Indoor Trainer

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DAD1
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Postby DAD1 » 04 May 2009, 19:40

Has anybody had any experiences with Indoor Trainers.
In the latest issue of Bicycling Aust there is quite a selection of Trainers.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

timyone
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Postby timyone » 04 May 2009, 22:16

alot of the track cyclists use rollers, this is amazing for your smoothness and handling, though most dont let you make it harder, though if your on a road bike, you just go up gears.

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Postby orphic » 05 May 2009, 09:11

I have hopped on a fluid trainer with my bike at my Physio and I really didn't like the feel of it. Part of the fun of riding is balance for me. I guess the rollers would be the answer to this problem.

Some good opinions on the subject here:

http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewt ... 97&start=0

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Trouty
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Postby Trouty » 05 May 2009, 13:59

Has anybody had any experiences with Indoor Trainers.
In the latest issue of Bicycling Aust there is quite a selection of Trainers.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
You know you can pick up some cheap rollers on ebay. If you are just trying them out - I wouldn't spend too much. Most of the time as they are really boring....they end up being sock dryers. I know we had 2 of them. I guess this is because you really need to do them in conjunction with a group (like training on Thursday nights, or a training dvd) to keep the motivation up. If I had the room, I would definately go rollers. The bordom isn't any where near as bad as stationery trainers as you are still using all your skills of balance, and not just turning your legs around.

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T-Bone
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Postby T-Bone » 05 May 2009, 15:07

I've got a Kurt Kinetic, works well, but of course boredom can creep in (doesn't take long for me), so make sure you've got something good to watch on TV.

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Postby simon.sharwood » 05 May 2009, 17:26

I bought a $50 A-frame trainer. Not as good as rollers, but also much less noisy!
I set it up in the shed and get over the boredom factor by popping a TV show into my iPhone/iPod and watching that while I pedal.
For me, the training benefit is the chance to sit and just pedal, pedal, pedal for as long as I want instead of getting the wee breaks from traffic lights that come on a road ride. Pedalling for a full hour a couple of times a week makes a real difference when I get the chance to do it. Which reminds me ...

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Postby weiyun » 05 May 2009, 17:37

...The bordom isn't any where near as bad as stationery trainers as you are still using all your skills of balance, and not just turning your legs around.
Stationary bikes have all these electronic displays that can keep one amused until the pain starts.

DAD1
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Postby DAD1 » 05 May 2009, 20:57

Thanks to one and all for your advice.
Kurt Kinnetic + Spinervals + Video Proj and large Screen and I am ready to rock and Roll.
Lucky me for being in the Audio Visual Industry.
This should go a long way to helping me not being dropped on the Waterfall ride. :D


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