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  • alpin
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    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….

    bigG
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    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 work.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    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 work Duller than they had imagined.

    FTFY… 😉

    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…

    alpin
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    can’t ride as shoulder is screwed. no lifting, riding, anything strenuous for the next four weeks or so.

    needs to be quiet enough to use indoors.

    oh, and want it now, not in a months time.

    Premier Icon MSP
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    If you want quiet, then probably best to look for a fluid one, and budget for some of those interlocking mats they use in gyms.

    FunkyDunc
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    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/

    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.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    minoura B60 R here, purchased when I broke my arm as it happens

    not too noisy and works well, would recommend

    alpin
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    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.

    Elite SuperCrono Power Mag ElastoGel

    Minoura B60-R Trainer

    Elite Volare Mag Force Elastogel

    or is there anything else i should be looking at?

    cheers!

    stevious
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    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.

    alpin
    Member

    i’ll be using my SS. not training as such, more of a bimble. none of this cadence training or what ever they call it.

    cbmotorsport
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    Those elite volares are in halfords at the moment for £74.99 reduced from £150. I just got one.

    Clicky

    Actually they’ve gone back up but only to £99.

    Haze
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    Turbo’s really aren’t a substitute for riding outdoors, maybe rollers would make it a bit more interesting if you’re just sitting and spinning?

    alpin
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    can’t use my shoulder, so can’t grip the bars/put any weight on my arm. therefore rollers are out. as is “proper riding”. =(

    want to make the best of what little i’ve got.

    legolam
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    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!).

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    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.

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    Elite crono fluid elastogel here. It’s quiet. However, you vary resistance by using your gears, so a SS might not be the best option. Cheap enough though.

    Premier Icon garage-dweller
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    The best advice I can give is do NOT buy a wind resistance one. Unbelievably noisy and I say that from the perspective of someone with below average hearing.

    Can you guess what I bought?

    Haze
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    The turbo is great for intervals and letting off steam, just think I’d be bored stiff sat on it watching the telly.

    If you can’t hold the bars enough for rollers then I guess it’s better than no riding at all.

    IanW
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    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.

    allthepies
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    cbmotorsport wrote:

    Those elite volares are in halfords at the moment for £74.99 reduced from £150. I just got one.
    Clicky
    Actually they’ve gone back up but only to £99.

    Blimey! I got mine for £66 just after chrimbo when Halfords had a deal on.

    alpin
    Member

    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?

    cheers!

    RooleyMoor
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    I’ve got the Elite Mag Speed Alu Trainer and I reckon you should be able to fit a 10mm through axle on it..

    BTW, I picked mine up (as good as new!) for £50 on eBay.

    brakes
    Member

    you don’t need a turbo or rollers, just prop the back wheel up and sit infront of a fan for air resistance.

    Or tie your shoe laces together, stand in a tub of jelly and run on the spot.

    Thinking about a turbo myself, theres a few magnetic ones ont fleabay for the 50-60quid mark. even if you hate it you might get 20-30 back when you sell it – to me.

    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.
    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 off

    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?

    cheers!

    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.

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