What Turbo Trainer do you own?

Discussion in 'Virtual Training: Bkool, Zwift, CycleOps & others' started by September, 29 Sep 2014.

  1. September

    September Well-Known Member

    I want to buy a TT, but I also don't want to have the CC army bearing down on my for asking a question that has been asked before (God forbid!)... So, I thought I'd keep it more simple:

    What Turbo Trainer do you own?

    Additional brownie points for people that say why they bought it and what type of bike they use on it.

    It'll be interesting to see what pops up more regularly because it could help guide the newbies when they're buying a TT for the first time.

    Apologies if this is a duplicate thread - I couldn't spot anything else in my search results that looked similar...
  2. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    I bought a cheapo one from ebay. It cost around £45.00. And I have my hybrid attached to it. I bought it to use in the winter when it's snowing, freezing, ice or raining. Used it quite a lot last year.
  3. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    I have an Elite magnetic, bought from Halfords on offer. I used it for recovery from an episode and have since relegated it to the loft, hopeful that it will not be needed again. I use it with my Trek road bike and don't fit special tyres, just fit it to the trainer and get on with it.
    I have used it for 178 hateful miles and would rather ride in pouring rain than get it out of the loft again.
  4. Sods_Laur

    Sods_Laur Well-Known Member

    Bought a kurt kinetic in January this year. Wanted one which was quiet as we lived in a flat at the time. Have used it quite a lot tbf, I quite enjoy hunting out suitable workouts on YouTube and the like when it's chucking it down and don't want to ride. I put my road bike on it, no special tyres or anything. Can't say they have been particularly worn out either. A good purchase I think.
  5. thefatcyclist

    thefatcyclist Active Member

    I bought a tacx folding trainer last year to use through the winter with the road bike. After buying a specific tyre,mat etc it cost about £250 and I used it three times . I am planning on giving it another go this winter though (even if its just to stop the wife mentioning that it was a waste of money).
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I no longer own a TT - I now have a cheapo 'gym bike' which has a massive flywheel and a friction brake. It is permanently set up in the corner of my room so I can just hop on it any time. Sometimes I do a quick 15 minute spin while something is cooking.

    I would like to buy something really good like a Wattbike but that is just a dream until I have a pot of spare cash to spend on such luxuries.
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  7. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Cateye CS-1000 with a handbuilt 653 Barron cycles fitted up with Ultegra and a few other bits, it has been on there for about 7 years now.

    Best advice I could give is try and find a turbo with a sprung loaded roller, as they ride smoother.
  8. Broughtonblue

    Broughtonblue Veteran

    What sort of thing do you look for on YouTube to help out?
  9. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    There are quite a few you can look at. Try spinning classes. They do sessions/routines of varying length and difficulty. Then there are videos that show routes, in towns or hills or countryside that you can watch as you use your turbo trainer.
  10. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Veteran

    Tacx Genius with a Giant Defy 4 permanently fixed to it, bought specifically to train for long continental climbs.

    A Tacx Blue Matic, bought mainly for swmbo to pop her hybrid on over winter, also for me to use in an evening in the conservatory when i didn't want to disturb the neighbours and didn't have afternoons free.
  11. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    I've got a £75 one off ebay
  12. Sods_Laur

    Sods_Laur Well-Known Member

    What @welsh dragon said. GCN have a few vids and CTXC have two that I really like. The 45 min one is good if you don't have much time. Just search for indoor cycling workouts or similar, I'm sure you'll find more.
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  13. Roadrider48

    Roadrider48 Voice of the people

    I bought a cheap, noisy piece of s##t!
    I now ride all of the time in any weather except snow.
    Plus, I found using a TT damn boring.
    BigAl68 and welsh dragon like this.
  14. Brightski

    Brightski Drag strip Tester

    Elite fan turbo simple yet effective, I use my training bike on it a. Mud guarded paginini road bike with a rear wheel sensor for the computer
  15. BigAl68

    BigAl68 Über Member

    I just ride regardless of the weather. Can't stand not moving whilst pedalling just like @Roadrider48
    Roadrider48 likes this.
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