Turbo static trainers

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rodgentry
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Turbo static trainers

Postby rodgentry » 5 Apr 2020, 12:12pm

I'd like to get one of these to use outside on the patio. Does anyone know if models suitable for outside use exist?

whiskywheels
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Re: Turbo static trainers

Postby whiskywheels » 5 Apr 2020, 3:00pm

Not quite sure what you mean..........you can use them outdoors, but I wouldn't recommend leaving one outside as the rain won't do it much good. Even the most basic of trainers will be susceptible to this, and many now need to be plugged in to the mains for various reasons!
I recommend using a trainer, especially at this time. Personally, I use a 'smart' trainer; connected to my laptop and using software such as BigRing VR, you watch a video which 'tells' the trainer what gradient you're on and sets the resistance accordingly. It's great fun, nearly as good as the real thing, and I can ride against former versions of my self or other riders online or previously 'recorded'.
I have used it outside, but now only use it in the garage as I coudn't see the screen properly in the sunshine!
I've used various trainers outside for many years, but wouldn't like to ride in the rain, for my sake or that of the trainer.

rodgentry
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Re: Turbo static trainers

Postby rodgentry » 5 Apr 2020, 3:08pm

Thanks. I noticed that they all specified "indoor". I wondered if they'd be robust enough to use outside

whiskywheels
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Re: Turbo static trainers

Postby whiskywheels » 5 Apr 2020, 3:14pm

Yes, commonly referred to as 'indoor trainers', but can be used outside unless it's raining and it's connected to the mains!

Using outdoors makes sense, as you will get very hot in the average heated home; I use a massive 24" fan in front of me even in the unheated garage, with the door open, frosty morning............drenched in sweat, makes you realise the windchill factor of proper cycling!

rodgentry
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Re: Turbo static trainers

Postby rodgentry » 6 Apr 2020, 3:35pm

Thanks