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Hi all

I've just joined the team as even though I'm not planning on doing a triathlon, I thought that I might be able to pick up some cycling tips.

I'm about to buy a hybrid bike because I want to take up cycling. I want to get a Turbo Trainer as well to use at home because I know that I am more likely to work out if I can just come home and do it without any excuses in the bad weather or in the evening after work. Has anyone used a turbo trainer to get fit / stay fit / lose weight? What type of programme do you follow? Do you know any good websites where you can get these for free?

The turbo trainer which I think would work best for me is the CycleOps Fluid 2, because it's meant to be quiet and has great reviews. Its quietness is a massive factor because I live in a flat and don't want to disturb the people living below me when I work out. I've watched YouTube videos and it sounds quiet with a mat underneath.

Has anyone used the CycleOps Fluid 2? What do you think of it? With the protective mat below, do you find it quiet and what are the vibrations like? Are there any major leakages from oil?

I already know that I'll have to buy a protective mat, training tyre, front block and sweat guard and have a water bottle holder for easy access plus a fan. I just got a basic HRM and a basic speed / distance calculator that I can use for cycling outdoors. But I can't seem to find any information on is how to calculate calories burned on a turbo trainer. How do you do this? Would I need to buy a cheap cycle computer as well to fix to the back wheel? Have you any recommendations?

I've heard that turbo training can be boring. But I think if I've got a varied programme and can throw on a box set, music or use something like Sufferfest while I'm working out, I should be fine. This approach seems to work well for me when I'm doing an hour long core / weights session which would be quite boring without mixing them up and having something on to watch. I only want my turbo sessions to be an hour max (although I'll have to build my fitness up to that).

Apologies for all the questions, but I'm really keen to get cycling (both indoors and outdoors). Any feedback would be really appreciated. Thanks.

PS It would be great if Spark People could do some articles about this topic. Especially since cycling is becoming so popular!

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