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The answer to this question is dependent on a number of factors, but the short answer is just 'yes'. If you are purely looking for weight loss then the equation is calores in minus calories out equals delta, and so long as the delta is negative, i.e. that you burn more than you consume, then you will lose weight. It's just simple arithmetic. So, in the ...


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I would argue that there are few advantages to the trainers other than ease of use. Chris B's answer that an advantage of a trainer is the resistance is not valid since it is possible to change the resistance on rollers either by using a similar attachment like a magnetic wheel, or by using rollers with a smaller diameter. Advantages to rollers: improve ...


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Turbo trainers allow you to alter the resistance, so they are good for interval style workouts. They don't require any skill to use as you're locked in place. But as most people will tell you, riding a turbo trainer gets very dull very quickly, and unless you really concentrate they don't do much for your "souplesse" (spinning smooth circles at a high ...


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Stand trainers Pros no concerns of falling over/slipping off, especially for certain types of training, e.g. one-legged drills better for interval/spike training, where transitions in speed are not smooth more options for variable/controllable resistance Cons less natural riding style because of bike's fixed position may develop pedal stroke ...


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The answer is simple but the explanation behind the answer may be instructive. The simple answer is: the x-axis label should be read as (m/s)^2, not m/s^2. The longer explanation is related to this bicycles.stackexchange answer. The power needed to ride at steady speed on a flat road under calm wind conditions is Watts = Crr * kg * g * v + 0.5 * rho * CdA ...


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That they are booooooooooooring and that you'll sweat a lot. Also, I'd buy specific tires such as this because they really eat the rubber.


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I'd agree that they can be pretty boring. I really focus my workouts when I'm using mine in the winter. Hard workouts are typically some type of interval set which takes about 1.5 hours. On days I would do a long ride and I'm stuck inside I get up early and do a 2 hour block then come back in the afternoon for the other 2 hour block. To combat the boring ...


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Sure. So long as the hub is roughly the same width, and the chain is compatible with the sprockets, you should be able to put the slightly smaller 700c wheel on that bike. As you note, the brakes will likely not reach, but that's not a problem on a trainer. One potential problem is the rear derailer, but this wouldn't be as much trouble as going the other ...


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The 'best' way is by measuring your bodies response to whatever you are doing. The best method by todays understanding is while using a heart-rate monitor. As Unsliced mentioned, riding just below the anaerobic threshold. You achieve that by monitoring your heart rate as you exercise, and holding it in that zone as long as possible. That allows you to ...


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This Cycleops document appears to show the speed-power curve for the Magneto trainer. A few comments: first, the actual power demanded will depend on the pressure between the tire and roller, so you will want to make sure that is consistent between trainer sessions. Second, note that the power increases roughly linearly with speed, so if you double your ...


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I got a Tacx Flow two or three years ago, so my answer is based on this. Also I don't use it all that much... As regards power output, I have never measured mine when riding on the open road. I have only ever got power readings when using the turbo. I generally get readings from the headunit in the 200W range (probably anything between 150 and 400 depending ...


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There's also The Sufferfest. I haven't tried these out yet as I need to get up the courage to try out my new rollers.


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I too agree that they're really boring. Have you considered rollers? They take a little to get used to, but they're less boring (because you have to balance) and really good for developing smooth pedalling technique. They also don't seem to wear out tires as quickly.


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There are loads of plans on turbotraining.co.uk. They're text only, but if you subscribe you can use the online "player" which works really well. The audio is either supplied by digitally imported radio (trance channel) or you could just have your own music. As an alternative, I met the guys from powerblast at the TCR show last year. They've created audio ...


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Gary Taubes makes a very reasonable argument that you can't "exercise to lose weight". Or rather, that the conventional view that manipulating calories in through diet and calories out through exercise will cause you to gain or lose weight is not backed up by science. That is, while "Energy in - energy out" is true, it is not useful, as the cause of fat ...


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You're on the right track buying a trainer-specific tire- trainers generate a decent amount of heat and eat tires. Your current tire is a 700c x 37, so out of the list, I'd go for the 700 x 32. The 26 options won't fit on the rim.


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As suggested in a comment on the question, the load generator for the Tacx Basic in the early 2000's was the same load generator used across the entire Tacx ergometer line. The Basic, the Grand Excel, the Flow, and the I-Magic all used the same load generator, so the head units are interchangeable. The capabilities of the Basic can thus be "upgraded" by ...


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I'm afraid this is not going to be a complete answer, but it is a sort of answer, so I won't put it as just a comment (and after all, you asked for experiences). I have never used the Turbo type, but have built myself a roller, actually a very questionable one, but it worked fine the winter I actually used it. Regarding falling off, it never, NEVER was a ...


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There are a number of fitness and workout music collections available on iTunes, with some offering more than a 100 pieces of music for less than $10US. The concept is you put together your own program using available music. You can also put together your own training program using available commercial music for your own use. Pick songs that have a good ...


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The equipment you are talking about is called a turbo trainer. In terms of weight loss I'm not sure which is best, spinning (pedalling quickly against low resistance) is good for cardiovascular stuff, whereas grinding along in a high gear or against a higher resistance is going to improve your strength and build muscle. My gut feeling (if you'll excuse the ...



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