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Sufferfest makes my turbo go walkies - how do I stop it?

fishywebfishyweb Posts: 173
I downloaded Sufferfest Downward Spiral and did just the first set of intervals*. While I was giving it some welly, my turbo (a Minoura Hypermag) crept forward a few inches, to the stage where my front wheel was almost off the support. I had to stop, and move the support back under the wheel, which was pretty annoying!

I currently have the turbo and bike set up on a thick exercise mat. I'm thinking of changing this to a thinner rubber mat to see if that helps (it needs to be on some kind of mat to protect the carpet underneath). Will that help keep the turbo in its place? Any other ideas how I can stop the turbo moving forward?

* I'm only a beginner, and even that one set of intervals seems to have aggravated my hamstring!
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  • Tom ButcherTom Butcher Posts: 7,137
    I stick a couple of bricks on one side and a sledgehammer on the other on the floor of the garage in front of the turbo - seems to stop it. Of course if you set your turbo up in the living room you may not have bricks and a sledgehammer handy.

    it's a hard life if you don't weaken.
  • a couple of suggestions

    1, Get some pies down you for more weight.

    2 Concentrate on your form on the bike and stop bouncing about
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    Are you getting out of the saddle at all? Is that when it moves?
    More problems but still living....
  • fishywebfishyweb Posts: 173
    amaferanga wrote:
    Are you getting out of the saddle at all? Is that when it moves?
    No, I'm seated 100% of the session.
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  • LangerDanLangerDan Posts: 6,132
    I use a closed-cell camping mat - soft enough for the feet of the turbo to dig into and sticky enough to grip the floor. The front wheel support also digs into the same mat.
    'This week I 'ave been mostly been climbing like Basso - Shirley Basso.'
  • BigDarbsBigDarbs Posts: 132
    Be smooth, pedal in even circles, don't stomp on the pedals. It is possible to do 140+ rpm without the turbo moving at all.
  • fishywebfishyweb Posts: 173
    LangerDan wrote:
    I use a closed-cell camping mat - soft enough for the feet of the turbo to dig into and sticky enough to grip the floor. The front wheel support also digs into the same mat.
    Nice idea. I'll give one of those a try! Thanks.
    BigDarbs wrote:
    Be smooth, pedal in even circles, don't stomp on the pedals. It is possible to do 140+ rpm without the turbo moving at all.
    That is certainly an area I need to work on. I gather that one-legged drills are useful for this, so I'll try some of these in the near future.
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  • BigDarbsBigDarbs Posts: 132
    That is certainly an area I need to work on. I gather that one-legged drills are useful for this, so I'll try some of these in the near future.

    I do these fairly regularly, when I started I was amazed at how difficult they are! If you have a look on www.turbotraining.com there are some one legged sessions on there, doing 1 minute of alternative legs at 70 rpm. You will certainly feel it!
  • danseurdanseur Posts: 70
    Ahem.

    Try:

    http://www.turbotraining.co.uk/

    Great random link, though!
  • BigDarbsBigDarbs Posts: 132
    Ah ha, my error!
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