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     MikeBoro updated 11 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 10 Posts
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  • MikeBoro

    Member
    16 September 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’m thinking about buying a turbo trainer and would be grateful for any advice on brands/types or any tips on use.

    Many thanks Mike.

  • hugo15

    Member
    16 September 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Mine is made by Tacx. It’s fairly basic with variable resistance from a handlebar mounted control.

    In Cycling Plus magazine this month there is a group test on turbo trainers. I will dig out which ones they recommend when I get home.

    Also have a look in the buying advice section on the BikeRadar forum as “Which Turbo” seems to be getting asked a few times a day on there at the moment.

    Tips on use…………. mental strength required!! TBH I am not keen on my turbo and would rather spend the time out on the road, hence why I have set up the Tuesday training nights.

  • hugo15

    Member
    16 September 2009 at 7:01 pm

    The best buys/recommended in the Cycling Plus test were;

    Elite Crono Fluid ElastoGel £225

    Tacx Flow £385

    Elite Real Axiom CT Internet Ritmo £900

    Prices as given by C+.

  • Gunner

    Member
    16 September 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Mike, there is to be found on the Halfords website and in stores:

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_223837_langId_-1_categoryId_229901?storeId=10001&jspStoreDir=HalfordsConsumerDirect&categoryId=229901&action=categoryListing&catalogId=10151&langId=-1

    Pretty simple, but certainly should do the job, I have something very similiar though picked up much, much cheaper.

    Ebay is a very good place to look if you are after a bargain.

    Turbo’s aren’t everybodys cup of tea, but they are a damned useful tool if you have the desire to improve your fitness.

  • MikeBoro

    Member
    17 September 2009 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the replies. I am going to give the turbo trainer a go, along with the Tuesday night sessions.

    The Halfords one seems a decent price, if it does the job that will do for me.

  • Anonymous

    Member
    17 September 2009 at 10:41 am

    There’s this one for the same price at Westbrooks. It also keeps the business with a local specialist too. (Not open Until Monday though due to the fair).

    http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/turbo-trainers-14/minoura-m-70r-turbo-trainer-14107.htm

  • MikeBoro

    Member
    17 September 2009 at 11:28 am

    Thanks lemming, that will explain why I’ve not been able to get through to Westbrook on the phone this week.

    I’ve pretty much bought all my stuff from Westbook, they seem friendly and helpful. I have just bought some stuff from Aldi today though, the shame 😉

  • MikeBoro

    Member
    21 September 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I quite like the look of the Tacx Flow Computer Trainer.

    It’s a bit more than I was wanting to initially pay, but it does seem a nice piece of kit.

  • Gunner

    Member
    21 September 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Have you checked Harrys post on the For Sale Forum, I’m sure he is selling something very similiar, well, a lot better for about the same amount…. 😕 😕

  • MikeBoro

    Member
    21 September 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Have you checked Harrys post on the For Sale Forum, I’m sure he is selling something very similiar, well, a lot better for about the same amount…. 😕 😕

    I’ve sent him a PM.

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