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    Recommend a Quiet Bike Trainer?

    Hi all,

    I recently bought a tacx satori bike trainer as per this thread:Tacx Satori (noise level?)
    I dunno if I posted in the right forum or not, but not much response

    I took that trainer back because it was to noisy for my situation. I have people that live below me in a loft. I took it back to my LBS and the guy kinda acted pissed off, and said they all make noise. Kinda making me feel stupid that I didn't know that all bike trainers make noise that disturbs the neighbours.

    Any who, I got my money back and am looking for a nice quiet bike trainer? Is there such a thing. A friend recommended to me to get a rim trainer like this one: http://www.minoura.jp/index-et.html

    Would this be more quiet? Enough that I could use it indoors and not disturb the neighbours? Or is the guy at my LBS right in saying they all are like that?

    Thanks for your help in advance

    *edit* Whoops misspelled Quiet in the title line, Quite = Quiet, it's a monday morning What can i say Can't edit the title I suppose...oh well*
    Last edited by CgChris; 03-12-07 at 09:30 AM. Reason: Misspelled Quiet in the Subject Line

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    Fluid trainers are generally more quiet than magnetic trainers. I haven't heard a lot of great things about the rim trainers, but maybe someone else will have direct experience with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alreadyblue
    Fluid trainers are generally more quiet than magnetic trainers. I haven't heard a lot of great things about the rim trainers, but maybe someone else will have direct experience with them.
    Thanks.

    Yea, I did read that on these forums when doing some research before buying one. I asked at my local store and the guy said that the Liquid trainers leak, and they are just as noisy. I dunno if this is a fact or he said that because he does not carry liquid trainers and all he had are magnetic ones.

    So hard to get good information these days

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    The centrifugal friction unit in the 1up usa trainer is the quietest I have witnessed; the same unit is used in the Blackburn Trackstand Ultra. Neither is very cheap (ca. $300); for my money I would look at the 1up.

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    My fluid trainer is very quiet. But my back tire is slightly lumpy, so the trainer makes a vibration as the tire rotates. This would go through the floor to your neighbors easily. Maybe try setting it on a small piece of plywood with a foam layer underneath, or a couple of boards to set the trainer legs on, with one of those cheap carpet remnants under the boards. Do you have carpet and padding or a wood floor?

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    My CycleOps Fluid 2 resting on the CycleOps mat is pretty quiet, and doesn't disturb the downstairs neigbors. I asked.
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    Thanks for the reply guys.

    I have a wood floor, when I had the Tacx Satori it was pretty solid, very smooth and there was no real vibration at all. I bought a new slick tire just for the trainer as well. It worked pretty well as far as pressure and smooth pedal strokes, it was more the sound the trainer made I think. It sounded like a remote control car times 50 the faster I went the louder and more high pitched it was, I think it was more the constant noise/whine. I could control the pitch of the noise by how hard my pedal strokes where, which maybe could of got me a music career!...but having that noise for a constant 1-3 hours at least 3 times a week I wouldn't be making to many friends in my building, that is for sure

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    put a bit of carpet under the trainer and manufacture a sound deadening chamber for the back wheel out of carpet and egg cartons... too work intensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivegotabike
    put a bit of carpet under the trainer and manufacture a sound deadening chamber for the back wheel out of carpet and egg cartons... too work intensive?
    Hi Ivegotabike,

    Yea, I had a piece of wood, and I used that rubber stuff you put in kitchen cabinets so things don't slide around. It worked pretty well as far as vibration goes.

    The deadening chamber is a interesting idea, although there are many warnings on the fly wheel and in the instructions (at least for the trainer I had) about how hot it gets, and that the max should be 4 hours if over heating occurs it could damage the Mag wheel it said. So putting something over it, wouldn't that affect the ventilation making it over heat and possibly damaging it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CgChris
    Thanks.

    Yea, I did read that on these forums when doing some research before buying one. I asked at my local store and the guy said that the Liquid trainers leak, and they are just as noisy. I dunno if this is a fact or he said that because he does not carry liquid trainers and all he had are magnetic ones.

    So hard to get good information these days
    Get a fluid, period...They are quiet and smooth...Me thinks the LBS was trying to get you to buy what they had.

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    Fluids resting on mats can still transmit vibration to the floors, though I think the amount of noise/vibration that is heard by neighbors depends largely on the build quality of the building. A lot of new insta-condos and lofts use wood foundations and minimal insulation.

    If you live in a loft, consider using a fluid trainer on the *second* floor of your unit. (I assume you have your own 2nd floor, since most metropolitan lofts are set up this way.)

    This way the vibration will be contained in your space and not be transmitted through a shared floor/ceiling.

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    The sound chamber won't help much. My Kurt Kinetic is loud enough that I have to turn up the TV volume, but it's quieter than my old cheap magnetic trainer was.

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    Look at the 1 Up trainer or the new Blackburn trainer. Both are centrifugal (sp?) trainers. Very quiet and from what I understand it's the most realistic feeling.
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    just crank up the volume on your training music, after a couple weeks of that the'll have no problem with the noise from the trainer.
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    1up's trainer is *not* realistic in it's resistance curve in my experience. My wife bought a 1up, and I've had to start using it recently - I hate it! The resistance "curve" is more like a wall. It's very different from road feel, and quite difficult to get a decent workout on this thing. It's only good for easy spinning imho.

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    My Cycleops Fluid 2 is the quietest trainer I've ever used.
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    My t.v. and fan are louder than any trainer I have ever used. But I suspect it's not the sound, but rather the vibration from your trainer resonating through the floor that is what's bothering your downstairs neighbors. Some sort of bushing, mat, pad, foam or other such material that would isolate the trainer from the floor should help.

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    It seems that liquid trainers are the consensus for being much more suited to what I need, it's a shame none of my local bike shops carry any and being in Canada I don't want to pay the taxes ordering online from the states, at least I have a good idea of what direction and kind of trainer will work for me. Now the tricky part is finding them

    Thanks everyone.

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    I've had a 1Up for over a year, and I'm pleased with both its resistance and its volume. According to their website, 1Up covers UPS shipping to Canada, but the buyer must pay the broker fee.

    Quote Originally Posted by platypus
    1up's trainer is *not* realistic in it's resistance curve in my experience. My wife bought a 1up, and I've had to start using it recently - I hate it! The resistance "curve" is more like a wall. It's very different from road feel, and quite difficult to get a decent workout on this thing. It's only good for easy spinning imho.
    It sounds like there may be something wrong with your unit. See this thread for a few tips that might make it run better. My experience - Inner Pockets setting only, some lubrication applied, using a PowerTap every ride - is that the published resistance curve is very representative of my particular trainer.

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    I have the Cycleops Fluid 2, and the fan I use to keep myself cool is way louder then the trainer!

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