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lower-end fluid trainers?(18 posts)

lower-end fluid trainers?dante
Jan 5, 2004 9:44 AM
speficially, TravelTrac's century fluid trainer, $129 at Performance... looking to get a trainer for the off-season, but would rather save $$ for cold-weather clothes and skiing. Performance had a $140 fluid trainer with its own brand, not sure if "TravelTrac" is their house brand... Really not looking to spend more than $150, it'll get moderate use for the next 3 months or so, then get put in the closet till next year. This is casual use by recreational cyclists, so take that into consideration. Thoughts?

dante
I have one, andOldEdScott
Jan 5, 2004 10:06 AM
to the extend you can 'love' a trainer, I do. Good price, and works better (quiter & more realistic feel) than other more expensive trainers in my past. DOn't believe you can beat this for value. I still hate Performance, though.
that's the traveltrac one?dante
Jan 5, 2004 10:10 AM
not a big fan of Performance either, but their house-brand stuff is pretty good/cheap. Particularly a fan of their $30 sunglasses. :-D

Thanks!
dante
Agree.T-Doc
Jan 5, 2004 2:01 PM
Cheap and reasonably durable...I have their sunglasses, the trainer and the rollers. All work well enough, especially for the money I paid. I even broke the nose piece off the sunglassed and they sent me a replacement at no charge. And if the item doesn't work or you don't like it, they easily and gladly let you return the item for you money back. Their stuff isn't top of the line, but it is reasonably good quality especially for the price paid.
Dittosn69
Jan 5, 2004 10:20 AM
The Travel Trac has served me well. It's durable, quiet, works well, and, most importantly, it's cheap.

No trainer will last forever, so you have to ask how much you want to spend on something that's consumable.
Why hate Performance?witcomb
Jan 5, 2004 10:22 AM
Sorry, I've never dealt with PerformanceCycle, I'm curious why you hate them. I'm thinking of buying from them, but being in Canada I'm always cautious of when buying from American online stores which charge absurd shipping charges. So, if this place has had problems before I would rather play it safe.

Thanks
Nah, they're generally reliable.OldEdScott
Jan 5, 2004 10:35 AM
I just had a screwed-up order once that I could never quite get straightened out. It was just a miserable computer deal where they had the wrong address for me and kept relentlessly re-shipping orders into the ozone. Customer service would SWEAR they'd fixed it, only to ship off yet another order to Mars.

Somewhere on Mars, there's someone with five identical jerseys that arrived one after another like clockwork. Me, I never got it. Kept getting the catalogue tho. Never missed a one of those.
Nah, they're generally reliable.snapdragen
Jan 5, 2004 8:27 PM
I have visions of the Mars Rover, rolling around spotting your jerseys.......
nah, not hate (from here anyway)dante
Jan 5, 2004 10:46 AM
I'm not a fan of them b/c they're somewhere inbetween an LBS and an online store like pricepoint/jenson/supergo. Their prices are usually more than PP/Jenson but their attitude is more corporate than "small bike shop". Tried to change the color of a pair of sunglasses that I ordered online (about 1/2 hour after placing the order), and the response was "we can't change online orders, they're already in the system to go out". They didn't ship for another 2 days...

But they've always been good in shipping what I ordered, reasonable shipping, etc.

peace
dante
Buying one from Performance is a plus if anythingColnagoFE
Jan 5, 2004 2:08 PM
My fluid unit failed about 2 months after I got it. Went to local Performance and got a new one--no questions asked. Will do it again if the next one breaks. Sort of like having a no-questions asked lifetime warranty.
I can't decide between that and the CycleOps Fluid 2gtx
Jan 5, 2004 10:50 AM
Think the CycleOps worth the extra $70 or so...?
Nope. I honestly can't imagineOldEdScott
Jan 5, 2004 11:13 AM
it's much better.
alright, with the money I save I can buy lots of...gtx
Jan 5, 2004 11:37 AM
It's the only way to tolerate a trainer session. nmOldEdScott
Jan 5, 2004 12:53 PM
I've had mine for a few yearsHorace Greeley
Jan 5, 2004 10:53 AM
and have put on over 7,500 miles w/no problems whatsoever. I have the version which also has the the wired computer head unit. It's been very reliable and quiet to this day. It may be their house brand, but check out the Elite fluid trainers. Very close in appearance, but I can't speak to whether they have the same quality. For the money, it's a great value.
Hey, you TravelTrac owners...superdog
Jan 5, 2004 12:12 PM
Have you had problems with your fluid resistance unit? I purchased one at the same time a fried purchased one. After about four months both our resistance units started making loud(er) noises like the bearings were going bad. We both kept on using them anyway. It's been two years now and they sing pretty loudly after they warm up but we're still using them anyway. Just curious if anybody else had this problem.
yupColnagoFE
Jan 5, 2004 2:09 PM
fried the 1st one in about 2 months. I have a performance in town so all I had to do is haul it back and they gave me a new one which has worked fine so far.
re: lower-end fluid trainers?Vimalakirti
Jan 5, 2004 1:45 PM
I developed a crack in the Travel Trac after only about 6 months on the trainer. I think it was because I was clamping the trainer too tight to the rear of my bike. I took it to the Performance store in Chicago, and they replaced it, no questions asked, no receipt. Since then it has been fine. As much as I believe in patronizing my LBS, Performance is just so much cheaper for stuff like Clif Bars and Gu that I find myself going over there all the time.