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JONBOYR700 Posts: 68
9/22/10 2:16 P

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Trainer wise: have several.
Have a cheapie I bought from Dick's Sporting goods for less than 100.00 ages ago (currently just a spare). It's just a magnetic drive trainer. Magnetic drives are loud as @*&$% and have pretty much the same resistance in any gear you're in. Mag drives are very simple in design so they will be very difficult to break, but they are very noisy.

Cycle Ops Fluid 2 is pretty quiet and has a realistic amount of resistance when increasing speed. Doesn't have a remote tension handle. Takes a little practice to get the wheel tension set if you plan on switching indoors and out during fall to take advantage of some periodic nice days. Used this trainer for a long time. The yellow handle broke one time. Called CycleOps and they Fedex'd 2 of them for free. Later I managed to melt the fluid out (really some kinda gel) and they overnighted a whole new resistance unit for free. I'm a big fan of Cycleops because of their lifetime support on their products and friendly customer service - albeit, their products are more expensive on the front end.

The one I'm using currently is a travel trac Fluid Adjustable.
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It's a fluid trainer with a remote handle for changing the tension while you're riding. Nice for replicating hills or doing harder efforts. I've had this one for bout a year now. Log a decent amount of miles on the trainer and have no problems to note thus far. Mounting the bike to this unit is a snap. You mount the bike to the trainer frame and lower the wheel onto the roller (vs. cramming the roller onto the wheel like the majority of available models). I suspect since this is a relatively cheap trainer from Performance, that when something wears out, I'd bet it won't be covered under warranty. If I had to complain about anything with this trainer is that the mounting screw/clamp for the resistance remote isn't long enough. If you have thicker handle bars or tape, its not wide enough to mount by default (same thing with alot of handlebar mounted headlights).

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9/22/10 8:11 A

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How about diversifying? If your winter has cold but not snowy patches of weather, could mt bike on trails - you can pick up interesting skills, and not be traveling as fast (so not the same wind chill), AND no left over salt as on the road.

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9/21/10 9:49 P

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The right clothes made all the difference for me. Good winter riding gear keeps me comfortable and dry (sweat wicking is essential) on those freezing but dry days that make up so much of Boston's winter weather. I use my thin tired road bike and as long as i keep an eye out for ice the only problem is salt and grit (though that is very big problem and the main one that makes me hesitate to take my nice bike out).
Regarding the question on what type of trainer people have; I have a TacX virtual reality trainer, it was very expensive and maybe the worst piece of equipment I have ever set up between the horrible software and the hardware glitches but once I finally resolved those issues (2 weeks of unhappiness) it became a fantastic experience. To ride the great bike roads of europe in the middle of winter takes some of the dreariness out of this awful season, and it is the only way i can get myself on a trainer which is otherwise totally boring and uninspiring- the hill adjustments that need appropriate gear changes are also great training and I figured that it was an investment in my health so i saved up and went for it. I do still prefer real riding but it isn't a bad substitute. I only wish I had a dedicated frame though as it really needs a special rubber tire for the rear wheel and that makes switching out the wheel on my bike for my real winter ride a hassle

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When cycling ends I switch to walking and snowshoeing. As long as I'm outdoors, I'm happy!

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9/21/10 10:33 A

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I'm lucky it's 90 today road before work and just enrolled in a 33 mile ride on Saturday pedalforthecure!! I'm so excited.

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Indianapolis 2008 2:10 (9:55 min mile)
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Illinois 2:12:34 pace 10:08 :)

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I'm sad that my weekday rides are over. The sunset times don't give us enough time to get home, change and roll out for any amount of time. We're still going to ride on weekends for as long as we can. I'll pick up spin classes at the gym to keep riding during the week. We might look at indoor trainers but I can't see that being as fulfilling as being out on the road.

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It's not just the cold here...it's the snow and ice and even worse....the road chemicals. Yuck....Very bad for the tires and the frame. When I go to computraining, I carry my bike in!


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9/20/10 3:02 P

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It makes me sad to think of winter too and not being able to ride 5 or so times per week and get those road miles in. I plan on doing more hiking this winter since that windchill is a killer on my sinuses! That outdoor riding works on so many levels, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, that training indoors doesn't touch. However I can work out in a VARIETY of ways in the winter with weights, pilates, aerobics, etc. and hoping to get a bike trainer. The elliptical is a great leg strengthening endurance building machine for me to use some different muscles. Then going into spring I have more strength and flexibility and enjoy the variety even though my first love is the bike. We have crazy weather here, always changing... we sometimes have winter hit in October sometimes not until after Christmas. So I,ve had long rides on Thanksgiving and hoping for that this year.

