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Old 10-05-06, 11:15 AM   #1
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Buying first trainer frustration!

Oy vei! Buying something rather unique is difficult these days. On the web you will find oodles and oodles of useless websites that have the word "reviews" on their Google search, but alas, once getting to the site, 0 reviews posted. YAK!

It does get worse, as once you find reviews and comments, they are often conflicting with other reviews and comments. I remember looking at reviews for a network router, and this one product had people saying it was the best thing to happen to 1's and 0's since the creation of binary and others swearing it was the product of the devil himself. Where is the truth?!

So I've done a bunch of searching, alot of it through the search function here, because there is a decent amount of info on trainers here... though suffering from the same problem of "You shouldn't use a trainer... bike outside" to "I'd kill myself if I didn't have my CycleOps" to "A cheap trainer will do you just fine". Paraphrased reviews, from people who are certainly better cyclists than I am... what the heck am I to think?!

Regardless, upon searching the web, I did find this link (and apologies if someone has already offered it) that has some actual, up to date reviews on numerous models. I hope it helps some people. I know it helps me a bit.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:33 PM   #2
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Go to and check look at the trainer reviews. The trainers are reviewed under "clothing/accessories".

There are tons of reviews on the site.
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Old 10-05-06, 03:07 PM   #3
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I'm a recreational cyclist who does about 2500 miles a year. I bought a trainer last year to spend some time on the bike when the weather sucks and my group ride is cancelled.

I find that I can only tolerate about an hour on it before I'm bored out of my skull.

My trainer is a Kurt Kinetic, and it's nicely made.

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Old 10-05-06, 03:36 PM   #4
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I use an Elite. I have a TV in front of it and will often take a book or mag of some kind to read. I max out at about 1 hour as well, though I will do at least 20 Miles regardless.
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Old 10-05-06, 04:41 PM   #5
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i got some clip on aerobars so I can play my XBOX while on the trainer. Halo2 helps the time pass by a bit easier
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