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Resistance Setting(3 posts)

Resistance Settingchbarr
Jan 25, 2004 5:09 PM
Hi!

I was just on my trainer (CycleOps Fluid). Something I was wondering was how tight should I put the resistance unit. Should it be:

  • Just tight enough for the wheel to turn the resistance unit, but still free (just "kissing" the wheel)
  • Tight to push against the tire, so that the wheel stops soon after being turned by hand
  • Somewhere in between

I'm not totally clear on this. However, my heart rate, etc, is not the same as the same gears on the road. Any advice for how to set this up?

Thanks!
According to the Cycle-Ops website ...HouseMoney
Jan 25, 2004 5:48 PM
A good rule of thumb is 2½ - 3 complete turns of the knob once the roller hits the tire.

I have a Tacx trainer now (used to have a Cycle-Ops) and in order to get the brake unit on mine calibrated to "0", it's the same thing, somewhere between 2½-3 turns.
re: Resistance SettingDrone 5200
Jan 25, 2004 8:36 PM
2 to 3 turns of the knob after the rolller touches the wheel. That makes mine pretty tight. That maximizes the surface area of rubber in contact with the roller. I think that keeps excessive tire wear to a minimum.

Mine is harder to pedal than in the same gear on a flat road. Adjust your gears accordingly.