any fear of falling from the rollers. We can now train side by side simultaneously. I tend to prefer the trainer just because I can increase the resistance.
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I may have to post on craigslist for someone selling a used trainer for me to buy cheap to try out. I really like the rollers, because I have to be in control of my riding, but I have to really push up the MPH to get my heart rate really up and I might be able to do that easier on a trainer.
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Whatever works for you.

I used to go to spinning classes, but got tired of them. I use a trainer now.
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fwiw i have a basic fluid trainer that I like
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I am surprised that no one has added that a trainer is a lot cheaper than a decent spinning bike. You could easily drop $1,000 on a spinning bike and you could get a very nice trainer for something like $200. Plus, it takes up a lot less space in the off season.
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i have both a fluid trainer and recently a Cyclops Pro 300T.
For whatever reason i just can't ride that fluid trainer anymore. The spin bike has been great thus far and seems more comfortable for longer indoor rides than my bike on the trainer.

i guess it depends on what you like...and what is in the budget.
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I have a trainer and a club-grade spinning bike. I far prefer the spinning bike because I find it much easier to really wind-up out of the saddle or push heavy resistance out of the saddle than I did with the trainer. I was always breaking stuff when I was trying to all-out sprint on the trainer. The spin bike is much better for that. And I don't have the balance/concentration for rollers.
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