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Rollers or Mag Trainer?(8 posts)

Rollers or Mag Trainer?cyclejim
Oct 29, 2001 8:42 PM
Whats your choice and why? I'm trying to decide for the winter and just started checking out various trainers.
Mag TrainerI Love Shimano
Oct 29, 2001 9:13 PM
I chose the mag trainer because I was too lazy to take the time to re-learn cycling on rollers. Besides, rollers are too expensive for me. My Minoura just cost a measly $75. Plus, I think the added resistance is a benefit for a weakling like me!

However, I hear that rollers improve your balance when on the road.
re: Rollers or Mag Trainer?muncher
Oct 30, 2001 3:21 AM
Got a mag:-

1) cheaper
2) Less space needed to store etc
3) Nice and quiet
4) Easier to use while watching telly etc etc.
5) Simplist option - have no probs balancing on the road...

Never tried rollers, but the mag does me fine for general strength and fitness.
re: RollersTylerman
Oct 30, 2001 3:40 AM
I love mine, got 'em cheap off of eBay (new, still in box). They do take some time to get used to, especially with clipless pedals as I am finding out these past couple of weeks. owever the lack of added resistance is well worth the extra practice you can get controlling your pedal stroke and cadence, balance, everything. I will admit though that there are times I wish I had a trackstand trainer so I could just sit there and pedal and read or watch TV or something.
Fluid trainer??Becky
Oct 30, 2001 5:14 AM
Have you considered a fluid trainer? Yes, they're a bit more expensive, but if it's within your budget, I would highly recommend one. My fiancé and I just bought a Cycle Ops Fluid2 Trainer and we couldn't be happier with it. Even in our 2nd-floor apartment, it's quiet enough that it doesn't disturb the guy downstairs...and it's got enough resistance for both of us.
re: Rollers or Mag Trainer?js5280
Oct 30, 2001 8:36 AM
One of the main differences is the purpose of your training. Rollers are better suited for honing your technique (pedaling, balance, etc.) while a Mag/Fluid/Wind trainer is primarly for resistance training. Of course there is some crossover, you can buy resistance units for your rollers and you can certainly hone your technique on a resistance trainer. I use one of Performance's upper end resistance trainers. It works great and is very price competitive. I haven't tried rollers and doubt I would buy one since I have the resistance trainer already. One thing though is rollers have a learning curve (i.e. it forces you to have a smooth stoke and good balance) as you'll find in other posts. Resistance trainers anyone can ride right away. Other piece of advice, use the smoothest tires you can find. Not usually a problem for Road bikes, but if you use a MTB, knobby tires sound like a buzzsaw. Richey Moby Bite tires are a good MTB trainer tire and cheap too.
Rollers with mag unit.giff
Oct 30, 2001 1:35 PM
I have both rollers and a resistance trainer. The resistance unit is an older one which uses the two fans instead of magnets or fluid. It is extremely noisy and I do not like the stress that it puts on my frame. I got a set of rollers with a mag unit off of ebay about 2 years ago and I love them. If you have not tried them and get the chance I would suggest it. They do take some getting use to but it should not take the average rider here more than 45 min to an hour to get the hang of them. Rollers in my opinion are also less mind numbing than the trainer. The method I used to get the hang of the rollers was the doorway trick. Positioning yourself in a doorway so that you can push off with your shoulders if you begin to lose balance. Good luck on your decision.
re: Rollers or Mag Trainer?noupi
Oct 30, 2001 4:08 PM
I bought a used Tacx roller on the net and it came with a magnetic resistance. I really like it,I tried a friend's
mag trainer and its boring like a stationary bike.
The rollers are like riding and not that hard to get going.
It teaches you smoothness in your movements.
Try out rollers before you decide on a mag (snore)trainer .