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Old 06-24-04, 09:42 PM   #1
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Which trainer should I get? And should I go with fluid or magnetic resistance?

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Old 06-25-04, 05:25 AM   #2
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I have had all 3 types, fluid, mag and wind. Wind is noisy, mag is linear. Fluid seems to give the best road feel and not be windy. I own a fluid and will replace this with another when it bits the dust. The cateye wind/mag unit is nice. I had this one also, but it is noisy trainer
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I use a mag trainer with variable tension (a cable goes from the trainer to the bars).

It works fine for my needs. I guess how much you might want to spend might be a factor.

The main thing about a trainer - no matter what kind - is to get yourself to use it. If you use it, I think it makes little difference what kind. Most trainers sit there unused as using a trainer is one of the most boring activities in life, especially for an outside biker.

I use training videos, which help me a lot. I happen to use Spinervals, but there are others around which some folks seem to like better ( www.spinervals.com ). It gives me a pretty intense 45 minute winter workout. I also use the Lifecycle at the gym just for variety and my wife goes to the gym with me.

Some folks swear by rollers. I would fall off and injure myself - no thanks!

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my magnetic trainer is pretty loud. if you live in an apartment with roommates a mag trainer will drive them crazy.
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my magnetic trainer is pretty loud. if you live in an apartment with roommates a mag trainer will drive them crazy.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

(My Minoura (sp?) trainer is not very loud - at least to me. I can hear the TV videos just fine while riding)
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My wind trainer was louder, but with 700 Watts of stereo I could hear the music just fine That is why I sold the cateye as the wife hated the thing. Like denver said, me I do not like the nowhere bike. That is why I use it so rarely now. I need to look in to those tapes though as I need something to break the boredom of the trainer.

Denver, I with you on the rollers, no thanks!!
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Should I get a rim or tire driven system?
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check out 1upusa.com. great trainers.
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