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Old 07-30-10, 11:53 AM
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School me on trainers

I've ridden rollers for the past two winters. I love them. I'm going to college this fall. Rollers aren't going to work out well in the dorm/workout room. I need a trainer. It needs to be relatively quiet and not outrageously priced. I could care less about fancy gizmos, I just want one that works well and will last a while.

Recommendations?

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rollers fold up easier than a trainer and may fit easier in a dorm room.

but if you really want a trainer, you can't go wrong with either a kk road machine or a cyclops fluid2. I've got a fluid2 and it's fine.
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and I'd say skip the riser block and just use some textbooks stuffed into a ziplock bag.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:07 PM
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I would say a TravelTrac rollers (can be purchased at Performance) is small enough to stow away and actually will have a sleeker footprint than a trainer. It would easily fold and fit under your dorm bed. The problem with trainers is the resistance unit is the bulky part of them that may make storage difficult. The rollers will also be much quieter. Even with a good trainer such as a CycleOps or Kurt Kinetic (I own the Kurt Kinetic), they're still noisy. My rollers are much quieter. If you're used to rollers, stay with rollers.

This is the one I have:
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1028745_-1___

It's pretty inexpensive as well.
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Thanks guys, I'll check out the links.

Roll up and storage space isn't really what I'm concerned about. I don't really feel like dealing with finding a wall or whatever to use as balance on the rollers (at the very least, I need to grab something to stop/start). Plus, a trainer will be nice to have to warm up for early spring collegiate races, especially wet ones where rollers are pretty much impossible to use.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:21 PM
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I'm no expert on trainers but I am happy with my KK Road Machine. Simulates the road resistance pretty well and I store it in my bedroom when not in use (which is more often than it should be stored!).
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Old 07-30-10, 12:22 PM
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I have a KK Road machine and it is a great trainer. I have also heard good things about the 1 Up trainer and it might fold up smaller too.
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Originally Posted by docjoe View Post
I would say a TravelTrac rollers (can be purchased at Performance) is small enough to stow away and actually will have a sleeker footprint than a trainer. It would easily fold and fit under your dorm bed. The problem with trainers is the resistance unit is the bulky part of them that may make storage difficult. The rollers will also be much quieter. Even with a good trainer such as a CycleOps or Kurt Kinetic (I own the Kurt Kinetic), they're still noisy. My rollers are much quieter. If you're used to rollers, stay with rollers.

This is the one I have:
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1028745_-1___

It's pretty inexpensive as well.
I agree with all of this. Rollers pack away much easier if you store them under your bed.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by kensuf View Post
rollers fold up easier than a trainer and may fit easier in a dorm room.

but if you really want a trainer, you can't go wrong with either a kk road machine or a cyclops fluid2. I've got a fluid2 and it's fine.
What he said. I have a fluid2 and it's fine. Although nothing is going to be so quite as to not piss off somebody in the dorm.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
I agree with all of this. Rollers pack away much easier if you store them under your bed.
I think the 1 Up trainer might fold up as small or maybe smaller.

https://www.1upusa.com/bike_trainer.html

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'eff the others in your dorm. get a wind trainer.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
Thanks guys, I'll check out the links.

Roll up and storage space isn't really what I'm concerned about. I don't really feel like dealing with finding a wall or whatever to use as balance on the rollers (at the very least, I need to grab something to stop/start). Plus, a trainer will be nice to have to warm up for early spring collegiate races, especially wet ones where rollers are pretty much impossible to use.
I commented before I saw this reply. I have a Fluid II as well. Never had a problem, other than hating riding indoors. The KK and Fluid II will both work fine. I say buy which ever you can find cheapest.
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I don't plan on using these in my dorm room, my roomies would hate me. There is a workout room in the big sports building that I guess guys use there trainers in during the winters.
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Old 07-30-10, 12:47 PM
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I'd say just get the cheapest trainer available. They all do the same thing.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I'd say just get the cheapest trainer available. They all do the same thing.

You are the winner - you have the most uninformed and misleading post of the week.

