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Ideas for trainer mat(15 posts)

Ideas for trainer matAztecs
Oct 2, 2001 4:24 AM
I just bought a trainer (Fluid2) which should arrive in about a week. Anyone got any good ideas as to what I can place under it to dampen vibrations and noise. This is important since I live in an apartment. I notice sells a trainer mat but seems a waste of $40.

Just cut open the box it came in.MB1
Oct 2, 2001 4:38 AM
Cardboard works great, after a while it gets messed up and you replace/recycle it. Use a thick phone book under your front wheel to keep the bike level (open it to whatever page required).
re: Ideas for trainer matCliff Oates
Oct 2, 2001 4:55 AM
I just put a couple of old towels under my stand and bike. They fold compactly, sop up the excess perspiration, and are washable.
I echo towelsElefantino
Oct 2, 2001 6:35 AM
...Provided they don't slip. The trainer has rubber feet, so I'm not sure what kind of noise you're talking about. (Particularly with a quiet fluid trainer.) But put a couple of towels underneath and drape one across the top tube to catch sweat.
nothing/blackburn sweat netSpiritual Haiku
Oct 2, 2001 5:04 AM
i'm using the sweat net to catch my perspiration (sweat HOG) and speedreader to ga-ga over catalogs whilst i'm spinning in place in my garage. cardboard under the trainer doesn't work for me, since it slides all over the place. the bottom of my trainer (minoura magturbo) has rubber feet, so it sits pretty well in place. didn't use any elevation for the front wheel last winter, but will over-elevate this winter, as i've heard it works muscles differently (more climbing-specific) to ride the bike on trainer at a front-up angle.

good luck.
raising front?Birddog
Oct 2, 2001 6:41 AM
Hunh? I haven't heard that one before, can anyone enlighten/contribute?
raising front?bikedodger
Oct 2, 2001 8:14 AM
The trainer raises the rear tire of the bike off the floor. This causes the bike to 'tilt' downward and results in an uncomfortable riding position. As other posters have said, use a phone book or something of appropriate height to adjust the front wheel elevation.

raising front?Birddog
Oct 2, 2001 4:46 PM
I have not heard that raising the front HIGHER than the rear simulates climbing and works muscles accordingly. I'm aware of the height differential when simply attaching the bike to the trainer. I use a 2X4 myself.
re: raising front?Spiritual Haiku
Oct 3, 2001 5:25 AM

just a couple obscure sources. i've read it/heard it/seen it other places, but can't put a finger on 'em at present.
re: Ideas for trainer matraboboy
Oct 2, 2001 5:42 AM
$40 is a waste. If you have a small rug (bathroom rug, perhaps) that would work, or some towels... anything like that. I just got the same trainer a couple of weeks ago, and it is pretty quiet. I live in an apt, on the 2nd floor and my downstairs neighbors haven't said anything to me about it and I have talked to them a few times since using it.

It's a great trainer. Have fun and be sure to get a sweat catcher, or have a hand towel available.
Carpet RemnantHorace
Oct 2, 2001 6:37 AM
Just go to the local carpet store and ask for the cheapest, ugliest remnant. It'll cost you next to nothing. If you care about looks, maybe it'll cost you about $10-20.
Carpet Remnant - even cheaperBrooks
Oct 2, 2001 8:11 AM
If you have active house construction going on nearby, do a little dumpster diving for remnants (and underlayment padding, too). House needs to be close to finished as carpeting is one of the last things installed.
My experience....ah the excitement !!Delia
Oct 2, 2001 7:16 AM
I've been using my CycleOps Fluid 2 in my apartment and it's amazingly quiet. I use a phone directory to prop up the front tire and a big towel on the floor to pick up any sweat(you will quickly learn why a fan blowing straight on you is a super idea). Don't worry about noise too much...especially if you have carpetting.
re: Ideas for trainer matEmpirion75
Oct 2, 2001 7:48 AM
Large rubber floor mat. You could probably get one at office depot or home depot. Rubber will help absorb some vibration going through the floor but won't help it keep quiet.
If you take a daily newspaper, try using it as...RhodyRider
Oct 2, 2001 7:53 AM
...a drop cloth of sorts. I place entire sections of newspaper (after I've read it, of course) under my rollers and it absorbs copious amounts of sweat. Then, schlep the used newspapers off to your recycling bin in the garage and you are all done. No extra laundry, no cost, no problems!!