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    Need advice on in door trainer

    With Fall in full effect....I don't have daylight to ride after work. I really need to get some miles in during the week if I am going to be able to do 100 mile in the Tour de Cure on March 1st in Venice, Fl. Any good trainers for under $200 or maybe even in the $150 range? Let me know what you guys think.
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    I would say go with a good set of rollers, rather than a trainer. Post a notice on your local craigslist and you will find rollers for under $100.00. I had found three when I posted last fall in less than 4 hours.
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    Senior Member trippn1's Avatar
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    Thanks....just posted a notice on my local craigslist. I am a lil scared of the rollers. It looks like I would fall down riding on those.
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    Triathlon in my future??? flip18436572's Avatar
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    With looking at everything he had sitting in the garage, that could have been a LOT worse.

    When you get the rollers, set them up in a doorway that is narrow. It will make it easier on you in the beginning. Good luck and you will get better at it.
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    +1 to rollers, I wish I would have known about them before I got my trainer.

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    any idea on a brand of rollers...There are way too many brands out there...
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    I have a $50.00 set from Craigslist with the larger rollers. I talked to the guy I bought them from. He spent $200.00 on them and used them for a while, but also tried others that his friends owned. He said the brand didn't make any difference to him. He liked the larger diameter roller, which is what he bought. I don't know the difference on any of them. You can go all out and get the one that has the forward and backward movement also. But that is a LOT of money.
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    +1 for rollers. I have a set of Elite PVC rollers and a set of Kreitlers that I modified to work like E-Motion rollers.

    Stationary trainers are boring, but rollers allow you to balance and they are more like riding on the road, especially the E-Motion type of rollers.

    Here's a video of the E-Motion rollers ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4bm-...eature=related

    Here's another with some explanation... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaYDZ-RSOTA&NR=1

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    Go to your local Giant dealer, Giant makes a very good trainer for about $160 you can't hurt it!

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    I have the Giant Automatic Resistance trainer. This is my first experience with trainers and I am wondering if they are all this noisy? It seems to start out very loud and change as the resistance changes but I also notice changes to the noise levels that have no correlation to speed or changes in resistance. I am to the point I actually thought about taking it to the shop and asking them to make sure there is nothing wrong. I have slicks on so its not tread vibrations, but it feels similar to that.

    So are they supposed to be so loud?

    Thanks for any help.

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    I got several responses from my wanted post on Craigslist....The best on I think is a guy that has a set of CycleOps model# 9500 rollers for $75.

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    I have a CycleOps model# 9500 rollers with very little use, I purchased them from the original owner about 6 months ago, she never learned to ride on them, I used them about 4 times, they work great. I paid $100 for the rollers, if your interested I would sell them for $75"


    What do you guys think? I think these might be a good deal. They retail for $199. Please let me know what you guys think.
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    They look good enough to try for $75.00, and if you don't like them, put them on craigslist and sell them for $75.00.
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