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    Best indoor bike trainer recommendation?

    Howdy All,

    I am on my third weekend with no riding due to nasty weather and cold temps. I want to get back on my bike and need to buy an indoor trainer.

    It does not need to be fancy and I won't pay over $300.00 for it. My bikes have solid axles with tapered nuts, so a simple clamp-on style will work for me.

    Please give me your opinions on which model to buy in order to get the the best features and of course, the best workout.

    Thanks!

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    The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is absolutely awesome. I got rid of my old mag trainer and bought a Road Machine, and I couldn't be happier. Great progressive road feel, and it's supposed to be leak-proof. It also has a lifetime warranty.

    It costs more than $300. However, you should be able to find it for less. It's out of stock at Sports Authority right now, but if you can wait until it's back in stock, Sports Authority often runs 25% off promo codes (keep checking RetailMeNot). I paid $251 with tax and shipping for mine.

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    After having used a few different kinds of indoor trainers I would not buy anything except a Lemond Revolution trainer. They should have just come on the market about a month or so ago. But I think they are around $399.00 USD. Everyone who has used it says it is better than all of the other trainers. The only down side is that it is a bit noisy but you can live with that for a few minutes. Put on earphones and listen to music while training is easy to do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_crmnjGacU

    Also, if you need to put away the trainer when not using it you should be aware that some trainers fold up for easy storage and some don't. Some of the nicer ones do not fold up without removing screws and bolts. This of course may not be a problem if you leave your bike in the trainer all the time. If you have to use the bike that is in the trainer periodically you can buy a cheap tire at Walmart for 15 bucks to use in the trainer. If you have a dedicated bike in the trainer I would go with a dedicated training tire.
    Last edited by Hezz; 12-12-10 at 10:21 PM.

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    Schwalbe Ice Spiker, Marathon Winter...Nokian 294 Hakkapilletta 240...the list goes on and on.

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    be sure to buy a trainer tire with the trainer, because that really makes a huge difference in the torture machine known as the indoor bike trainer.
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    The Cycleops Fluid 2 is great, and under $300. It uses a fluid resistance unit to give a more road like feel than the mag resistance trainers. Cyleops also has a lifetime warranty, so its definitely built to last. +1 on using a trainer tire, if not it will eat right through your outdoor tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    Schwalbe Ice Spiker, Marathon Winter...Nokian 294 Hakkapilletta 240...the list goes on and on.
    +1000, I hate the trainer. I'd rather freeze and dodge spinning cars on icy roads than get on mine!
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    In spin class we use Kinetic trainers (the shop sells them for $325), but at home I use a Bell Motivator ($80 shipped!!!) and there's not nearly enough difference to justify the extra cost. I actually think the Bell is easier to get my bike in and out of.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Motivator.../dp/B000AAYBWS

    Read the long list of reviews, it's a pretty good unit, and is damn near impossible to beat for the price.

    This trainer, a smooth rear tire, and some sufferfest videos will make the winter less miserable. I haven't sprung for a trainer specific tire yet, I just use the cheapest smooth tire I can find. Currently using Forte GT2 I got for $6 last summer with good results.

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    Anyone have a Lemond Revolution?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHAS View Post
    Anyone have a Lemond Revolution?
    How is it?
    I would like to get one but I cannot afford it right now. I was also wrong about the price. $499.00 instead of $399.00.

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    just picked up the Lemond Revolution and had my first two workouts on it...

    This thing is incredibly smooth. The feel is VERY similar to riding on freshly paved asphalt. The spin up/down times are similar to being on the road as well. The noise can be an issue for those who live in apartments and have thin walls - i ended up setting mine up in a big closet we have, no complaints from my fiancee . Putting some earbuds in, I was able to listen to a podcast without a problem, but I could definitely still hear the trainer. After using a CycleOps fluid2, and Krietler Rollers, I find the Revolution to be the best, most natural workout. Pull the trigger, you won't regret it
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    Perhaps Rollers? these have features to keep you from coming off the ends ..

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...motion-rollers

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    I just clicked on "Buy it Now!" for a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. The LeMond looks nice, but not all of my bikes have cassettes. I'll have it by this weekend and plan to use it a lot. I sure hope it is as good as everyone says it is...

    Thanks to all for responding and I'll post a report soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ik04 View Post
    I just clicked on "Buy it Now!" for a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. The LeMond looks nice, but not all of my bikes have cassettes. I'll have it by this weekend and plan to use it a lot. I sure hope it is as good as everyone says it is...

