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Trainer Enlightenment needed(6 posts)

Trainer Enlightenment neededJoshua
Jul 20, 2002 5:55 AM
I am interested in purchasing a trainer in the near future. I know there are wind, magnetic and fluid. What are the advantages disadvantages of each. Which is most desirable and what are realistic prices. I have two small children and cant always get out after work to ride. Plus living in New England I want one for the winter any ways. As always thanks for the help. Josh
trainers?Breakfast
Jul 20, 2002 7:51 AM
A lot of people say wind trainers are the best and also the noisiest, an important factor since you and the trainer will spend a lot of time together.

Fluid trainers are superior to magnetic, hands down, and quiet to boot. So it's a no brainer there. Magnetics are less expensive and really not as smooth. Fluid trainers in the past have had issues with leakage but you will not encounter this with current models, and if you do it's a rarity and should be covered by warranty.

The perfect trainer would be a wind trainer that makes no noise.
re: Trainer Enlightenment needednamir
Jul 20, 2002 12:05 PM
would you consider rollers?
Sure I would consider rollersJoshua
Jul 20, 2002 12:15 PM
I know less about them than I do trainers though.
Some roller factsKerry
Jul 20, 2002 5:58 PM
Rollers help you improve your form and riding skills while giving you a workout. Trainers give you a workout and can actually encourage bad form. Rollers help you develop a smooth and stable pedaling style. Trainers allow you to thrash about. IMO, the only "advantage" to trainers is that they allow you to do blistering out of the saddle sprints. But since you train indoors in the winter primarily, this is the time to build a base and work on form. Most riders will gain far more through developing a smooth and efficient pedaling style, which is what rollers require if you want to stay upright. Rollers should be your choice, hands down.
roller questionJoshua
Jul 21, 2002 4:11 AM
Do both wheels spin on the rollers. Just how difficult are they to use?