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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?

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    (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

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4Hl1WAGKjMc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    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...
    Hey if some idiot left it on your porch take it inside and use it. I'd hang low for a year or so first just to be on the safe side.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    You really are a data freak, aren't you?
    Mookie was referring to the thoughts about Lana pouring out of your brain through your mouth. I sure hope Mrs. Net Wurker doesn't get wind of that.

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    I mean't Heyyall was the data freak. He's fascinated by data of just about any kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I mean't Heyyall was the data freak. He's fascinated by data of just about any kind.
    All data does interest me. For example, I find the numbers like 36-24-34 to be very well rounded numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    All data does interest me. For example, I find the numbers like 36-24-34 to be very well rounded numbers.
    Those are interesting data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I mean't Heyyall was the data freak. He's fascinated by data of just about any kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    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.
    There's truth here. I had to revamp my whole indoor training experience after long winters here. Here's a clip. I can't recommend sufferfest videos enough. I bang my head on the wall for not learning about them sooner.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2b0yBg39RS0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    All data does interest me. For example, I find the numbers like 36-24-34 to be very well rounded numbers.
    I'm more of a 36-24-36(or38) kind of guy myself. And cup size. Well so far there hasn't been any mention of this. Anyone, Anyone?

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    The most noise on a trainer comes from the tires, especially if you are not running slick skinny tires pump up hard. DO NOT ride with any tire underinflated. It will heat up and destroy the tire.

    Next, if you live in a two story wood frame house, I would not use it up stairs as the vibration could resonate all through the house.

    Looks like you got a decent price on a decent trainer. Minoura makes a nice triangle shaped towel piece that attaches to your seatpost and handlebars that will keep you from sweating all over your bike and the floor. You also may want to use a block to get the front wheel off the ground as much as the trainer holds the rear wheel off the ground.

    I would also invest in (or score one out of your parts bin in the garage) a cheap chrome skewer for the rear wheel as they can get scratched up being held in the trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    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...
    Too late!

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    I just got back from a road trip to Salt Lake City to pick up the indoor trainer heyyall suggested for net. All I need is a slick and I'll be good to go.

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    Nice! Looks like you'll be joining me for the Tour of Sufferlandria this winter. The 2015 route isn't yet posted, but you can get an idea from the 2014 route that it will be tough

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Nice! Looks like you'll be joining me for the Tour of Sufferlandria this winter. The 2015 route isn't yet posted, but you can get an idea from the 2014 route that it will be tough

    Tour of Sufferlandria 2014 - The Beginning | The Sufferfest
    Oh man, that sufferfest page is great. Actually I would like a little structure to the indoor training. I was thinking about getting a bike computer or something of that ilk. Just so I can get an idea of my effort and progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Oh man, that sufferfest page is great. Actually I would like a little structure to the indoor training. I was thinking about getting a bike computer or something of that ilk. Just so I can get an idea of my effort and progress.
    If you have a garmin device, you can get an ANT+ speed and cadence sensor that will work while your bike is in the trainer (just remember to shut off the gps). Then, you might want to pay $10 for a trainerroad.com subscription. It works as a data logger and puts a visual indicator of intensity on your screen (computer or an i-device). It also integrates sufferfest videos into the training plan. If you have ten bucks burning a hole in your pocket, buy a sufferfest video. It will transform your time on a trainer and may actually make you want to use it. Just spinning will be, as you will find out, painfully boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    If you have a garmin device, you can get an ANT+ speed and cadence sensor that will work while your bike is in the trainer (just remember to shut off the gps). Then, you might want to pay $10 for a trainerroad.com subscription. It works as a data logger and puts a visual indicator of intensity on your screen (computer or an i-device). It also integrates sufferfest videos into the training plan. If you have ten bucks burning a hole in your pocket, buy a sufferfest video. It will transform your time on a trainer and may actually make you want to use it. Just spinning will be, as you will find out, painfully boring.
    I was going to be shopping around for a bike computer for actual riding so if I can get something that will work with an indoor trainer then all the better. I'll look into a Garmin setup so I can get both into a single device.

    The boredom factor is something that I want to avoid. Heck, $10.00 for a sufferfest video would be money well spent. I'm looking forward to tracking my progress over the winter, even if its just logging miles and a few other markers of progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    I was going to be shopping around for a bike computer for actual riding so if I can get something that will work with an indoor trainer then all the better. I'll look into a Garmin setup so I can get both into a single device.

    The boredom factor is something that I want to avoid. Heck, $10.00 for a sufferfest video would be money well spent. I'm looking forward to tracking my progress over the winter, even if its just logging miles and a few other markers of progress.
    If you are interested, PM me an address and I'll mail you a planet bike cycle computer with a rear wheel pick up. It's wired and low tech, but it will log miles and give you some indicators for pacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    If you are interested, PM me an address and I'll mail you a planet bike cycle computer with a rear wheel pick up. It's wired and low tech, but it will log miles and give you some indicators for pacing.
    That sounds like something that pretty much fits the bill for me right now.
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    I will move my discussion from Hawg's thread over to here..

    Thinking of getting this thanks to Heyall's suggestion..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
    I will move my discussion from Hawg's thread over to here..

    Thinking of getting this thanks to Heyall's suggestion..

    Product: Travel Trac Comp Fluid Trainer
    I'm waiting on a slick tire right now. Once it comes I'm going to go ahead and fire everything up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
    I will move my discussion from Hawg's thread over to here..

    Thinking of getting this thanks to Heyall's suggestion..

    Product: Travel Trac Comp Fluid Trainer
    It's probably worth mentioning that fluid trainers need variable speed to make resistance. The power band feels like the road, so if you can pedal your gearing out on the road, you will need something different. ~16 - 20mph seems to be a sweet spot for fluid trainers.

    But, it looks like we should contact performance and see if they will sponsor us. Team Performance has a nice ring to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    But, it looks like we should contact performance and see if they will sponsor us. Team Performance has a nice ring to it.
    Lol, they're making a killing. Maybe they should issue a special OC promotional code.
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    Why do you have to have a slick ?

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    Evidently the trainer is rough on knobbies. In addition to wearing the knobs down, you get a lot of debris. The slick also gives a smoother ride. But I'm a total noob, I'll report back on my findings after I get a little time on the trainer.
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