- Advice on turbo trainer
Mrs Shackleton recently broke her back and although is now able to do some exercise she can’t do high impact activity. She would like to keep her riding fitness up so we have been looking at getting a turbo trainer so she can ride safely without worrying about potholes, ironworks and cars.
I’ve never been keen on roadie stuff let alone the whole indoor cycling thing and she isn’t a gear freak so between us we have no idea what is good, etc.
I’d seen the Minoura B60-R which looks to be good vfm, any opinions? We don’t have a lot of money to spend, £150 max, so the top end super dooper ones are out.
All advice gratefully received.
PPosted 6 years agoflangeSubscriber
If she’s just using it for recovery, I’d say go for a cheaper one. Anything with power (bar the top end ones) is a bit of a waste of time because they don’t use a proper strain gauge. If she’s planning on intervals, or zone work then maybe a decent bike computer to measure cadence and HR is worthwhile, but if she’s spending a lot of time on it the biggest factor will be boredom.
The other alternative is rollers – she’ll have to use her core a bit more which could be a good or bad thing, but they’re more ‘interesting’ to use and it actually feels like you’re riding as oppose to just sitting and spinning.
What bike is she doing it on? If its MTB, then you’ll need either a slick/turbo tyre or a turbo that works off the rim.
My suggestion would bePosted 6 years ago
Cheap turbo off of Ebay <£80
Slick tyre C£20
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I much prefer my new minoura one to my old cyclops MAG, the minoura is significantly quieter for the same speed/effort and the resistance goes much higher, easily high enough to simulate a fast pace on the flat or a gentle hill but is still quieter even flat out.Posted 6 years agoflangeSubscriber
Rollers sound a bit dangerous for someone with a broken spine!
Fair point, not my best idea! That said, start riding them next to a wall and you’ll be fine
Its also true about the quietness thing. I’d imagine if you’re in a flat then a gel one might be a better bet. It never bothers me because I’ve got headphones in – might be better asking my neighbours!Posted 6 years agomeehajaMember
Go second hand, turbos are like gym membership, good intentions flag after a few months! MAke sure its got a resistance adjuster for the handlebars (mine doesn’t and its proper annoying!).
put some wood or similar under front wheel to balance the level of the bike out, or the lean forward will hurt her wrists, get a good fan, a well ventilated area and download some sufferfest videos!Posted 6 years ago
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