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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 02-03-11, 10:16 AM   #1
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Looking for advice on a trainer

I am a big guy at 6'2" tall 340 lbs... that is down from 409 but still a long way to go. I am looking for a trainer because the snow and ice here in Ohio is making riding near impossible. I have tried a couple but I feels as though I am going to fall while trying to get on it... is there something I am doing wrong? Is there a trainer you might recommend? Any help is appreciated.

I have 2 bikes, a Trek 7.2 FX and a Scattante R-570 road bike. The both have custom heavy duty wheels just need a good trainer... or move to Arizona...LOL

Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-03-11, 10:28 AM   #2
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I have a Kurt Kinetics Road Machine. The Cyclops Fluid2 is also highly recomended.
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Old 02-03-11, 10:51 AM   #3
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Look at this one:
http://www.1upusa.com/bike_trainer.html
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I've definitely got a Trainer on my "want that" list, too. I like watching "As The World Turns" while I ride. I can strap my flat screen to my handle bars but the stoopid cord makes the rides pretty short.
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I have a Giant branded trainer and am 6'3". Ive been on it as heavy as 315. But trying my best to get under 290 where I'm stuck at the moment. Make sure you have the rear locked in nice and tight. I know some don't feel as secure as others.
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Old 02-03-11, 12:34 PM   #6
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I've had this one for years, great trainer.
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I've definitely got a Trainer on my "want that" list, too. I like watching "As The World Turns" while I ride. I can strap my flat screen to my handle bars but the stoopid cord makes the rides pretty short.
You need a longer extension cord. Or, if you've got electric busses, hook into those overhead trolley cables.


I'm a bigger fan of rollers over a clamp-type stationary trainer. Helps you concentrate on form, and there's not the same potential for axle/skewer damage. If you're sketchy on being able to ride rollers, you can always get a fork stabilizer instead of relying on balancing; but really they're not incredibly difficult to learn.
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Old 02-03-11, 12:50 PM   #8
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I have a Kurt Kinetics Road Machine. The Cyclops Fluid2 is also highly recomended.
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Guaranteed leak proof and unconditional lifetime warranty with the Kinetic Road Machine as well.
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I picked on up at the thrift store for $10. Works fine and is plenty stable. Yeah, I'm cheap.
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I grabed a Graber mag trainer. It normally retails at $100. I got a deal on it for about $75 through ones of Dick's Sporting Goods' online promotions. It is built solid, easy to set up and works just fine for me.
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Lemond has one that replaces the rear wheel , has its own cassette and turns a big air resistance fan.

front wheel stays on ..

they also make a Gym/club type trainer to replace the whole bike,
but will take a good saddle and pedals.
that will easily support your needs.
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A question for those of you who already use trainers. I know that it's recommended that you have a separate back tire for use on them. Do you guys actually change out tires or wheels for trainer use? Are they that tough on the tires? Thanks.
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I use the Kurt Kinetic in an indoor trainer class and find it excellent. There is definitely additional wear on the rear tire but I haven't swapped it out for another.
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A question for those of you who already use trainers. I know that it's recommended that you have a separate back tire for use on them. Do you guys actually change out tires or wheels for trainer use? Are they that tough on the tires? Thanks.
I keep my worn out tires from the summer and use them as trainer tires for the winter. Rollers are less harsh on tires than clamp-type trainers, IMO, but they'll still chew up a tire. Performance or Nashbar house brand (~$10) are also a good trainer option.
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No need to wear out $40 dollar tires when $12 dollar tires will work as well.
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I have a Kurt Kinetics Road Machine.
I have a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. It seems to be the most-recommended trainer over the the Roadie forum. Definitely well-made and the no-leak guarantee is nice to have. That said, I find it to be insanely boring, even when setup in front of my big screen TV. If I had it to do over again, I might have saved a bit more money and invested in a set of Kreitler rollers...
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I definitely don't think I am ready for rollers. I will look into the trainers mentioned. I appreciate all of your help... however I am still ready for spring... really just get the snow and ice off and I'll ride. I think I am getting addicted to this in a bad way.

Thanks again for all the advice.
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They do wear on the tired pretty hard. When it comes time to head back outside, I'll switch the tires up, but probably keep this one for the subsequent winter, just for the trainer.
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+1 on the KK Road Machine... it's a very fine trainer! Beware of the noise factor of the LeMond... it is LOUD.
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I think you're getting addicted to this in a good way.

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Thanks for the advice and tips. Not sure I'm ready for rollers, either, but a trainer seems like something that could be pretty useful. I'll just have to make a note to myself to pick up some cheap rubber for the back end. Thanks again!
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With a avatar of jdbucks73 I'm guessing you have green toys in the poll barn.
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+1 on the KK Road Machine... it's a very fine trainer! Beware of the noise factor of the LeMond... it is LOUD.
Sounds like a jet aircraft getting ready for takeoff.

All trainers share a common trait, the faster the rear wheel spins, the louder the trainer, if the trainer has different resistance settings, choosing a higher setting and running a lower gear so that the wheel speed is lower, can save you some noise. Other things that can reduce the noise, putting it on a piece of scrap carpet or carpet underlay can help, if it's on a floor above the lowest floor in the building. Another thing that trainers sometimes do, when you oil your chain, make sure that you put plastic or card board under the trainer and back about 1/2m behind, the chain can throw off the lube if moving fast. This will make cleanup easier. These same traits are shared by trainers and rollers.
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I'm running on a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and like other with this one have said, I'm very happy with it.
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I have a cheapo Ascent from Performance, which I rec'd as a gift. It came with a steel skewer to replace the one on my bike prior to attaching it to the trainer. Its magnetic. Provides a descent work out. 60 mins a day. Does seem to be taking it's toll on the tire though.
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