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CycleOps Fluid Trainer
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- Trainer is a great way to keep your legs in tip-top condition during the off season
- New larger flywheel delivers twice the inertia for a road-like feel
- Power band technology offers a wide resistance range
- Infinite resistance curve ensures increased wattage as you increase speed
- Self-cooling mechanisms keep the unit performing better, longer
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|Item Dimensions||15.7 x 21.5 x 28 inches|
|Item Weight||18 pounds|
|Material Type||See Item Description.|
|Shipping Weight||21.65 pounds|
The most road-like feel of any CycleOps trainer. In essence, it's a resistance unit encased in hydraulic fluid. Unlike the Mag's external variable resistance, on the Fluid 2 the harder you pedal, the hotter the fluid gets and the more resistance you experience. But there's more going on than just that: the Fluid 2 is designed with Power Band technology that makes the level of resistance also a function of cadence and gearing. The ranges of resistance you can potentially experience is unbelieveable -- it varies from 20 watts to 725 watts, all a function of your gearing and cadence. The Fluid 2 has a cooling mechanism built in to give tons of durability. And, like the Mag, the Fluid 2 easily folds up and comes with the Quick-Lock bike mount, a custom skewer, and a CTS climbing workout video sure to pain you greatly.
- Material: [body] aluminum
- Resistance: Power Band
- Foldable: yes
- Recommended Use: indoor training
- Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
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- Quick to setup
- Portable - folds to a small size
- Roller is not spring-loaded, so you can adjust the pressure on the tire to avoid slip and minimize wear
- Slightly unstable if not on completely level ground
- The flywheel loosened itself and started making a really loud high-pitched squealing
- Still doesn't quite have "road feel" - an even heavier flywheel would really help
As the title says, I'm very happy with the trainer - I've been using it for about a year now, with no major complaints.
The trainer does vary its resistance slightly as it warms up - for me, I usually notice the resistance getting harder at around three minutes into my workout and then another smaller step at around 6 minutes in.
I train with a Power measuring device (Quarq Cinqo), so I can tell you more quantitatively: When I first get on the trainer, 250 watts will be at about 92 rpm in a given gear. At around 3 minutes into the workout, the rpm for 250 watts reduces to around 82-83. At six minutes or so, this will be around 79-80. I believe this is due to a heat-sensitive thickening agent in the fluid in the trainer's resistance unit.
If you spend a lot of time at really low efforts, the fluid may cool again and you may find that the resistance reduces. To me, this is not a big problem, as I just adjust the gear appropriately to generate the resistance I want and the cadence (speed of pedalling) that I want.
Some general advice for using trainers:
1. Invest in a good fan and make sure you get good airflow on your legs and torso at a minimum
2. Put blocks under your front wheel - I actually feel best when the bike is tilted slightly upward - My theory is that the wind resistance on the road actually pushes back against you a bit - you need to make up for this on the stationary trainer, or your back/neck/arms may feel the difference.
3. Entertainment - I like to watch bicycle race coverage on my laptop when I ride - I'd recommend having something to distract you so you can put in the time
4. Structure - structuring workouts will make the time go much faster. It's hard to get uninterrupted riding on the road - take advantage of your trainer to do 20 minute intervals.
5. Don't get discouraged - riding on the trainer feels a lot harder than riding on the road - there are various theories about this (google: bicycle trainer inertia). My experience is that the body will adapt to this feel after a few rides.
6. Speed/distance means nothing on the trainer - so don't worry about measuring them. It's the resistance that matters, and since the resistance generated by the fluid isn't calibrated to match what your resistance. Think of the result of training as an amount of time (e.g., one hour of hard riding).
You will want to accessorize however for a few reasons:
First of all, riding a trainer is the most boring thing ever. At the very least you will want to be listening to music, and ideally you will want to set up a TV to watch while you're putting in your time getting nowhere fast.
If you don't have water bottles and cages on your bike, this is the time to get them, and also a good way to practice drinking from them while riding.
You will sweat buckets, and don't want to soak your bike and the floor with it because sweat is highly corrosive in addition to being stinky, so in addition to the roughly $300 you will pay for this trainer you might as well spring for the the "Bike Thong" which Amazon also sells (with Free Super Saver Shipping) for about $22 (cheaper than CycleOps sells it for, and they don't give you free shipping). The bike thong will protect your bike from all that corrosive sweat and it comes with a handy pocket organizer to hold your TV remote control, iPod, Clif Bars or whatever you might want handy. Trust me, attempting to cover your bike with a towel wont work nearly as well either for the bike or you as you try to keep it in place.
You should also get a fan to blow air on you as you ride your trainer.
As for a climbing block to raise your front wheel for another twenty-something dollars, I've been using an old sandle and that has worked just fine. The first few times riding with the sandle under the front wheel I keep turning involuntarily, but got used to it. Honestly, I feel the climbing block is a waste of money, and that for the price of the trainer it should have been included.
This trainer does come with a DVD, but I haven't watched it yet because I don't imagine the most beneficial and boring task of riding a trainer every day is going to be made more beneficial or interesting by having someone tell me what to do. Instead, I recommend a DVD of Breaking Away or Top Gun--so you feel like you're flying.
Last point: if you're really into cycling rather than simply doing this as exercise, the bike trainer will help your technique. Any amount of wiggling around, or most any bad cycling habit, it soon eliminated after being amplified by your time on the trainer. You will also hear your bike better, and notice all those squeeks and strange clicks that you couldn't hear while riding for real (personally I feel a bike should purr).
Love it. Highly recommend it.
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