I wasted more money on cheap POS trainers before I learned this lesson and bought a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. This is the only trainer I would ever buy again because it won't eventually leak. Read about their ingenious design and you will see why - https://www.kurtkinetic.com/wont_leak.php

Trainers are one of the few things in cycling where you can spend just a little more and have the very best. The only problem with a KK Road Machine is that your grandkids will have to figure out what to do with a perfectly good trainer when they put you in the Nursing Home.

Here is a good place to buy one - https://catalog.bicycleoutfittersindy...rainer-785.htm (use the 15% off coupon and free shipping).
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Well, maybe I've just gotten lucky with my craptastic 12-year old, $100 Nashbar trainer.
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Originally Posted by jwible View Post
What he said. I have a fluid2 and it's fine. Although nothing is going to be so quite as to not piss off somebody in the dorm.
Can anyone give me an idea of how loud these are? I have a child that goes to bed at 8pm. I'd like to use the trainer after that - when I can't leave the house. Is it as quiet as a noisy dishwasher? I'm sure most have a heard a typical noisy dishwasher. Is it as quiet as a quiet dishwasher? I use dishwasher because I think we have the noisiest one on Earth and if it is at least that quiet, I'll be good.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by brianbeech View Post
Can anyone give me an idea of how loud these are? I have a child that goes to bed at 8pm. I'd like to use the trainer after that - when I can't leave the house. Is it as quiet as a noisy dishwasher? I'm sure most have a heard a typical noisy dishwasher. Is it as quiet as a quiet dishwasher? I use dishwasher because I think we have the noisiest one on Earth and if it is at least that quiet, I'll be good.

Thanks!
I can't speak for magnetic or fluid trainers, but wind trainers are so freaking loud it is maddening. If you need quiet, don't get a wind trainer.
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I have a trainer and it absolutely kills my tires, anyway to avoid this?
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I have a trainer and it absolutely kills my tires, anyway to avoid this?
trainer specific tires.
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Or the new LeMond trainer - no trainer tire required.

https://www.lemondfitness.com/product...n-bike-trainer
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lemme recommend the 1UP trainer.

it's completely silent
no magnet, fan, or liquid
folds up extremely thin in 2 seconds
takes 2 seconds to put the bike in and get it out.
the only setup is changing your rear skewer, which they give you.
$300, all aluminum, made in USA.

my friend and i both use ours in the living room, and because they're so quiet and foldable our women never see them.
i live in a studio and i can bike without waking my girlfriend up.
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Originally Posted by jrobe View Post
You are the winner - you have the most uninformed and misleading post of the week.

I wasted more money on cheap POS trainers before I learned this lesson and bought a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. This is the only trainer I would ever buy again because it won't eventually leak. Read about their ingenious design and you will see why - https://www.kurtkinetic.com/wont_leak.php

Trainers are one of the few things in cycling where you can spend just a little more and have the very best. The only problem with a KK Road Machine is that your grandkids will have to figure out what to do with a perfectly good trainer when they put you in the Nursing Home.

Here is a good place to buy one - https://catalog.bicycleoutfittersindy...rainer-785.htm (use the 15% off coupon and free shipping).
That's a bit over the top, don't you think? Your experience is different then his. So according to him (though I don't speak for him), you have the most uninformed and misleading post of the week.
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get your parents to get you a computrainer. it makes indoor training tolerable. the 1 up usa is a good trainer, i've had mine since 2003 used it in the basement, warmup at races, it's a solid piece of equipment. that will never leak, ever. guaranteed because there is nothing to leak.

dont waste $ on a trainer specific tire. take an older or spare wheelset, put a tire on it that's worn out, and just switch wheels when going from inside to outside riding. ride the trainer wheel until the tire has holes in it, if it breaks, who cares.
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Another vote for KK Road Machine.

It's my first, and was 100% satisfied by the quality, function, and relative quietness of it during use. Also, should you ever decide to sell it, they seem to hold their values a bit higher ( due to higher demand I presume ).
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