- Turbo trainer help, should I?
I reckon you need to be pretty motivated and have a real desire to improve fitness, otherwise it will never ever be used. You see the turbo is one of the most horrible evil devices ever created. You have never felt boredom until you have spent an hour on a turbo.Posted 5 years agoThrustyjustMember
Just bought the Tacx Satori from Decathlon for £129. Real cheap, but be quick !. Bit more, but includes a floor mat, a front wheel wedgie and a DVD for following the french roads. I spend about 30 mins on mine on the days I dont ride. I dont see the point of any more currently. Some excercise is better than none in my eyes. Set up a boogy box and a cooling fan for being more comfortable. Get a heart rate monitor I use mine to set pacing and I do sprints and rests etc to make it more interesting.It is harder to ride this than the bikes, with how I set it up, so when I do get out, will help me I am sure.Posted 5 years agoThrustyjustMember
Yes, plenty. There is 10 settings. Seems that at the moment no 3 is sensible for me, although I vary it , but have used 8 for hard sprints etc, then back off to the 1 or 2 to cool, before going back into 8 for the next sprint. Nice bit of kit and not too noisy either. Instructions are crap to build it. Do not use the instructions with the bag of bits, just the main instruction book and most of the bits and bobs arent needed !!Posted 5 years agokcrMember
Turbos are very effective, but very boring, so as noted above, you need to be focused and motivated to get something useful out of them. I think that they are best used for interval sessions, because trying to do longer base endurance is a bit mind numbing. Get yourself an interval programme with a bit of variety, and that will help to make things more interesting.Posted 5 years agoIanMunroMember
As an experiment, find a blank wall in your house or garage right now, and stand facing it for an hour.Posted 5 years ago
Once the hour is up come back and report on how it went for you. If the thought of adding sitting on a bike to the experience gets you stoked then it’s probably for you.mudsharkMember
Instead of going for a cheap one, with the assumption I wouldn’t use it much, I went for an expensive one which I use a lot and usually fine quite enjoyable – Elite RealAxiom. There’s a new wireless one on Ebay for £600 which is a good deal – compared to the RRP of £1k anyway!
Then there’s the Bkool ones for £360 at Wiggle.Posted 5 years agomudsharkMember
Oh I don’t blame people for not going for these things – could buy a bike for that! It’s just that I never bought a turbo as figured I wouldn’t use it then saw a RealAxiom on Ebay a few years ago and bought it for a good price so not so much of a gamble. Got really into using it and now have one of the latest wireless ones but one of the older ones are just as good. I think they’re great and get some good training in over the winter using it. Some race online with them but I haven’t tried that yet – I think Elite need to do more work in this area to create an online community. Tacx do this side of things better with their VR trainers but I think the Elite ones are better overall.
hitman – if you’re thinking about going for the Ebay one mail me if you want any specific info. These are useful (there’s a lot of boring stuff at the beginning though):Posted 5 years ago
Rollers are a lot harder work, just concentrating on not falling off ups the HR. Longest session I can manage is 45mins. I program workouts into my Garmin, press start and just hold on.
Great for core stab and smooth pedal stroke.
I find it easier to stick bike onto rollers than set up bike on turbo, plug in, etc,etc. Plus now wife has nicked turbo.Posted 5 years agotpbikerMember
hmmm I was thinking about getting a turbo, but is there going to be a huge difference between that and my cheap as chips exercise bike, if all I’m doing is using it for a 40 minute spin when I can’t face going out in the bad weather?
Negatives are I live in a flat, so I’m going to have to spend a few bob to get one of the quieter versionsPosted 5 years agolangyladSubscriber
Tp, turbos are far better than exercise bikes as you have constant resistance. You can do a 20 min sprint interval session and completely knacker yourself out. I bought a 2nd hand half decent Tacx on here a couple of years ago and it has been great. Just get some decent tunes on the old walkman and feel the pain 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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