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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Been kicking around getting a bike trainer to mount my bike to and pedal away, hopefully getting my legs to work right again.

Anyone use one? I found a few types but the magnetic style resistance is more affordable.

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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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yup! Use it and it works. Magnetic type is fine for most. Make sure you put something under the front tire to keep the bike level and change the rear tire to a slick if you have mountain bike tires. Train by HR!
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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I have several. Cyclops is my favorite. What kind of bike are you using? Road, Mountain, Tri, CC?
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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A grandpa bike.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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That will work just fine, just swap out the knobby rear tire and go at it!
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Old January 5th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #6
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Wasting your time. The grandpa bike will suck (no gears) and you obviously dont enjoy cycling enough to have a decent bike for fitness and you are not committed to buying a decent trainer. You are going to really hate riding a bike that doesnt move, indoors, no cooling wind, and boooooring as hell. You might have to remove the chain guard for the trainer to mount correctly too. Go outside and walk. You wanted GL4x4 opinions, you got mine.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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My wife's got a similar trainer, but her's has a front frame that locks the forks to it (front wheel off). She likes hers, she just turns on the tv (loud), and puts a fan in front of her for air. I put my GoPro on heer helmet this summer and recorded one of her favorite routes, so if she feels like it she can put that on and imagine it's summer again. It drives me nuts though, between the noise from the trainer and the tv, if I have to be in the same room I wear ear plugs. Good reason for me to go in the garage and work on the Jeep though.
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My wife's got a similar trainer, but her's has a front frame that locks the forks to it (front wheel off). She likes hers, she just turns on the tv (loud), and puts a fan in front of her for air. I put my GoPro on heer helmet this summer and recorded one of her favorite routes, so if she feels like it she can put that on and imagine it's summer again. It drives me nuts though, between the noise from the trainer and the tv, if I have to be in the same room I wear ear plugs. Good reason for me to go in the garage and work on the Jeep though.
Make her do it in the nude then.

...and take pictures.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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Mag trainers are loud... if your ok with that then go ahead.

Riding inside is boring, and unless you have a goal in mind, you'll find excuses to just not ride.

These vids have helped me, but I'm trying to keep the gains I made riding last year.
http://www.thesufferfest.com/
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Old January 5th, 2012, 12:26 PM   #10
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If there's bikers out there what do you ride? I have a guru set up for tri.
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I use one of these, much more comfortable, quiet, and it does the same thing.

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I don't know much about trainers but I got one for Christmas along with a front tire block to level it out. It was ready for the bike as soon as I pulled it out of the box and so far I love it. The only thing I need to do is switch my wireless speedometer up to the rear wheel so I will know how far and how fast I'm going. Here is a link to the one I have.
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I used to have a set of rollers. It's so much more exciting when there is a chance of crashing. lol.
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I have a mag trainer, it blows to ride due to the boring nature of it. So it doesn't get used. I bought it with visions of grandeur thinking I could lose lots of fat but that went away quickly when reality set in and I quickly found other things to do. You must be super dedicated to use it.

And if that is really your Bike Mr. Green is correct.
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If there's bikers out there what do you ride? I have a guru set up for tri.
I ride this downhills:


I ride this when I have to pedal up hills:


My son rides this at the BMX track:


And he rides this when he rides down hills:


and he rides one of these when he has to pedal up hills:



I'd like to get a road bike soon so I can get my fitness levels up better, but I seem to have other plans for my $$ right now.
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I ride this downhills:

kickstand you have a nice ass

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And he rides this when he rides down hills:

and he rides one of these when he has to pedal up hills:

Isn't it kind of a pain in the ass to carry another bike with you just to go up hills or down hills?
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Isn't it kind of a pain in the ass to carry another bike with you just to go up hills or down hills?
If you are serious, then I should rephrase.

The DH bikes are used for shuttle runs or lift assisted ski hill days.
The others are cross country bikes that actually move when you pedal them.
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I picked up a nashbar adjustable fluid trainer a few years ago. It gives me a good workout when I actually use it. I try to not loss any of the gains I make over the summer. The variable resistance is nice, I just put the bike in top gear and control the resistance with the trainer, I usually do interval training on it.

They are very boring to ride, and get a block for your front tire, or you'll always be riding downhill. I usually watch tv while I ride.
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Thanks for the tips. Yes, that's the bike. The trainer was an idea to be able to get more use out of it without draining my wallet more. I was after something to help get back into some form of shape besides round. That was the idea of getting the bike in the first place. Might have to dig into the Jeep fund to acquire this.
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