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    Trainers?

    Hey guys, what is the minimum I need to spend on a bike trainer, to avoid getting a POS. Wifey wants one for this winter....don't need any top-end features or anything, just a good quality unit.

    Any recommendations?

    Heyyall, this means you.

    (this is my version of researching this purchase)
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    net, I know nothing at all about them but I am utterly shocked at how expensive the high end models can be. I see deals for them on Chainlove frequently.
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    I know even less about them than Hawg... I would not even know what any cost... Sorry Net, but thanks for the Elephant!
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    Net, first things first. You really should research some training videos



    The go to list of the trainer is: fluid resistance unit, stable and folds for storage, and nothing really more than than that at this stage. A magnetic trainer won't make enough resistance if you use a 26" tire (assuming you don't have a road bike for her).

    As for a recommendation, I would just purchase this one.
    Travel Trac Comp Fluid Trainer - Cycling Trainers

    Today there is an extra 20% off and I don't think you'll beat the price. I used one for 10 years and it is all you need.

    Extra supplies would be:

    Thin yoga mat to catch the sweat (you can some cycling specific things if you need them (for sound deadening)

    A phone book or one of these just in case you can't find a phone book (I don't recall the last time I saw one)
    Travel Trac Riser Block - Cycling Trainers

    Next, you really need something to make the ride entertaining. Some people like a cycling computer to read speed and/or distance. if so, you'll need a rear wheel pickup of some sort. The best dollars you could spend is to buy some (or all) of the "Sufferfest" videos (Cycling Training Videos / THE SUFFERFEST). They make the time fly by with a mix of humor and cycling footage (all sorts).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    The link says 30% OFF!!!!
    It's always on sale but today you get a bonus 20% off. That's almost half off

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    The link says 30% OFF!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    It's always on sale but today you get a bonus 20% off. That's almost half off
    So, 30% off AND 20% off?!

    When i clicked the ad it was offered for $139.99
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    So, 30% off AND 20% off?!

    When i clicked the ad it was offered for $139.99
    This is what I see...
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    ^Anyone who doesn't have one would be dumb not to order one at this price. Yes, DUMB!
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    I knew this research would pay off. Thanks Heyyall! Ordered. At the mega-low price, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I knew this research would pay off. Thanks Heyyall! Ordered. At the mega-low price, too.
    Would you mind sharing with us how much the final sale price was after all rebates, discounts, first time buyer incentives, downhiller credits, computer wiz mark downs, yatta-yatta-yatta?
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    $134.98 delivered.
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    That's a great price. Good thing you are ahead of winter as the prices will start shifting up soon.

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    Thanks again for the info!

    Now I need to get her a cheapo roadie slick tire for it, too. Save the wear on the expensive specialized knobbies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Thanks again for the info!

    Now I need to get her a cheapo roadie slick tire for it, too. Save the wear on the expensive specialized knobbies.
    you can probably find a heavy walmart style tire with a solid tread down the middle. That would probably do the trick too. You definitely don't want to run knobbies -- you'll have chipped rubber all over the place

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    This was on my porch when I got home today...
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    Trainers?

    Excellent. Should we expect to see some gopro footage later tonight?

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    I doubt it .
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    Sweet. Net, you should at least get some decent audio with the GoPro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    This was on my porch when I got home today...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Sweet. Net, you should at least get some decent audio with the GoPro.
    What, are these things noisy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    What, are these things noisy?
    I was thinking more in terms of hearing you mumble your inner most thoughts after cranking away for about an hour.
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    Fluid is relatively quiet.

    By the way, some data nerd posted some other interesting observations about trainer issues.

    Fluid trainer temperatures

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    You really are a data freak, aren't you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Hey guys, what is the minimum I need to spend on a bike trainer, to avoid getting a POS. Wifey wants one for this winter....don't need any top-end features or anything, just a good quality unit.

    Any recommendations?

    Heyyall, this means you.

    (this is my version of researching this purchase)

    I'd recommend...

    ... NOT getting a trainer. Most miserable form of exercise I ever did. Get a pair of xc skis, running shoes, gym member ship, etc...

    This year I borrowed one and tried it. I could do it for about 5 min before I was ready to lose my mind. I pulled out the Nokian studs, and found it was way easier to do 2 hour rides on ice, in zero degree weather, than spend another second on a trainer.

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