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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 12-18-08, 11:10 AM   #1
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Just got my Cycleops Jet Fluid Pro Trainer

As an early Christmas present I got the Cycleops Jet Fluid Pro trainer. I got it from a mega-dealer on eBay for $299 which included free shipping. The best price online was $359.00. He shipped it out the same day he received my PayPal purchase. I also got the cycelops front tire stand to make the bike level. The trainer allowed me to use my existing quick-release skewer, but they include one in the box along with a DVD training tape. It took every bit of 5 minutes to set it up. Decent instructions included. This is my first trainer so I have nothing to compare it to, but I looked at Cycleops Fluid II and 1Up USA. The setup is very stable and without having to change out skewers I can get my bike in and out of the trainer in seconds.
My desire is to be outside, there will be days this winter that will force me to stay indoors. I don't want the weather to lure me back to the recliner and remote control so I got the trainer to keep me active during the winter months. I am guessing the days in the spring and summer with downpours will be a good reason to have one as well.
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Old 12-18-08, 12:12 PM   #2
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I just got a Cycle-ops fluid 2. This is my first experience with a trainer, so feel free to ignore this...but I've read that trainers are hard on skewers. Probably a good idea to take the 30 seconds to replace the "road skewer" that came with your wheel with the one that came with the trainer.
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I just got a Cycle-ops fluid 2. This is my first experience with a trainer, so feel free to ignore this...but I've read that trainers are hard on skewers. Probably a good idea to take the 30 seconds to replace the "road skewer" that came with your wheel with the one that came with the trainer.
I have not heard that. Very well could be. I will check on that at the LBS before I put my road bike on the trainer. Thanks for the heads up.
How are you liking your fluid II so far? The Jet Fluid Pro works very well.
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I just got a Cycle-ops fluid 2. This is my first experience with a trainer, so feel free to ignore this...but I've read that trainers are hard on skewers. Probably a good idea to take the 30 seconds to replace the "road skewer" that came with your wheel with the one that came with the trainer.
I'll second this advice. Swapping the skewers over only takes a couple of extra seconds. I'd much rather ruin the cheap skewer included with my Kurt Kinetic Road Machine than the nice skewer that came with my new Easton EA90 SL wheels...

Other advice: drenching your bike frame with sweat is a good way to ruin the paint. Cover the top tube with a towel or remember to wipe the bike down after using it on the trainer. Setting up a fan to blow cool air at you can also help minimize the amount of sweat that ends up on the bike.
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I'll second this advice. Swapping the skewers over only takes a couple of extra seconds. I'd much rather ruin the cheap skewer included with my Kurt Kinetic Road Machine than the nice skewer that came with my new Easton EA90 SL wheels...

Other advice: drenching your bike frame with sweat is a good way to ruin the paint. Cover the top tube with a towel or remember to wipe the bike down after using it on the trainer. Setting up a fan to blow cool air at you can also help minimize the amount of sweat that ends up on the bike.
Yep - I drape a towel from the handlebars along the top tube.

Gap, I love the trainer, though I've only been using it for about two weeks now. I got a couple of Spinervals DVD's. The DVD's really are a tough workout and help to concentrate on the task at hand rather than mindlessly turning the cranks. If you just hop on the thing and pedal while reading a book or watching TV you really aren't getting much of a workout. You really need to do the intervals, sprints etc. The DVD's aren't anything that you can't get for free on the internet, but they DO keep you focused.

EDIT: Just noticed that you mentioned getting a training vid with your Jet

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Yep - I drape a towel from the handlebars along the top tube.

Gap, I love the trainer, though I've only been using it for about two weeks now. I got a couple of Spinervals DVD's. The DVD's really are a tough workout and help to concentrate on the task at hand rather than mindlessly turning the cranks. If you just hop on the thing and pedal while reading a book or watching TV you really aren't getting much of a workout. You really need to do the intervals, sprints etc. The DVD's aren't anything that you can't get for free on the internet, but they DO keep you focused.

EDIT: Just noticed that you mentioned getting a training vid with your Jet
Are there any adjustments to fine tune the tension the roller has against the tire? I want to make sure it is not over pressed against the tire to eliminate tire wear. I know some have used another tire or even a different wheel. I am going to get the Spinerval DVDs and yes, I use a towel. I also have the rubber mat underneath. Love the trainer so far.
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My instructions said to tighten the knob two and a half turns after the wheel contacted the roller. That seems excessive, but that's what I've been doing. I can see how the thing is going to eat tires. I have pretty cheap tires on the bike right now, and I'll replace the rear when I need to.
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