I have a Cyclops Fluidity trainer and love it. I use Spinervals and have been known to watch TV (usually the news) and run the Cardio Coach (www.cardiocoach.com) or iCycle (www.itrain.com) workouts on my iPod. I also do the CC and iTrains at the gym on the spin bikes.
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Yes, I like my Spinervals, but I tend to watch tv more than the workouts. I record shows I don't have time to watch during the week, and try to only watch them if I am working out--motivation. Troy Jacobbson's shop is about 5 miles from where I live, so I think I know the ride on your dvd--how funny is that! Which DVD is it? I would be interested in trying it during the off season, and then seeing how I do in the "real" world!
I also tape the Tour De France, and watch some of the mountain climbs during workouts. It makes me feel so much better about my home routes... lol!
I remember seeing something in one of those in-flight catalogs that combined an indoor trainer with a gaming console. You would do a virtual ride and depending on where you were at it would vary the resistance accordingly. That might be fun on front of a big screen and with the graphic powerhouses these gaming consoles have become, it could look pretty realistic..
How fun! The ride is with Coach Troy, who I guess does some (or all) of the spinerval DVD's. It takes place in northern Baltimore County just outside of Maryland and takes you on a 17 mile ride around a reservoir there. It's fun, gives you something to watch, and makes me push myself a bit more than if I was just watching TV.
Do you like your Spinerval DVD's? I was thinking about getting another 1 or 2 to reduce the boredom.
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I have a Trek by Cycleops Magneto trainer. I have to replace the pin thingy through the rear wheel to mount my bike and the front wheel sits in a 'block' to stabalize it.
So far I don't have a computer for my bike, but it's on my list of rewards for reaching one of my goals. I just track my time and estimate cadence. In fact, to get an idea of what my cadence was I used a batter operated metronome I bought for playing the piano....set at 92 counts/min and did one pedal stroke per beat to get an idea if I was hitting my target RPM's (I was). Gosh a computer would make it SO much easier
I am using the Train Right video that came with the trainer as well as a Spinerval vitural ride (17 miles through the Maryland countryside in 50 minutes). I'd like to get some other Spinerval DVD's....they seem pretty good. Biking to the videos keeps me much more motivated and I work harder than if I was just pedaling on my own.
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My trainer is a mag rim trainer (Minoura)--I don't have to remove any wheels, but the rear wheel is the only one that moves. My cycle computer is CatEye double wireless, with cadence. It is mounted on the rear wheel, and I absolutely love it. The need for it to work on the trainer was one of the reasons I got the CatEye CD300DW--the rear wheel mount.
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Hi Dave, I know your pain, I live in Utah also and wpw, it has been unbearable. I have a full size roller that I just love. I find that it gives me the best workout because I have to balance myself. Good luck!
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I have a Cycleops Fluid trainer and Cycleops Wind trainer. I think the Fluid gives you a better workout and it is quiet. I can listen to music without having to crank up the volume that much. I paid $99 for my Wind trainer 5 yrs ago and the Fluid was $200 4 yrs ago.
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I have a Cycleops trainer. It does not require you to remove any wheel however the bike's rear wheel is what turns the trainer and the front wheel basic does not move and only serves to hold up the bike. My computer on the bike on the trainer is a Cateye Astrale 8 which shows cadence and is mounted on the rear wheel. It is not wireless but that's okay.
You might want to look at the trainers on Performancebike.com they may give you an idea of what's available or you can always stop by your Local bike shop which is usually happy to help. (if they aren't try another shop if that's possible)
I've been out of the 'scene' for awhile and I would like to look into getting a trainer that is good quality that won't break the bank. The weather here in Northern Utah is currently in the single digits as a high so getting some miles in indoors is a plus. Any recommendations out there from those of you who own one?
Also how do you guys keep track of the miles when riding indoors? The cyclometers I remember measured the front wheel for mileage/speed and the crank for RPM. Since you remove the front wheels on most trainers (besides the full sized rollers) how does that occur?
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