Any of you remember American Motors? While AMC may not exist any longer, the magnetic trainer products seem to be following in their footsteps. It’s funny how certain products elicit predictable responses.
* American Motors- Junky cars
* Kleenex- Tissues
* Large American Pickups with Lift Kits- Rednecks
* Hairy, unwashed Fellers with a fond affection for their cousins- Rednecks
And then there is the
* MAGNETIC TRAINER… Trainers that have historically had a lot of problems!
I wasn’t about to buy a bunch of mag trainers to see how they’d hold up, so there had to be a better strategy.
How about reading review after review of disgruntled magnetic trainer user without putting out a dime myself? Yes, that’s the kind of help I needed.
Some of the breakdowns reported by magnetic trainer owners are amusing. When the complaints are taken in their totality, it’s amazing that a product as weak as this can stay on the market. Of course that’s what they said about American Motors for a lot of years.
But there’s been some recent improvements in mag trainers…and you can read about them on my review of the CycleOps Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer.
So what are people saying?
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“When I’m On My Magnetic Trainer, My Bike Leans To The Left!”
Here’s a good one. Several of the Blackburn magnetic trainer users report that the brackets holding the rear of the bike loosen and leave the bike listing to the side. Who wants to be in a constant left turn as you fail to circle your living room? ‘I pedal and I pedal but I can’t ever seem to pull out of this stylish cornering maneuver’.
Another problem that is reported several times is the loosening of the magnets on the flywheel. ‘Whap, whap, whap, that noise is sure annoying.‘ Easily fixed by taking it apart and tightening it up. But who should have to do something like that with a relatively new product?
And then there is the guy who reported that his Cycleops magnetic trainer gave him the most satisfaction as it made a loud clanking sound when he threw it onto the scrap metal pile at the local landfill.
He sounds dissatisfied.
So What’s A Mother To Do?
Maybe you should be very careful to buy a magnetic trainer only from a company that’s noted for high quality. Some of the cheaper mag trainer models still have many of the problems that have given mag trainers a bad name in the first place.
It seems that the only riders who are consistently able to say, ‘I love my trainer’ are the Kurt Kinetic trainer owners.
Now get this straight- not all Kinetic owners are bubbling with enthusiasm, but a lot of them are full of praise. And in the world of bike trainers, that’s not very common, particularly in the world of the magnetic trainer.
The People’s Top 5 Choices In Bike Trainers- Find Out Why!
|Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer|
Versatile indoor bicycle trainer with leak-proof magnetic drive system and automatic resistance changes.
|Cycleops Fluid 2 Bike Trainer|
The infinite resistance curve ensures increased wattage as you increase speed for realistic statistical analysis. The Fluid 2 is surprisingly quiet, and the self-cooling mechanisms--including a patented fan design--keep the unit performing better, longer.
|Cycleops Magneto Trainer|
Easy-to-set-up, easy-to-use CycleOps Magneto Trainer power band technology provides a progressive, natural workout with varying resistance.
|Blackburn Mag Tech 6 Trainer|
High-performance bike trainer is the result of research conducted at Blackburn's proprietary bike trainer R&D center.
|CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro|
The Flexible Power Curve Technology offers four distinctly different power curves by changing the location of the four resistance magnets
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|Bicycle trainer About.com article|
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