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Aug 23, 2001 7:19 AM
looking to buy a new trainer for the winter, and i am looking for some advice.Which is the best and why.

Depends on what you want to doMarlon
Aug 21, 2001 2:12 PM
Do a search for "trainers" on the general and racing forums, and you should find a bunch of stuff.

Bottom line (from personal experience and what I've read) - for spin and souplesse, use rollers. For strength, use a wind/mag/fluid trainer.

Both have advantages/disadvantages.

Personal preference for me leans towards rollers with a towel wedged underneath one of the rear drums. But then, I like to spin a lot.
Depends on what you want to dodevinwinton
Aug 24, 2001 9:07 AM
Souplesse - it's been a while since I have heard that word, and rollers are the way to go. Like Marlon, i prefer rollers. If you want some resistance, buy the small-diameter rollers. If you really want resistance, buy Kreitlers with the "killer" headwind unit.
rollers with accessories, most diverse training??Russ
Aug 27, 2001 6:23 AM
Hi there,

First please note that I do not own a trainer or rollers and have been shopping a lot lately trying to decide what I want to get for the winter training.

Here is what I'm planning to do.

I'm going to get a decent set of rollers so that I can work on my spin, balance, and endurance. I'm also going to get a resistance unit and a front fork mount for the rollers which will essentially turn it into a resistance trainer so I can hammer away at interval sessions.

It seems to me this is the best of both worlds...drop the fork mount for technique training and put it back on to make the legs burn.

Any feedback on this idea???
rollers with accessories, most diverse training??pmannion
Aug 27, 2001 9:58 AM
Note this on front fork mounts:

Nothing holds the rear wheel in place. You'll have a bit of 'sway', but not much. I considered this for my rollers, but the fluid resistance unit that came with my performace rollers doesn't realy seem to offer much resistance compared to when I had it off.

The mounts are good for being able to get out of the saddle, which you otherwise can not do.
my takepmannion
Aug 27, 2001 9:54 AM
I agree with the comment on the goal.

If you desire the ability to develop strength, and concentrate on the effort, then definitely a trainer. If you're looking to concentrate on pedaling technique, then rollers.

Why I'm looking to replace my rollers with a trainer now:
I want to do specific hard interval workouts that can only be done well on a trainer. The efforts are so hard, I'd fall off of rollers. Rollers require a LOT of concentration just to stay upright. You can't stop paying attention or you'll fall. Also, rollers require a step, or a chair to rest your foot on while getting started and getting off. If you want to warm-up at a race, you have to find a flat surface and bring the step/chair with you.

Another big sucky point with rollers. You can NOT ride for a full hour without getting off, as your crotch eventually goes numb from not being able to shift out of the saddle to take pressure off your pelvis (you can't get out of the sadddle with rollers). Not so with stationary trainers. This is my single biggest beef with the rollers. 40 mins max is all i can spend on them.

I'm going to get the Cycleops Fluid2, which creates resistance according to how fast you pedal. The bigger the gear, the harder the resistance delivered. Wanna spin? Use the small gears. With rollers, you spin no matter what.