    Thanks to all for responding and I'll post a report soon!
    The Road Machine is a great trainer, I'm sure you will be more than happy with it. Definitely a great trainer for the long haul. Let us know how it works out for you!
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    +1 for Kurt Kinetic trainers. Get the road machine or the rock and roll. Best I've used. Trainers are not as boring as people say. I watched two movies on netflix while on the trainer last night. I would also suggest a trainer tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan@TreeFort View Post
    The Road Machine is a great trainer, I'm sure you will be more than happy with it. Definitely a great trainer for the long haul. Let us know how it works out for you!
    My Road Machine finally arrived today and can report the following:

    The unit assembles easily and is very sturdy.
    The cone adapters don't fit my axle nuts perfectly and are loose on the threaded shaft. Despite this, they hold on tight and the clever design makes the connection tighter with your added body weight.
    The road feel is very much like a real ride. Very smooth.
    The unit is very quiet. Not sure why anyone would complain about the sound it makes...
    Shifting between the three highest gears simulates the resistance of level ground and hills.
    The fluid resistance unit is a unique design and is guaranteed to be leakproof, BUT- Three hundred bucks for a few pieces of pipe and plastic? This thing is made in CHINA!

    My 30-minute workout was exactly what I was hoping for and I look forward to going faster, longer and easier.
    Overall, I am happy with the unit and any shortfalls are overcome by the performance. The price is waaaay too high for what it does, though. I have bikes that cost less...

    If this is the best there is, then I am glad I bought it. Too bad the Entry cost is so high.

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    Studded tires , I like the Nokian M&G, 26x1.95. Real winter cyclists don't use trainers, only roadies.

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    I bought a CycleOps about 8-9 years ago. It came loose recently, and when I contacted the company, they reminded me of the lifetime warranty and will ship out a new one pronto. Wow.
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    I bought an inexpensive rim driver trainer ~7 yrs ago and have used it exactly twice in the last two yrs. Trainers seem to be more for the roadie type who are concerned mainly about performance on the bike rather than the bike ride.

    I ride a bike for a little mental and physical health and mainly for the same reason I loved it as a kid, the feeling of rolling freely along the road all alone with my thoughts. The trainer doesn't provide that for me so much.

    If you are mainly interested in staying in peak cycling shape it is probably a fine idea if you can handle riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn View Post
    If you are mainly interested in staying in peak cycling shape it is probably a fine idea if you can handle riding it.
    Not necessarily peak shape, but at least some kind of decent physical condition. My back was hurting bad for all of the last month and after one 30 minute session, the pain is all gone. Just getting on a bike regardless of the weather is my goal. I feel great and although it is hard work, a good session on the trainer does my body a lot of good.

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    I've had a 1up trainer for about eight years now. I just use it to get some "riding" in during the long Vermont winters. The 1up is very well built and made in the USA. Nice features and quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR View Post
    I've had a 1up trainer for about eight years now. I just use it to get some "riding" in during the long Vermont winters. The 1up is very well built and made in the USA. Nice features and quiet.
    +1 on the 1up. Uses something called Centrifugal Pressure Resistance (CPR) - very realistic, quiet, smooth, great design with QR mechanism, no worries about fluid leaks, and reasonably priced.

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    I've been using a LeMond Revolution trainer for about 2 months (I talked my wife into letting me get one as a Christmas gift). Here in Minnesota (at least for me) outdoor training during the winter months is not an option. For the last 15 years or so I have used various makes and models of indoor trainers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. My experience with the Revolution has been overwhelmingly positive with the only drawback being the noise factor which I don't find as big an issue as others have made it out to be. Before I purchased this trainer, I did spend a lot of time shopping at the various bike shops in the area and had the opportunity to bring home and demo 5 of the currently manufactured (high end) models on the market. The Revolution so far has turned out to be the right choice for me, and if I had to repeat the process, I would arrive at the same choice.
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    I've been thinking about buying a trainer (some brand of a fluid trainer) because the stationary at my gym is just absolutely terrible and winter cycling isn't quite my thing. And unfortunately, don't have enough time all the time to be out on the road.
    Do trainers put any type of stress or strain on the frame or components? I'm a clyde (315lbs) and don't want to damage any of my bikes on a trainer if there is any truth to that.
    Also, I see a lot of comments on what to look for...what should one stay away from when looking for a trainer?
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