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Turbo Trainers

Bruce ThorntonBruce Thornton Posts: 87
edited October 2011 in The bottom bracket
I'm going to buy my first turbo so I can ride a more often through the winter.
I intended to get the Tacx Speedmatic after reading about in CP. I can buy one in Norwich for £130. While looking on Wiggle I noticed they have a Elite Super Crono Inertial Elasto Gel trainer for £143 which according to Wiggle is 40% off which would seem a bargain. I would be gratful for comments

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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Bleedin' turbos - the devil's own contraption :twisted:

    If you want a considered opinion, try posting in the Road Buying board :wink:
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • I've got one similar to the tacx one but it's an elite one and I use it about 5 times a year. They are so booooring. In the cold months I'd rather risk an hour at minus 2 out of doors than 15 mins indoors.

    The thing I've found mine most useful for is spinning at a slightly higher gear than i normally use, i've had a previous turbo where this (the fast spinning) caused a lot of noise.


    The elite I've got iis far quieter. For the sake of a few extra bob I'd get the wiggle one.
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  • You know its getting chilly when the what turbo threads start :P
  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,686
    Rollers.

    That is all.
  • Mike67Mike67 Posts: 585
    johnfinch wrote:
    Rollers.

    That is all.

    Hard to get your helmet on over 'em though :D

    Turbo = necessary evil
    Ice = dented bike
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  • nevmannevman Posts: 1,611
    Mike67 wrote:
    johnfinch wrote:
    Rollers.

    That is all.

    Hard to get your helmet on over 'em though :D

    Turbo = necessary evil
    Ice = dented bike

    Aren`t you meant to put your bike on them?
    Whats the solution? Just pedal faster you baby.

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  • Mike67Mike67 Posts: 585
    Oh dear...am I showing my age?

    Anyone else remember rollers, or for that matter Nora Batty?
    Mike B

    Cannondale CAAD9
    Kinesis Pro 5 cross bike
    Lots of bits
  • Mike67 wrote:
    Oh dear...am I showing my age?

    Anyone else remember rollers, or for that matter Nora Batty?

    Yeah! well aware of both.
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  • pauldavidpauldavid Posts: 392
    Mike67 wrote:
    Oh dear...am I showing my age?

    Anyone else remember rollers, or for that matter Nora Batty?


    Absolutely not, I have no idea how people used to curl their hair when I, oops, I mean you were younger.

    Right, off to bed now I get tired easily nowadays
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,069
    Just got a trainer from Wiggle - Elite chrono gel thing (about 140 quid). I was out in temps of minus 10 last year and it was getting a bit dangerous. I've had rollers in the past but they are too much like hard work; all that concentration! They do however improve bike handling skills through a mixture of fear and extreme terror.

    I've invested in a Sufferfest download to liven things up a bit. This week I have been trying to stick with Robert Gesink on the Tour de Suisse.

    :D
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  • phy2sll2phy2sll2 Posts: 680
    pottssteve wrote:
    Just got a trainer from Wiggle - Elite chrono gel thing (about 140 quid). I was out in temps of minus 10 last year and it was getting a bit dangerous. I've had rollers in the past but they are too much like hard work; all that concentration! They do however improve bike handling skills through a mixture of fear and extreme terror.

    I've invested in a Sufferfest download to liven things up a bit. This week I have been trying to stick with Robert Gesink on the Tour de Suisse.

    :D

    +1 for Sufferfest. Really didn't think I'd end up looking forward to my turbo sessions. Perhaps I'm just not doing it right!
  • chiarkchiark Posts: 335
    pottssteve wrote:
    They do however improve bike handling skills through a mixture of fear and extreme terror.
    Just spat a bit of tea out of my nose reading that: it's a perfect description of me on rollers.
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  • Mike67 wrote:
    Oh dear...am I showing my age?

    Anyone else remember rollers, or for that matter Nora Batty?

    I also remember Ena Sharples and Hilda Ogden!

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  • You see Bruce, you will never get a serious answer in Cake Stop!

    Can we fix it?
    Yes we can!
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