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Trainer is coming tomorrow! I'm pumped.

Old 10-26-05, 12:41 PM
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Can anyone stay on one for longer than an hour. That is my max and I have to take a break after 30 minutes.
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Old 10-26-05, 12:47 PM
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Man that sucks. You wait with anticipation and get a damaged trainer.

Trainers are boring. But, I just can't see how a stairmaster would be exciting. What's the differance between pedaling in one place and stomping in one place?

You will find little games to play while on it. No looking at the miles until a commercial comes on. Let the next number you hear be the length of the next "hill climb" or sprint.

My trainer, 1upusa, is like riding up a slight hill the whole time. I burn pleanty of calories on it.
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Old 10-26-05, 12:52 PM
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Trainers are for training , not riding.To take full advantage of a trainer time you should do drills designed to make the most of it. One legged spinning. Super spin low resistance, Climbing workouts to name a few. You can traget specific muscle groups and skills to develop. Maybe the boredom comes from having no design or structure to your workout. I am much more comfortable doing these drills on a trainer, and also can use my limited road time for riding for fun.
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Old 10-26-05, 12:59 PM
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Have you looked at it? My cyclops trainer is pretty tough.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
Have you looked at it? My cyclops trainer is pretty tough.
I haven't. My wife emailed the pics and didn't even open the box. As you can see in the pics it looks pretty beat up though. Does the resistance unit come attached on those? I am imagining this thing falling off of the plane and that unit taking a dump down the tarmac.
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
Update....Trainer arrived and it is on its way back. I attached a couple photos. Fed Ex apparently decided to do an air drop over my house. My wife got home and found this on the porch.....er, maybe in the yard. I called Performance and they said they'd send a label for me to ship it back and then send me a new one.
Sorry to hear it's damaged. It's a disappointment when you are waiting for something to arrive and it comes in all toasted. BTW, is that pink bike in the picture your ride?


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Old 10-26-05, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
I haven't. My wife emailed the pics and didn't even open the box. As you can see in the pics it looks pretty beat up though. Does the resistance unit come attached on those? I am imagining this thing falling off of the plane and that unit taking a dump down the tarmac.
My recollection is that it came complete unassembled and was packed in cardboard and airbags. If it's dinged, definitely send it back, but it may have come through fine. Just take pictures documenting the opening of the box and the examination.
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Old 10-26-05, 01:20 PM
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The knobbies on those little white tires are going to make noise and drive you crazy. Get some slicks...
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Old 10-26-05, 01:36 PM
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The box mine came in had a few dings, and I noticed that one of the mounting flanges was slightly bent, so that the resistance unit (not fitted, and shipped in a different part of the box) wouldn't quite fit - so I straightened the flange with some good old brute force, and now everything fits, and everything works - yipppeeee! Get yourself some real slicks though - MTB tyres make such a godawful racket! Tyres with even the slightest hint of a tread pattern will be noisy. Slickies are way smooth - just the whirr of the wheel, and the whoosh of the fan! Both my cats have got used to it, and now they don't even wake up when I use it. It's still not real riding, but it beats the bloody rain/cold/wind/short-days we're getting here in the North East…

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PS: True wheels, and properly fitted tyres also enhance the training experience…
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Originally Posted by nickgold
Bah, I watch music videos mostly when on the trainer. To heck with training videos, I would rather watch Gwen Stefani strut her stuff.
I'm no good on the "flats." I'm better on the "hills."
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Old 10-26-05, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jbonus
I'm no good on the "flats." I'm better on the "hills."
Ha! Good one!
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Old 10-26-05, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by nesdog
Sorry to hear it's damaged. It's a disappointment when you are waiting for something to arrive and it comes in all toasted. BTW, is that pink bike in the picture your ride?


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Yeah....That's my crit bike. You should see me tear it up on the local circuit. The chicks dig the pink color. The white tires are especially fast through the corners.
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Old 10-26-05, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by va_cyclist
I rode my trainer last night watching the world series game and was so bored after 30 min. I had to stop.
Yeah, baseball is boring, how did you stand 30 min? How long did you stay on the trainer after turning off the baseball?
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Old 10-26-05, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jsharr
Yeah, baseball is boring, how did you stand 30 min? How long did you stay on the trainer after turning off the baseball?
+1
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Old 10-26-05, 03:04 PM
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Man tell em not to ship a new trainer. Get rollers instead...
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
Just in time for day light savings. I bought a Fluid 2 from Performance Bike. I was glad to see the 20% off coupons finally back and working.

Hopefully I can get it set up correctly and not have any issues with tire wear or anything else to keep me from using it. I just hope to have some decent weekends between now and spring where I can still get out and ride.
Ugh. It's no accident that trainers and torture both start with "T." I would almost rather go jogging at night in the rain.
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Old 10-26-05, 07:34 PM
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I have been doing Spinervals on my rollers and with true effort it is the quickest hour I ever spend on a bike. I'm trying to be disciplined and do it 5 days a week but the No Mercy dvd is brutal. Troy has you flirting with the city of anerobia most of the time and I'm sprinting off the seat now which is kinda sketchy on rollers.
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Old 10-26-05, 07:50 PM
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Check the trainer before you send it back. Might just be in good condition. If you do have to send it back, I would ask Performance to send you a new one out along with a return label. I would not want to wait for them to send a label, you send it back, they process it, they send you a new one.

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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
Yeah....That's my crit bike. You should see me tear it up on the local circuit. The chicks dig the pink color. The white tires are especially fast through the corners.
Does it have streamers on the handlebars?
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The weather isn't the reason why I use my trainer; it's just dark by the time I get home from work and it's not safe cycling on the roads around here at night.

Actually, I don't mind the trainer too much. I just use my IPod and let my mind wander.

I just went to the Spinervals site and saw that they have 39 videos. Which one is a good one to start with?
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I got No Mercy which is a compilation or best of. It runs about 2 hours. I've only been able to do 50 minutes so far but that will change. You'll be a friggin animal in the Spring if you do this all Winter.
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Try Muscle Breakdown too. It has a lot of high cadence stuff as acceleration sets.

I have also done Spinervals on rollers but no out of the saddle stuff yet.
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Originally Posted by mscycler
Check the trainer before you send it back. Might just be in good condition. If you do have to send it back, I would ask Performance to send you a new one out along with a return label. I would not want to wait for them to send a label, you send it back, they process it, they send you a new one.

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Well I got home last night and opened the box. Although the box looked like hell, there was no damage to the trainer. I set it up and tried out the Chris C. TT video that came with it. Wow, what a great workout.
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Originally Posted by neutrino
Does it have streamers on the handlebars?
No I took those off. Too much drag in the corners.
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
No I took those off. Too much drag in the corners.
Send them to me then??? They would look good on the orbea...Im all about OCP anyway...who cares about frickin drag?

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