What Turbo Trainer ?
i like the cycleops fluid 2. It’s simple got a decent feel to it and isn’t too noisy. There’s plenty of them about so you can normally pick up a decent one on ebay for around a £100.
Kinetic seem to get consistently good reviews although I’ve not tried one.
They are evil though, I did an hour and a half session last week and got off looking like I’d been for a swim.Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll.
Would love to try the rock & roll as it sounds like a really good concept. But I’m put off taking a punt and buying one after seeing a video review where the fellas wheel made contact with the ground. The general response to that seemed to be ‘you’re pedalling wrong’ i.e that his motion was choppy and causing the bike to bounce to too great a degree.Posted 4 years agonicolaisamMember
Using a Cycleops Fluid
My Trek road bike is always on it.
It is evil,Makes you sweat like someone is spraying a hose over you.Makes your legs suffer as you are always pedalling.
30mins to an Hour are enough for me.
Been using it a lot recently as have had 2 stupid injuries that have meant going out riding cant happen.
Make sure you mix up what you do on itPosted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
I bought a Minoura B60-R as it had very good reviews and I didn’t want to spend a lot – in case I don’t use it once my broken arm is healed.
It’s been perfectly adequate for my needs anyway, bit of noise but possible to hear the commentary on the British Eurosport road race coverage I’ve been watching whilst using it.Posted 4 years agouponthedownsMember
I’ve used a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine through autumn and winter for the last 3 years and been very happy with it. Bomb proof build and totally reliable. It has fluid resistance which means its simple to use- if you want to suffer more then change up a gear and pedal harder- no phaffing about with resistance levels.Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
If you can afford it get a spinning bike, just as good for exercise and more reliable. You don’t need to mess around hooking the bike up either.
I’ve got an Elite turbo, works fine but the back wheel isn’t fixed to the turbo, which means you can only use it sitting down – if you try to stand up the resistance drops as your weight moves forward.Posted 4 years agostufiveMember
I had a Tacx Satori for two years and it never had any problems, get the biggest fan you can find, and have everything you might want to hand, phone etc as its a pain in the ass getting on and off if the phone goes, im thinking of going onto rollers this winter to try and releive the bordem a bit thats the biggest problem for me.. 😕Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I like my Tacx Bluemotion- wasn’t expensive, fair bit quieter and more stable than the Cyclops I’d borrowed before, and folds nice and small, which is just as well as I basically never use the horrible thing 😆
And +1 big fan, absolutely essential for me, plantmister full of cold water and a towel to hand too. And a telly and headphones.Posted 4 years agofluxhutchinsonMember
You could get a tacx multiplayer or i-magic, it won’t actually work but is somewhere nice to park your bike in the winter
Perseverance is all you need with one of these. Had a Tacx Fortius for about 5 years and only a few niggles. Worst one was when it crashed 3 hours in. No data saved was pretty miffed.Posted 4 years agomtbtomoMember
Rollers require more concentration, cos you have to balance youself. Its a bit more interesting.
If you get rollers with a resistance unit then you should still be able to get a decent enough work out – you can’t stand up so easily, like you could on a turbo, but you can still make the legs burn from sitting pedalling in a hard gear. And then when you forget and try to freewheel, it all goes twitchy and you end up in a heap on the floor. 😉
I’ve got both (a basic Elite Volare turbo, and some Cyclops rollers with resistance) and would probably choose a rollers session over the turbo most times, but I don’t use them every day, normally for when I haven’t been able to get out for a few days due to family or weather.
It helps to pedal smoothly on both turbo and rollers – turbo cos you will be able to bounce yourself across the floor if you’re choppy and rollers cos you won’t stay on long with choppy pedalling.Posted 4 years ago
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