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Old 12-09-17, 03:35 PM   #1
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Best trainer / indoor cycle for aspiring randonneur

Iíve been a lurker for about a year and have also gotten into longer distance riding in the past two years. Iíve yet to go beyond a 300k, but have big plans for 2018. With the weather turning cold and my arm in a sling from falling on a clavicle that I had cracked in half in August, Iím in the market for something I can ride indoors. New family obligations also put my time at a premium and a quieter machine will help me get stronger and keep me close to home.

So, my question is this:

As addicts of long rides, what trainers / indoor cycles do you guys use? If you won a modest sum of money in the lottery what would you look to buy for yourself for the upcoming holidays?

Iíve appreciated being able to read your insight over the previous 12 months and look forward to your thoughts here. For the record, Iím looking at going deep on a trainer that will ideally last me a long time; both the Wahoo Kickr 2017 and Tacx Neo have caught my eye, although they are pushing the limits of whatís financially feasible.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-09-17, 03:38 PM   #2
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I would buy clothes and ride outside. Riding indoors is terrible.
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Old 12-09-17, 04:43 PM   #3
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Sportcrafter Overdrive Pro Rollers: OverDrive Pro Rollers | SportCrafters

I've been using a similar set of resistance rollers for ~20 years.
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Old 12-09-17, 07:44 PM   #4
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I've probably got to get a pair of rollers here too. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 12-09-17, 10:06 PM   #5
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I never felt that rollers did that much for me. I have a Wahoo Kickr. I am following a training plan on trainer road. It works really well for me, maybe too well
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If u get rollers, either get the kind with a resistance unit, or get those with a smaller than traditional roller diameter (which is 4 inches). 4 inch rollers by themselves won't let u get a good workout.
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Eddy rode a lot of miles outside, as was the custom in those days. Rollers are good for learning how to spin smoothly at high revs. If you want to do structured, high intensity training, a "smart trainer" is the way to go. I don't think $1000-ish that a smart trainer costs is really into lottery winning money. It's "skip starbux for a couple of months" money

And yes, I need to work on spinning more on the trainer. I have let some of the muscles required for that atrophy.
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Get you a Assault Air Bike,,you will get a workout
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I'd say any bike that fits like a road bike and not some sort of ungodly exercise monstrosity. I had a trainer but no matter how I propped things up I couldn't get comfortable; I think I want a slightly different position indoors than I want on the road, so I splurged on a Cycleops spin bike a few years back; it's fine but I wouldn't necessarily say it's any better than the other options out there, and I think some of the others are quieter -- that wasn't a big issue for me. Whatever someone is offloading used on your local Craigslist might be your best bet. If I won the lottery I'd probably upgrade to a smart, ANT+ model and do those fancy online things people do, but I don't really need that. I tend to listen to podcasts of spin classes or do commercials intervals to TV (i.e. toodle along while watching the actual program, sprint during commercials). I also use whatever spin bikes my work gym has, which are also fine -- I actually do more of that than riding at home, because lunchtime at work is one of the best times I have to get a quick ride in.

I do find a small amount of structured training does a lot for my speed, and would recommend it. There's too much to pay attention to outside for me, and thus I only do sprints/intervals on the trainer, although I will do hill repeats out there in the real world.
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Get Inside Ride's E Motion rollers; get them used; Watch Craigslists like its a religion; snag a used set. People give up on rollers all the time; This is my first winter using them; l love them.
I am still learning to kill the boredom; but I put in an hour on the rollers, I feel I am getting a pretty-darn good workout. Buy used.
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I would buy clothes and ride outside. Riding indoors is terrible.
Maybe start commuting? I commute 11 months out of the year. Winter riding is half art, half science. But I love it for some reason.
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I have a set of the insideride rollers that I like a lot. I'm not really into intervals, so I just get on and spin for a few hours in zone 2. I also have a set of the nashbar rollers which are fine for that too, and a lot less expensive. I just have to be more careful when I get out of the saddle on those.

I recently got one of the floating fork stands for the inside ride rollers so my wife could use it with the peleton app that I have hooked up to a tv through an iphone. She wouldn't use the rollers, but she will use them with the fork stand and likes the peloton spin classes.

They also have a smart resistance unit that works with zwift or whatever if you are into that sort of thing.
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Without a doubt, something that works with Zwift.
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Old 12-20-17, 04:42 AM   #15
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Amen to what Flounce said.

I am doing 1000 indoor miles a month and I am never bored.
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