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Big Bopper




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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:17 pm    Post subject: It's that Turbo time of year. Reply with quote

Right, now that the nights are drawing in, i.e. it's pitch black by the time we get home, what turbo trainers can anyone recommend?

I'm thinking of getting a Tacx Flow. (I can't bear to get a Tacx Grand Excel, as I refuse to buy a turbo that costs more than half the price of my bike!)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Tacx Swing and can recommend it. It's virtually silent in operation with the only noise coming form wind off the back wheel (and a load of noise from me).

What does the flow do that the base model doesn't?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BB Try a cateye cyclosimulator. They don't cost the earth and can simulate hills etc. They are also very robust. Mine's been in the sauna for 2 years of constant use and apart from a bit of surface rust from sweat, it still rides extremely smoothly.

Glad you are joining the "Turbo set". Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Flow measures power. Does the Swing do this? (Is that the one for lower-cadence, higher-power cycling?)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Swing does nothing other than create resistance to the back wheel. All info comes from a speedo mounted on the back wheel or HRM. I tend to go with HRM.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a swing that is heading for the bin in a couple of weeks when I clear out the shed. The bit where the cable enters the brake is knackered, so it's set at full resistance all the time. It's a really bad design. I'm replacing with a Fortius or a i-magic, haven't decided which yet.

As mentioned, the swing is just a powerful brake unit, you need to add an astrale type computer tomonitor progress.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can recommend the cycle-ops which has a built in resistance depending on what gear you are in...(dont ask me how) but it works well and if its good enough for Mr Armstrong (see him use them reguarly whilst warming up) its good enough for me
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BB - I use the Tacx Basic that has ten resistance settings and allows you to measure cadence (rpm) and power (watts). Its quiet and has proved to be very reliable. I bought mine about three years ago from Deeside Cycles or one of the cycle mail order companies. I recall paying something in the region of 160 or 180 for it at the time. Money well spent.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Gman, the Basic was replaced by the Flow.

I take it I need a power source then. I'll need to check the shed to see it there is one. Do any of the others suggested need a power source, or are they just flywheel based?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So is a basic turbo enough?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is dbc but it'd be useful to have a HRM or speedo to use with it otherwise you'll have nothing to structure your sessions.

Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope that sorts itself out soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Andy. I've got a Polar monitor so I can measure HR, speed and cadence. It would be nice to know the power of course but I do wonder how accurate the measurements are.

Off-hand I could put the TV and video in the garage and watch old TDF videos while training Very Happy

As for the knee it sucks but I do feel a bit better today having had a massage last night. Top Dollar Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad luck about the knee Dbc
--mine have been fine after my position was altered on sat. Hope it settles quickly.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue wrote:
Bad luck about the knee Dbc
--mine have been fine after my position was altered on sat. Hope it settles quickly.


Glad to hear that Sue. Hows you back Question
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still toying with whether to get a turbo or not, may just do sessions in the Gym once a week?
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