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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 05-09-11, 04:26 PM   #1
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Trainer for a clyde

Are trainers able to support a clyde? Any recommendations on brand or size or materials? Thanks
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Old 05-09-11, 05:09 PM   #2
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I've had good luck with both Kurt Kinetics and Cycleops (the fluid trainers in both cases). I had the Cycleops for 15 years, and it was my primary form of exercise when I lived abroad in the 90's. My ex. got it when we divorced, so I replaced it with the Kinetics.

The weight is borne by the axle/skewer on the rear wheel, and I've never felt like there was a problem with holding me up. I weigh 220 - 230, but I've seen larger folks use these just fine as well. I'm sure other brands can handle it as well.

FWIW, Kurt Kinetic publishes a power curve for their trainers. That's useful if you want to see how you're progressing. With a Garmin speed sensor on the rear wheel, it's easy to convert the speed plot to power.

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Old 05-09-11, 05:30 PM   #3
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+1 on the Cycleops. At 240 I had no trouble climbing on the trainer, and spent four nights a week on it a couple of winters ago when I still lived in the rust belt.

Jonathan is right: the weight is all on the skewer. One thing that I liked about the Cycleops is that it comes with a skewer made to fit the trainer.
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Old 05-09-11, 06:32 PM   #4
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+1 on either the Kurt or the Cycleops
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Old 05-09-11, 07:13 PM   #5
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I'm a proponent of rollers for both form, and the fact that they don't attach to any part of the bike. At 260-ish, I was riding on a pair of mega-cheapo Nashbar Parabolics and they're still my favourite training device to this day.
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Old 05-09-11, 11:31 PM   #6
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When I bought by trainer in 2003 I called around to most manufactures. The Cyclops had a 1500# weight limit and all the rest at the time where 250# limit. I was 365 at that time
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i think i was up to 230 lbs this winter, and have a CycleOps Fluid2 trainer. it's sturdy enough that once i took a few sessions on it, i wouldn't question the trainers stability/strength.
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Are there different models of Cyclops? I am currently riding a Schwinn Aerodyne exercise bike and was thinking of picking a Cyclops up for my 12 year old daughter to ride next to me while I am losing weight. I was thinking as I lose some weight, I may want to use the Cyclops sometime in the future so I would want it to support me also. I have seen some used ones on Craigslist for $50 to $100.

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Old 05-15-11, 01:07 PM   #9
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yeah there are many different models of Cycleops. Different features on each. Just check out their website. www.cycleops.com
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This is more budget than weight.

The Kurt Kinetic could support a horse,
but I've managed to fall over on it.

Funny time of year to be trainer shopping, they're more
for winter.

I use mine, once a week in the winter. I use my Concept 2 rower
more.
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I've got a Tacx Fortius that I did a couple K on. Its a bit finiky to get setup but once you do it's pretty awesome to ride. I think its a lot better than just watching TV while spinning. Set the course to Milan San Remo or Flanders and away you go.
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I bought the nashbar fluid trainer that runs about $129 this Winter and it works great. Comes with skewer...no problems or issues.
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+1 Kurt Kinetic fluid
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Old 05-16-11, 02:21 PM   #14
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I have a Kinetic Road Machine. No problems, I don't think you could hurt the trainer if you tried.
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I'm using the Cycleops Magneto which is a blend of progressive resistance of fluid and price of magnetic. I have never had any issues with it but it much higher resistance than the road in the same gear.
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I've been using a Giant branded megnetic trainer. (You'd think Giant would be good for a Clyde, right?) I won't say its the most stable, but it supports my nearly 300# butt, even off the saddle and pounding...
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At over 300lbs, I rode a Sette Glyde trainer all winter long with no problems. They are less than $100.
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