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drewfromriscadrewfromrisca Posts: 1,165
Do they make much of a difference on the turbo?
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  • andyrrandyrr Posts: 1,748
    House brick or old phone book or the like for me !
  • hugo15hugo15 Posts: 1,101
    Old copy of the yellow pages for me.
  • PhilofCasPhilofCas Posts: 1,153
    yep, don't fall for the marketing of such products, simply raise front wheel to match rear wheel, depends on the turbo, my current one doesn't raise the rear much at all. I'd say it is worthwhile to have your bike level, but don't spend any money achieving this :D
  • bigpiklebigpikle Posts: 1,690
    old bit of 4x2 and some screws lying around the garage...
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  • Ok good, I've been using an old phone book so far so I'll stick to that.

    I was looking at something like this to try and imitate climbing -

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycleops-riser-block/
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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,691
    I put a couple of bricks under the front wheel to elevate it. Seems to have worked ok so far.
  • G-WizG-Wiz Posts: 261
    I wrapped a brick in packing tape, the V shape in the top stops it sliding off and the tape keeps the brick dust off the carpet. I've a bigger brick that goes under it for hills.

    It is worth jacking the wheel up for these sessions as some of the muscles you use in your backside are noticeably different on a gradient, but don't bother with that nonsense, they;re also pretty big which is an issue for me as I don't have a lot of storage space.
  • Ive got the riser above, but paid half that. Its quite good with the 3 heights, usually use the middle and top heights.

    2 breeze blocks would do the same job though
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    I've got the Cycleops riser block purely cos it cost me nowt!

    as long as the front wheel is level or higher then fine.

    To simulate climbing position I use my drill box...
  • plug1nplug1n Posts: 204
    Paperback of the Da Vinci Code is just right for me!

    I've spent more time riding it than I did reading it.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I've got the Cycleops riser block purely cos it cost me nowt!

    as long as the front wheel is level or higher then fine.

    To simulate climbing position I use my drill box...

    To simulate climbing I rotate my CycleOps riser block, as the three options are all different heights.
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    hopper1 wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I've got the Cycleops riser block purely cos it cost me nowt!

    as long as the front wheel is level or higher then fine.

    To simulate climbing position I use my drill box...

    To simulate climbing I rotate my CycleOps riser block, as the three options are all different heights.

    Only enough to simulate roughly 3-4% climb...
  • bigpiklebigpikle Posts: 1,690
    I dont get how a tilted bike simulates climbing though? Maybe makes you slide back on the saddle a touch but it cant change the effort etc given you're not actually moving so gravity doesnt come into play.
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Bigpikle wrote:
    I dont get how a tilted bike simulates climbing though? Maybe makes you slide back on the saddle a touch but it cant change the effort etc given you're not actually moving so gravity doesnt come into play.

    Try it, it engages the leg and core muscles slightly differently... Up the resistance/go in a bigger gear too. It is as close as you'll get to simulating climbing.

    Raise the front wheel 10cm from level for roughly 10% gradient...
  • sheffsimonsheffsimon Posts: 1,282
    NapoleonD wrote:
    hopper1 wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I've got the Cycleops riser block purely cos it cost me nowt!

    as long as the front wheel is level or higher then fine.

    To simulate climbing position I use my drill box...

    To simulate climbing I rotate my CycleOps riser block, as the three options are all different heights.

    Only enough to simulate roughly 3-4% climb...

    He's from Norfolk, thats a big climb for him. :)
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    SheffSimon wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    hopper1 wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I've got the Cycleops riser block purely cos it cost me nowt!

    as long as the front wheel is level or higher then fine.

    To simulate climbing position I use my drill box...

    To simulate climbing I rotate my CycleOps riser block, as the three options are all different heights.

    Only enough to simulate roughly 3-4% climb...

    He's from Norfolk, thats a big climb for him. :)

    :lol: Beat me to it... :lol:
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