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Trainer season coming: What to buy?(13 posts)

Trainer season coming: What to buy?wacomme
Aug 28, 2002 5:10 PM
Winter is approaching (and shorter daylight hours), so I need a trainer. Recommendations?

Kurt Kinetic and the 1up top my list based on searches on this forum. What's the current opinion? Thanks.
If trainer includes rollers, in your book...GET ROLLERS (nm)Scot_Gore
Aug 28, 2002 5:14 PM
If trainer includes rollers, in your book...GET ROLLERS (nm)wacomme
Aug 28, 2002 6:59 PM
Why rollers and not a trainer? I'm seeking winter fitness. I'll get plenty of riding in the Spring to work on road handling.
Aug 28, 2002 7:09 PM
There's plenty of fitness to be found atop a set of rollers. Riding rollers will do things for your bike handling and pedaling ability that you'll likely never learn on pavement.

Search on this board for "vs rollers" and "rollers vs", lots & lots of great advice.

Good luck

Unless you ride a fixie, I don't believe that there is any waybill
Aug 29, 2002 6:35 AM
to develop your pedal stroke as with rollers (I can't really say about the fixie, because I don't have one, but I'm intending to fix that, so to speak, maybe this winter).
Don't let the hoi polloi fool you, either. As the man says, there is plenty of fitness to be had with rollers. GREAT for aerobic development. You also can get anaerobic, but you have to push big gears (53-11 really fast), and some resistance helps. Some people just stick a towel under the rollers. Because I am not exactly thrifty when it comes to such things, I bought the Kreitler headwind unit, which is great if a little noisy. In retrospect, I wish that I had got Kreitler Dyno-mytes instead of the standard rollers in order to get more resistance.
re: Trainer season coming: What to buy?gottaluvhills
Aug 28, 2002 5:22 PM
Kreitler rollers...enough said...
Skis and airline tickets. (nm)eddie m
Aug 28, 2002 6:30 PM
re: Trainer season coming: What to buy?cincy1
Aug 29, 2002 8:15 AM
I have had a Kurt Kinetic trainer for two years. They are indestructable. Each year I have gotten stronger legs from using it. That is my objective in the get stronger legs. If that is your objective, a trainer will be a better choice than rollers. You can't go wrong with the Kurt Kinetic model. You will suffer. Enjoy!
Any CD by Frank Black (nm)Dream plus
Aug 29, 2002 9:38 AM
vcr, tv, tour tapes for during, beer for after. nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 29, 2002 10:45 AM
re: Trainer season coming: What to buy?mackgoo
Aug 29, 2002 12:36 PM
I went through this last season. I ended up building a cross bike. Best thing I ever did.
re: Trainer season coming: What to buy?wacomme
Aug 29, 2002 2:15 PM
OK. Here's my situation. A year ago I was hit my a car on the Air Force Academy (one of the safest places to ride) in Colorado Springs. I was messed up a lot and hospitalized. I wasn't able to ride until this past summer. I gained 50 lbs. (150lbs to 200lbs). Since I've been riding this summer I've lost 20 lbs. Still, I have 30 lbs. more to lose. Winter is coming, but more importantly, shorter daylight hours. I work, so I cannot ride during the day. I don't want to be a weekend warrior. But I do want to lose 30 more lbs. by Spring and get stronger. I was in great shape before my accident. Despite 30 years of riding (I started as an intermediate racer at age 10) I've never had a trainer or rollers. In the past I did a lot of cross training during the winters and rode outside when I could (not too hard to do in Colorado if there's daylight). This year, I feel behind in my riding and want to spend the winter riding, not all cross training (I lift weights, play badminton, and swim some). Maybe it's just that I'm used to four - five hour rides daily during the summer (I'm a teacher), and now I struggle for two hours of daylight riding during the weekdays.

So. . . for my situation: rollers or trainer? And why?
A MTB and a good lighting system!grzy
Aug 29, 2002 3:53 PM
Screw the trainer - get dirty in the dark - it's a blast and you can go places you're not supposed to b/c no one expects you to be there ;-)