Can someone suggest a turbo trainer please

that's reasonably priced

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14/12/2007 at 13:34

I'm not after a fancy gadget one that gets hooked up to pc's, but one that's quiet and doesn't wake up the house?

Any makes/brands I should look at?


14/12/2007 at 13:45
Same advice as always, one of the Kurt Kinetics from Planet-x or a Taxc Flow.  Others will be along in a minute to suggest the Taxc swing and some Minura ones.  Really, most of them will be OK, but in all cases it will be improved by the use of a special tyre, the conti training tyre for example. 
Holly_Golightly    pirate
14/12/2007 at 13:49

I've got this one and it works for me.

Tacx £80

mudman    pirate
14/12/2007 at 13:59

I bought my Tac x i Magic from which was not only a good price, but free delivery from Germany. Great service too.

(They sell cheaper, non singing/dancing turbos too)

14/12/2007 at 14:17
Thanks for the suggestions. Just looking at those now!
14/12/2007 at 14:34
If you want something quiet then go for a magnetic trainer, rather than fan or fluid.  I have the Tacx Sirius which is very quite.  It's definately worth getting a turbo trainer tyre though.
Garr    pirate
14/12/2007 at 15:06
Mine's the Mag500, very similar to that of KKs.  Actually, I can't remember how much I paid IMp for mine.  It was about half RRP.  If you read this mate, it's set up in my lounge behind me so it's put to good use!  thanks again!
14/12/2007 at 15:13
Do you need a specific turbo for an MTB ?
14/12/2007 at 15:23
Most turbo trainers can be adjusted for 26" wheels.  You need to make sure your back wheel has a quick release and you'll need a slick road tyre.
14/12/2007 at 16:36

Mister W does the Tacx Sirius need putting together?

KK, it says yours comes ready done, is that right? Plus how do you find the noise level?

I'm concerned about the noise as I'll most likely be doing this when the kids are fast alseep!

Garr    pirate
14/12/2007 at 17:17
I just use Yellow Pages to raise the front wheel.
14/12/2007 at 17:25
thanks KK. Think I may go for that one. Can't be doing with trying to put something together and getting it wrong!
14/12/2007 at 17:28

TR no, it's not for a MTB.

I like your improvisation there Garr. Had to laugh as my yellow pages has been seriously thumbed through and notes written all over the solicitors pages. BTW the one today is definitely the right one, he won't be intimidated and gave straight advice.

Garr    pirate
14/12/2007 at 18:56

Simulates steering KK! ;o)

My Yellow Pages gets used for nothing, so at least this way it's not wasted!

Glad to hear that AFL.  Remember, no holds barred.  If you want the best for your boys, take everything you can.

jaggy...    pirate
14/12/2007 at 19:49

I have the noisiest turbo on the globe - when I used it in my old flat I used to put a note on the door to tell people that I would be stopping at a certain time! It was proper noise polution. Now I live in the country I can do what I want!!

Thanks to ever put up the German website - I'm going to get the lights that they are advertising for Christmas from my folks. Last year they thought they bought me a very expensive shirt - re-cycled into bike kit. Mum still asks why I never wear it! Although I think she has her suspicions....

15/12/2007 at 08:23
Ordered the same one as you KK. I didn't get a rubber mat at £34.99, thought that was a bit pricey, so will use an old yoga mat instead underneath. Hope it arrives soon, I really need to start getting fit again.
debbo    pirate
15/12/2007 at 08:42

what's the rubber mat for? 

and the yellow pages are just fine as a riser I reckon.

16/12/2007 at 11:14

The rubber mat is meant to reduce noice and vibration and movement, apparently!!

KK, give me a few weeks then lets meet up for a cycle. I can't wait!!!!!

17/12/2007 at 16:03
Wiggle tried delivering today but I was out!
17/12/2007 at 20:35

Good choice of Turbo afl, take time to set it up properly to avoid burning rubber and wearing your rear!!!

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