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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 13th Sep 17, 1:25 PM
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    Indoor cycle trainers ?
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    • 13th Sep 17, 1:25 PM
    Indoor cycle trainers ? 13th Sep 17 at 1:25 PM
    I've got myself a new bike, a carrero from Halfords, so for the first time in many years went out. Very nervously decided i'd be better in the park. Now, especially with the weather starting to change i thought i may be better inside. I don't want to get an exercise bike, i thought about one of those indoor cycle stands.
    Does anyone use one, or have you ? How do you keep your balance if you're not moving ? What do i need to look for, i look on Ebay and they go from about £30 to over £100, and all look very similar.
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    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 13th Sep 17, 4:16 PM
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    Yes I bought a turbo trainer new early this year.Ideal for a quick blast of energy ( whilst watching TV in the conservatory in my case ).
    I read up on them before buying and it seemed that the oil filled ones were quieter , and the magnetic ones were noisier so I bought a Cycleops from an Ebayer.Brand new in box for around £65 I think it was. Works well.quiet and easy to mount a bike on the rear wheel.
    15 miles on a turbo trainer is easier than out on the road and you can maintain much higher speeds than you would battling the wind out on the road but its still an excellent work out.
    You can spend thousands on the complex ones which maybe entertain you more but I recommend the Cyclops model, used or new.
    The roller trainers are much trickier to get going and to balance on ( you would have to hold on something if you re stopped ) and were not much cheaper than my Cyclops which actually takes up less room.They probably copy the actual bike ride slightly better than a turbo trainer although I have never tried one. They took up more storage space than a small turbo trainer
    Last edited by House Martin; 13-09-2017 at 4:22 PM.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 13th Sep 17, 7:56 PM
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    Thanks Martin, yes i read the fluid ones were the best, but they all seem to be in the hundreds of pounds. The best Cyclops one i can find is this at £85. I don't think it's fluid, but has got mostly very good reviews.
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycleops-mag-trainer/?referid=affwin&utm_source=affiliate-window&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=www.pric e4.co.uk&utm_term=69394&utm_content=0

    Another i found on ebay is £54, not a cyclops, but with pretty good reviews....
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEDALPRO-VARISPEED-TURBO-CYCLE-TRAINER-INDOOR-EXERCISE-BIKE-RESISTANCE-TRAINING-/400640747407?epid=1912695151&hash=item5d480ca78f:g :uLEAAOSwPh5ZGY~A

    There are plenty more cheaper ones on ebay, but they have no reviews. I'll keep looking and see if i can get any more advice from others. If it came to choosing between these two i suppose it's, is it better to pay an extra £30 if the cyclops is a lot better.
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 13th Sep 17, 9:49 PM
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    Thanks Martin, yes i read the fluid ones were the best, but they all seem to be in the hundreds of pounds. The best Cyclops one i can find is this at £85. I don't think it's fluid, but has got mostly very good reviews.
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycleops-mag-trainer/?referid=affwin&utm_source=affiliate-window&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=www.pric e4.co.uk&utm_term=69394&utm_content=0

    Another i found on ebay is £54, not a cyclops, but with pretty good reviews....
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEDALPRO-VARISPEED-TURBO-CYCLE-TRAINER-INDOOR-EXERCISE-BIKE-RESISTANCE-TRAINING-/400640747407?epid=1912695151&hash=item5d480ca78f:g :uLEAAOSwPh5ZGY~A

    There are plenty more cheaper ones on ebay, but they have no reviews. I'll keep looking and see if i can get any more advice from others. If it came to choosing between these two i suppose it's, is it better to pay an extra £30 if the cyclops is a lot better.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Just had a quick look and found two of the same model I bought on ebay, both collection only though.They are at £20 and £24 at moment. both look good buys, hardly used .item numbers 162671323486 in reading, and 132326921050 in Camforth with a better Turbo pro used at £75 item 322741999905.
    Last edited by House Martin; 13-09-2017 at 10:02 PM.
    • brat
    • By brat 13th Sep 17, 10:08 PM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 10:08 PM
    I'd encourage you to get the best you can afford. Turbo trainers are a great way to maintain your fitness indoors through the winter season.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Sep 17, 10:13 PM
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    I was given one from somebody who is an international triathlon cyclist... it was throwaway cheap in his world... £200 ~12 years ago ... so a ridiculous small fortune in my world.

    I used it once.... still got it, full of good intentions.

    It's got a set of plugs and you load up the bike so the rear wheel centre nut's resting on something and then you tighten it in place with the plugs.

    I found though that the noise of it was "too much" in that house as I had an old house with wooden floorboards and a 4' gap underneath them. And I got bored .... too easily.

    They're good if you can sit it on a concrete based floor, slap bang in front of a telly though - and have the sound up loud... else it's boring watching the wall.

    I'd tell you what sort I've got ... but it's at the back of the shed and it's dark.

    I'll google randomly to see if I can find it.

