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Trainers (not rollers), fluid, magnetic?(5 posts)

Trainers (not rollers), fluid, magnetic?climbo
Apr 8, 2002 7:01 AM
OK, so I need a trainer for warming up pre-races. If fluid is the best I will pay for it but is magnetic OK too? I don't want to spend over $200 if possible. It will be mostly used for warm-ups etc., needs to be foldable and relatively easy to transport. I hear good things about Tacx but not Cyclops.
re: Trainers (not rollers), fluid, magnetic?Troyboy
Apr 8, 2002 7:32 AM
I use mine only for race warmup. I do about 10 or 15 per year. I went cheap as possible. Got my Blacburn mag trainer used for $50. Does all I need.
re: Trainers (not rollers), fluid, magnetic?mixinbeatz
Apr 8, 2002 10:20 AM
I bought a cycleops fluid 2 for my offseason training this year and have been very happy with it. I rode it all winter and it helped my strength greatly. I put in about 5 hours a week on it doing low rpms 50-70 and intervals , and it did wonders for my climbing and sprinting. I am convinced that 1 hour on a resistance trainer is the best workout I can do in that time period. Buy one, get a regular program going and you will be more than happy with your results. For me, it may the difference between getting dropped by the 4's and being able to now hang with the 3's in most team rides.
re: Trainers (not rollers), fluid, magnetic?climbo
Apr 8, 2002 12:40 PM
not sure what i'll get but I usually race CX all through to December, take January off and then hit the commutes to work February/March. This works pretty well for me so hopefully I can get those short cold winter workouts in as well as some good race warmups with a decent fluid trainer. I'll try some out and hopefully pick up a nice one on sale. I'm a big fan of the "Last Year's model".
Only buy what you needchazman
Apr 8, 2002 8:52 PM
If you are only using it to warm up then buy the cheapest, loudest, thing you can get. You usually pay more money for quieter and more sturdy models. The quiet is only needed if you train indoors, want to hear the TV, and want to keep apartment neighbors from getting pissed. The sturdy is only needed for interval training.

I use my trainer indoors quite a bit for all sorts of things so I went with most sturdy and most quiet I could find. 1upUSA has a winner. Quiet, will last forever, solid as a rock, and cannot be overpowered. Nice integrated computer also.

No, I'm not a salesman, just a biker from LA.