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What trainer or roller is everyone using?

Old 11-17-14, 11:18 AM
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What trainer or roller is everyone using?

I am looking to get trainer so I can get some time accustom to my new road bike. Do u ride the trainer like u would on road using biking shorts?
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Originally Posted by BigC_82 View Post
I am looking to get trainer so I can get some time accustom to my new road bike. Do u ride the trainer like u would on road using biking shorts?
Your butt doesn't change whether you're on the road or on the roller. At least I hope it doesn't. If you suffer sit bone pain without padded shorts on the road, I'd expect you would on a roller. Your pedal stroke should be the same.

I don't know what they are called, but there are trainers that use water resistance. Those are supposed to simulate road riding better than magnetic or mechanical resistance.

I'd rather suffer cold than ride on a trainer.

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I use a CycleOps fluid trainer and yes, I use it with bike shorts. I don't generally use a jersey though and prefer a t-shirt or one of these loose tech shirts that I got at a few organized charity rides.

I find trainer riding less enjoyable than riding on the road...by a lot, but I suffer through it during the winter months because I can't find the daylight to ride during the week. Sufferfest videos and a training plan do help but sometimes I just throw a show on a watch it while pedaling light enough to not feel like I'm going to die.
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Originally Posted by BigC_82 View Post
I am looking to get trainer so I can get some time accustom to my new road bike. Do u ride the trainer like u would on road using biking shorts?
The most common trainer you'll see used is probably the Kurt Road Machine. It's a fluid trainer (they use hydraulic fluid, not water like zymphad talked about). The other main type uses magnetic resistance. There are others, but those are the big two. Some people have had trouble with fluid trainers leaking; Kurt claims to eliminate that by having a totally sealed unit (the resistance unit is sealed and turned by magnets driven by the flywheel.

I've had a Kurt for 4 years and never had a problem. Before that I used a CycleOps magnetic trainer that was also good, but the fluid units are more realistic (or as realistic as you can get). Kurt also has a larger flywheel option for more resistance if you need it.

And yes, wear your bike shorts.
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fyi, riding on a trainer is different than riding on the road. as someone who logs a lot of trainer hours and miles, I can say there's a significant difference.

rollers... not so much.

but a fixed rear wheel trainer seriously limits the amount of motion that you don't realize is involved in biking.
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Old 11-17-14, 01:38 PM
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I'm looking at getting performance travel trac fluid trainer and watching few interval videos on YouTube or borrowing few from local cycling club.
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Old 11-17-14, 02:03 PM
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Kurt Kinetic and 1UP. Both work fine.
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I have a budget fluid trainer from Nashbar and an older magnetic one as well, also used the Cycleops at the gym and none simulate road riding very much. Though I have heard good things about rollers, but have yet to use one. Another thing is that trainers will shred your tires, mount some old tires instead. This winter I've decided to ride outside more, mostly on trails and gravel roads. Indoor riding is really the rat's bum where I'd rather run on the treadmill.
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Old 11-17-14, 02:32 PM
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I use Nashbar rollers that are a fold up design that I bought about 20 yrs. ago. Still as good as they were when new.
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Cycleops Wind, when I'm on the trainer I wear my cycling shorts and shoes, I don't bother with other cycling clothes indoor. just grab a regular t-shirt
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Kreitler rollers with headwind fan, found on craigslist for bargain price. I have a fork stand, too, but I don't use it since I like to work on smooth pedal motion and having to pay attention on the rollers helps with the monotony of "riding" indoors. The weather is nice enough where I live (SF Bay Area), that I don't use the trainer/rollers very often.

And +1 to cycling shorts on the trainer/rollers.
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Kurt Kinetic R&R.
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Originally Posted by BigC_82 View Post
I am looking to get trainer so I can get some time accustom to my new road bike. Do u ride the trainer like u would on road using biking shorts?
Nashbar Fluid Trainer.

And absolutely! You'll find that whatever saddle you use on your trainer bike will be less comfortable than it would be if you rode the bicycle on the road.

But I usually wear a tank top rather than a jersey ... and I don't wear my helmet.
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Set of folding Performance rollers with resistance, bought maybe 17 years ago. I put new oil in the fluid resistance unit last week. Just like new now. Rollers with resistance are the real deal. Hard to sprint on, but otherwise far better and more fun than a trainer. Rollers without resistance are not sufficiently versatile IMO. Performance and Sportscrafters have reasonably priced sets.

I ride one of my road bikes on the rollers, same wheels, skewers, tires, saddle, fit, etc. Very simple.
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What is the difference in high end trainer ($200)+ vs one for about $100 range?
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Originally Posted by BigC_82 View Post
What is the difference in high end trainer ($200)+ vs one for about $100 range?
What kind of trainer are you talking about?


I have tried wind trainers ... didn't like them.
I have tried magnetic trainers ... didn't like them.

Then I tried a fluid trainer and I liked it.

I bought my first fluid trainer from Nashbar in 2003 IIRC. It is basically an older version of this ... a relatively low-end trainer, but one that has remarkable durability.
Nashbar Fluid Trainer


In 2010, we went to Anaconda and picked up a second fluid trainer ... an inexpensive Fluid brand fluid trainer. We haven't used it very much, but it was all right ...
Indoor Cycling Trainer


And don't forget to pick up the riser block for your front wheel.
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I have a Performance Travel Trac Century fluid trainer. The exact same one pictured here (web pic, not mine):

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I just picked up a Tacx i-Genius VR trainer but I've only just started using it. I had a regular Tacx before. I ride in shorts but no shirt, using a fan to keep me cool (I'm alone in my attic when I ride the trainer so it doesn't really matter).
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I am giving rollers a try because I do not want to void the warranty on my carbon frame. Had a cyclops fluid trainer and it was nice so I went with cyclops rollers with resistance. Have no opinion on them yet.
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Btw, if you are anything like me, there's going to be a lot of sweat involved. It's a good idea to cover your bike where sweat is bound to drip and cause corrosion. At the very least, clean thoroughly after a trainer/roller session. This is especially important with steel frames.
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I am giving rollers a try because I do not want to void the warranty on my carbon frame. Had a cyclops fluid trainer and it was nice so I went with cyclops rollers with resistance. Have no opinion on them yet.
Be sure to use a CycleOps bike thong over your nice bike. Carbon's fine, but lots of aluminum bits to get corroded. And that goes for everyone - trainers, rollers, whatever.
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Kurt Kinetic R&R.
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Wear bibs and a tech tee shirt
Also have a fan to prevent overheating
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Cyclops Fluid 2 trainer and Performance "Travel Track" alloy rollers are what I use when it's cold out. Plus, my Concept2 indoor rower. Rollers will help you get a smoother pedal stroke but don't offer the resistance you need to build muscle. The trainer will help build strength, but won't help with the pedal stroke. Indoor rower provides the best total body toning and cardio workout.
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Originally Posted by BigC_82 View Post
I am looking to get trainer so I can get some time accustom to my new road bike. Do u ride the trainer like u would on road using biking shorts?
I dont wear my helmet. And I wear my earbuds.

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Just bought a wahoo kickr. Nice trainer. Inhad a old tacx multiplayer. This one is nice because the cassette is hooked up to a belt drive no slipage. Looking forward to Zwift.
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