Hi everyone , I am new to Adelaide Cyclist and this is my first post.
Maybe this subject has already been covered but I can't find it.
I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with these Indoor Fluid Trainers as I am interested in getting one for warm ups and general training on these freezing cold days .
Thanks for any replies Pete
Thanks David for your reply , hope your "dicky" knee gets better .!
I've just started using a WIND trainer, its a bit noisy inside and I dont think its suitable as a strength trainer, but seems to be good for cardio. I've been doing intervals for about 2 weeks and it has improved my recovery rate.
Another benefit is you can work on pedalling techinque much easier than on the road eg one legged pedalling.
This is something I plan to buy in the next year or so. I like to be warmed up already prior to getting on the bike for a real ride and something like this should work well. But yeah heard it gets boring real quick. I guess it depends on what you are using it for. If its for purely for warm up prior to riding I reckon they could be worthwhile. As an alternative to real riding, I think you'll get bored fast.
We have one that we use pretty regularly. Get a fluid one if you are going to get one, fan ones are noisy and magnetic ones usually require manual adjustment to make it harder/easier.
Bicycle Express (on Halifax Street) have a good range, other places like Mega Bikes (http://www.megabike.com.au/MegaSpin) have a spin studio where you can take your bike - click on the link and you'll see what I mean.
Thanks Phil , yes I have done a bit of research and it looks like the fluid trainers are the way to go , and Cyclops and KurtKinetic seem to get good reviews .
I will check out Bicycle Express and Mega Bikes,,, Thanks for your help .
Hi Rob , it does sound like a good experience for a great cause , I don't live far away from the Bike Station so I drop in one rainy day .
I can recommend the Kurt Kinetic as well, even though it costs about the same as an entry level bike! It's built like a tank and will last a lifetime, so it's worth the money. I had the adjustment pin fail last year and rang the distributor - they sent me a new pin free within a couple of days.
As others have mentioned, you will need a reasonably powerful fan at face level while you're using a trainer - you'll sweat even in winter ;-)
I use a Minoura magnetic with rim drive. I haven't had any experience comparing magnetic with fluid, although magnetic has worked great for me and is easy to adjust resistance with a remote lever. The rim drive is what I'd consider to be essential, so that you don't wear out your tyre, or have to change tyre to a 'training tyre' before using the trainer. It's just a couple of (what look like) roller blade wheels which lock on to each side of the rim, so that the tyre doesn't get worn. I've done hundreds of hours on it with the same wheel, and my braking surfaces are looking fine. It can be a little noisy if the rim gets a bit buckled, but when it's true its fantastic.