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This is not really a question I want answered, but I need a good answer for DH. Background: He is a mechanical engineer, so he knows how everything works.<br><br>
So, I was telling him about the 2 trainers I'm looking at. He asks if there are cheaper ones. I tell him they aren't very good quality and they don't have adjustable resistance. He asks why I need that when I have gears to adjust the resistance. UGH!!<br><br>
Of course, I can't explain it because I was a music major. He's got me there. Please explain this!<br><br>
I have to give you an example of how nerdy he is sometimes, but also how funny he can be (he would fit right in here!). I sent him an e-mail that said, "Where's the GPS?" I couldn't find the Garmin, and he had used it last.<br><br>
He sent me one e-mail that said, "In the jogger stroller." Then, he sent another e-mail that said, "Well, it's actually a constellation of satellites in 55 degree orbit planes 4 earth radii from the center of the earth."<br><br>
What a dork!<br><br>
So, tell me what to tell him so he'll let me get the good one! Neither of us are the type of people who spend less for something cheap. We will spend extra for good quality. So, I don't get it. Why should I get a $250 trainer over a $170 trainer? (What should I tell him?) I even told him that a $250 trainer is NOT an expensive one. I guess I should show him a computrainer!
 

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If he is a ME, certinaly he has gadgets around the house you can throw back in his face?<br><br>
Tell him gears aren't enough, and the adjustable resistance helps fill in the gaps between gears?<br><br>
Tell him variable resistance allows you to operate at a greater number of points in the operating space defined by your fitness level in terms of speed vs power?<br><br>
Tell him to hush up?
 

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The fluid trainers don't have variable resistence, it's a somewhat linear increase as wheel speed increases, so he is sort of correct. the better units are more stable, use thicker steel in the frame (compare shipping weights) and have better quality bushings so they run more quietly. The fluid triner works by spinning an impeller in a silicone fluid bath to create resistence, so sometimes the cheap ones have seal failures and leak all over your carpet.<br><br>
You can find a good used one if you shop around. Explain that it's an expensive sport, shoot the freaking entry fees are a hundred bucks a pop, just spend the money for good equipment, quality tools and good shoes and shorts, you can't go wrong with quality.--
 

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Thank You, thank you!!! By the way, he is a runner and a cyclist, so it's not like he has something against tris. In fact, he is going to take a couple swimming lessons to be able to swim 500m and do a tri (I'm thinking maybe August) He loves that I'm doing it, but he thinks getting a trainer is getting too serious! LOL (If we lived where it snowed, it would be a different story, but we don't) I think this will help. I'll let you know how it turns out.
 

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Hi Kelli,<br><br>
Here is a good intro to trainers:<br><a href="http://www.fitwerx.com/NewFiles/Tech%20Center/Tools1.html" target="_blank">http://www.fitwerx.com/NewFiles/Tech...er/Tools1.html</a><br><br>
As jroden pointed out, fluid trainers don't usually have adjustable resistance; the resistance just increases as the speed increases. To make the workout harder, just shift to a higher gear. If it is magnetic trainers that you are looking at, however, then you definitely want adjustable resistance.<br><br>
Victor
 

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Thanks! I don't know why I thought the fluid had adjustable resistance. I guess I was reading so many things that I got all the info jumbled up! LOL I think when I read that the resistance increases as the speed does, that's where I got mixed up. I'm looking at fluid because they are quieter.<br><br>
Thanks LRR. I explained it, and he said, "That's what I thought! That's why they are newtonian (or something like that)" Of course that's what he thought! Telling him they are better quality does help, though.<br><br>
I am getting somewhere. I may get him to let me buy one this weekend. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I was at the bike shop this morning and looked at some trainers (i was bored) and the more expensive Blackburn and Cyclops were clearly a nicer product, better built much heavier flywheel, heavy frame--clearly you get what you pay for.
 

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O.K. DH will buy that. He's all about quality! What do you think of the Blackburn? I haven't heard of anyone who has one. I'm still leaning toward the Kurt or Cyclops, but I thought I'd ask.
 

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Do what Tithers would do...buy the damn thing and say they were sold out of the other models...<br><br>
Tell him the better ones are quieter and you don't want to disturb his quiet time!
 

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BaHAha!!!<br><br>
I really don't need his permission to buy it. I'm in charge of the money (I know how much we have, I know where it goes, I do the budget, etc....) -- he has not clue. BUT -- we do consult and agree (usually) to buy or not to buy anything over $100. I think he's about to budge anyway. I just have to tell him I'll use it (and prove that). I should also tell him that if I don't use it, I can sell if for almost as much as I bought it for!
 

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Consult for a hundred bucks, I'd be in freaking trouble all the time, Kelli, these are some expensive sports we do, shoot I had some $250 crashes last year.<br><br>
"Dear, I may hove to go over the bars this evening, but I'll try not to set it down on the derailer side, but no promises if she takes a bad bounce into the curb.."<br><br>
"Just bring me a reciept from the emergency room again, John..."
 
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