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Old 11-24-05, 12:27 PM   #1
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Anybody use Tacx? How is the Flow Ergo Trainer?

looks like it has a power function as well as being just a trainer. has anybody used this, or any other tacx product, for that matter? i'm on a kurt kinetic trainer right now. it's really good, but it's just a trainer: no readouts of power or anything else. if this tacx would help me build power, as well as being a good, well-built trainer, i'd spring for it while it's on sale. thanks

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Old 11-24-05, 12:28 PM   #2
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sorry, forgot the link:

http://www.cbike.com/Tacx-Trainer.htm

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I've had one for about 6 weeks .. got it when I broke my shoulder and could ride, but not outside.

Don't have much to compare it with. I'm in Europe, so many of the units I see mentioned here are generally unavailable to us. I have rollers, which I love actually, though it's a completely different ride than a trainer.

Anyway, the Flow. The upside is that it works well, is reasonably quiet, easy to operate, and having power, cadence and HR in one unit is fantastic (if you don't already have those). It is really benefitting my riding (my cadence has improved already for example). One great feature is that you can set it up
accurately .. it has a built in "braking check" setup routine. One user suggested doing this for EVERY ride .. I do it once a week or so, but nice to know that the figures are in the ballpark.

The downside .. bloody nightmare to put together (IMHO). The instructions are worse than useless. Then, the manual that comes with it is of the worse kind of "translated to English" gibberish in places. I speak French, and can get by in Dutch (the original language of the manual I suspect), so I find myself often referring to those sections. On the Tacx site, there are a heap of training work-outs .. which though great, are rife with typos.

So .. great unit, shame about the documentation.
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