- Turbo trainer (and tyres?)
I’ve been wondering about this for a couple of weeks, and genuinely only thought today “oh wait, maybe stw will have some people who know”…
With winter closing in, I’m looking at getting a trainer, as a way of doing a quick hour on the bike every couple of days when it’s cold and dark. I know nothing about them, except that while I like the idea of something like a Wahoo Kickr, I’m not paying £1k for one – if only because it’ll sit in the basement unused for at least 6 months a year… Realistically, my price range is probably more like £150-300.
What should I be looking for at that price? I don’t have a garmin on the bike, but like the idea of something smart-ish – maybe to connect to my phone to track distance/ time. I’ve started looking at Tacx – are they any good? Are there better?
And I’m guessing for the price it’ll be a wheel-on jobby. Should I also be buying a rear tyre, so I don’t trash my good road tyres (a mate tells me it wears through your tyre quickly)?
Any advice appreciated!Posted 1 month agosandwicheaterSubscriber
Consider second hand, you may find you just hate it.
Been using a Bkool Smart 1 (second hand), think its a couple of years old (gift from FIL).
Been ace, i don’t have a spare wheel/tyre so make do with current tyre combo.
I use the laptop and had to get a ant+ dongle to pick up the Bkool analytics.
Also picked up a couple of fans, a must.Posted 1 month agowinstonSubscriber
Halfords sell a trainer called the Novo Smart for £180 and with BC discount its even less. Its basically an Elite Digital Smart B+ but a lot cheaper and its better designed as it has a proper lever to engage the roller rather than using rider weight. It is two way smart (so it gives feedback from Zwift etc)and can simulate gradient up to 6%.
No its not a Neo or a fancy wahoo but its £165 quid! And as DC rainmaker says in his review, yes they are better but they are not £700 better
I’ve done 500km on mine in the month I’ve had it so far on Zwift and its been a hoot. Easy to set up and I’ve used an old steel framed road bike as a dedicated trainer bike. I put a halfords turbo tyre on it (£13.50) and I’ve yet to slip it – however I’m a 75kg stick and don’t kick out watts like some on here!
Still I would recommend it.Posted 1 month agosteve_b77Member
If you’re running a 29’er get a 29’er trainer tyre, and the same for a road bike – assuming you go for a wheel on trainer – they’re loads cheaper, but will pass the time and seem to suit your needs, you also don’t need to buy another cassette that you would need on a direct mount type – not essential, but a dam sight easier than swapping your cassette over every time you want to ride outside.Posted 1 month ago
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