Bike Trainers

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I’m interested in getting a trainer so I can work on developing my strength and stamina at home when the weather isn’t warm enough to cycle outside. I’ve looked into the pros and cons of various types of trainers, and am interested in purchasing a rim-driven trainer. I’m told it’s much easier on the bike tire, since it makes contact with the rim, instead of the rubber, and that it gives a stable ride. Also, since it’s not touching the tire, it’s a lot quieter—an important consideration for apartment dwellers. I’m going to be purchasing a new road bike as well, so I would like the trainer to be as low-stress on the bike as possible.

Does anyone have any information/experience about rim-driven trainers? Unless I learn that there’s a major drawback, that's the type I'd like to purchase.

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Greg C (not verified)
Rim Trainers

I've been using a Minoura Rim trainer for about 8 years. I can say they are a good investment and I went to a rim trainer for exactly the reasons you mentioned. It's quiet, stable and there is no wear on my expensive tires.
Mounting your bike is easy with 2 clamps on the rear axel. The only thing you have to be careful of is getting out of the saddle and moving your weight too much, which over a period of time could throw your frame out of alignment. But I have only heard of this happening with heavier riders, those up around the 180 lb mark, pushing big gears.
Make sure you get a wheel riser as well and a 'sweat net' to keep the nasty stuff off your expensive steed. It's also worth getting a good supply of cycling DVD's. 2003 TDF & Giro are great, to help take your mind off the suffering. A good fan will also help keep the sweat down and make you feel like your riding outside, sans helmet.
The only thing you need to watch is that the rubber rollers which make contact with your rim can leave a residue on the rim and occasionally you need to wipe your rear rim down with rubbing alcohol to remove it. If you don't do this periodically you may find that your braking is compromised if you get any water on your rim or brake pads.

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Lisa (not verified)

"Thanks, Greg-- that was exactly the response I was hoping for. I also appreciate the recommendation to get the ""accessories"" to protect the bike and make the workout more entertaining.

If you have any favorite sources for obtaining cycling DVD's I'd be interested in hearing about them."

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Greg C (not verified)
Good DVD


I'm knew to the city so I'm not sure where you would find them in NYC. But on the web has a great selection. From classic grand tours to the spring classics. Although riding to the grand tours is good there is nothing like putting on Het Volk or Fleche Wallone to really make you feel like you're suffering!

Also I just had a friend but a rim trainer from Nashbar at a great rpice and it actually turned our to be a Minoura one with Nashbar stickers on it. The instruction manual is actually from Minoura.
Or you could buy it from your local bike shop and help support the local economy.


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