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Old 07-09-15, 04:08 PM
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Whcih trainer?

Okay 41ers... I live in south Florida where a "cold" winter morning is the high 50's so I rarely miss a winter morning ride due to cold, maybe an occasional rain shower though. Here's my question, I have a fractured wrist and can't ride for about 3-4 months (hand surgeon is a cyclist so I'll listen to him) so I need to buy a trainer. I'm looking at the Cycleops Magneto or Fluid2. I'm interested to hear from anyone that has used either of these.

Thanks!

Sorry for the typo in the title, that's what happens with a broken wrist and trying to type with one hand

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Old 07-09-15, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post
Okay 41ers... I live in south Florida where a "cold" winter morning is the high 50's so I rarely miss a winter morning ride due to cold, maybe an occasional rain shower though. Here's my question, I have a fractured wrist and can't ride for about 3-4 months (hand surgeon is a cyclist so I'll listen to him) so I need to buy a trainer. I'm looking at the Cycleops Magneto or Fluid2. I'm interested to hear from anyone that has used either of these.

Thanks!

Sorry for the typo in the title, that's what happens with a broken wrist and trying to type with one hand
I am fairly new to shopping for a trainer, but in the bit of research I have done, I found that the Magneto works with magnetism versus a fluid trainer, which averages out about $100 more. I am leaning toward a fluid trainer because it sounds like you have to get off the bike to change the resistance on a magnetic trainer, where the fluid trainer increases the resistance as you change gears. It is supposed to be a smoother ride and quieter as well. The Cycleops Fluid 2 and the Kinetic seem to be the most popular and reviews are pretty good. I'd be careful about buying a Fluid 2 used or on discount though, because there was a problem with the older models that leaked that has been fixed in the newer ones.

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Kurt Kinetic. Watch craigslist if money matters, they pop up in almost unused condition from time to time.
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The next trainer I buy will be Zwift compatible.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
The next trainer I buy will be Zwift compatible.
Gotta say, the KICKR is awesome. No tire wear, automagic resistance adjustment. Perfect for Sufferfest and Zwift.
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Old 07-10-15, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post
Okay 41ers... I live in south Florida where a "cold" winter morning is the high 50's so I rarely miss a winter morning ride due to cold, maybe an occasional rain shower though. Here's my question, I have a fractured wrist and can't ride for about 3-4 months (hand surgeon is a cyclist so I'll listen to him) so I need to buy a trainer. I'm looking at the Cycleops Magneto or Fluid2. I'm interested to hear from anyone that has used either of these.

Thanks!

Sorry for the typo in the title, that's what happens with a broken wrist and trying to type with one hand
CyclOps Super Mag Pro- 4 resistance curves all of them progressive just like a fluid trainer. No warm up, no resistance changes as the fluid changes temp and quieter than any fluid.

That or one of the powered erg trainers if you have $1K to spend.
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+1 on kickr
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Ouch! Good luck with the wrist. I had carpal tunnel surgery less than 2 weeks ago so I know what a pain it is to be without a hand for a while.

I have a CycleOps Flud 2 from about 10 years ago, but I'm sure there are better trainers out there.
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to totally hijack this thread: does anyone have experience with the kinetic rock and roll? or should i save $200 and get the road machine?
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I'm partial to rollers. I have a set of Kreitler rollers with Killer Headwind attachment (and fork mount, which I don't usually use, but would be important if nursing a fractured wrist). They're great. But so is CA weather, so they don't get much use. They're pricey new, but I got mine cheap on CL. Now's the time to buy before winter weather hits and everyone starts looking for indoor trainers.

Hope the wrist heals well.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
The next trainer I buy will be Zwift compatible.
No doubt...me too.

My old Cycleops Fluid2 (gotta be pushin' 6 years) has been great, but complete, seamless Zwift compatibility would be absolutely awesome, since Zwift is the greatest thing to happen to stationary training since...well, ever.

Running it with my Powertap wheel works, of course, but the convenience and added features like auto resistance control, would just be so much fun!

Man, I gotta get a Kickr this fall...
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Of the two choices, I would choose Fluid2.
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
to totally hijack this thread: does anyone have experience with the kinetic rock and roll? or should i save $200 and get the road machine?
I watched a teamate of mine bounce around an entire winter on one.

Here's Alison Powers saying "this feels like a trampoline" @ 1:44

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN0EFxp9kvI
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post
Okay 41ers... I live in south Florida where a "cold" winter morning is the high 50's so I rarely miss a winter morning ride due to cold, maybe an occasional rain shower though. Here's my question, I have a fractured wrist and can't ride for about 3-4 months (hand surgeon is a cyclist so I'll listen to him) so I need to buy a trainer. I'm looking at the Cycleops Magneto or Fluid2. I'm interested to hear from anyone that has used either of these.
I've been stuck inside since breaking my collarbone and spraining my AC joint on June 18th.

I rode a Performance ($150) fluid trainer for a month and found it serviceable although I don't like the low inertial load and am hoping it's responsible for most of my power drop (230W FTP before my crash, only 174 after a month on the trainer). Don't do that.

I made it almost a week following my six-week "not healed enough" visit before snapping and ordering a Kurt Kinetic (used of Amazon for $260 with free prime one-day shipping) plus the pro flywheel ($89 more with free prime one-day shipping).

The Kurt comes with a 6.25-pound flywheel which is better than most. The optional pro flywheel adds 12 more for 18.25 total.

The CycleOps Fluid 2 has a 2.75 pound flywheel, although it has a fan in the middle so it has more rotational inertia than a similar weight flat disc.

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Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is what I chose. It has a more robust frame than the CycleOps and since it's green, it obviously goes faster . I also tried the Rock n Roller and sold it - I just was never out of the saddle enough for it to help me with technique. Whatever you get, make sure it's a fluid trainer - it will be much quieter and more natural feeling. Good luck with the wrist!
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