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Embrace the Intervals

CycleOps Fluid 2: Otherwise known as the bane of some peoples home gyms.
CycleOps Fluid 2: Otherwise known as the bane of some peoples home gyms.

Repeat after me: my trainer is not the enemy. My trainer is not the enemy.

I see it now. You got yourself a new (or used) trainer, set it in the corner of your room, and thought, “Cool, I can still ride when it’s raining.” It sat there, sad and lonely, gathering dust until the first big rain or frigid wind kept you indoors. You thought, “No prob, I’ll just ride the trainer!” You mount your bike, get your shoes on, clip in, and start pedaling. Only… it isn’t anything like you thought it would be.

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Review: CycleOps Fluid 2 Bike Trainer

CycleOps Fluid 2

You’ve heard it over and over: there’s no substitute for the road. But indoor training doesn’t need to be a substitute. It can be a valuable add-on to your outdoor training.

Price:  $250-350

Usage Time/Distance:  approx. 2 years, 1-4 times per week.

Purchased From:  Amazon.com

Pros

  • Sturdy, quality construction.
  • Bike is very stable when mounted.
  • Relatively low noise level (in comparison to wind and magnetic trainers).
  • Large flywheel and progressive resistance provides excellent road-like feel and great resistance range.

Cons

  • Pricey.
  • Heavy construction makes this unit less portable than lighter-weight units.
  • Can take a bit to properly position the locking mechanism width to hold your bike in place.
  • Requires a round hub skewer cap (provided with the trainer), but this means you’ll probably have to switch out your rear skewer.

 

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