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Freaking Tornadoes!!(6 posts)

Freaking Tornadoes!!taar44
May 17, 2003 5:10 PM
Hello. After almost 3 weeks of pretty much non stop rain (thunderstorms and tornadoes), i have decided that if i intend to get in shape this summer, a trainer might be in my future. I am leaning towards the Cycleops Fluid 2 because of good reviews and price ($250 shipped to my front door). Anyone know any valid reason why i should be looking at another brand? Thanks.
Get rollers dude!AeroTom
May 18, 2003 2:50 AM
Dude! Ditch the idea of a trainer. Get yourself a set of rollers! :) I have ridden both and rollers are pretty much better than trainers in every area. I have a rollers with a magnetic resistance unit so when I want to go hard I just hook the mag unit up (takes about 5 secounds) and off I go. And when I want to warm up or warm down after a hard session I take the mag unit off (another 5 seconds) and go for a easy spin.

Also, you don't get as bored on rollers than on trainers. You still get bored, but not as bored. People who say they can't watch tv on rollers are not very correct. A lot of people can watch tv while on rollers and with the added concentration of keeping upright, it's harder to get bored, but don't worry, you will eventually.

It only took me 3 days to learn how to ride rollers. Just set them up in the door way and use it for support. After 3 days (10km/day on the rollers) I was able to go with no support. But I was still a bit shaky and needed pretty much 100% concentration, but after a few weeks riding rollers just becomes second nature.

So the bottom line of all this chatter is: Get Rollers!!! Forget trainers!!! (I don't mean to be a flamer, it's just my personal opinion and don't take it personally if you happen to strongly disagree :) smiles all around)

By the way, I have a set Minoura Action Mag Rollers. They cost me AU$439 (Australian dollers)

http://www.deanwoods.com.au/store/prod32.htm

Cheers,
Tom.
re: Freaking Tornadoes!!taar44
May 18, 2003 3:45 PM
Thanks but no thanks AeroTom. I will stick with a trainer for now. Since no one bothered to reply with a valid reason not to get one, i guess the Cycleops fluid 2 it is.
FWIW...... AeroTom is pretty much rightcoonass
May 18, 2003 5:46 PM
Personally, I don't know any biker, including myself, that rides his trainer; if so, it's a very short and isolated ride....(if I ride twice a year, it would be amazing)...of the bikers that I know who have trainers and you may as well ask them if they like hot, 3-day old stale beer...their replies would be the same)...
I've heard everything positive about rollers; and those whom I know that ride rollers, can really ride....I'm sure there are some dedicated bikers who like the trainers, but it would be a small percentage....Caution: Confidence on rollers leads to lust for a fixed gear.
FWIW...... AeroTom is pretty much righttaar44
May 18, 2003 6:34 PM
Too late. Just ordered a new Cycleops fluid 2. I am a simple summer rider who is just pissed off at the recent tornadoes and wants to ride indoors. I am far from hardcore so the trainer should suffice.
FWIW...... AeroTom is pretty much rightSadlebred
May 19, 2003 7:51 AM
If it's any consolation, I have a Cycleops Fluid Plus that I've been happy with for about 5 years. I use it for marathon indoor (2+ hours) riding sessions in the winter, trainer classes, intervals, recovery rides, etc. I've never had a problem with it. Trainers are fine if you don't want rollers. I, personally, am a racer that would rather have a trainer than rollers. I have no balance and don't want to have to concentrate that hard on just having to stay upright.

A plus for rollers is that they are great for working on your balance and spin.