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Bike Trainers 101?(4 posts)

Bike Trainers 101?3SPRINTER
Jun 12, 2002 7:35 PM
Types;;;wind ,fluid?
How do they work?
Advantages disadvantages?cost?
Which is considered the best buy?
re: Bike Trainers 101?Jekyll
Jun 12, 2002 8:56 PM
Types: Wind, Fluid, Magnetic
  • Wind: Uses a fan to create resistance as the speed of the rear wheel (and thus that of the attached fan) increases. Provides progressive (realistic) resistance. Very noisy, cheap.
  • Fluid: Uses the viscosity of the fluid in the resistance unit to provide progressive resistance like the wind version. Not nearly as noisy as wind variant. Most expensive.
  • Magnetic: Uses a magnet to provide resistance. The resistance is linear which does not simulate riding conditions as well as the other two. Very quiet, cheap.

I would recommend the hydraulic (fluid) units. They are a larger investment but not all that much so. IMO they provide the best combination of performance, noise and value.
I use a Performance PeakLoad with a fork mount. This provides a far more stable platform than a block under the front wheel. I think I paid around $200 for the thing with an adjustable hydraulic resistance unit. It has worked like a champ for hundreds of (rather boring) hours.
Others will recommend rollers. Two different animals there - nice to have both.
re: Bike Trainers 101?schills
Jun 13, 2002 10:25 AM
check out the 1up trainer at
re: Bike Trainers 101?itsme
Jun 15, 2002 7:17 PM
I realize that the 1up trainer is a solid advertiser for rbr and mtbr, and I wholly endorse the idea of supporting the advertisers, but who here actually owns/uses one and can post their real-life experiences with it? I am most interested in hearing from someone who bought it and now is using something else, since your experience might tell me more than someone who has only used that trainer.

I've been looking for trainers and frankly the 1up trainer seems just too well-reviewed, no product is perfect but this trainer doesn't seem to have any detractors.