embaressed to ask, but turbo trainers?
with me not being able to ride properly, be it mtb or pootling around town due to me having fecked up my shoulder, i was wondering about turbo trainers….
i could use my city SS in the lounge whilst watching crap on the box.
any recommendations for something under 200€?
cheers in advance….Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
If you can wait a week or so then fleabay will be rammed with turbos being sold by fatties that bought one for Christmas and then jacked it in when it all became a bit
too hard workDuller than they had imagined.
But he’s right, I bought a cheap Turbo, but it’s actually too noisy to use in the house at night, It would wake up the kids… Better off buying a decent quiet one, some rollers or actually going for a night ride IMO…Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I have one of these (as do a few people on here) very quiet and rides very well. £150 at the minute, which I havent seen it that price in a while.Posted 4 years ago
ok… i’m going to order one in the hope it arrives Monday/Tuesday…
do you need training tyres?
any pointers on these would be massively appreciated.
or is there anything else i should be looking at?
cheers!Posted 4 years agosteviousMember
No need for training tyres, but it will accelerate wear on your rear tyre. If you have a spare rear wheel with an old tyre on then use that, but I wouldn’t do anything as drastic as buying a trainer tyre.
I’ve used a few different turbo trainers, and as long as they’re stable enough they’ll be grand. No need for a million settings – you can vary resistance with gears.Posted 4 years agolegolamMember
I bought the Elite Superchrono one that you mention above about 3 months ago. It’s incredibly easy to set up (and to take the bike back off again). A bit noisy as you get faster, but mine is set up in the garage. It links in with Trainerroad well and I’ve used it quite a bit in the last couple of months. It seems stable, even when standing (although I’m not exactly a heavyweight), and has 8 resistance settings (I use the second one – can barely turn the pedals on number 8!).Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
I found the turbo was a really big help physically and psychologically when I was injured and unable to ride in the middle of the summer.
Great way to let off some steam and get some proper exercise – and I think I came back marginally fitter than I was before.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
Just about got over the same injury( if I recall other threads correctly).
A friend was kind enough to lend me a turbo which I used for a week. It’s a basic model Elite something or other, had it set up in the garage with my commuter. I don’t recall giving the noise a second thought, it certainly wasn’t anything compared to the eighties soft rock I had pumping out at level 11 and undoubtedly a good work out very intense. Good technique practise too.
Hardest bit ( but also the most interesting) was working out a few plans, warm up, each leg, increasing intervals,(imagine segments) warm down.
Most turbos seem to end up on eBay and true enough since recovering enough to ride an actual bike I haven’t used it.Posted 4 years agotasteslikeburningMember
Check out DCRainmaker’s blog. He’s a triathlete who does really good product reviews. I found his turbo reviews really helpful for finding what i actually needed.Posted 4 years ago
I would think you need a geared bike though. Most resistance settings on turbos are pretty crap and you really need gears to get the right level of resistance. If you want to get the most out of it, try to get set up with Trainerroad.
I too have a “recovering” shoulder. My physio said that riding a mountain bike with flat bars on a turbo is excellent therapy for shoulder injury recovery.
I’d be wary of starting on rollers if you have an injured shoulder, you could end up making it much worse…if you fall offthisisnotaspoonMember
if i were to buy the Minoura thingy, do i have to attach the bike using the QR axle supplied?
only ask as my SS and MTB both have 10mm through axles. can i still attach them to the trainer?
I’ve got an older version of tht minoura and would recomend it, it’s much quieter than my old cyclops MAG trainer, and has more resistance, setting 3-4 out of 7 feels like a flat road to me so can pedal allong in a normal gear. IIRC minoura’s resistance units are largely unchanged inside for donkeys years, they just alter the mass of the flywheel between cheep/expensive models.
You can either used the supplied QR, or most shimano ones fit IIRC (as the levers off center), KCNC/HOPE etc don’t work very well or at all. The supplied ones fine though to leave on the bike, just a bit heavier than nicer ones.
Trainerroad.com is (IMO) brilliant, going off HR is pointless as at a costant 20min effort it took 8 minutes for my HR to plateau, and percieved exertion varied massively, the first 5 miutes seem easy, as did the last 5, the middle 10 are agony. Without a power measurement I’d hav gone off way too quickly, and done nothing in the middle and tried to compensate towards the end. To begin with all Turbo’s feel really easy, it’s after a few minutes of trying to maintain that (initialy apparently easy) effort that it gets really hard work. you can get a similar effect with a cycle computer as power is proportional to speed squared on the turbo, so maintaing a constant speed will be a constant power.Posted 4 years ago
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