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Choosing a cycle trainer

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
As temps start getting colder and days shorter, I really need to get some way to use my lungs right here at home. There are some great places to ride around Albuquerque but I end up not going as often as I'd like because of the driving.

So...should I get a roller? Buddy of mine had one, tried riding it once, didn't quite kill myself. Seemed like a more interesting thing than something strapped to my back wheel. Searched this forum and didn't find much said on this topic.

post #2 of 13
I use the 1up trainer. It's not a set of rollers and, yes, it technically is something strapped to the rear wheel, but it's "strapped" to the wheel with a quick-release cam. It is probably easier to get your bike into and out of this trainer than it is to put your bike on a rooftop rack.

On the plus side, the 1up is quiet and fairly effective at simulating the type of rolling resistance that you would encounter while road riding. But rollers are undoubtedly better for developing and maintaining balance.

On a side note, I used to live in Abq. Great cycling town, ┬┐que no? I worked at the lab for a while. There was and probably still is a group of riders who would head out for a 20-30 mile ride each day, year-round, at noon. Sometimes we went out the gate and up Tijeras canyon; other times we rode south towards Manzano base and the Lovelace facility inside of Kirtland. There were frequently riders from offbase who would join us, but that was before 9/11. I'd be surprised if you can just ride into Kirtland these days, even if you're armed only with spandex and a smile.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I really, really hate riding in traffic around here, with the possible exception of running errands near school where I live. But yeah, there are definitely a bunch of people who ride all over the place year round. I get passed by groups in much better shape out in the foothills a lot.
post #4 of 13
Back in the day I used to ride wheelies on a set of Kreitler rollers on my BMX bike!!

Rollers are FAR more demanding mentally, you have to balance while you train- lose concentration and your on the floor in an instant. Most don't offer added resistance so your really working on a very smooth spin in various gears.

I prefer my Cyclops Fluid trainer. I don't have to worry about loosing concentration and ending up on the floor!! on the other hand it does get really really really boring!! Each has it's merits, I have access to rollers from team mates upon occasion so I get my fix that way.
post #5 of 13
I've owned several sets of rollers, a couple of stationary trainers and a two exercise bikes over the years. The best was a Turnturi (sp?) exercise bike that I bought used at a yard sale. The flywheel must have weight 40 lbs. Forced to sell it when we were moving into a small apartment for a spell a while back. What I didn't like about the trainers and rollers was the noise. Made it pretty much impossible to watch TV. After a while of riding, TV was about the only way I could put up with the boredom. Rollers are a bit less boring but but time still just creeps along. My last set of rollers was made by Minoura. It had a built in mag resistance unit that provided plenty of aerobic exercise.
post #6 of 13
I've used both rollers and trainers. For me a trainer has been the way to go. It's easier for me to get a better exercise; for example, I can work on one legged spin, standing, high cadence, etc without the worry about landing on my a.... Rollers are fun once in a while because, as others have said, it is a bit of a mental/concentration/balance exercise. But I find a trainer to be more versitle. The only caveat if you go with a trainer, buy the quietest one you can find - these are usually the fluid variety.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Alright then...sounds like eventually I'm going to want both. One thing I see are fork mounts for rollers, so theoretically you could get a roller with a resistance unit and use it like a trainer, and then take the fork mount off when you feel like fully concentrating.
post #8 of 13
Kurt Kinetic is very good, spend the extra for a heavy fly wheel.


post #9 of 13
I use the Cycleops Fluid II. It used to be rated the highest in this type of trainer category. It does get boring, I like to use training videos and a heart rate monitor, as well as, a cadence monitor. This helps me focus and pay attention.

post #10 of 13
If you're really serious about cycle training inside your own home then read on...

The 2 most problematic aspects of training indoors with machines are creating real road type resistance and utter boredom. Lesser problems have to do with noise and crappy devices.

Then there's the preference of using rollers or trainers. Most folk who train a fair amount indoors will tend to side with rollers. They add the benefit of the continuous learning and perfecting your spin. A smooth and efficient spin is a valuable skill on a bike that many simply will never learn riding on the road. So you'll get that benefit plus the workout.

Fortunately rollers have gotten a lot better. Check out these two:
Inside Ride

Both of these products allow stand up hammering in the red zone without the fear of riding right off the side and the ability to coast without the same happening. I've tried both and I sense that I would prefer the TruTrainer a little more.

I've sold my beloved Kreitlers and am putting the TruTrainer on a future x-mas list. For now spin classes will have to do.
post #11 of 13
I found some rollers in a neighbor's trash. They are rusty and noisy but I like them better than a trainer because less boring (still need ipod). I ride them every day I don't ride outside. They are Cycle Vice Repair Stand American Rollers by State-Aluminum in Paramount, Ca.
post #12 of 13
Rollers are the way to go.
post #13 of 13
I have a 1upUSA trainer. It is fairly quiet and can be setup for 3 different power curves. It is based on centrifugal pressure so there is no fluid involved.

I find it simulates outdoor riding quite well and has a decent coast down. For consistency, I always use the same tire pressure and I use a trainer specific tire (Continental sells one).
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