After quite abit of time at the Y in Spin classes I am considering a trainer. After coming off of a pinched nerve in my back I am thinking that I cannot get a spin bike fitted well enough for me.
My question is I see a few different brands ie Cyclops, but not sure how to understand the difference between the models.
Advice would be great!
I would look at better spin bikes. They are highly adjustable. I have a trainer and hate it. I know they make better ones but still if you want to go for a ride you have to take your bike off, change the tire, then reverse to be back on the trainer. Not to mention the cost of extra tires, you will go through them. The one I use is loud, comparitively, and doesnt sit exactly level, and it wasnt a cheapy.
Not true. The only time that might apply is when you are switching to trainer-only riding for the winter. Many MANY people here use trainers every day and I can guarantee you they are not changing tires back and forth. It is common to buy an inexpensive rear wheel and cassette to use just for the trainer, but that is only a matter of flipping the lever on a skewer. Don't give up on a trainer just because a member doesn't like his or hers. I like using a trainer because everything about the fit is always the same whether I'm in the basement or out on the highway.
Originally Posted by digger531
Hit ebay up and you can find a used wheel and cassette very reasonably. It doesn't have to be light; you are using it for resistance. Throw a used tire on it and you're good to go, and rotate them in as you buy new ones for the road.
I am not sure how attacking my post is helpful to the OP. First of all, it is true, if you are going to be on a trainer for any significant time you should change tire or wheel both of which are expensive and a pain. Secondly, the OP did not ask if you agree with me. I must also apologize to Tandem Tom. I read your post again and realized that you didnt ask my opinion either. And on that note
Rollers- More "realistic feel, need to balance, dont have to lock expensive carbon frames in a vice, takes practice to get comfortable, I have never ridden them but a lot of people mention falling.
Fluid trainers- Probably the best choice, quiet (comparitively), good road feel, durable Curt Kinnetic machines seem to get the nod from reviewers
Air or Fan trainers-cheaper, can be had on craigslist real cheap, good starting point if you are not sure however may also turn you off due to noise.
Anyways, agree with KV501. A cheap wheel and tiagra cassette can be had for around 50 bucks off ebay or craigslist. A wheel change takes under a minute. Hardly a chore.
Not attacking anything. I just don't want to have someone get turned off from a tool that might help them greatly in their training. As far as locking "expensive carbon frames in a vise," again...you are exaggerating a non issue. The vast majority of people here with carbon frames put thousands of miles on their bikes in a trainer. Check out any warmups before a pro race if you need to see hundreds of carbon race frames getting pounded on them. Also, you are locking a skewer into the trainer, not your frame. You stress it more with cracks in concrete, railroad tracks, turning, and braking than you ever would in a trainer.
Originally Posted by digger531
Also, I just looked on ebay, found a used wheel/hub, and a Shimano 10 speed cassette for a total of $60. I can change a rear wheel in under 30 seconds and I'm a klutz. Flame away if you feel the need, I'm out.