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Old 07-02-08, 07:24 AM   #1
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Trainers (Roller trainer v/s 'normal' style)

Does anyone have experience of both? If so which is better and why. Can you recommend
a make?

Thus far I have researched that Kurt Kinetic is the most highly regarded 'normal' trainer. But need to compare and contrast with roller trainers - so I buy the right thing.

Advice most welcome.
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Old 07-02-08, 10:40 AM   #2
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If you are going to get one, get a kinetic/fluid trainer. Much better for indoor training, and easier to learn and use. Rollers are nice, but definitely not necessary for indoor training, which is what I assume you will be using yours for.
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KK is coming out with a bike computer for about $100 in the Fall that estimates watts. Very cool.

Both are good. You can always get one now, and then the other in a year or two.
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There are lots of threads on this subject if you search for them.

I historically used a fluid trainer for a number of years and then went to a Computrainer when I got serious about riding and racing. That was many years ago when I actually got excited about spending all night in the garage racing 3D opponents on a dusty computer screen. These types of trainers can be very effective in my opinion but it does depend on what your objective is, not to mention requiring significant amount of discipline.

This last fall I purchased Kreitler rollers and now I never really touch the other types of trainer I own. The rollers are significantly better in terms of improving form, pedal stroke, balance, etc. You can add resistance devices if you wish to increase the level of physical exertion. Rollers are more engaging and for me the improvements gained on them translate more immediately to improved performance on the road. I often ride mine on a high deck that provides a good view and generally gives me a steady breeze to keep cool (not a good idea to start, would be bad to fall off!), sometimes I almost forget that I am on the rollers. Last note on rollers from me - fixed trainers I never used except when I could not ride outside, rollers I use even now for recovery rides or additional mileage when I don't have time for longer day rides.
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I love my rollers, both with & without the fork mount.
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Does anyone have experience of both? If so which is better and why. Can you recommend
a make?

Thus far I have researched that Kurt Kinetic is the most highly regarded 'normal' trainer. But need to compare and contrast with roller trainers - so I buy the right thing.

Advice most welcome.
I have a Kurt Kinetic and a set of E-motion rollers.

The trainer is nice if you are trying to get in long hours, but it's fairly loud, a bit hard to adjust to fit the rear wheel to, and boring.

The rollers are hard to get bored on. You need to pay attention, and it's possible to fall off of them if you aren't careful (search youtube for examples if you want). They are much more like riding on the road.

I would start with the trainer.
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i'm not meaning to jack this thread, but i want to tag along with similar questions as the OP's.

i need something i can spin on for the winter time. i can't ride in the winter, but i want to stay in shape. i could go to a gym which has trainers, or i could do the "at home" thing, and save 30 minutes commute.

... so there are three things you can ride on:
trainer... which i think is the stationary bicycle
rollers... which is a track you can ride your bike on, stationary
and then the single rear wheel roller, where your front is planted, resulting in stability + just pedaling.

i'm looking at the toys y'all have posted. these just seem to be the rigs you hook your back wheel to? or am i confused?

which is the one you ride with both wheels on, and which is the one where you're stationary? or... are they the same thing?
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Rollers:

http://kreitler.com/product.php?sect...em=rollers_4_5

Rollers with fork stand and variable resistance:

http://kreitler.com/product.php?sect...ining_stations

Resistance trainer:

http://www.cycle-ops.com/p-309-fluid.aspx

Full training cycle:

http://www.lemondfitness.com/product...ter.php?id=150
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thanks, that clears things up for me a lot...

maybe i'll just build my own roller set - if i can make something decent for 100$, then i suppose it's worth it; all these sites are selling products for 400+$ for rollers.
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You don't have to blow $400 on rollers. I use Minoura rollers with a resistance unit. $220 from this site. The resistance unit has 7 settings, and the lowest one provides all the resistance I can handle (I suck). You can get it without the resistance unit even cheaper, but I'd recommend getting it with the unit. I've never used a trainer (for more than 1 minute), but it seems like their only advantages over rollers with resistance are 1) you can stand up and 2) you can do proper furious sprints.
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i found some guy on craigslist in my area selling a set of used rollers for 50$ - i'll check it out.
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I've been using the kurt kinetic pro trainer and it is great for getting an hour or two when can't get outside. Good thing, versus rollers, is if want to watch tv or just close eyes and turn up the ipod volume while spinning in high gear, you can without falling off the thing!

That said, I'll also buy a kreitler (rollers) this winter so can mix it up and enjoy the additional benefits of that training method. Does take a lot more concentration
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