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10/14/12 3:26 P

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The computrainer is a complete training system. You can race your old time and previous races, program in courses and use spin scan. The Trac is similar.

That being said, rollers are still the best if you want to be smooth and build form. I use both when my mind is ready. Some days are not as easy as others.

Rollers are portable and you can use them on a porch outside or garage with the door open even when it is really cold but sunny outside and too much ice and snow.

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10/14/12 9:45 A

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I have a Tacx Satori, and I have a conti trainer tyre to go with it. It's not terribly loud, though I don't use it while others are sleeping as it's definitely audible upstairs. I like to listen to audiobooks and radio plays while riding on it, and it kept me riding through last winter.

This year I have a gym membership and am concentrating more on running, but I'm planning on getting the trainer out to complement that.

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10/14/12 8:54 A

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Know what you mean about training indoors. Last winter, we were blessed with mild weather and not one week went by that I couldn't ride outside once a week. I live in the Chicago area, so this was a TREAT! Once a week, from Oct - May, I computrain with 13 other people and a coach. Thought about getting a trainer, but I wonder if I'd use it! If others aren't there being miserable with me, I doubt I'll do it on my own. Hoping for another mild winter! But at least I have the computraining and the coach writes up great workouts that really break up the hour. :D

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10/12/12 6:18 P

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Bill, this is for you. www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscr
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10/12/12 3:17 P

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I can make you some of those. How big do you want the logs to be? Pretty funny stuff. My 1st set of rollers were made from wood.

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10/12/12 3:15 P

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Those in the market for rollers could always try these. They seem pretty one of a kind, though. emoticon

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10/2/12 4:42 P

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Thanks for the tips. Our bike club is sponsoring a Winter Riding Prep workshop at a LBS in a couple of weeks & I'll ck. out the trainers when I'm there. I ride outside in the winter as much as possible, but not when there's snow & ice. If we have a winter like last year, I won't need an indoor trainer. Gotcha on the music & movies--it's sometimes convenient to run on the treadmill in the winter, but it's a chore no matter having TV & music. Give me the outdoors!!

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10/1/12 8:41 P

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I have a Minoura mag trainer. Echoing what's already been said, it's LOUD. +1 to the advice about watching a movie or doing a workout dvd, Carmichael, or others. If noise is an issue, +1 on the rollers. Ugh...had my 1st trainer session of the season...I guess it's that time, again.

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9/28/12 5:14 P

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Trainer brain! At times you can ride on a trainer and endure and at times your brain will not let you. In my teens to 30's I could spend 2 hours a day on them. Now, I need to be in the mood or have a purpose.

The music things works as mentioned. The movie trick works too.

I like the computrainer and doing the spinscan. It has feedback. I also like racing the little man, it's engages you.

Rollers are my favorite and I use them for form and to get a real ride feel. Spinning can destroy your cycling form and rollers will fix that. I have 3 main workouts on rollers.
1. Warm up little chain ring, drop it in the big chain ring and hold the same rpm. Then get a cadence 90 little chain ring 2 min, big chain ring 2 min, rest 2 min. Next bigger progression and rpm. I can usually make it to 110 or 115 by 5 rpm before I'm shot. I use a straight block cassette.
2. Winding up to a higher Rpm and back down.
3. Holding HR, usually watching tv.

I know a lot of people that use the workout dvd's and like them.

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9/28/12 5:04 P

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I agree with everything already said; especially with GIANT-STEPS. In fact I dislike riding on trainers of any kind so much that I use blue tooth head phones, (in order to hear), and watch instant download movies since they are more distracting than music.

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9/28/12 4:36 P

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If noise is a problem than don't get a wind trainer as they sound like a jet taking off when you train hard. Magnetic or fluid trainers are a lot quieter.
I don't use trainers very much (I prefer to ride outdoors whenever possible). I have an old Blackburn magnetic trainer that has served me well. Trainers are hard on rear tires so get some thick cheap tires for trainer use and save your lighter and faster rubber for the road.
My best advice is to fill your walkman/ipod/mp3/etc with your favorite music and crank it when training. Working out on a trainer is pretty miserable so anything that distracts you from the effort is good.

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9/28/12 1:48 P

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How complex? I use the computrainer or rollers. There are a lot of choices.

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9/28/12 9:28 A

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Any recommendations for a good, high quality, indoor trainer? I hope to get one before winter hits. It may get set up in a spare bedroom, so noise level will be an issue.

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