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Old 02-13-19, 10:45 AM
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Mag vs. Fluid Trainer

I'm going to be getting a trainer (again) for winter fitness. Last time I had a mag. What are the pros and cons of each, and can anyone recommend a good model?
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Old 02-15-19, 12:05 PM
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What's your budget?
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My mag was much louder than my fluid.

I'd bother with neither, personally.
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I don't want to spend a fortune, so in the 2-300 range.
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Rollers? I bought a used pair with resistance for $75. Best part is being able to go from indoors to outdoors in about 2 seconds. No need to fiddle with skewers or tightening or anything of the sort. Quick and easy and a more enjoyable ride than the trainer, in my opinion. A bit tougher to do with Zwift, however, if that's something you're interested in.
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Check out the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine:

https://www.kurtkinetic.com/trainers...c-road-machine

And check your local Craigslist. Trainers are things many people buy, try a couple of times, and leave in the corner of the garage until it is time to get rid of it.
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I don't want to spend a fortune, so in the 2-300 range.
The CycleOps Fluid 2 and the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine still seem to be the two standouts in this price range (just under $300). They've proven themselves time and again.

Like rubiksoval, I personally prefer rollers, but there are pros and cons (which I've written about before). Rollers might come in under your budget, and they're quite fun, very similar to riding outdoors, but require your full attention and don't pair as easily to Zwift.
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Thanks for the tips, will proceed accordingly. I've always been interested in rollers, but I'm getting old and my balance isn't what it once was.
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I just picked up a used cycleops fluid2 and it's quieter than my rollers with those little wind resistance fans. I like the rollers for long endurance type rides inside. The trainer is a bit of a different feel than I'm used to with rollers but I like it for doing harder stuff and it's easier to do standing sprints on, the rollers feel nicer but standing on them is a bit different than doing it outside.
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https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod125671
They are running a deal on the Tacx Vortex smart trainer for $246. I know it is an entry level trainer but still for that price who cares, I don't I bought one. Replacing my $80 Accent fluid trainer with it.
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