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Trainer worthwhile?(7 posts)

Trainer worthwhile?distinctHead
May 9, 2002 5:50 PM
I'm thinking about investing in a trainer so that I can do some spinning after work on rainy/cold days and as additional excercise etc... are they really worth it? and what results should I expect? How to "trainer" miles stand up to "road" miles? Thanx,
Eric :)
re: Trainer worthwhile?Fender
May 9, 2002 6:27 PM
get a roller instead. they offer better handling skills.
Don't get the Performance brand...shirt
May 9, 2002 10:38 PM
Mine sucks. The spindle will only work with an old-school skewer. You can jimmy on a new aluminum style one, but it won't be secure. Don't ask me now I know.

Wish I could give you a recommendation for something that does work...

As far as how the miles equate, I've done most of my off-road miles on a spinning bike. I think it's far superior because you're not worried about screwing up your bike and you can get out of the saddle and HAMMER.

Rollers are great for technique, but I think they're over-rated for returning good workout results.
re: Trainer worthwhile?brider
May 10, 2002 7:08 AM
Yes, I feel a trainer IS worthwhile for those days when you might not otherwise gat any riding in. You do need to keep on top of your efforts, however. Mileage won't equate at all. Just go by time and heart rate. And don't just spin away. Make the time count with power intervals and hard efforts. Rollers are great for helping smooth out your spin and make you a "supple" rider, but I don't think they do a lot for strength.
re: Trainer worthwhile?mixinbeatz
May 10, 2002 7:43 AM
Couldn't agree more. My fluid trainer is the best cycling related purchase I have ever made. For me, I live in downtown Seattle, 1 hour on the trainer is much more effective than 1 on the road dodging cars and stop lights. Use a heartrate monitor and follow a structured program and the results will be obvious. I have rollers as well, and they are good for technique, especially for practicing riding on aerobars. I do find the fluid gives a more balanced workout which has improved my strength dramatically.
Not the miles....I Love Shimano
May 12, 2002 6:00 PM
It would be more accurate to monitor your heart rate, time, and cadence. Depending on how much you screw up the resistance unit to the tire, you may be faster on the trainer than on the road or vice versa. I average around 1-2 hours on the trainer, and each minute goes by like it was 10 minutes. I gets rpetty boring so make sure you have a TV remote nearby, or better yet, a copy of Girls Gone Wild.
good for rainy/coldColnagoFE
May 14, 2002 9:05 AM
but they are boring as heck. you're a better person than me if you can stay on longer than an hour. personally I like Spinning classes better for motivation.