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Old 01-14-07, 02:05 PM   #1
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Looking for a bicycle trainer

So I have an el cheapo mag trainer which is clumsy to use but is functional. I am looking to save some by training more indoors this year so a reasonable upgrade seems to be in order.

Budget $300 max.

Choices
1) http://www.1upusa.com/bike_trainer.html seems to be the standard $300, downside no power, speed measurements (my current computer doesn't read backwheel speed)
2) http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...&estore_ID=989 - this one though comes with a power measuring component which will be beneficial with the monitoring of my training. Downside - not sure on reliability.

Obviously I can go with variations of option one and two but I would ideally want the best of both worlds scenario or some reasurance that the performance trainer actually performs and holds up well.

Anyway looking forward to your thoughts.
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Everyone I talked to pointed me in the direction of the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. If you don't have a powermeter, adding their powermeter for the trainer is only $50. The Trainer is $274 on the net, but the power meter will put you over your budget for it's extra $50.
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Old 01-14-07, 03:39 PM   #3
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+ 1 for the KK.

I have the Elite branded version of the Performance trainer and, while the trainer itself is actually very good, the Powermeter on it is wildly inaccruate (I got a PT a while ago and the Performance trainer numbers were about 15-20% high versus the PT). On the other hand, I have heard the KK powermeter is pretty accurate and it's a great trainer.
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close enough, thanks guys!!!
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Old 01-14-07, 05:40 PM   #5
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I have a nearly new (less than 50 miles) CycleOps Fluid2 that isn't going get any use since my wife bought me a CompuTrainer for Christmas. PM if you are interested. I even have the box and a riser block for it.

The fluid2 and the KK are very similar. I believe Kurt worked for CycleOps before starting his own company.
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Kurt Kinetic for the money. I have a CycleOps Fluid 2, and while the resistance is very good/realistic on it, I have now sprung a leak on my second resistance unit now. I seem to go through 1 unit per winter .
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I've got the 1-Up it's a rock solid performer. I can't compare it to any of the others. At that price point, they'd better be solid also!
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I've got the Blackburn ultra trainer which is just slightly different than the 1up. The rear wheel is less than an inch off the ground; no need for a front wheel block. Michelin Carbons are not recommended for use with the trainer, something I found out the hard way. I destroyed my tire after a one hour workout. I got an $18 Conti that's of a harder rubber and it works great.

I moved the ball bearings to the outer slots; the middle resistance setting. The top setting was too much, the first setting was too low, IMHO.
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I use the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and it's been great the few times I used it because I bike outdoors all winter unless it's raining.
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