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Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:13 pm

Hi, I just bought a Turbo trainer as I broke and dislocated my elbow so the doctor wont let me ride on the road yet until the bones have finished knitting properly, so I'm allowed on a training bike (as I would go ass over on rollers I think). It's been 5 months since being on a bike, but want to try get get the most out of this trainer. Any suggestions on how to get the best use on them? And is it worthwhile having my bike computer and using that to help me get fit again?
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby r11ss » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:02 pm

Have a look at the Trainer Road website.

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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:38 pm

r11ss wrote:Have a look at the Trainer Road website.

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Cheers for that. Had a look on it. Been also looking more what I can do on Strava. Apparently there is something called KICKER that you should be able ride against yourself and others on Strava, looks pretty good. Minimal info on it though, not sure if it's launched yet.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby Alex Simmons/RST » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:56 am

zancs wrote:Any suggestions on how to get the best use on them? And is it worthwhile having my bike computer and using that to help me get fit again?

That's an entire topic.

Main thing is to ride regularly, and do what you need to to stay motivated to keep riding it regularly. 99% of turbos end up collecting dust.

What actual training you need to do is a function of your individual circumstances. You may need to lift up the front of the bike or the bars to reduce any pressure on your upper body/arms.

There are plenty of interesting services and software that links your data to computer display, if you want to go down that path as a means to provide stimulation and ideas for training variety. Most just watch videos (cycling races, or dedicated indoor training vids like sufferfest), listen to music, and/or do interval style workouts to make the session time efficient.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby ozstriker » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:49 am

I found just aimlessly riding on a trainer terribly boring and time seems to stand still.

What I find if you can get a few interval plans, or download sufferfest or similar, the time goes much more quickly, and can be quite enjoyable.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:52 pm

ozstriker wrote:I found just aimlessly riding on a trainer terribly boring and time seems to stand still.

What I find if you can get a few interval plans, or download sufferfest or similar, the time goes much more quickly, and can be quite enjoyable.


That's what I am worried about and why I was asking what to look to do. So I can see the improvement happen, will keep me motivated. Thanks for the ideas.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:59 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:You may need to lift up the front of the bike or the bars to reduce any pressure on your upper body/arms.


Was thinking about that, the downward pressure makes the pull on the bone and I can really feel it. Will have to get onto that.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby ft_critical » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:22 am

I used a broom to keep myself in the right body position when I couldn't use my left arm.

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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby Sturgis » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:17 am

I use the Spinerval DVDs (Coach Troy), they break things up a bit. Not sure how you would go with just one arm though.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:45 pm

ft_critical wrote:I used a broom to keep myself in the right body position when I couldn't use my left arm.

Wow! Extensive set up you have got going there. I'm well out of a sling and can just rest lightly on the injured arm. I've been on the trainer and so far so good except the bike keeps moving forward on the floorboards. Will have secure it down and/or use a mat underneath I think.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby ft_critical » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:56 pm

zancs wrote:
ft_critical wrote:I used a broom to keep myself in the right body position when I couldn't use my left arm.

Wow! Extensive set up you have got going there. I'm well out of a sling and can just rest lightly on the injured arm. I've been on the trainer and so far so good except the bike keeps moving forward on the floorboards. Will have secure it down and/or use a mat underneath I think.



Thanks Zancs. FWIW, I put the broom under the injured shoulder, that way my uninjured hand was correctly on the bars and my upper body was in the correct position. I say this because if you start doing intense work on the trainer and you are not in a balanced position you will get injuries. Some that might be either serious or long term. There was a picture in BA that I saw ages ago of a young pro with a full on roof harness that supported his body weight above the ribs. All I had was a broom. Good luck, heal fast.
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Re: Turbo Trainers

Postby zancs » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:05 pm

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ft_critical wrote:

Thanks Zancs. FWIW, I put the broom under the injured shoulder, that way my uninjured hand was correctly on the bars and my upper body was in the correct position. I say this because if you start doing intense work on the trainer and you are not in a balanced position you will get injuries. Some that might be either serious or long term. There was a picture in BA that I saw ages ago of a young pro with a full on roof harness that supported his body weight above the ribs. All I had was a broom. Good luck, heal fast.


Cheers. It's been a long healing process. Broken and dislocated elbow. Been 5 months already, hopefully not too long for the screws and plate out and the ok to get back on the road.
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