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Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestions(12 posts)

Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestionsriderbob
Oct 1, 2002 9:11 PM
I need some suggestions regarding indoor trainers. I have a Blackburn RX8 Mag Trainer that I ride indoors about 4 days a week. Unfortunately the guy that lives below me doesnt like it so much. I thought that the Mag trainers were suppose to be somewhat quite...but I have noticed that its a little loud. I have been told that Fan trainers are even louder.
Does anyone know of a trainer that is quieter than a Mag trainer? Any other sugguestions would be greatly appreciated.

re: Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestionsPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 2, 2002 9:11 AM
I tried the Blackburn Mag and the Cycleops Mag at my LBS the other day and noticed a big difference in both the noise and quality between the two.The Cycleops was much quieter and smoother.It felt much more like the road than the Blackburn.It was also much more stable.Of course it was more expensive but if you are going to really commit to an indoor training program the extra money will be well spent.
re: Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestionsriderbob
Oct 2, 2002 9:52 AM

Thanks for the advice. I am going to checkout the Cycleops Mag.

Oct 2, 2002 10:01 AM
Their trainers are CRAP MAN!!

The reason they are so noisy is the machining on the weighted roller is so bad it oscillates and gets increasingly louder the faster you go. I'd tried to fix mine by putting in some better bearings (those were CRAP!! too) and this helped some but ultimately the situation is hopeless unless you know a good machinist.

I swear those things were made in a Chinese prison camp.

Here's a mantra for you to learn:

Blackburn's pumps are good; their trainers are CRAP!! MAN!!
Oct 2, 2002 10:29 AM
Thanks for the reply...any suggestions on a different brand this is really quiet???
Nope. nmSintesi
Oct 2, 2002 11:39 AM
re: Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestionsfunknuggets
Oct 2, 2002 9:39 AM
I found a brand new Minoura MAG Turbo which is definitely nothing spectacular, but I found it to be much quieter when I took the piece of cardboard that I put on the bike to make me sound like a motorcycle off. Now, all it sounds like is a constant high pitched whirring sound. Turn your tv or music up loud, they'll never know the difference. I also use the same wheel on my trainer all the time and it has smoothed the tread so much that it often squeaks quite a bit until it gets heated up. Not quite sure what I can do to avoid that.
re: Blackburn MAG Trainer: Any suggestionsriderbob
Oct 2, 2002 9:58 AM
Thanks for the advice...I took the baseball cards off the spokes a while back and I have tried the TV trick, but its still a little too loud for my unforgiving neighbor.

About the tire being slick and squeaking, I was using a Mich Axial Pro and it did the same thing. Now I use a thicker Continental while on the trainer and I dont have any of those problems. I save the race tires for outside and it saves on cash too!
Performance TravelTrak 2000_rt_
Oct 2, 2002 10:52 AM
fluid trainer: very quiet & smooth. they're a little pricier than the mag trainers but the ride is much smoother & quieter. your neighbor will love you for it....also, if you're on a hardwood floor i'd recommend putting down a beach towel or 2 under the trainer/bike. this helps dampen the noise a bit & keeps you from sweating all over your floor.

at this time of year the performance fluid trainers run around $210 (i think) but they usually go on sale around x-mas and then again in the spring.

a number of the pro teams use them as well....(can't remember who off hand though).

Might be out of luckDMoore
Oct 2, 2002 1:28 PM
I lived in an upstairs apartment for the last 20 years, and I never have found a trainer (wind, mag or fluid) that was quiet enough not to rile the downstairs neigbor. I just solved the problem, finally, by buying a house. Expensive but effective solution!
Might be out of luckriderbob
Oct 2, 2002 2:15 PM
Would you say that the fluid trainer is the quietest. I dont have hardwood floors, but the Mag trainer is pretty loud. Any feedback would be great......

The house purchase is noted, but not in my budget at this time!!!! :)
Might be out of luckDMoore
Oct 2, 2002 10:22 PM
Yes, the fluid trainer is least noisy. Keep in mind, though, that a fair amount of noise comes from the bike itself: tire buzzing from spinning against the roller; a fair amount of wind noise from the spokes; and a creaking saddle and whatever else creaks on your bike. All in all, bikes make more noise than we realize when we're in the great outdoors. Start spinning inside and it's going to make a fair amount of noise even without the fan/mag/fluid unit/whatever attached.