If you want to build something great, you gotta start from the ground up.
Usage Time/Distance: approx. 4,000 miles (a little over a year)
Purchased From: Tom’s Bicycles
- Solid construction
- Good ventilation
- Quick drying
- Low entry price (and associated SPD-style pedals are relatively cheap too)
- Heavy (very heavy compared to carbon fiber-base shoes)
- Laces and velcro strap combo are slow to put on (not good for our triathlete brethren)
- Only SPD-compatible
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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.
Usage Time/Distance: approx. 2 years, 1-4 times per week.
Purchased From: Amazon.com
- 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.
- 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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You can have a $50 blue-light special all the way up to a $15k ultimate racer, but no matter what you ride, the tires are where the rubber literally meets the road.
Usage Time/Distance: approx. 1,500 miles on the first set, 3,100 miles on the second set before being replaced
Purchased From: Bicycles of Tulsa
Size: 700 x 25C
- Excellent road feel
- Handling on both dry and wet roads is good
- High TPI (threads-per-inch) count and wide size (25C) add to comfort and handling
- Decent puncture resistance
- Several small gouges/breaks that could have lead to failure (but this may be true of other tires)
- Tight fitting; rather hard to put on / take off at first (after about 1,000 miles, they come on/off like any other tire)
- Front/Rear specific means places can charge different prices for each (though I haven’t seen this much), and you have to buy the right one
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