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Just picked up the "Velotron" trainer for this winter.(11 posts)

Just picked up the "Velotron" trainer for this winter.MerlinMan
Oct 12, 2002 12:57 PM
This is the new Velotron at www.velotron.com. It has a 55lb fly wheel, hooks up to your pc and generates up to 2000 watts of resistance.
I'm hoping some other racers will spring for this trainer as it can be raced over the net against other individuals. It has laboratory grade accuracy and great 3d software. I know its expensive, but here in Michigan, it makes the winters more appealing. I can just throw a dvd in my computer and spin away. I used to do rollers during the winter but they are so loud that it is difficult to hear anything over the whirring noise. This unit is silent. You can also race yourself against a previous ride you performed. It has more bells and whistles than anyone needs. It also tells you the power output of each leg. Well you get the idea.......
re: Just picked up the "Velotron" trainer for this winter.kinger
Oct 12, 2002 1:52 PM
Why is this any better than something like a CompuTrainer? I've considered a CompuTrainer but am hesitant due to price. This thing looks cool but WAY out of my price range.
re: Just picked up the "Velotron" trainer for this winter.DaveG
Oct 12, 2002 2:17 PM
Interesting system, but the price is way out of my comfort zone. Like the other poster, I wonder how much better this could be than the Computrainer system.
re: Just picked up the "Velotron" trainer for this winter.MerlinMan
Oct 12, 2002 3:32 PM
Well there is no doubt in my mind that most cyclists will not opt to purchase a trainer like this. This piece of equipment is much more attractive to those who have to endure a long winter. Comparing a computrainer to the velotron is not like comparing a $1000 road bike to a $5000 rig. The differences in performance, accuracy, depth and options of the software, mechanics and feel, are in a different class alltogether. Racermate, computrainer, and velotron are all pretty much the same company from what I understand. I'm sure they could give anyone curious a better blow by blow comparison of the different trainers.

I told the guys at Velotron I would put in a good word if I liked the system, and I do like it very much. I stayed in shape last year with a cheap set of rollers, this year I'll use the Velotron! Everyone will ride the bike they choose and train on whatever system they feel comfortable with. I certainly did not intend to imply that there is One right trainer out there. The other gentlemen mentioned something about a "staged" photo. If he is referring as to whether or not my legs were flexed, well I think that is obvious - if that is relaxed I could not imagine what they would look like flexed! Relax, were not that tough a crowd are we?
Legs looked "staged"...filtersweep
Oct 12, 2002 2:40 PM
is this another "Reuter's" photo? ;)
What is a Reuter's photo?MerlinMan
Oct 12, 2002 4:56 PM
The photo is real, I can snap another one tomorrow morning. Can you explain to me what a Reuter's photo is?
What is a Reuter's photo?filtersweep
Oct 12, 2002 5:34 PM
Sorry... those aren't exactly a set of everyday "normal" legs... I was just poking fun at all the controversy surrounding the "Great Wall" jumper pics in the threads below (and whether THEY were indeed run by Reuters).
Cool system. Can you hook it up to a generator for house power?Tig
Oct 12, 2002 5:58 PM
Sorry, I watched way too much "Gilligan's Island" growing up!
That's OK good buddy.TREKY
Oct 12, 2002 6:36 PM
By the way, I was wondering where my legs went.Can I have them back please?
Cool system. Can you hook it up to a generator for house power?aliensporebomb
Oct 13, 2002 7:16 AM
Pedal faster, Gilligan! Heh.
re: I knew that equipment looked familiar...Akirasho
Oct 13, 2002 12:04 PM




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