DRC: If I had seen one that applies pressure to the rim I would have been worried about it damaging my rims. I would have rather had to change out a tire every now and then instead of changing a rim every few months. I'm sure that thay use rubber mounts or something to protect the rim. Thanks again for sharing the good gouge.
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Sparty, I always like to bring up my trainer, because I haven't seen many that give resistance on the rim instead of the tire. I love not having to reset it every time I put my bike on, and especially not having to worry about tire pressure! It was recommended to me by my old LBS and I have loved having it over the last few years.
And it was the rim aspect that sold me, because I was on the fence between fluid and mag.
R: I'm glad that you are getting good gouge from here. This team is great at providing good info. If you are looking for your first purchase I would say go for the gloves. They are relatively inexpensive and can provide comfort so that you can ride longer. The clipless pedals are nice but aren't really necessary for beginners. I love them and won't ride with anything else. If you want better performance then get the clipless. There are many things that you can choose from so take your time and enjoy your purchase. :D Good luck!
DRC: It sounds like you have a model that works well. The model that I have now and will probably keep (especially since my wife won't let me buy a new one since this one works) is probably set differently then yours. With mine you have to loosen a knob and then tighten it when you have the wheel in place. It's a bit of a head ache but it works just fine when you know what to look for. The magnets have come a long way. I like the fluid and it used to be the trainer of choice but it really sounds like the magnet is the hot ticket. Thanks for putting your model out there for people to hear about. Also you brought up a point that I forgot to mention here but I brought up in another post. I ride to the TV too. I have Spinerval videos and some Carmichael Taining videos. Honestly they are ride savers! If I didn't have them I probably wouldn't ride. That and watching Breaking Away and American Flyers are great motivators for me. Either way you go pick something that is a motivator to you and that will allow you to ride more and faster.
I hope that anybody that reads these posts will be more educated and ready to shop for their training aids. There are lots of different models to choose from out there. Take some time and look at the various options out there. Your LBS might even let you try one out. All you have to do is ask and see how far you can go. Good luck to all.
I have a Minoura Rim Trainer. Instead of creating the resistance against the tires, it has wheels that lever against the rim. I am on a road bike, but it's a great alternative for a mountain bike--you won't have to change out your tires. It has magnetic resistance ("mag") and is very quiet. I have my set up in front of a tv/vcr, and I keep the tv remote next to me. I try and ride outside whenever I can, but I'd rather get on the trainer than the treadmill, and it keeps me ready for when the weather will cooperate, so I can enjoy my outdoor rides from the start of the season.
If the trainer doesn't have remote resistance, you can create resistance during your ride by shifting gears.
I have tried a few trainers and while I didn't find it hard to adjust the resistance of the most common trainers difficult, it did take a few times on and off the bike to get the djustment right. But once it's set, you just put the bike on and go. For the rim trainer, it is way easier--you can visually line the little wheels up along the rim, and you are good to go.
I just rememberd something about the trainer. They are hard to adjust and it is not clear if you are riding as hard as you are on the road. It takes a bit of experience to set the proper tension and resistance.
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I use a wireless elite.. it's quiet, and easy to use. I only use it when I HAVE to. I have great winter gear and can't stand working out indoors at all, so I still do 90% of my riding outdoors, regardless of the weather.
You can put slicks on the mtn bike, and use it on the trainer.. helps it be quieter. Mtn bike knobbies can make some noise on those things.
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I have used trainers, stationary, and rollers. All have their own benefits. The rollers are good for creating better balance. They are really hard to keep up on but in time it becomes easier. I would probably only get on these if I was sure of my skills and had a nice narrow doorway or hallway to ride in. Stationary vary in make and model. The best will have various adjustments so that you can make it the very close to your size. You will find these models in any good spin class. If you have one of these and I have seen them on ebay at great prices you will have a stationary bike that fits very close to your bike at home. All you will need to do is change out the saddle and it will be sort of hard to tell the two apart. Lastly trainers. These are cheaper than stationary bikes. You will have to use a special skewer or else it will destroy the one that comes with your bike. It also only spins the rear wheel so it burns out faster than normal. This isn't the case with stationary bikes. The same thing about these two are that you will get bored if you don't have some kind of entertainment. Also they both have the posibility to add resistance. I like the resistance on a stationary better because it won't burn through your tire. Both are heavy and hard to move around. That is about all that I can think of right now. I guess for the beginner I would put the top as 1. Trainer, 2. Stationary 3. Roller. For the average I would put it as 1. Stationary 2. Trainer 3. Roller The advanced rider will have to decide for themselves which is better for them. I would say that if you want to work on balance then get rollers. If you want to try different postures and size of bikes then get an adjustable stationary. If you just want to ride inside cheaply then take your bike and buy a trainer.
I hope this has helped some of you out there. Good luck in your goals.
Can trainers be used with any bike or are they specific to road bikes? I have a mountain bike and the tought of still being able to ride my bike in the winter would be very exciting. Not only is it too dark in the morning but soon it will be way too cold and icy (I'm in Canada).
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I have a Cyclops Fluid trainer and am very happy with it. It cost more, but it feels great when I ride it. I use mine a lot as I often have to workout in the early AM in the dark. I have a good collection of Spinervals which I think are wonderful.
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great thread. I am very interested in the replies. I am headed to the city this afternoon to put in a bit of shopping. I just may go look around. Do I find those at a cycle store, or does any sport store carry them? I will be keeping track of the post since I am taking my lap top with me. :-)
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