    It might be something like Elite Turbo Trainer Fluid ... at first google results ... but not Qubo. It's yellow
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 13-09-2017 at 10:17 PM.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 13th Sep 17, 10:19 PM
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    I had a quick look at those second-hand ones that were pick-up only, but i'm in Liverpool so not worth it.
    You're miles away from me, aren't you Pastures ?
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 14th Sep 17, 12:04 AM
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    I had a quick look at those second-hand ones that were pick-up only, but i'm in Liverpool so not worth it.
    You're miles away from me, aren't you Pastures ?
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Some of these pick up only s will agree to post. The Cyclops is not too bulky.
    It sits very stable on carpet with non slip rubber base on tiles and is connected by its own quick release skewer to the rear wheel firmly , so only rear wheels with quick release hollow hubs are suitable.Its also pretty smooth and quiet.Far better than the traditional exercise bike s you can buy for £25
    On those cold and windy winter days they are ideal for a quick 10 (30 mins exercise ) miles watching daytime telly at the same time !.
    You would have to get a cheap bike computer which has enough cable to reach from the rear wheel. Mine was a front wheel one, as they mostly are , so I used a cheap £5 basic one and added a couple of feet of cable to reach the handlebars..Works well.
    I have an old racing bike which I will clean up to use permanently on the Turbo this winter so I can keep my normal bike strictly for road use..
    Last edited by House Martin; 14-09-2017 at 3:03 PM.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 14th Sep 17, 12:57 AM
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    I got bored .... too easily.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    That's why I've never bought one, I'd get bored sh.tless sat on a trainer staring at the wall. If you tour by bike you have to take the weather you're given, so you quickly get used to it. I've been out training in temperatures cold enough to freeze the water in my bottles.
    • brat
    • By brat 14th Sep 17, 6:32 AM
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    That's why I've never bought one, I'd get bored sh.tless sat on a trainer staring at the wall. If you tour by bike you have to take the weather you're given, so you quickly get used to it. I've been out training in temperatures cold enough to freeze the water in my bottles.
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    That's one of the reasons I use the trainer more often in the winter than outdoors. Don't get me wrong, I commute every day of the year by bike. I shop and socialise using the bike, and I always get out for a ride in the winter at least once a week, so the conditions don't phase me. But with the turbo, I now have no need to get wet and cold for the purposes of personal fitness.

    If you position your trainer in front of a TV or computer screen, there's no need to just stare at the walls.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 14th Sep 17, 2:55 PM
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    I now have no need to get wet and cold for the purposes of personal fitness.
    Originally posted by brat
    There's fun to be had in bad weather too, but it always looks worse when you're sat indoors peering out of the window at it. Having to go out in it helps overcome that inertia.
    • brat
    • By brat 14th Sep 17, 5:36 PM
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    There's fun to be had in bad weather too, but it always looks worse when you're sat indoors peering out of the window at it. Having to go out in it helps overcome that inertia.
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    I agree, I've yet to find a turbo that I can commute to work on.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 14th Sep 17, 7:07 PM
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    While i've been searching, i've found this. It's more than i was wanting to pay, but it's a fluid trainer, which you tell me is better It's got loads of reviews and they're nearly all 5*

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/

    Do you think i'm better going for this rather than paying £50/£60 om ebay for a magnetic trainer.
    • marks87
    • By marks87 14th Sep 17, 11:18 PM
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    Aldi will have a turbo trainer for fifty quid in their next Cycling event on 28th September for anyone who's been considering one but put off by the price.

    http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/aldis-cycling-kit-expands-in-every-way-except-the-price-351158
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 14th Sep 17, 11:25 PM
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    While i've been searching, i've found this. It's more than i was wanting to pay, but it's a fluid trainer, which you tell me is better It's got loads of reviews and they're nearly all 5*

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/

    Do you think i'm better going for this rather than paying £50/£60 om ebay for a magnetic trainer.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    This model has been sold many times from £14 to less than £50 on ebay if you look at completed listings on Ebay, many hardly used. Worth trying both Gumtree and Preloved as well for anyone local..Also try Amazon if you are intent on brand new, they can maybe beat Wiggle and other big bike shops. Planet X do sales as well
    .People buy them with good intentions then pack in after a couple of times..Strange they are mostly pick up only.
    The box mine came in was nt too bulky.
    You may be one of those next year listing your new virtually unused turbo trainer so I would carry on looking for a week or two and get a nearly new oil filled model for less than £60 rather than any magnetic type
    Last edited by House Martin; 14-09-2017 at 11:28 PM.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 15th Sep 17, 1:35 PM
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    Thanks, If that cycling magazine is giving Aldi a mention, it may be decent stuff. It says the offers come on the 28th Sept, so i'll wait and see.
    I never thought about Gumtree, or looked at Preloved. Just been there and there are a couple not to far away, although they look the cheapie ones. Some people on there are selling things which are really good bargains, but others are asking almost the new price.
    I'm not in a hurry, and for what i need it, i don't need a top-of-the-range, i'm never going to hammer it.
    Thanks everyone for your advice.
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 17th Sep 17, 7:05 AM
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    I was given one from somebody who is an international triathlon cyclist... it was throwaway cheap in his world... £200 ~12 years ago ... so a ridiculous small fortune in my world.

    I used it once.... full of good intentions.
    I got bored .... too easily.

    slap bang in front of a telly though - and have the sound up loud... else it's boring watching the wall.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Agreed el cheapo trainers are just plain nasty as you found out.

    I got a Taxc Neo last year and linked it up to Zwift. It's crackingly good fun and can quite easily spend an hour+ on it. Downside is that it's about £1000 plus £8/mth.
    • brat
    • By brat 17th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    Agreed el cheapo trainers are just plain nasty as you found out.

    I got a Taxc Neo last year and linked it up to Zwift. It's crackingly good fun and can quite easily spend an hour+ on it. Downside is that it's about £1000 plus £8/mth.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    I agree. I got the Neo's slightly cheaper cousin, the Kickr, and it provides entertainment as well as fitness.
    I take part in some of the races on Zwift, which are blistering! I do the ZHR Masters in the winter season. It's banded in age ranges, so it's cool to see who I can keep up with in my age category, and younger.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
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