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Help choosing a Trainer??(5 posts)

Help choosing a Trainer??mtbiac
Feb 2, 2002 7:29 PM
OK- just got my first road bike which is mainly to train/get in shape for mountain biking and just in general lose some weight, etc. I dont always have time to go out and ride, so I have decided to get a trainer. I want to spend as little money as possible, but dont want something cheap and flexy, or REALLY noisy, etc.

Can you guys make any suggestiong??? I can live with noise because i will most likely listen to music. What should i look for in a decent trainer?

Any help would be great!

thanks!
re: Help choosing a Trainer??Scot_Gore
Feb 2, 2002 9:47 PM
Since you said you want a trainer I'm going to assume that you have already decided not to get rollers (if's that's an incorrect assumption ignore all I say below and get some rollers).

Check out the reviews on this site. It will quickly become apparent that Kurt Kinetic is the Cadillac of stationary trainers but likely fails your value test. Besides the Kurt's you'll find a variety of makes. Cycle-Ops is the most widely available and is IMHO in the middle of the quality and value range. This may be a good choice for you since value and quality are often mutually exclusive.

Also, check out e-bay. Lots of people invest in trainers and hate em. Often some good values to be had on slightly used merchandise. It might not be a bad idea to get a super cheapy to try. Then you'll know if you enjoy (read tolerate) the experience.

REI has a web page on this subject
http://www.rei.com/reihtml/LEARN_SHARE/noDetail.jsp

You probably know this but here you go. There's 3 basic types.
1) Wind - cheap & loud $
2) Magnetic - quiet but not smooth resistance $$
3) Fluid - quieter, smooth resistance, but read the reviews for warnings about leaks. $$$

hth
Scot
Seriously consider rollers...Lone Gunman
Feb 3, 2002 9:19 AM
Rollers will add a dimension to your cycling skills that you will notice immediately when you do take to the road.
Seriously consider rollers...jswhern
Feb 3, 2002 12:17 PM
Rollers will definitely utilize your energy more efficiently. Any sway in your spin and off you go. Balance, proprioception, technique and a more natural feel. Having both is terrific, but to have a choice rollers all the way.
The reflexive answer on this board is 'get rollers,' butscottfree
Feb 4, 2002 10:43 AM
that doesn't apply here. You say you want to 'mainly .. train/get in shape for mountain biking and just in general lose some weight.' A trainer would better meet those twin goals.

I hate to recommend Performance, because of my recent lousy experoences with them, but their house-brand trainers are pretty good deals. For between $100-150 bucks, you can set yourself up with one.