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inkspot2011-05-01 00:15:28 +0000 #1
I've been an avid cyclist for years, but I have now moved to more chilly, snowy climes and must find a way to continue my riding indoors. I am interested in getting a trainer, but I have never used one. I am a plus-sized girl with a big, beefy mountain bike and a cyclocross bike. I am concerned about finding a trainer that will be both flexible for use with both bikes and durable. Can anyone offer any recommendations or suggestions? I'm especially interested in what I need to avoid! Thanks!
TsPoet2011-05-01 00:20:17 +0000 #2
1up

www.1upusa.com/bike_trainer.html

Simple, expensive, light, sturdy, fits my multiple recumbent bikes with weird wheel sizes...
NbyNW2011-05-01 00:39:49 +0000 #3
Saskatoon, eh? I'm in Edmonton. We're practically neighbors!

I just got a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine in May (Christmas came early this year

) and I'm very happy with it. There are lots of threads about trainers on this forum, and I think they're worth reading through.

I considered the 1up since many on this board have shared good experiences with it, but I had to have my trainer THAT DAY and the LBS had the KK in stock.

If your bikes have a popular-sized tire, you might be able to find trainer tires for your rear wheel. I think the idea is that they are made of a different compound that grips the flywheel better, and you avoid wearing out your regular wheels. That, and I'm not sure how well knobby tires work on a trainer.
ridebikeme2011-05-01 00:58:48 +0000 #4
There are many reputable trainer companies out there, but I would suggest that you buy from a shop rather than a website. My reason for that is that a shop will take care of any problem you might have immediately, online you will need to send it back yourself and go from there. With that said, with most trainers you tend to NOT have any problems. Kinetic, Cycleops, Elite, Minoura are all very reputable companies. MInoura may tend to be the least expensive, and perhaps not have as many options.. but great quallity. If someone comes into the shop looking with a bit smaller budget, I always recommend Minoura. WE've had great luck over the years. All in all, it depends on what you are looking for. Do you have any friends, coworkers that might have one that you can hop on? Also lots of shops have them on display as well, so that may help you narrow down your choice. Also, remember that you will need a block to put under your front wheel... keeps it from having on your weight on your arms.

You will definitely need to get a smooth tire for your mtn bike to use on the trainer. There are trainer tires out there as previously mentioned, I tend to save my old tires and use them on the trainer. Living in Maine, I spend A LOT of time on the trainer and have had good luck .

Have fun in your search and defintely keep us updated!
inkspot2011-05-01 01:14:44 +0000 #5
Thanks so much for the help and input! Lots of things to think about. I'm off to my LBS this week to test out some trainers. I'll be sure to let you know what comes of the test-rides!
IFjane2011-05-01 00:44:43 +0000 #6
Best of luck, inkspot, and let us know what you decide.

If you are still thinking, I would like to second (and third) TsPoet's recommendation of 1upUSA's trainer. Not only is it sturdy, but its concept is so simple that there is very little that could go wrong. My DH and I each have one and they get plenty of use. We have NEVER had an issue with either one. Hope this helps!
inkspot2011-05-01 01:51:10 +0000 #7
I've tested a few trainers, and am still undecided. There are a few more that I would like to try. I noticed with some there seems to be a slipping sensation as I get to the bottom of a push stroke. Is this common to a lot of the trainers, and is there a way to prevent this from happening? I'm concerned because I plan to use this to improve climbing strength, and the slipping sensation caused some pain in my knees.

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