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Old 01-05-08, 05:41 PM   #1
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Trainer or Rollers

I've been thinking about getting something I can put my bike on while I'm here in Africa and can't ride outside. I've been talking to a few Foosters and they recommended the CycleOps Fluid 2 trainer and the Minoura Action Mag Rollers. Any insights or suggestions one way or the other?
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Since you will be moving back to the States soon and looking in the south, I would not spend a lot on a trainer. I have one, but it gets just lite use as the weather is typically warm enough and nice enough to ride day or night. I got a CycleOps Mag+ just to allow me to spin the legs after my knee surgery last June and will ride it if the weather turns to cold < 40, there is just too much rain or lightning. Other than that, I am on the road. You might try and find a good used one if you want to still go with the Fluid type. They are nice, but you might not end up using once you move back.
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I don't plan on using it much when I get back but here in Africa it's the only way I can ride.
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The Mag+ is not bad, fairly quiet and you can change the resistance while riding using the remote gizmo it comes with.
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Rollers are more fun, but don't have the resistance of trainers unless you have
a resistance wheel or a wind fan. That said I enjoy rollers more--trainers are a
little louder and kind of mindless. Be careful on rollers at first. Ride in your hallway,
or wear a helmet or both. They are twitchy but that is what keeps them more
engaging. Until you start playing golf on the Wii to amuse yourself. Or reading the
bar journal to see who got disbarred.
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lucky, I opted for the Kurt Kinetic over the Cyclops. Both are good, but I can vouch for Kurt's customer service and can wholeheartedly recommend their product and company. The two trainers are about the same price.
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I have a set of 4.5" rollers with a fan unit and may never use a stationary trainer again (never liked them). Been using them since the fall and I get all of the resistance I need and actually enjoy riding them as long as I have something interesting to watch, usually cycling.tv.

Before I got the 4.5's I had some 2.25" rollers and they really had too much resistance. Fine for most workouts but when I just wanted to spin or do an easy ride it just wasn't possible, part of that was also that the smaller drums are more work to ride.
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If you eat it on rollers it can be kind of catastrophic right? I don' t know if I'm up for that. I may just go with the mindless activity to pass the time for the next few months. I just don't want to get back and be completely out of biking shape.
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The degree to which one can wipe out by coming off the rollers is overblown. Its not like you pop off and go rolling through the house at 30 miles and hour. If you are pretty comfortable with clipless pedals what will most likely happen if you happen to come off is the front wheel will slide off one side or the other, it stops turning immediately and you unclip the foot on that side and catch yourself. Thats about as bad as I have had it happen. If you use a doorway to learn for a bit so you have something to lean on to either side of you then you will be fine.
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I know you couldn't lurch forward too bad but with all that spinning it would have to be interesting. I'm still kind of on the fence about which to get.
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It just takes a little time, and the improvements you make in order to ride the rollers well transfer to the bike. At first you are working to stay on them and next thing you know you will be standing up and sprinting.
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Trainer = potential mindless riding, no hands, watch TV or read kinda stuff...

Rollers = pay attention, or off/over you go...

I like rollers better, but i use a trainer because i can read and watch TV more...
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It's one or the other for me. The rollers seem more realistic though. I guess I will just have to practice a lot before I can watch TV on them. But I think that is what I'll be getting.
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