Trainers are one of the few things in the cycling world that do not really appeal to me. I’m one of the last people you will find riding one when the weather turns. I’d much rather be on my mountain bike in the woods than in the living room. Problem is, I’m between bikes; my trusty Specialized Epic has been sold to fund a Specialized Fatboy fatbike. While parts slowly trickle in for the fatbike, I will be forced to train indoors to get ready for spring.
Luckily, Santa brought us a shiny new CycleOps JetFluid Pro on Christmas morning.
Out of the box the first thing you notice is it’s ready for action while other models such as the Mag, Magneto, and Fluid2 models require some assembly, this baby is good to go right away. The arms fold out with a push of a spring-loaded pin… a nice touch.
On the left leg is a yellow dial to adjust for uneven floors. A quick turn does the trick. This could be very useful when using the trainer to warm-up for a race on natural, lumpy ground.
The resistance unit is the masterpiece though. Almost entirely enclosed, one end accommodates a fan/flywheel while the other houses the business end with slick cooling fins for extra style points.
At this point all that’s left to do is ride the thing. Simply place the drive-side axle nut into the right side of the trainer and rotate the yellow skewer clamp, which features definitive ‘clicks’ as the appropriate amount of tension approaches (usually 3-5 will do).
As mentioned before, I’m not crazy about trainers. But my wife Ellen has been using it nearly everyday since Christmas. I couldn’t be shown up too badly so I saddled up and decided on a 45 minute interval workout.
In a word: Impressive. It gets up to speed easily enough but you really feel the resistance come on strong from 20-25mph. Even at those speeds it was quiet and smooth, and the unit holds momentum very well. Best part yet: it fits everything from 26″ to 700c hybrid/road bikes to 29″ mountain bikes.
CycleOps makes some of the best trainers out there. Every model we carry features high quality parts and a lifetime warranty. The Mag, Magneto, Fluid and Silencer models are great options whether you are simply looking to lose a few holiday lbs or prepare for that big race next summer.
**Side Note**: Last Winter I went to one of Frantic Fred Bartlett’s trainer classes at the South County YMCA. He runs a hard show but the workout was dynamite and he even hooks you up with a paper copy of the session to do at home. Simply bring a trainer and riser block to the Y on Saturdays at 9:20am and go for gold. This is one of the best ways to stay motivated and get the most from your investment. This leads to my next point…
TRAINER RENTALS: Did you know that we rent trainers? Either by the day ($25) or month ($75), this is a perfect way to try before you buy. We’ll even put the rental cost towards the purchase if you decide to keep it (most people do!).
Stop by and ask about the sweetest trainers in town. We’ve got additional models from Grabber and Blackburn, and don’t forget to ask about our specials!
Not local? Give us a call anyway, we’ll be happy to tell you all about trainers.