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Computrainer Best Bet For Indoor Training??(5 posts)

Computrainer Best Bet For Indoor Training??Velojon
Mar 5, 2003 6:43 AM
I've tried rollers and a trainer. Both are tolerable, but only just. I haven't tried a Computrainer but have heard they help keep indoor training more interesting by supplying structure to your workout. Pretty pricey though. Does anybody have experience with this make? Any other suggestions (besides ride in the snow). Thanks, Jon
I like itDougSloan
Mar 5, 2003 7:00 AM
It's great if you have a hard time staying motivated or focused on regular trainers. As the workouts are pre-programmed, it reduces the chances or changing your mind on the fly (like, "I'll cut it short and just go harder..."). I particularly like two features. You can save workouts of yourself and others and then ride "against" them later. This is like competing head to head, and helps to measure progress. You can set up another "rider" to pace behind, setting it's watts much higher than you can sustain, and then sort of "motorpace" and try to stay in the draft. This takes a lot of concentration and effort, and the time passes quickly.

Yes, it's expensive compared to other trainers. But, is it expensive in the big scheme of all your cycling expenses? That's sort of the issue.

Also, it's nice to set it up with a dedicated bike, and not have to move the bike back and forth for road use. Keep all your things to ride right there, and then you can just jump on and go, saving lots of time and lessening the chances of not doing a workout. The bike can be a heavy, low tech piece of junk, as long as it fits you and works.

Mar 5, 2003 7:38 AM
It's great if you have a hard time getting motivated. I work out in a friend's garage, where I use his set up once a week. I'm lucky he has a pair of the old style Nintendo types that run off a TV. I find that even though the Computrainers work great, the best way to work out, is with another rider.
And you can race against Doug Sloan too!eyebob
Mar 5, 2003 9:56 AM
Seriously, you can save and send workouts and actually compete against others. Another feature is that you can do programmed climbs or races. Ever wonder what it's like to ride the Mont Ventoux? Well you can do it. IF you're scheduling a race and have targeted your training towards it, you can "race" the course as many times ahead of time that you'd like.

My current budget doesn't allow for a Computrainer yet but I've trained on one and it's awesome. It's my next purchase. Heart rate, wattage output, etc. all make it worth it. Having a spare PC and a bike to dedicate to it makes it more hassel free.

And, did I mention, you can race against Doug?

Don't get your hopes up...DougSloan
Mar 5, 2003 10:22 AM
... of even getting a good workout in a race against me. I'm a slug these days. I can't even come close to hanging with myself from 6 months ago, and I was slow then.

Besides, my "thing" is doubles or longer, and no way I'm doing one on any trainer, at least before the next ice age.