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Am I the only one who prefers magnetic trainers?

zoom-zoom2012-04-07 05:12:46 +0000 #1
I have a crappy, old, noisy, falling-apart Magneto trainer that got me through last Winter, but required a stack of books to hold the resistance roller up against the back wheel. I really need to replace it (but I also "need" a new bike...ack, priorities?!). Tonite I rode on DH's newer CycleOps fluid trainer.

I hate it. The resistance is not adjustable and that sucker eats at least 2.5mph and a couple of cruising gears while I bust my butt (I can't even get into the top gear and stand and mash on that trainer). I'm not fast to begin with...I don't have 2.5mph to lose when I'd like to be able to maintain 50mpw all Winter...most of which will be done on the trainer.

Anyone have any specific magnetic trainer recommendations--preferably ones that don't break the bank?
WindingRoad2012-04-07 05:22:13 +0000 #2
Nope I love the magnet ones too. I looooooove the new CycleOps Magneto Pro! Super duper quiet, variable resistance and feels quite real. I didn't like the fluid versions at all.
Selkie2012-04-07 05:53:46 +0000 #3
I prefer mag trainers and have a Magneto, too. Had a fluid trainer that leaked (I probably killed it from overuse---it was a Performance or Nashbar model, not the best).
susan.wells2012-04-07 06:00:31 +0000 #4
+1 on the CycleOps Magneto Pro!
ridebikeme2012-04-07 06:58:28 +0000 #5
I have a couple of trainers and and mostly ride an old Cateye trainer.(magnetic) It is a front wheel mount that has alot of features, speed, watts, kilo calories(which I don't pay attention to) timer if you want to race someone or yourself and the ability to ride from 1-10% grades. Lots of features that are included in the newer trainers.

As for fluid, "yes" they are a bit different and some offer different weight flywheels..which would definitely change how most of us pedal. What fluid trainer does your SO have?

At any rate, I applaud all of you that are riding trainers, not as much fun as being outside... but definitely gives you an edge come spring.

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zoom-zoom2012-04-07 07:14:52 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by ridebikeme

As for fluid, "yes" they are a bit different and some offer different weight flywheels..which would definitely change how most of us pedal. What fluid trainer does your SO have?

The fluid trainer is a CycleOps Fluid2. Boy, that CycleOps Magneto Pro sounds awesome...but definitely beyond the budget I'd be able to put towards a new trainer when I'm eyeballing a new ride. Perhaps I will pick up something a bit more low rent to ride for a season or two and eventually put the Magneto Pro on my list.

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