Which fluid indoor trainer (cheap)
Need an indoor trainer (use with the road bike) to help lose weight.
Has to be quiet so I guess fluid necessary. There’s an Elite Crono for 140 on Wiggle – anyone got other suggestions? Don’t want to pay much more than that.
Please don’t tell me to harden up and ride outside because I don’t want to.Posted 3 years agohebdenbikerMember
Hi, I am going through a similar exercise, looking at a replacement trainer for my laptop-controlled Tacx Flow and want to run Trainerroad.
I am not sure how much better the fluid ones are, and also this part of the description of the Crono Fluid on the Wiggle site is a concern:
>>…The result of such innovation is that the power of the pedalling is a function also of the weight of the cyclist …
For Trainerroad I would really want it to be independent of my weight since I assume that their virtual power algorithm will not take weight into account.Posted 3 years agokja78Member
Last winter I borrowed a friend’s Elite Crono hydromag for a few months and thought it was brilliant. Unfortunately he wanted it back so a couple of months ago, being on a tight budget, I bought a Minoura B60 new for about 80 quid. I used it for about 10 minutes, cleaned it, packed it up and sent it back. It really was horrible, rough pedal stroke, incredibly noisy, just nasty. Once the refund came through I stumped up the extra £60 and bought the £140 Elite Crono from wiggle. It really is very nice for the money. Working in a bike shop I’ve tried a couple of the tacx mag ones, fluid really is worth the few extra pounds. Much quieter and a much smoother pedalling action than mag.
Coupled with a few sufferfest videos and you’ll be as fit as a fiddle by summer.Posted 3 years agoheadpotdogMember
I’ve also been tempted by the Elite Chrono Fluid trainer at £140, but by the time I’ve added in the cost of a turbo trainer tyre (from my limited experience they eat up regular tyres) and a spare rear wheel & cassette (don’t want to have to change tyres every time I use it) & riser block, the cost is about the same as a set of rollers with built in resistance! Rollers like the Elite Arion Mag unit (£230) wouldn’t need special tyres or a spare wheel and you could just get on & ride without any faffing about with wheels and tyres.
Has anyone tried rollers like this with a built in resistance unit? I’m sure they’d be great for developing pedalling technique, but would they be any good for interval sessions to improving power, for example?Posted 3 years ago
by the time I’ve added in the cost of a turbo trainer tyre (from my limited experience they eat up regular tyres)
The Elite one doesnt eat tyres because the wheel is not fixed in place. Im on the same tyre for about 2 years now, and only just starting to flatten off.Posted 3 years ago
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