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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-11-13, 12:01 PM   #1
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Lets See Your Indoor Trainers

Just picked up this used Cycleops Magneto trainer for $100 off of Craigslist. My gonads were getting frozen so it was time to move my riding indoors for the winter. So far im really impressed. Lets see what everyone is using and your review on it.

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Nobody here rides their bike; we only take pictures of them.
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been thinking about getting one myself and im curious how many people have one
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I don't think anything is more boring than riding a fixed gear (or single speed) bike on a trainer.
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I was wondering about that. haha
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I don't think anything is more boring than riding a fixed gear (or single speed) bike on a trainer.
It may be boring but it keeps me from being a fat pig in the winter
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It may be boring but it keeps me from being a fat pig in the winter
Eating properly is generally a better way to do that. But I get your point.

Trainers and fixed gears are a good match if you only have one bike but want to do some base stuff like Zone rides or high intensity intervals that generally don't work with fixed gears and real terrain.

That said, I'd rather do crap training outside than good training inside. My trainer is great for holding my bike up and serving as a workstand. I think I've logged a whopping 6-7 hours this winter. Good thing it was super cheap; riding inside sucks.

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Any recommendations for trainers for an apartment with thin walls/floor? The only one I've tried sounds like a vacuum cleaner to my neighbors apparently.
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The road forum stands by the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine.

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can you still skid with those trainers?
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Rollers.

Or get a fluid trainer, put down a couple layers of cardboard, a few towels and then cover with a thick rug. Mount the trainer here and make sure all contact points are on the dampening area you created. It won't be quiet but it will be less loud.
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That dude needs a fan, he was sweating WAY too much.

I use a KK with a large (4' x 4' and 3/4" thick) rubber square underneath a smaller foam square (2' x 2' and 1/2" thick) that is directly under the trainer. This seems to do a pretty good job of minimizing noise to my neighbors below.
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Any recommendations for trainers for an apartment with thin walls/floor? The only one I've tried sounds like a vacuum cleaner to my neighbors apparently.
Mine is actually very quiet. I can hear the TV easily without turning it up. The magneto and fluid trainers tend to be the quietest
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Rollers.
This. It's not the most exciting, but keeping yourself upright will keep you awake and give you a better workout.

Nashbar rollers I got for 120 bucks that I have not a complaint with. This is my setup:

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That's about the most crap it can look since we had two straight days of rain. And it's a greenhouse sorta thing so it's 20 degrees colder than the house.
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Any recommendations for trainers for an apartment with thin walls/floor? The only one I've tried sounds like a vacuum cleaner to my neighbors apparently.
**** 'em.

Just tell them you really like to keep your house clean.
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I had rollers last winter and just didn't enjoy them as much as I wanted to. I couldn't keep myself motivated to ride for more than 20-30 minutes at a time and I really didn't feel like it allowed me to get any real "distance" in because it was so much work just to stay upright. Really couldn't focus on anything else, and if I'm riding inside, I'd like to be able to focus on the TV or a school book.
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And for good reason, it's one of the best imo.

I've also heard good reviews on tacx's offerings.
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how bad does it have to be outside that you'd rather bike in your living room than the great outdoors? It's mild where I am (Vancouver). Serious question.
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how bad does it have to be outside that you'd rather bike in your living room than the great outdoors? It's mild where I am (Vancouver). Serious question.
Category 5 hurricane or F-5 tornado.
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how bad does it have to be outside that you'd rather bike in your living room than the great outdoors? It's mild where I am (Vancouver). Serious question.
Under 35 or snowy is enough for me not to ride. They clear the roads like **** around here, so shoulders are never clear, sidewalks are cleared half-assed at best, and bike lanes don't exist. Riding with traffic on 40mph roads is really not something I'm trying to get into.
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3" all-alloy kreitlers over here. i usually watch sports, maybe an hour at a time. NCAA bball season = 'other guy' intervals...wind it up when they have the ball, recover when they don't. fine base miles, and the speed work on wobbly rollers builds serious form.
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I just use a stationary bike. Almost silent. I try to get 80-90 minutes before bed every night and usually manage tobstay motivated. I rode 15000km in 8 months to get in shape and I refusr to gain weight this winter boring or not.
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haven't found my temp limit yet (7F for a low so far this year), but i missed about four commutes due to snow taking away the shoulder.

second year on the Nashbar parabolic rollers. an hour every day i miss a commute....

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I had the KK fluid trainer it was nice, but instead I bought some cold weather gear, HTFU, and have been riding errry weekend. Which in all honesty is way more fun, even though on super cold days.
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