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Old 10-11-11, 01:33 PM
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Suggest a trainer that won't break my pocket?

Still unemployed and need to save as much money as I can. I want a trainer though, so when the brutal winter hits Atlanta, I can still ride, albeit in my basement. Can someone suggest a trainer that I can get that will let me do this, give me a good workout, and still keep my wife from stroking out that I spent s bunch of money?
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Ascent mag trainer from Nashbar. $90.
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Ride out side; brutal winter my _____.

When I went to University of Illinois; I rode year round - snow, ice, etc.

Here in sunny California, I still ride year round.
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Nigel, believe me I WANT to ride outside, but sometimes you just can't. Lol.
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I'm moving to Florida. I'll sell you mine.
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How much and what kind?
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I have this Bell Motivator that I like. Hard to beat for $80 shipped!

https://www.amazon.com/Bell-Motivator.../dp/B000AAYBWS
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Originally Posted by Allen55
How much and what kind?
Graber Mag - Goes for $100 new. I'll do $75.
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Not sure if your budget can stretch to $270 but REI has a 20% off sale till the weekend and the CycleOps 2 Fluid is available for $340-20% = $270. i beleive its a lifetime warranty and 1200lb weight capacity!

https://www.rei.com/product/667910/cy...2-bike-trainer

I too was recently looking for a trainer and it came down to the CycleOps or the Kurt Kinetic. I went with the CycleOps as it has a nice quick release system that dismounts/mounts the bike in 2 seconds. That way its no hassle to ride on the trainer or on the road (when you can). I was using a cheaper mag trainer which worked fine but the CycleOps has a true "road feel" as you shift gears. I know it may be a little pricey but thought Id throw out my experience. IMHO, if you can possibly swing it, go for the better trainer than budget level. If you take to the trainer you will eventually upgrade and your $100 budget trainer will just add to the cost of an eventual higher-end unit.

Also, dont let anybody tell you to "just get out there in the weather" - its a personal choice and sometimes for safety's sake you cant. We had 3+ weeks of sheet ice in our neighborhood last winter and though I attempted to ride it was silly and dangerous. Easy to say "get out there" if your riding around in 50+ degrees in December...thats called summer in these parts
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Originally Posted by magohn
Also, dont let anybody tell you to "just get out there in the weather" - its a personal choice and sometimes for safety's sake you cant. We had 3+ weeks of sheet ice in our neighborhood last winter and though I attempted to ride it was silly and dangerous. Easy to say "get out there" if your riding around in 50+ degrees in December...thats called summer in these parts
The OP lives near Atlanta, GA. Based on my recollections of living in the South (specifically: Houston) he probably is riding around in 50+ degree weather for much of the winter...

When I bought a trainer, I also looked at the CycleOps and Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. Saw lots of reports of CycleOps fluid trainers leaking, so I went with the Kurt Kinetic. Like you, I also bought during an REI 20% off sale. The Road Machine features a quick-release system that makes installs pretty painless.
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Ain't no weather ain't cycling weather.


There's no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing choices.

I live near Raleigh, and ride year round. Commute 4 days a week, plus weekend rides.

I'm laughing at the 'brutal Atlanta' winters.
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Good deal on CYCLE OPS and he's local to you

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/2596061716.html
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Originally Posted by RichardGlover
....I'm laughing at the 'brutal Atlanta' winters.
+1 . My brother lives in Marietta, and has ridden as much as 9,000 miles in a year. He won't even come to Chicago between November and April unless it's for business.

Allen: Save your money. Riding on the trainer is soooooo boring. An hour on the road goes ALOT faster than 20 minutes on the trainer. Pick and choose your days to avoid the "Brutal" ones, and you'll be fine.
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A fluid trainer is the way to go. There are often sold on CL for $100 or so. If you buy a Cycleops, be sure to get a Fluid 2 as the older units have issues with leakage.
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With studded fat tires, and low pressure, ice is no problem. Anything under about 6" of snow is riding weather. I don't remember too many reports of deep snow down there.
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Im not sure why people get so defensive when a forum member wants to ride a trainer instead of riding in poor/dangerous weather. Its not about the cold - its about the danger of ice, visibility or winds. I rode all through last years icy weather here and had a few close calls because of the ice.

When medical issues are asked on the forums the first and sensible response is go see a doc. When a member asks about using a trainer because of poor cycling conditions the reaction is "get out there buttercup". Very strange. Hopefully, all the die-hard weather riders will get a fund together next time I slide on the ice and finish up under a bus...I dont see a "warm jacket" helping in that scenario.
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No - its the old mag version - IMHO its way overpriced.

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Good deal on CYCLE OPS and he's local to you

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/2596061716.html
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Atlanta and brutal winter?
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But in all seriousness ... check Craigslist, and keep an eye on Bonktown too ... that's where I got my trainer
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Originally Posted by RichardGlover

I'm laughing at the 'brutal Atlanta' winters.
That part was a joke. But after last winter, I did think I was in Alaska. Lol
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I ride at night quite a bit and find it hard to get friends out when the weather gets below 50 degrees..
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[QUOTE=IL Coke Addict;13353097]+1 . My brother lives in Marietta, and has ridden as much as 9,000 miles in a year. He won't even come to Chicago between November and April unless it's for business.

I'm in Marietta as well.
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I'm just South of Atlanta and watching this thread for ideas. It's not because I'm worried about it being too cold to ride but because I work from 7:00am-5:00pm with a 30min commute by car. This leaves little time for cycling except in the dark but the drivers don't slow down in the dark winter around here. I will commute by bicycle some, roughly a 1 1/2 to two hour commute by bike. However, I'm considering a trainer for keeping in shape for long rides when daylight doesn't allow. (Yes, I am also pricing more equipment to ride in the dark. My current head and helmet light are just barely enough.)

Of course, you couldn't pay me enough to ride a bicycle in Cobb County except for the Silver Comet Trail. I feel my car insurance rate going up anytime I get near the top of the Perimeter and 75
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Originally Posted by Allen55
That part was a joke. But after last winter, I did think I was in Alaska. Lol
Well, I had hoped that part was a joke. Maybe I should have liberally used emoticons so everyone knew I was really laughing


Seriously, there will be days you don't want to ride because of the weather. But in the south, those days are the exception, not the rule. Also, weather like that tends to come only a few days at a time, interspersed with warmer spells.
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Anyone with experience with Minoura Ergo Trainer ? I see one for sale in craigslist (NY) but never heard of the company...
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