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Discussion: Computrainer Thoughts

Subject: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Steven R.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: I recently purchased a computrainer and received the Real Course IM Wisconson course. I'm pretty pleased with the system so far. I think it will help my cycling and take a little sting out of the winter. However, it is not a take out the box read a few instrutions and start training. You need to put some serious time to get the full benefits of the computrainer.

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: Very good point!

I have been using this for 2 years both for myself and my business (not as much as I would like here though). It is a pretty in depth set up and you have to be careful that you set it up properly each time using too! You really have to watch your tire pressure and get under that 2.0 zeroing number too. You also have to warm the machine up for 15 mins or so too but the benefits pay off huge at the end! I didn't use mine as much last year as the year previous and still posted PR bike splits and noticed my AVG watts were better too.

You could really ride this thing year round and walk out your front door and set a PR and there are a few pros who do that (Tyler Stewart female IM bike split record holder).

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: john m.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: Congrats- you just purchased the best bike "add on" since areo bars.
All the things that Jamie wrote are true but I have not had the tire issue that seems to be common. There are many possibilities available and it does take time to become comfortable with all the features. This is a sophisticated piece of equipment.
The manual is full of solid training ideas and programs to keep you engaged during the long cold winter, rainy days in the summer and any day you don't have a lot if time to waste. You will become a faster cyclist. Train on!

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: calibration that was the word I couldn't think of LOL

that is what I meant to say instead of zeroing

If you have any questions on this let me know I am listed as one of their certified coaches as well.

Good luck and enjoy the indoor riding!

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Erin H.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: I want one...

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Bruno P.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: someday

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: I would still advise a power tap first. You can use it in and out doors and with a normal fluid trainer.

That being said there are nice parts of both. But if I had my choice between the two I would take a power tap or power meter just because it is more practical to be used year round.

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Steven R.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: Thanks ! The Computrainer was an easy choice for me. Weather wise we typically get 3 months of ideal riding conditions, 3 additional marginal months (cold), and 6 months of deep snow.

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: ontri d.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: I want one so bad, I ask my wife every day for it.

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Aleck A.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: Jamie- is that certification framed above your desk?

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: No it is in a folder somewhere, I don't have a desk LOL

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jeff P.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: I have a computrainer as of the past 3 weeks and absolutely love it! I have a powertap as well and have been running both for the first 5-6 rides and I have found that the computrainer accuracy is not to bad. If the dough is there, I would get it. I did a craig's list special and sold off a number of my tools from my pre-triathlon woodworking hobby days and raised anough capital to pay for computrainer and a set of Erg Videos. Went to Intellicoach.com and contructed a bike training plan that utilizes the videos and computrainer software to train with - really, really neat!
Jamie, my impressions from reading the manual is that the 15 min warm up is necessary and the key to calibration is to be somewhere between 1-5(bigger, stronger riders should shoot for 3) and make sure the calibration is repeatable. I hve not had any tire pressure problems either and again, the computrainer is close to the powertap reading.

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: Let me back up and say that I do calibrate mine higher for climbing courses but not above the 3 level. I was mentored by a Level 2 coach who always told me to use the same PSI mainly to help you calibrate. I have noticed some variation but not much. He had 10 years of use and well over 3000 VO2 max tests so I went by his word. He would always have people between 1.9 and 2.1 for the tests. It might of been personal preference but I do know that I can tell a difference when riding at 110 psi over 85 or 90. Again some of that might of been personal and I was just going by his recommendations and pass them on to the people I deal with.

I love the coureses and being able to download personal rides from a Garmin to. The spin scan is an awesome feature too! Takes a while to set up but well worth it! Hopefully this year I can use it more on the business side as well.

good luck

Subject: RE: Computrainer Thoughts

By: David B.

Written on: Saturday January 02, 2010

Message: For what its worth, if you're a beginner, training through the winter, I think your money is better spent in spin classes than on a computrainer. I have been a computrainer user for several years and even with the great information that it provides most people will find using it a real chore after the novelty.

The group dynamics of a class in the middle of winter are going to push the average beginner harder than the computer. Also, for 90% of beginners you just need 'time in the saddle' - not high tech training. Spin class is just fine for off season. Particularly if you're training for a sprint/oly distance race.

...the opposing view point.

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