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Turbo Trainers

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Anyone know anything about them? I'm musing getting one in the new year for some alternative winter training. I need it to be quiet but aside from that I don't have any other requirements.

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I have one. Only used it once, as with my mountain bike it was like a jet taking off.

I'm going to try it again with a slick rear in the spring.

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I have a Tacx Satori, does everything I need, cost £170 from wiggle but there is pretty much always a discount to be had. I got a free turbo trainer tyre and sweat cover with mine. It does make a fair amount of noise when you start to wind it up past 100 rpm but it's more a high pitch whirly noise than excessively loud, though annoying for an observer I am sure.

I had a garmin gsc10 sensor and heart rate strap and ANT+ stick so pay a $10 subscription to trainer road which lets you train using virtual power. Just about to finish the 6 week base program and then going to start the 11 week century ride program to get my stamina up. It's all interval based which makes most sense for turbo training.

It's not the most fun thing in the world but I find having the trainer road plan and tv in the background I can cope with an hour easily and stretch to an hour and a half without too much boredom.

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I've just sold a elite chrono gel. It was the most mind numbing boring excercise I've ever taken part in. Unless you are training for something really specific and vitally important I'd avoid it. Or try rollers as I believe they require a bit more concentration but even then I'm not convinced.

On the upside, I put the funds towards this.....ysuda5en.jpg

This is the turbo I sold on.

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I don't mind a bit of boredom if I've got an iPod or something to listen to and an HRM to monitor what's going on. It can't be any worse than hammering out 10k on a running machine. Plus some nice women seem to walk up our road quite a bit so I'll stick the turbo out the front and watch the, errm, world go by ...

I have seen the Tacx stuff online and they seem to get good reviews. I'll go and have a look at one of them.

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Like Drinks, I use Trainer Road and find it great for not just helping to relieve the boredom of a Turbo, but also to give some structure to the 'ride'. Well worth $10 a month IMO. If you have a Garmin with the ANT+ Speed/Cadence sensor, I would definitely recommend it. I use a CycleOps Fluid 2 turbo and have no complaints.

Just make sure whatever you do though you have a decent fan on the go whilst riding - I have mine set up at work and even with the air-con running sweat like a pig.

Maxyboy, nice Wilier. Do you still have the Cannondale for crap weather duties?

I'm desperate for better weather as I picked my new bike up at the end of November.

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Only been out on it twice so far - second ride out the back wheel stepped out at a junction, not far enough to go over but far enough to convince me it was a bad idea to take it out until the weather improves. Old bike only at the moment, for 'real' rides and turbo use.

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Who cares about the turbo, some great looking bikes are appearing in this thread :)

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Best fitness solution for the winter is a mountain bike and some lights...

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Cagey,

I sold the caad on for peanuts, £470. I'll probably regret it but at 58cm it was slightly too big for me and when the dark nights kick in I can only ride at the weekends and even then only the weekends that aren't deadly, so I thought there was little point in having a dedicated winter bike.

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I got this about a month ago : Minoura Gyro V150 Trainer | Minoura Trainers | Merlin Cycles

As i have a 2 year old and another baby due in 10 weeks, i dont have time to get out on my mtb [am not a lycra warrior!!] and was finding my fitness lacking when out on my Saturday rides.

It is quite dull, but with my ipod on, 30/40 min sessions fly by and i work up a pretty good sweat!!

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