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Should I try a Trainer?(5 posts)

Should I try a Trainer?nilknarf
Dec 4, 2002 3:23 PM
I'm thinking about a trainer to use on some of the bad weather days this winter. I'm sort of hesitant, however, because I live in South Carolina, where the bad days are pretty spread out. I'd likely be using the trainer and riding the bike outside often in the same week. My question is, is it easy to get your bike in and out of a trainer? I saw one that looked like it had a skewer that went through the rear hub. That looks like a pain. Another has some other type of locking device. Any advice would be very welcome.
Skip the trainer, go with rollersKerry
Dec 4, 2002 4:42 PM
Then you have no problem with getting your bike quickly on the road, you probably make a significant improvement in you riding skills, and you get all the workout you need. That said, modern trainers don't require a mechanical engineering degree or a lot of time to put the bike on or take it off.
second the roller recommendationEric_H
Dec 5, 2002 3:59 PM
I agree. Rollers require no setup, just hop on and go, and you actually feel like you are riding your bike. Most people suggest having a stationary trainer as the first indoor piece of equipment, and it is a useful piece of equipment if you spend lots of time training indoors and need it to do interval and strength workouts. If you are only limited by a few bad weather days, I suggest using the rollers for developing leg speed and pedaling form. Keep the anaerobic workouts and strength workouts scheduled outside.

Personally, I own both but since I have moved to a part of the world that accomodates outdoor winter riding (Pacific NW), I find I never use the stationary trainer. I use my rollers 1-2 times per week to work on high cadence, or on days where it is impossible to ride outside (snow, black ice).
give in to you inner consumer-child and buy clothes to layer up with.eyebob
Dec 5, 2002 11:25 AM
and go outside as often as possible. Take it from someone who used to have the luxury of going out 365 days per year and now cannot for 90 or so a year.

That being said, go with the trainer. Rollers (which I have too) are hard to learn to ride and the rollers are a 30 second setup.

BT
Get a trainer if....onrhodes
Dec 6, 2002 5:11 AM
I think you would be better off on a trainer if you are looking for a workout as opposed to being able to just spin. Rollers are definitely great way to work on your pedal technique and handling skills. However they have much to be desired when you wish to do sprints or any sort of hard effot. I have ridden both extensively. I can stand up on my rollers and take my hands off, but don't ask me to do an all out sprint on a pair. Trainers offer you different levels of resistance. Rollers it is usually an add on feature.
I would say it really depends on what you want to accomplish with them. Rollers are nice, but trainers are a better choice in the long run if you ask me.
Also, trainers are not the complicated a device to get your bike in and out of. You're talking maybe 15 seconds of effort.