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Poor college stdnt nds advice...Comptrnr worth $300 extra?(11 posts)

Poor college stdnt nds advice...Comptrnr worth $300 extra?Swat Dawg
Sep 23, 2003 6:47 PM
Ok, cycling is my passion, and subsequently where 90% of my money goes although I don't have much of it. I am really motivating to make a lot of progress this winter, and need to buy a good trainer. This is a one shot deal, so I have to get it right the first time. I am considering getting one of the cheaper computrainer's <$500 because it will allow me to train with power, simulated climbs, and has an ergometer function. I am not sold on the computrainer though because I'm not convinced that a good fluid or 1up style trainer would get me to where I want to go. With something like the Cycleops there is the published power curve that would allow me to know what power I'm putting out based on rear wheel speed. I could focus on training with power and save myself $300 in the process. The fluid trainer would also be transportable so I could use it to warm up at races. I guess the basis of the question is this, "Is the computrainer beneficial enough that it is worth an extra $300 bucks?"
re: Poor college stdnt nds advice...Comptrnr worth $300 extra?gtx
Sep 23, 2003 7:50 PM
Don't burn out over the winter. I think the cheap $100 Minouras are 90% as good as any trainer out there. But rollers will improve your spin, bike handling skills and are less boring. Look for Kreitlers on eBay (they're the smoothest). You could probably have both for less than $300.
Tried the $100 mag route...Was a waste of $100Swat Dawg
Sep 23, 2003 9:11 PM
I have a set of rollers that I'm borrowing and they are great but really provide no workout. I won't burn out over the winter, the trainer is essentially for me getting riding time in between school work and weather. I will be racing Cyclocross to keep things interesting. The trainer will be used to work on low cadence work to help with my climbing ability. I had a $100 Minoura and it wasn't really that great. It was loud (sounds like I am vaccuuming my floor), uneven (tilted to the right and wobbly), underpowered (only decent resistance when sprinting), and the plastic surrounding the flywheel has broken off rendering the whole thing useless. I will send it back and probably sell it on ebay if they warrantee it (I doubt it). That's why I'm not going that route again. I want something that will last, and give me the type of workout I want.
Tried the $100 mag route...Was a waste of $100gtx
Sep 23, 2003 9:56 PM
I guess at my weight (145) they seemed stable enough--as stable as the Blackburn and Cycleops I've tried briefly--but it was a while ago and I wasn't doing out of the saddle sprints. Have you considered the smaller diameter Kreitlers, or Kreitlers with the headwind, etc.?
Tried the $100 mag route...Was a waste of $100cmgauch
Sep 24, 2003 5:26 AM
You wrote: "rollers...are great but really provide no workout"

Rollers are excellent in terms of cardio & developing a smooth spin and balance. When you can uncage your water bottle, take a drink and replace it w/o falling off you are REALLY getting it.

You wrote: "The trainer will be used to work on low cadence work to help with my climbing ability"

I don't think any trainer is going to give you that kind of resistance. Do squats/deadlifts/leg presses in the gym. With the leg presses, concentrate on moving that sled as fast as possible.
agree nmandy02
Sep 24, 2003 4:38 AM
re: Poor college stdnt nds advice...Comptrnr worth $300 extra?Juanmoretime
Sep 24, 2003 12:50 AM
Hey JD, I agree with the poster above. I have small diameter rollers and you get a much better workout. I will be out to see my daughter the weekend of October 18th. She has a cross country meet at 11. I should be able to ride after the meet.
Ok, Ok I'll give the Sm rllrs some thought...What is narrow?Swat Dawg
Sep 24, 2003 8:45 AM
Ok, Ok, everybody is beating me over the head about the rollers. The ones I am borrowing now are probably large diameters rollers, and really they don't provide a lot of resistance. What constituents a small diameter roller? 3 1/2"? Smaller? Also the balance issue type stuff is golden. I can get the water bottle out, put it back, stand up and maintain candence, I'm working on riding without hands (Can do it for 10-15 seconds before bars start to wobble and I catch them), and I'm getting close to being able to start without holding on to something. So you guys really think the rollers are the best way to go? I'll see what I can turn up on ebay for cheap. If any of you have something you need to offload, holla at a young brotha!

P.S. JB, Look forward to seeing ya. We can definitely ride. I'll get a little group together.
One more quick thing...Swat Dawg
Sep 24, 2003 8:54 AM
Last winter with the Minoura I bought a reading caddy, and would ride and read for class at the same time. I wouldn't do any hard efforts, but I could get an easy spin in while knocking off 20-25 pages. That's what I meant when I said working my riding in with school. I will admit though that the rollers are a lot better for making the time pass quickly. WIth the trainer I was always looking at the clock. With the rollers I suddenly look down and 40 minutes have passed.
Or for something completely different:djg
Sep 24, 2003 6:43 AM
if you are a college student you probably have access to a pretty good gym, and probably for "free" (that is, free after your tuition check clears). You may also have access to some pretty good training advice. How about (a) a used set of rollers (50 bucks or so?) and a winter weight training program?
My recommendation: Cateye "Psychostimulator."MShaw
Sep 24, 2003 11:43 AM
aka Cateye Cyclosimulator. Gives a "hill" option, a computer that shows power, and uses a fan for more realistic road feel.

I haven't seen too many used, but I know that they're out there.