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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 11-17-08, 07:28 PM   #1
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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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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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Roller tutorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7UFwHWSnGM
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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?

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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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