help! need hands-on insight into trainers

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  1. amirm

    amirm New Member

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    Hi everyone:

    contemplating to purchase a trainer, and having a look at what's generally available in the market, I have the following questions. Any experience to share?

    1. It seems there are at least three mechanisms: hydraulic, magnetic and wind (?). Any better than the others? why?

    2. The contact with the rear wheel also seems to be in two ways: contact of a roller with the contact surface of the rear tyre (like a little dyno), or two rollers contact both sides of the side-walls. Any one better?

    3. Do they break frequently or are they fairly die hard? In other words, do we need spare parts down the track? hence the brand matters?

    4. What difference justifies the price difference among different models of the same brand? eg features, durability, noise?

    5. Any brand is doing better? Was thinking of Minoura (spelling?).

    Any insight is appreciated.
    Cheers,
     
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  2. Paul J

    Paul J New Member

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    Go with a rim drive trainer. If you get the tyre driven type you'll shred tyres up pretty quickly. Or it'll just be a pain having to change wheels all the time.
    Look at rollers too. Track riders tend to use these more as they require much more work in stability. Some track riders I ride with sneer at me when I mention being on my trainer. In their eye's trainers are for wimps, tough guys use rollers.
     
  3. flyingdutch

    flyingdutch New Member

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    tuff guys have a VB in the bidon and a durry hangin outta their mouth! :)

    AND get massaged with egg-beaters and the lawnmower aka Triplets of Belleville (what a great movie BTW)
     
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  5. ritcho

    ritcho New Member

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    FWIW, I bought a Minoura rim trainer and am quite happy with it. I'm only a moderate user 'cos it never rains in Sydney, but it is useful for warmup before a race.

    Useful note:

    A rim trainer is handy for truing a wheel after replacing a broken spoke. (stupid Shimano 535s). Actually the 535s aren't that bad - they get ridden every day over gutters and pothole-ridden Sydney roads. Only two broken spokes in about 8000km...

    Ritch
     
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