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     mad al updated 11 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 9 Posts
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  • leifal

    Member
    21 November 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve read a few forum posts and loads of product descriptions about turbo trainers, but still have a few questions (I’m very new to all this).

    A few months ago I would have told myself to just ride outside, but now that it’s permanently dark and wet, I can see the benefits of a turbo trainer.

    Oh, and this morning I collided with a pedestrian who wandered into the cycle path I was trundling down, which further encourages me to practice inside. 😉

    So my turbo trainer questions:

    1. Do any/many of them tell you how far/fast you’re going? (or is that stuff reserved for super pricey models?)

    2. Do you just need the turbo trainer? Or do you need additional kit? Like something to hold the front wheel…?

    All advice much appreciated!

  • Gunner

    Member
    21 November 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Turbo training is more about Heart Rate and Time than mileage.

    Ideally you would want a heart rate monitor, and to be able to identify your training zones to allow you to benefit from the training.

    All you need is a turbo, something to lift your front wheel sightly(a yellow pages is ideal), a heart rate monitor, and some pumping music………..

    oh, and a fan.

    You will sweat like a stuck pig, so you will need to cover your bike with something if it is steel. 😉

    Any more questions, just ask 😉

  • HarryB

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 5:44 am

    Everything Gunner says is spot on. Especially the bit about sweating like a stuck pig. I have mine wrapped in cling film which is a great tip.

    The range of turbo’s available is mind-boggling but the basic idea is that they put a resistance on your back wheel to try to mimic how it feels when you are riding a bike.

    Being on a turbo is boring which is why the more expensive models such as the Tacx Fortius/iMagic have virtual reality and real life video.

    I’d say a HR monitor is almost essential if your are training on a turbo

  • leifal

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 7:24 am

    Fantastic. Thanks chaps.

    Do you have any recommendations for heart rate monitors? 😉

    (This dabble with road biking is becoming increasingly expensive!) 🙄

  • HarryB

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 8:30 am

    Do you have any recommendations for heart rate monitors? 😉

    You’ve opened a can of worms here. One of my pet subjects.

    Lots of people have HR monitors. May of them actually wear them. Very few know how to use them.

    As for your question it depends entirely what you want it to show/do.

    Most people only want to marvel at the numbers and do very little with the information. So a very basic one is good enough.

    You could pay £1,000 for a Tacx Fortius set-up and another £400 for an all-singing all-dancing Polar CS800. At the other end of the scale you could get a perfectly good second hand turbo for £50 and a basic HR monitor for £20. In between in a baffling array of things we call ‘stuff’

    I guess it all depends on how serious you are about turbo training, how focused you will be on getting better and how much money you have to spend.

    I’m trying to be helpful but it’s possibly not coming over that way

  • leifal

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 9:07 am

    Hi HarryB,

    I’m probably going to spend £50 on a HR monitor and £150 ish on a turbo trainer.

    I don’t need really fancy features, just something to give me an idea of how hard I’m working.

    Polar seem to be a good choice – so may go for one of those.

  • leifal

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 9:18 am

    Got two candidates for the turbo trainer…

    Does anyone have a preference or recommendation for either of these two:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/CycleOps_Classic_Mag_Plus_Trainer_with_Shifter/5360013703/

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Tacx_Satori_High_Power_Folding_Magnetic_Trainer/5360026401/

    Of are they both much of a muchness?

    Thanks for all the advice so far. Just looking at products online isn’t always very edifying – so your advice is very helpful.

  • Gunner

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 11:31 am

    I have one of these which I use when on the Turbo or when I used to run, cheap, accurate and some useful functions.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270487793875&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm38%26_nkw%3D270487793875%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

    As for your selection of Trainers, I don’t see any problem with the CycleOps Classic Mag Plus Trainer with Shifter. It will ceratinly do what you need.

    You certainly don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the benefits from using a turbo.

  • mad al

    Member
    22 November 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I guess you could always end up with summat like this 😆 , I only had to buy the tyre (£19.99) 8)

    The MTB was given to me and the turbo came with the S-Works 8). I’ve got a heart rate monitor somewhere but I think that along with watches they are the enemy 😆

    I know when I’m pushing hard enough for me and I’m happy with it 😉

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