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Bike Trainers 101?(4 posts)

Bike Trainers 101?3SPRINTER
Jun 12, 2002 7:36 PM
Types;;;wind ,fluid?
How do they work?
Advantages disadvantages?cost?
Which is considered the best buy
Don't buy a trainerliu02bhs
Jun 13, 2002 7:58 AM
Trainers are so boring but the worst part is it gets so hot. Without the wind cooling you down, you'll start sweating in less than 1 minute. To do a workout all sweaty and hot is pure suffering. This is coming from a person from Houston, where normal bike training takes place in 95+ degree weather. I have a trainer, I barely touched it. The only time I've ever used the trainer was in the middle of the winter, outside with no shirt on and I still overheated. Just go out and bike.
re: Bike Trainers 101?brider
Jun 13, 2002 9:57 AM
Trainers DO have their place in training. As far as type, it really doesn't matter, but make sure it has adjustable resistance. They're supposed to duplicate road feel, but I've found that they rarely do. They DO make max HR intervals fairly easy to do (constant conditions, fewer distractions). No need to spend big bucks on the Computrainer types. Peformance has some good ones (I think they contract Minoura to make their trainers).
Some suggestionsbrider
Jun 13, 2002 10:01 AM
1) Don't just use the trainer to log miles. There's really no comparison to road miles any way. Make efficient use of the time on the trainer to do LT intervals and such. Anything over 45-60 minutes and you're wasting time.
2) Use a towel to protect your frame and components from sweat.
3) Use a fan. A BIG one. Even with the fan, you're going to sweat a lot. Overcompensate with a lot of fluids.