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need recommendation on trainer to warmup on before race(8 posts)

need recommendation on trainer to warmup on before racecmp
Aug 28, 2003 5:48 AM
I'm planning to participate in a race that has virtually no area to warmup, seems a lightweight portable trainer is a good thing to own for this problem. I have a nice 1up trainer that is heavy and shreds up my nice Michelin Pro Race tires (I only use my backup bike with cheap tires on the 1up), which I don't want to be hauling around to races. I see people warming up on trainers all the time, what do people typically use? Thanks!
re: need recommendation on trainer to warmup on before raceMShaw
Aug 28, 2003 9:44 AM
If you've got a nice trainer, try buying a pair of folding rollers. Work on that spin, young man!

Mike
re: need recommendation on trainer to warmup on before racecmp
Aug 28, 2003 10:09 AM
Hmmm, good suggestion, but I don't have much experience on rollers, and afraid of falling off the rollers while warming up. Falling off rollers while in the privacy of my own home is one thing, but in public while warming up, well, I probably would never get over the embarrasment. I see people warming up on trainers all the time before races, what do they typically use?
RollersMShaw
Aug 28, 2003 2:32 PM
If you can ride a straight line, you can ride rollers.

Having said that, if you REALLY want a trainer, get something cheap. Since its going to be a race-only tool, why pay a lot of money for it?

I got a wind trainer from a friend for free. Yes, it was a POS. It did however let me warm up at the track without worrying about scratching things, etc. You can tape over half of the fan of a wind trainer to reduce the load (and noise) for a good warmup tool.

Mike
I have a Cycle Ops wind trainer...TFerguson
Aug 28, 2003 11:47 AM
It's so loud it irritates all the other racers and gives me at least two laps before they can settle in.

TF
I have a Cycle Ops wind trainer...any tire shredding problems?cmp
Aug 28, 2003 12:19 PM
Do you have any problems with your tire shredding on this trainer? I see it is about $160 for the Cycle Ops wind trainer. Kind of frustrating that I am already thinking of spending this kind of money again for a trainer, when main issue with my current trainer is the tire shredding, which makes me extremely nervous doing this to my tires right before a race.
No problem at all with tires,...TFerguson
Sep 2, 2003 4:22 PM
but I only use to warm up at races. I don't use it (so far anyway) as a trainer.

TF
re: need recommendation on trainer to warmup on before raceRoundabout
Aug 29, 2003 5:33 AM
I was thinking of getting a 1up trainer this winter to replace my rusting old POS. I thought that it was better on tires than most others because of the larger roller. Also, is it really that heavy that you need to buy another one? The website makes it look like it is very portable.

I guess you cannot tell much from manufacturers' websites.