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Cycling season is just now starting here in Las Vegas. The triple digit temps are finally over and we will have nice weather for the next few months. Viva Las Vegas Century Ride is next month!

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I am hoping to ride all winter this year, finding enough day light is the problem for me

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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9/20/10 8:52 A

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I refuse to ride a trainer again. John I know you say you don't have room for a trainer, but, if you can make some space for one I'll give you mine. I'll ride outside all winter. emoticon

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I ride all year, even through the british winter. I use a different bike for the winter with fatter tyres and mudguards and have no problems.

I have a turbo trainer and a spinning bike at home but prefer to be out on the road.

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I personally like the colder wheather only cause you don't get as sweaty

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I feel your pain! I ride for the love of biking and there's nothing better than rolling down a country road with the sun on your back.

Used to live in Green Bay, Wi. Our cycling season ended in November and started back up in March. There were a few crazy people that commuted year round, but not me. I had a trainer to ride, but it just isn't as fulfilling. I even dreamed about biking during the winter. (A little obcessive, eh?) I had to find something else to do in the winter to keep moving. Snowshoeing filled the space. Unfortunately, I had to rebuild my cycling muscles in the spring.

Now, I live in the south. We can bike year round here. It's cold, but nothing like the north! Lots of layers and hand/toe warmers help. The rides are shorter in the winter, but at least we can ride.



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Wow...that is an amazing price. I actually have $300 to spend from bonus money from buying my bike at a Performance Bike shop. So I could get one for free or apply it to a fancier style. I should double check...I THINK I have $300 to spend....maybe I'm dreaming!


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Winter is where you make gains as WONGERCHI remarked. Define your weaknesses and strengths, get a plan.

The cycling season is far from over, you have good days and bad. It just makes the good ones more appreciated.

That trainer, you can find one that will fold up and won't take up much more room than your bike. When done just hang the bike and put the trainer in the closet.

Let's find a way!

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http://indoorbiketrainer.blogspot.com/2010
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It folds away. Where do you store your bike . . . certainly it takes more room?

Vickie--swimming against the current without progress.

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FREEDOMSTAR's Photo FREEDOMSTAR Posts: 13,816
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there's no room for the trainer in my condo

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I was sort of clueless starting out. My friend in the UK gave me advice on my bike, cyclometer, etc. I bought a RAV-X T3. It's a magnet trainer. I would like to know more about fluid trainers.

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i have a trainer and use it some during the winter, but i still get out on my bike once or twice a week in the winter, i prefer to be outside. i have a mtb bike and a bright headhight for after work ride, or just ride on the weekend.
i am lucky they clear some of the paved trails near my house, so i am in the woods kind of and the trees block the wind. its a challenge keeping fingers and toes warm.
we still are in the 50-70's here in cleveland, but once day light savings time comes along, then it means riding in the dark, that takes more motivation.
good luck. i was just thinking its getting to be a good time to start working on my running again..



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Right....I live in Chicago and there's no way I can ride in January here and NOT freeze to death.

Besides...Non stop controled cycling on a trainer, where you can variate your speed and do one pedal drills, etc.....is important for those of us who do cycle races and/or triathlons. Can't get that kind of training on the road.

I've done computraining at an edurance sports training center and planning on buying a trainer for my basement for some "in-between" sessions.

For those of you who do have trainers, what kind do you have and how well do you like it. So many to choose from!


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I think with the increased wind cold factor on the bike, but I do see messengers doing it all the time. I need to buy a winter bike thicker tire

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Trainers aren't that expensive and are a great option.
Most fold away easily. On shorter colder days, it is how I plan to keep up with my riding.

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I just sold my trainer and I'm biking outside at least once a week all winter if I can run all winter I can bike too. Right!!

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

Keep running!!
Weight lost 56 current weight 115 (My Goal weight !!)

Completed Runs:
Go St.Louis 2008 2:57 (13min mile)
Indianapolis 2008 2:10 (9:55 min mile)
Nashville 2009 2:16:48
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Quad 2009 2:22:14
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Indianapolis 2009 2:17:56 pace of 10:30
St Jude 2009
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Illinois 2:12:34 pace 10:08 :)

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you mean turn it into a stationary bike? thats not the same though, but youre right it will be good fitness wise. Maybe I can get a Lance Armstrong DVD or one of those


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I said this to you before - get yourself a bike trainer and train all winter.

Winter is where I make 80% of my fitness gains.

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I had a great Taper run today (Scotia 1/2 marathon next Sunday) and rode bike all afternoon because it was nice weather out. Im sad that summers over. I cant go ride bike when its windy and cold out. That said I still run through winter.


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