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computrainer vs rollers(8 posts)

computrainer vs rollersdoctorbarth
Jul 13, 2002 4:19 PM
I know this topic of trainer vs rollers is all over the board, but I'm thinking about buying a "computrainer". I'm not sure if it's worth the price tag so looking for advice on whether or not to just buy a good set of rollers instead. Any advice/info would be great. Thanks-
re: Computrainerterzo rene
Jul 14, 2002 2:23 PM
If you had the budget I would say both. Rollers are the only thing that really develop smooth pedaling, balance and riding a straight line. However they aren't great for any kind of hard training.

It really depends on where you live and how much time you are forced or willing to devote to indoor training. If you are only going to do 1 hour rides just to keep your weight down it's not worth the extra money. But if your goals are higher and weather not to hot for months on end it's definitely worth it. I have done 4 hour rides on it without suffering permanent psychological damage and it is the closest to the real thing of any trainer I have ever had. You can get demo ones for significantly less at (or something like that - I lost the link). I would recommend getting the 3-D software also. It's worth the extra money.

I have programmed most every major climb from the last 3 years of the Giro into mine and you sure can't do that with rollers or any mag/fluid/turbo trainer either.

If you do get one and do long steep climbs you MUST use 2 small fans on the load generator or you will burn it up and have to cough up $400 for a new one. I learned the hard way.
re: Computrainerdoctorbarth
Jul 14, 2002 5:42 PM
Thank you very much for the reply-
If you can remember the link for them, that would be wonderful.
What about rollers and a powetap?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 14, 2002 5:52 PM
Have you considered rollers and a powertap? I think the price for the combined package would be about the same and it gives you the same kind of info such as watts all the time. Albeit a little more boring. But with a fork stand and a fan you can get a lot of resistance while really having to focus on technique since even with a fork stand your rear wheel can bounce side to side at least a little. I wrote a long reply yesterday but it didn't post :(

Nick Corcoran
What about rollers and a powetap?doctorbarth
Jul 15, 2002 8:54 AM
I've thought about just going with rollers. It turns out that I would have to buy a new computer to run computrainer, so it's a bit more than I wanted to spend. Any roller suggestions ie. Kreitler (which ones?) Will I really get a "good" workout with rollers? I'm trying to build up power, so that's why I was considering a mag type trainer. Any comments would be VERY helpful. Thanks again-
What about rollers and a powetap?PhatMatt
Jul 15, 2002 10:12 AM
Ther are soem rollers taht will take a mag or fluid unit as sell. Get a fork mount and you get the best of both worlds. I have seen them in both Performance and Nashbar. This is what I am going to do this winter.

Kreitlers are greatPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 15, 2002 11:55 AM
I'd recommend a set of kreitlers for sure. If you want to work on pure leg speed get the huge drums. If not get the medium drums. Then for power workouts or more resistance get the forkmount and the fan unit. It will last you forever! The lifetime guarantee is what sold them to me.

Nick Corcoran
Kreitlers are greatwisill
Jul 16, 2002 6:33 PM
I rode Kreitlers since 1985 (including the headwind system and fork stand). Very impressive unit but....I bought a computer trainer this year. I wanted additional feedback and the bells and whistles that come with the computrainer. I'm getting older and don't have the free time to get outdoors to ride. So, the Computrainer is good substitute for the real thing and allows me to tolerate longer indoor training sessions on a regular basis than the Kreitlers did. As a previous post stated, you need to consider what 3D video card you have in your PC to successfully run the computrainer 3D model--this is the model to buy.