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2017-07-07 2:22 PM

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Subject: Trainer Road - Recommended Bike Trainer
Does anybody have any advice on a good bike trainer that is compatible with Trainer Road and won't break the bank? There is SO much information out there, and I'm getting lost in the weeds. Thanks!


2017-07-07 3:12 PM
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I got the Tacx Vortex Smart for Trainer Road quite happy with it.
2017-07-07 5:44 PM
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I bought a used CycleOps Mangeto off craiglist for $75. Added a $60 Wahoo Blue SC magnetic speed and cadence sensor to my bike, and I was able do "Virtual Power Training" with TrainerRoad.

Scroll down this page, and there's a pull-down list of "dumb trainers" that are Virtual Power supported: https://www.trainerroad.com/virtual-power

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2017-07-10 9:58 AM
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Originally posted by deliriousxix Does anybody have any advice on a good bike trainer that is compatible with Trainer Road and won't break the bank? There is SO much information out there, and I'm getting lost in the weeds. Thanks!

Here you go, bullet-proof and if something does go wrong (unlikely) they'll still help you out on warranty: https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bop/6137497220.html  TR didn't use it on their VP page just because!

You'll need an ANT+ speed or speed+cadence item on the rear wheel such as a Garmin GCS10, if you don't already have something like it.  And a USB ANT+ dongle for the PC (again if needed).

What's nice about the KK fluid is that you can "calibrate" the tension with a coast down check to have it such that the virtual watts matches up well with a power meter at the same speed.  

 

 

 

2017-07-11 11:10 AM
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Originally posted by Donto

You'll need an ANT+ speed or speed+cadence item on the rear wheel such as a Garmin GCS10, if you don't already have something like it.  And a USB ANT+ dongle for the PC.


No need for any dongle if you use bluetooth (or dual) speed/cadence sensor(s), and run the TrainerRoad app on a phone or ipad.
2017-07-12 11:53 AM
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I started with the Kurt Kinetic and virtual power. It worked great and is recommended by trainerroad.


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