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Those of you w/fixies & trainers...(3 posts)

Those of you w/fixies & trainers...jtferraro
Nov 4, 2003 7:30 AM
Do you use the fixie on the trainer or your (usually nicer, more expensive) geared bike - or both? I'd imagine using the fixie on the trainer is more like being on a spinning bike, in the sense that you can't coast. However, you also can't shift into a higher gear or turn a dial to increase resistance. I also realize that putting the wear & tear (tires, drivetrain, etc.) on the fixie is better than putting it on my much more expensive, geared bike - especially since the fixie has a much more simple drivetrain! Just curious what others are doing.


Use rollers...Colm
Nov 5, 2003 5:59 AM
The idea of putting a fixie on a trainer can be kind of counterproductive in many cases as a lot of trainers increase resistance with speed. On a fixie you're working really hard just to pedal at a relatively normal speed. No chance to warm up, rest between sets, etc without pedaling really slow. I'm not familiar with all the trainers out there, and I'm sure there are exceptions to this. On the other hand rollers provide less resistance, but can provide a great cardio workout if you spin fast enough, and have the added bonus of improving pedaling smoothness. I use a set of Kreitler Dyno-lites, which are a bit smaller diameter than normal sized rollers, and they provide somewhat more resistance.
Use rollers...jtferraro
Nov 5, 2003 7:12 AM
I have the 1upUSA trainer and it uses Centrifugal Pressure Resistance (CPR), so I think it would be ideal. I guess I should just give it a try! I know rollers have their advantages and I've heard good things about the Kreitler's.