Trainers!

Oct. 28th, 2011 12:15 am
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[personal profile] daedala posting in [community profile] bicycles
It is coming on winter for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and I'm not too interested in biking in snow and cold. Further, my mountain bike fits me perfectly; the bike fitter said he couldn't do anything to improve it for me. So I'm thinking of getting a trainer.

Has anyone used them? Thoughts, opinions, reviews, warnings?

Date: 2011-10-28 09:24 am (UTC)
jae: (evoxgecko)
From: [personal profile] jae
I haven't used them--I ride recumbents, and it would probably be a heck of a time finding one that would fit, say, my trike. :) But it sounds like a wonderful idea, since what you want to do in the off-season is train the exact muscles you'll eventually need during the cycling season.

-J

Date: 2011-10-28 10:50 am (UTC)
ell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ell
I've got one, it's a love-hate relationship for me. I know it's good for me, but relative to going out and riding, I find it much harder, but you do get to watch tv etc. Ive got a Cycle-Ops Magneto Pro (look for sales, my LBS had a great sale on them last christmas) and it's a really nice magnetic trainer IMHO

(But I recommend also getting some cold weather gear and trying the whole biking in the cold thing. It's really fun to be out in winter if you're dressed for the weather)

Date: 2011-10-28 05:26 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: (Дедшка Зима)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
I agree with the fun to be out in winter. You've got a lot less people to weave in and out of on biking trails in the winter and when you come in, that hot chocolate is so much better.

Date: 2011-10-29 01:12 am (UTC)
damerell: (cycling)
From: [personal profile] damerell
Studded tyres are the thing. If you're lucky you've got 700C or 26" wheels and can buy them, but I bodged up a set with rivets for 650B wheels, and two icy winters later, I haven't had a prang.

Date: 2011-11-05 04:40 pm (UTC)
alien8: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alien8
I have a cyclocross bike, and Schwalbe Winter Marathons will be added should we get any snow (London, UK).

Ref trainers: I have a Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll. This moves sideways that means you use your core just like riding outside.

Failing that, get some rollers - they do the same and improve your balance.

either way - you'll need a fan.

It's not an exclusive thing - I do intense intervals on the trainer as it's kinda mad to do them outside even in the summer :)

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