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Winter is here .. Ways to quiet a trainer?(8 posts)

Winter is here .. Ways to quiet a trainer?Kami
Nov 9, 2002 10:48 AM
So I woke up this morning and took a look out the window...



Kinda a downer, but on the plus side, I have a fancy shmancy new Tacx i-Magic virtual reality trainer sitting infront of my computer. =)

My question is this... I live in an apartment. I want to do everything I can to keep the trainer as quiet as possible so that I don't anoy the neighbours when I ride it in the late evenings.

Does anyone know of any ways to reduce the hum of a trainer? Anything anyone has done. It can be as simple as covering the trainer with blankets, but anything anyone has done that has worked I would be very interested in hearing about.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Hmmmm ... doesn't seem TOO deep yet ...Humma Hah
Nov 9, 2002 1:20 PM
... now if it were me, I'd simulate the trainer by taking the bike outside and riding in that stuff. Might not be too smart to tangle with traffic, but just riding a parking lot or bike path, preferably with some packed-down snow, is challenging and fun. The drag of crunching thru snow is inefficient, but great exercise.

ANYTHING but rollers, if there's any way! I mean, sure, riding in the snow is inefficient, but how far do you get on rollers? Its a challenge staying up on both. Fall down in the snow and you at least don't break the wife's antique lamp. And the wall you're staring at gets old fast.
Turn up your stereo volume & they won't hear the trainer (nm)hycobob
Nov 9, 2002 2:37 PM
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to heck with the neighbors - how is the i-magic??rollo tommassi
Nov 10, 2002 5:22 PM
I just got a Grand Excel...should I save up to get the i-magic (also have to get a bigger computer too!)
i-Magic is great!Kami
Nov 11, 2002 8:21 AM
There were some download upgrades that I had to get as soon as I installed it, and a few configuration issues that I had to deal with, but once I got everything running properly, it works great! A lot better than riding the rollers, that's for sure.. It also has catalyst software that basically makes it run the same way as the Grand Excel.

Have you tried the competitions that they have online? How are they?
re: Winter is here .. Ways to quiet a trainer?CarMunky
Nov 11, 2002 6:59 AM
I use a tick rubber mat under my trainer so the people below me do not compain. Kami where is that, looks nice there
Calgary, AlbertaKami
Nov 11, 2002 8:24 AM
It's a great place to live if you're into mountain biking, since the Rockies are 45 minutes away. Some nice roads as well. But unfortunatly that only lasts for 5-6 months out of the year.
Hey theres Lindsay park!PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 11, 2002 11:55 AM
Stupid fricking snow making me ride rollers all winter long. I didn't realize that it was Calgary though until I looked closer and realized it looked like 17th ave once as you got to McCleod... then theres Lindsay park.

If you ever want to get help making a training program I highly recommend Peak Power at www.sportdevelopment.com which runs out of part of the SAIT hockey rink.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca