I've had good luck with my CycleOps fluid trainer. I didn't want to buy a spin bike (not enough room). I also skipped the one with all the electronic bells and whistles. I like that it is quiet, easy to set up (it folds) but sturdy and stable. I bought off season so it was cheaper than the usual list price. The back end cylinder does get hot so I have some low end tires I use for the trainer along with the block. I definitely think Netflix is a great addition or Pandora because it can get boring riding to nowhere!
current weight: 22.2 over
Fitness Minutes: (110,695) Posts: 3,132 1/19/12 10:02 A
i have a block for my trainer as well... MIne came with a dvd of a 30 minute race from the racers point of view you can train with..tells you when to shift ect... Because it can be a little bit of a snoozer i will also ride a trainer while watcing tv... commercials are a great time to "sprint" on the bike... :)
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BTW I forgot to mention I have rollers and a fork stand for it as well. This way I can ride the rollers for balance and pedal stroke efficiency and if I wanted to do hard core intervals or a long time in the saddle I can pop a movie in and hit the work out.
current weight: 229.0
Fitness Minutes: (110,695) Posts: 3,132 1/19/12 9:21 A
I would check craigslist as well. I would buy used and not knew. Unless you are well disciplined you may not get as much use out of it that you think. They are boring and takes great motivation to stick with it, thus, buy used. If you do a lot of racing, then they are great for warms prior to the race.
Bottom line if you know you are going to get tremenduous use then buy knew otherwise stay with used.
There are a lot of discussions on indoor trainers.
Wind, Magnetic, or Fluid are the basic. Wind, not much to go wrong but loud. Magnetic, they get warm and you need to keep the clean. Combo, Wind & Magnetic, lots of resistance and they are usually variable. Fluid, pretty quiet and they get hot, some older models have been known to leak oil. I think they are better now.
The expensive ones have electromagnetic resistance and feedback to a computer program.
Well if the last few days did any thing for my motivation was it re-affirmed yes winter is here! I started looking at indoor bike trainers which vary greatly in price everything from $50 to several hundred $$ after looking online I am pretty close purchasing a Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer.. Does anyone use a indoor trainer? Pros.. cons... good ones? Ones to stay away from? All tips greatly appreciated
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