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Old 01-08-14, 07:42 PM   #1
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who uses an indoor trainer?

what style do you use? what style lasts longer?
I know that a couple options are fluid and magnetic. I would like to buy one but am unsure of the pros and con's to each.
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I have a Cycleops MAG+ magnetic trainer (got it for $160 new this November). It's OK for steady-state workouts but high-end resistance is lacking. It tops out at about 350 W at the highest resistance setting at 90 rpm in 50/11. If you want to be able to do short sprint intervals, or you're really strong, you want to get fluid, it goes higher. Otherwise, magnetic is acceptable. Fluid is also quieter (magnetic is OK, but not the kind of equipment you'd want to use across the wall from a sleeping baby).
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Roller rider here, with resistance. My set is about 15 years old and still going strong. I ride them once or twice a week year 'round.
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I use a fluid trainer ... an inexpensive one from Nashbar. It's been good ... stable, quiet.
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Wahoo KICKR here.. use a few times a week at least.
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Old 01-09-14, 08:40 AM   #6
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I have been using rollers for 3mos now and just started using a fluid trainer once a week for sprint interval to help build up leg strength. I really enjoy training indoor now because I can stay more focus and not worry about anything.
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Old 01-09-14, 09:23 AM   #7
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I prefer rollers (Kreitler) but I also have a trainer (Kurt Kinetic). Both brands are well respected.
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I use a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine for most of my workouts and a set of rollers for 30-40 minute recovery rides. The trainer allows you to focus on the workout without fear of riding off the side when fatigue sets in. I regularly do 2-hr trainer rides but couldn't imagine doing the same on rollers. The rollers are really good for developing a smooth pedal stroke and for working on holding a line.
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I just bought a Magnetic trainer used off of craigslist for $60. Only used it once but so far so good. It is smooth and I bought it to help get me back into shape. I am a commuter but since I moved I rarely ride anymore (plus its cold outside).

I guess the noise level is an individual thing. I could hear the TV fine and it didn't seem to be much louder than a fan on low to medium. You do have to keep an even cadence but I'm not training for anything; I'm just trying to get into shape.
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Old 01-10-14, 10:11 PM   #10
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Cycleops Fluid 2
Not loud at all, amazing how hot the thing gets after an hour of spinning.
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Old 01-11-14, 01:31 PM   #11
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Schwinn Mag trainer, I'm new to indoor training but for the money I think it's a solid purchase.
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Old 01-13-14, 06:16 PM   #12
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I have a Cyclops Fluid 2 and a Kurt Kinetics Rock and Roll trainer. Both fluid. Both very nice units. I had the CF2 first and when my wife wanted her own trainer I let her take it and bought myself the KK. I haven't really used the CF2 in a couple of seasons, but I'll try to do a fair comparison. The spin-up and spin-down of the KK feels a little more like what you might actually experience on the road. The CF2 seems to have just a slightly higher resisitance and runs hotter. The CF2 has a more secure and convienient mount. I think the CF2 was just a tad quieter, but it's been so long I don't remember for sure. The R&R from KK is MUCH more comfortable for longer sessions and, although it doesn't feel the least bit natural to me, it will allow you to get out of the saddle and crank on it a little bit.

I can't imagine wintertime without a trainer. I will put anywhere from 800-1500 miles on the trainer between mid-October and April. Here are my suggestions for a sustainable and enjoyable trainer experience:

1) Get a bike you can dedicate to the trainer. Even if it's a retail big-box cheepo or thrift store gem, as long as it fits your body and is in decent mechanical condition. It's nice to not have to be mounting and un-mounting your primary steed if you are going back and forth between the road and the trainer. If I had to take my bike on and off the trainer and carry it up and down from the basement all the time, I would NEVER use the trainer. If it's always mounted and ready, there is NO EXCUSE not to get in a spin every day. Rain or shine, hot, cold, whatever, the trainer will be ready for you.
1a) if item 1 isn't feasable, at least look into a dedicated trainer wheel and tyre combo, or commit to having your primary bike on the trainer for certain months of year.
2) Get a trainer specific tyre. It will run quieter, cooler, smoother, and longer than a road tyre that is past it's prime. I used to recycle my old road tyres on the trainer. I recently picked up a trainer specific tyre and I will never go back. After a few heat cycles the trainer tyre has a little more tack to it which means the roller drum needs less compression on the tyre. Since resistence doesn't change with compression, the ride will be smoother and the tyre will last longer. This also plays a part in comfort. The more comfortable you are in the saddle, the more effective your workout will be.
3) Use a fan. It will keep you cool and allow you to regulate your output better which equals longer, more effective workouts. I like an oscillating fan directly in front of me. I can close my eyes and pretend I'm on the road with a slight headwind.
4) Invest in a heart rate monitor or power meter. PM's are too expensive for me to justify as a recreational rider, but my HRM allows me to meaure my output in some quantifiable way. Just because today's workout feels tougher than yesterday's doesn't mean anything. Some days it's tough to get the heart rate up for no apparent reason.
5) Invest in a computer with cadence and rear wheel speed sensor. If you have no way of measuring your output, why bother with a trainer in the first place.
6) Record your workout stats. It's the only way to know if your performance is improving.

I'm not a big fan of music, TV, or cycling videos while I work out. They make me lose focus and my technique and output will suffer for it. Other's will say trainer sessions are too boring to be bearable without. I get a better workout by paying attention to my body. Personal preference I guess.

Currently, I'm in the routine of doing 15 minute sets on the trainer with 25 situps between sets. This helps strengthen my core, improve flexibility and breathing technique, and breaks up my time in the saddle. I find that saddle time on the trainer is much harder on the derriere than actual road time. The fixed position of the bike doens't give you much oportunity for natural position changes during the ride and it can be fatiguing.
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The fluid provides a little more resistance and is quieter. The magnetic is generally cheaper but noisier. Rollers are the only thing remotely like riding a real bike, but don't provide a lot of resistance and are as noisy, or more noisy, than magnetic trainers. Based on my usage over the years I seem to prefer the Schwinn Spinner Cycles at my gym. They are very quiet, have a weighted flywheel (more like being on the road), have plenty of resistance and are very durable. My perfect trainer would be one of those that floats on springs so it can rock side to side, with a (quiet) fluid resistance attachment to resist acceleration (or maybe a 600lb flywheel) and a modified saddle mount to allow for a more comfortable nose-down position.
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Use my rollers often during the week when it is dark or raining. Skateboard wheels and bungee cords allow movement and the bumpers keep me on the rollers when I get bored and try crazy stuff

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