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    Need a Bicycle Trainer

    The ones I've seen on amazon so far, are terribly loud when in use. Of course, I don't want that.

    I'm just looking to do some cardio exercise at home on my bicycle. Any suggestions?

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    I am confused. How do you know they are noisy if you don't have one? I have a Cycle Ops mag and think it is fantastic. I put down a rug and place the trainer and bike on top and don't find it loud at all. It works which is all that matters.
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    3 basic styles.

    The least expensive ones use a fan to provide the resistance. They are good because the resistance build up with speed is geometric like riding on the road. The drawback is they are LOUD. You won't be able to hear the television set so you'll fine your threashold of boredom real quick.

    Magnetic trainers are significantly quieter in operation. I'd still set it up on a rug or something. The resistance build up with speed, however, is linear so you lose some of the feeling of riding out doors. Some have a resistance adjustment that you can access while you are riding.

    Fluid trainers, while the most expensive, combine the best features of fans and magnetic trainers. They're quieter while providing a more roadlike feel. Unfortunately, fluid means oil and oil means seals and sometimes seals don't.

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    I have a relatively cheap Nashbar-rebranded Minoura... About 7 years old now. Works fine. There is a slight, high-pitched whine in use. Turn the TV up...

    Really, if you use a relatively slick tire and not too much pressure on same, noise should be minimal.

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    I got a Kurt Kinetic road machine for xmas. Its been working fine. Not too much noise will not leak.
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    I know those ones on amazon are loud because there are A lot of reviews complaining about the noise, often saying they can't hear the TV over it. When I youtube'd those or similar products, they were indeed quite loud.


    Thanks for the replies.

    Can anyone suggest a 'specific' trainer for me, as opposed to a group / type of them? I'd probably want the Magnetic one, if it's much cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    I got a Kurt Kinetic road machine for xmas. Its been working fine. Not too much noise will not leak.

    Hey, thanks for the reply. Out of my price range, however. $300 is too much..

    I'd like to spend $75-$175 (less is better)

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    Cycle Ops is good for me. Have you tried looking on Slowtwitch.com and Beginnertriathlete.com for a used one, or even used gear sales at REI? There are a lot of coupons and deals at online triathlon stores that will have excellent reviews and sales like crazy.
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    I actually just purchased the CycleOps Fluid 2 Indoor Bicycle Trainer off amazon last week. Should arrive on Tuesday.
    This one is my first trainer. I purchased it because from what I read from the reviews, it has the resistance I'm looking for and it is quiet.
    I'll let you know how it is when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotty View Post
    I actually just purchased the CycleOps Fluid 2 Indoor Bicycle Trainer off amazon last week. Should arrive on Tuesday.
    This one is my first trainer. I purchased it because from what I read from the reviews, it has the resistance I'm looking for and it is quiet.
    I'll let you know how it is when it arrives.
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    Hey, thanks for the reply. Out of my price range, however. $300 is too much..

    I'd like to spend $75-$175 (less is better)

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