After looking into the pros and cons of each type, I decided on getting a fluid trainer. From what I've read, they have the most road-like ride experience. The only downside from what I can see is the resistance, or lack there of, with fluid-based trainers. I plan on building leg strength this winter on the trainer, or as much as possible, so this was kind of a letdown.
I looked into the usual suspects for brands: Cycleops, Kurt Kinetic, Blackburn, etc. I was impressed by some of their products, but not necessarily their price tags. I really can't justify spending $300+ on a trainer as a student. Let's not even mention the $1500 Computrainer, which looks SUUUWEEET!
While reading some of my junk mail one day, I stumbled across Performance Bike's newsletter. I was curious to see if the site had any specials on trainers, and turns out they did. They carried the mainstream brands, but also the "Travel Trac" brand, one that I was unfamiliar with. After doing a little research and checking out some reviews, I became really interested.
Travel Trac had a good priced (for me) fluid trainer on the website, and for a few bucks more, they had a fluid trainer + resistance (mag). The added resistance covered my only concern of using my gears for resistance. After reading some good reviews, I was sold! Also got free shipping and $70 off because I was a new customer.
A week goes by, and it arrived today!!!
|First time ever a package arrived before the "anticipated delivery date"|
|Everything unpacked and ready for a bike!|
|Like my riser block?|
I can't wait to try it out! I have a feeling the "newness" factor will wear off, and will begin to feel like running on a treadmill. Right now I don't care, because this winter there would be no alternative. I am really excited to try some new drills, like one-legged sprints, to work on my pedaling economy (nerdy). All in all, price was definitely right, performance sounds good (judging from reviews), and I get to train throughout the winter!
I have some other projects for the bike, although not too big. I finally got some new tires, and will be re-taping my handlebars soon!
|Going with a "red" theme (CHEAPEST AVAILABLE)...|
Sidenote: If anyone has some killer indoor workouts, please email me! or tweet me a link! Or post in the comments! I need to book up my winter training plan!!!
Thanks for reading!