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Which Turbo Trainer for under £100

1964johnr1964johnr Posts: 258
edited January 2017 in Road general
I've been riding for ten years now, usually a 50 mile weekend ride and rarely miss my weekly fix. I'm looking to buy my first turbo trainer because I want to add a couple of mid week work outs and have been looking at Dozens of options which has just confused me. any advice would be appreciated.

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  • DavidJBDavidJB Posts: 2,019
    1964johnr wrote:
    I've been riding for ten years now, usually a 50 mile weekend ride and rarely miss my weekly fix. I'm looking to buy my first turbo trainer because I want to add a couple of mid week work outs and have been looking at Dozens of options which has just confused me. any advice would be appreciated.


    I would save some extra pennies and stretch to a http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-flu ... l-trainer/

    Fluid ones are quieter and offer a better power curve than air trainers which you typically find for cheap.
  • jhegjheg Posts: 15
    If you can stretch your budget I would as getting a new turbo for under a £100 will be a significantly toned down introduction to riding on a turbo. A £100 or less turbo will not give you a good 'feel', it won't measure power (unless you have a separate power meter) and it certainly won't be 'smart' which are all things that really help make riding on a turbo bearable.

    If you are planning on making riding a turbo a weekly occurrence then investing a bit more will make you far more likely to stick with it as these other features you get when you pay a bit of premium make it far more interesting and opens up things like Zwift and/or TrainerRoad as a training companion.

    Something like this for example http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-vortex-smart-trainer/

    Save more or buy second hand is my advice.
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,519
    have you thought about a set of rollers?
  • 964cup964cup Posts: 1,359
    A used one. I have an Elite Crono Fluid, with which I'm happy. Loads on eBay for under £100:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from= ... d&_sacat=0
  • Tacx Blue Matic Smart from Halfords - £99. It will measure power but it won't adjust grade.
    Far better is the Tacx Flow Smart from Halfords £189 - It will measure power and adjust grade.
  • I"ve seen some great deals on the acution sites (ebay etc). People are gettig rid of their standard trainers as they upgrade to smart trainers. I paid 350 for my Kinetic Road machine, saw one on Ebay (like new) for 150.
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