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windtrainer

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:49 pm
by bda20
I am in the market for a new windtrainer I need one that has a remote adjuster on in (the cable thing that goes to your handle bars that you can make it harder or easier to pedal)

so anyone got any in mind???? dont want the cheapest but not the most exspencive ether :shock:

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:18 am
by tinstaafl
Never heard of it but I am fascinated as to the replies.
If I want to train harder I let some air out of my tyres or just ride faster and let the inverse square law kick in.

Robert

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:34 am
by LuckyPierre
I've got my eye on this one from Torpedo7 for next winter.
Of course, there's always this one, but riding is meant to get us away from computer games / tv etc. :lol:

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:54 am
by europa
I've got the cheaper Tanzx that Peter linked to - no quick release and doesn't have the cable gadget that allows you to fiddle with the drag.

Quite frankly, the quick release would be nice but the alternative isn't really a problem. To change the drag while riding, I just change gears. Seriously. I got mine for a whisker over half the price of the one Peter linked to so I guess it's a matter of how much you want to pay (I wouldn't object to having the better unit :wink: ).

Don't forget to factor in the price of a fan - man do you sweat on those things. I have to wrap a towel around the top tube to stop rusting the cables :shock:

Richard

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:00 pm
by rider06
one thing to be aware of though when using a tyre-drive trainer (as opposed to a rim-drive trainer) is that they have been known to wear out tyres, especially if you ride at a higher resistance level. might be a good idea to purchase some cheapie tyres just for use on a trainer.

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:54 pm
by moosterbounce
Someone suggested to me to wrap a strip of electrical tape around the tyre as that stops tyre wear. It works very well.

I just use a cheap trainer but would love to upgrade - I've been looking at the Minoura ones. I think it may be a winter upgrade though, so probably too late to assist.

Would love to hear what you go with though.

Moo...

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:52 pm
by europa
So what if it wears out your rear tyre, it's better than the rear tyre perishing through lack of use :D

Seriously, unless you are using some exotic, expensive tyre, how is this an issue? If you weren't on the trainer, you'd be wearing it out on the road where a lump of glass can shorten the tyre's life quicker than any trainer is going to.

Richard

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:13 pm
by mikesbytes
europa wrote:So what if it wears out your rear tyre, it's better than the rear tyre perishing through lack of use :D

Seriously, unless you are using some exotic, expensive tyre, how is this an issue? If you weren't on the trainer, you'd be wearing it out on the road where a lump of glass can shorten the tyre's life quicker than any trainer is going to.

Richard


They tend to wear them flat, which isn't good. Old tyres with cuts in them will do the trick.