Bike trainers...seeking input

  • 09/13/2018 9:16 PM
    Message # 6668477

    Being newer to CTC and road biking I am interested in hearing what bike trainers people prefer using during the colder months of NE Ohio.  Rollers, hydraulic, magnetic, Smart trainers, etc....wheel on or wheel off?


    Does riding on an indoor trainer get boring?  

    Does a trainer offer a solid workout?

    Is Zwift worth the expense?

    Any other insights are appreciated.....

  • 09/14/2018 3:25 PM
    Reply # 6669533 on 6668477

    I've graduated from using a stationary bike, to a hydraulic trainer, to a hydraulic trainer with Zwift, to a smart trainer with Zwift and I can honestly say that the final combination is the only one that has held my attention.  The reason is that any of the other methods either were not visually engaging or allowed you to "dog it" during the workout.  The combination of Zwift plus the smart trainer gives you the visual stimulation, feedback and data to allow, what I consider to be, an acceptable substitute when it's too crappy to ride outside.  Don't cheap out on a dumb trainer like I did at first!  A smart trainer will keep your workouts honest.  With a dumb trainer, if you go up a hill and don't increase your power output, your zwift character will slow down considerably but will continue to climb.  With a smart trainer, if you don't put forth the required effort, you stop cold and do not get up the hill just like in real life...

    Tire on trainer is your bang for the buck in my opinion.  I have a Cycleops Magnus which you can find on sale for $500 pretty regularly.  It can generate up to 1500w of training load which is more than most will ever use...

    Last modified: 09/14/2018 3:27 PM | Anonymous member
  • 09/14/2018 6:56 PM
    Reply # 6669783 on 6668477
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First, .If you are on the Club's Facebook page ask this question there.

    I have both a resistance trainer and stationary bike.  Neither act like a real ride or give a true workout. Even though I have not invested in a new smart trainer, I probably will sometime in the future.

    Indoor riding or treadmill I find boring.  I use that time to catch up on recorded TV shows. I have found that inside riding let's me get back on the bike outside faster.  

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