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Any views and suggestions on good computer trainers. Also benefits  vs rollers? Who stocks at reasonable prices?

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Get yourself a PT and a standard trainer (or rollers if you are brave enough). The only benefit of a computer trainer over the above is that it is visually more stimulating and that you can ride simulated rides. But in terms of achieving a training benefit a PT and trainer combination for indoor work is fine.

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Do you know who stocks them in SA. I know the 200 does HR instead of power and is cheaper.

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If you're in the market for a powerbased indoor trainer the Powertap + fluid trainer is a good option although the data from the trainer is not interchangable with data gained on the road..

 

Computrainer is another awesome product that has loadsmore features and makes indoor training more fun.

 

Then theres Tacx Fortuis and Real AXiom ( forget who makes them).both have basi power functions and provide all the benefits of the fluid trainer.
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Go to www.activeworx.co.za for a computrainer.  The Fortuis and Axiom etc should be available through your LBS.

 

I use a computrainer, brilliant product!!

 

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... although the data from the trainer is not interchangable with data gained on the road..

 

Why do you say this?

 

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Computrainer's software looks like old 1990's code. Mechanical parts are well made, works very well, but for R13k the software should be extremely good, but is actually TERRIBLE.

 

Go for Trax iMagic/Fortius or Elite ReaAxiom.

 

Dedicated indoor cycles like the one in the pic above is a bad option imo.
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Dedicated indoor cycles like the one in the pic above is a bad option imo.

 

 

Hmm seeing I have just ordered one (cyclo ops pro PT300) i would be interested (its too late now tra la lah...) why its a BAD option.

 

 
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Dedicated indoor cycles like the one in the pic above is a bad option imo.

 

 

Hmm seeing I have just ordered one (cyclo ops pro PT300) i would be interested (its too late now tra la lah...) why its a BAD option.

 

 

Looks like a great option to me -

- no wearing out of tyres to worry about

- no farting around clipping my bike into the trainer and calibrating the thing

- no worries that I'm damaging my frame with the huge power outputs I put out :)

 

If I had the bucks I'd definitely have one.

 

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Looks like a great option to me -
- no wearing out of tyres to worry about
- no farting around clipping my bike into the trainer and calibrating the thing
- no worries that I'm damaging my frame with the huge power outputs I put out :)


 

Thats my line of thinking, plus I get to mess about with power training techniques without having to by a new wheel / crank. If i like the power training philosphy (me old school, blood sweat n tears) then I can always upgrade the real bike.

Have a cateye 1000 and it is great but just to noisy for my apartment (neighbours below Angry and next door).

 
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Biggest drawback is no scenery on the pc. For me this makes a big difference - I train indoors almost every weekday in winter and boredom is a big problem.

 

For R12000 you can buy a powertap for your bike and a very nice A-frame trainer, and then have the benefit of  having a power meter to 2 train with.  

 

 
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Biggest drawback is no scenery on the pc. For me this makes a big difference - I train indoors almost every weekday in winter and boredom is a big problem.

 

For R12000 you can buy a powertap for your bike and a very nice A-frame trainer' date=' and then have the benefit of  having a power meter to 2 train with.

 

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I've got the PT and a Tacx Flow. With the intervals I do on the thing I couldn't honestly watch anything on a PC or TV, it'd just be too distracting. 2x20 L4 requires a lot of concentration Dead

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Scenery not an issue for me either, if I put it by the window I have all the scenery I need  plus I am used to the indoor trainer grind.

 

Biggest problem for me is noise resonating(sp?) through the floor and around the apartment, (wife gets irritable when she cant hear her soapies n *** on the TV), so to promote world peace the spinning type bike is much quieter.

 

Also she can easily adjust it and use it herself - hmm did not think of this I can see us fighting over it...

 

She will have to buy her own oneLamp

 
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