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Bike trainer at Aldi

Old 09-14-19, 10:47 AM
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Bike trainer at Aldi

There is a $50 bike trainer.
I didn't buy it, so can't tell how it is, but looks at least as decent as $100 stands.
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Old 09-14-19, 11:24 AM
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meh, it's a magnetic trainer, trust me that inexpensive trainers are pretty horrible experiences. there are enough kinetic road machines used on craigslist that anyone looking to get started with indoor training can get going on a quality fluid trainer. the problem with basic trainers is there is so little wheel inertia, the pedaling is much different compared to better trainers and of course the road.
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Originally Posted by hubcyclist
meh, it's a magnetic trainer, trust me that inexpensive trainers are pretty horrible experiences. there are enough kinetic road machines used on craigslist that anyone looking to get started with indoor training can get going on a quality fluid trainer. the problem with basic trainers is there is so little wheel inertia, the pedaling is much different compared to better trainers and of course the road.

I think the comparison to used prices is unfair. You could then compare this Aldi trainer when used to a used brand name trainer.

The same argument is made when comparing cars, or any other good. Yes, used is always cheaper. Aldi isn't gonna sell used stuff, so they compete with other places that sell new things. And new compared to new, this is a good price. Is it a good trainer? Probably not for someone serious about training, but probably as good as a new $100 trainer from somewhere else.

With that said, the best trainer has two wheels and can be used outside to get from point A to point B. Resistance settings mimic exactly the wind, grade and speed conditions of the actual ride.
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun
There is a $50 bike trainer.
I didn't buy it, so can't tell how it is, but looks at least as decent as $100 stands.
I am a big fan of shopping at Aldi, but the stuff like this they carry is usually total crap. The floor pump I got broke in under a week, and a fold up outdoor end table was also trash in no time. And returning that stuff is a pain if you donít save the reciept.

At least that is my experience.
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun
I think the comparison to used prices is unfair. You could then compare this Aldi trainer when used to a used brand name trainer.

The same argument is made when comparing cars, or any other good. Yes, used is always cheaper. Aldi isn't gonna sell used stuff, so they compete with other places that sell new things. And new compared to new, this is a good price. Is it a good trainer? Probably not for someone serious about training, but probably as good as a new $100 trainer from somewhere else.

With that said, the best trainer has two wheels and can be used outside to get from point A to point B. Resistance settings mimic exactly the wind, grade and speed conditions of the actual ride.
Just curious, do you have any experience with trainers? I've had everything from cheap fluid trainers to now I have a Cycleops Hammer. It is totally fair to compare new to used when even new the product is so inferior to what can be had for not too much more brand new for an exponentially better experience, the kurt kinetic road machine can be had used for maybe $150 and is so far beyond this. With a cheap trainer, the moment you stop pedaling, the wheel comes to a stop, whereas with a good fluid trainer, you can stop and flywheel inertia keeps the wheel moving. It's a much more natural experience. My goal is to not have people waste their money on something that's just going to end up on craigslist when it turns out it's a bad indoor riding experience. I'm all for saving money (I ride an entry level 8 speed road bike because it works just fine) but with trainers, quality matters.
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I donít care for any stationary trainer. I will/have ridden outdoors in just about conditions. But the cycling equipment Aldi sells is acceptable. I have the floor pump...the handle broke but I easily constructed a replacement and the pump is great. The work stand is reportedly better than other stands costing twice as much. If youíre into stationary trainers Iíd say give it a try.

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I guess I've been lucky with my Aldis pump. Going on 3 years of LOTS of use and no problems.
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...Or one could just understand that one can't replicate the road experience at reasonable cost, and it's acceptable to get a tool that allows keeping up some fitness with some resemblance to cycling.

For cycling, I wouldn't let the perfect but budget-busting alternative get in the way of an acceptable affordable one.

I use the original wind trainer. It's far from the true road riding experience, but a surprisingly little amount of work on this trainer allowed me to start the year with 20 mile rides. Not bad for something that one can find on Craigslist for $10.

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I can't comment on their trainers,pumps,etc, but I do have one of the Aldi's bike stands, and like the overwhelming majority of other owners, I think it's a lotta bang for the buck.
I was surprised how many times I'd used it in just the first couple months.
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are the cycle ops fluid trainers any good?
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