The water is high in the river, and of course the rain and 20 mph winds only clear after I’ve gone for my ride.
I went on a friggin’ long and scenic bike ride. Little less than 2 hours, little over 25 miles. It was super hilly and my seat is a little too low right now so it killed my knees. Lesson learned, now looking for the proper wrench.
I passed a lot of farms (for my fellow shitblr I took a picture of Z farm~*~) and met a donkey friend.
Some quick thoughts since everyone’s interested in a $45 trainer. It’s this one.
- Makes the standard metallic whir of other magnetic trainers. It’s acceptable but ramps up to a horrible noise when you gear up. I live in an apartment (2nd floor) and no one has threatened to chop my feet off yet, so I think the hum is actually at an acceptable level.
- All the furniture in my room is at least 30 years old and wobbly, and none of it shakes when I ride. The floor doesn’t vibrate too much so I don’t think I’m going to go through the floorboards.
- Small and folds easy. Surprisingly I don’t feel like I’m going to fall over and die when I stand up, so the stability is good.
- Set up took me ~5 minutes. It also cost me $45 using Amazon Prime with free shipping. Original price was $99.
- Has an attached resistance remote so you don’t have to get off and switch the settings to ride harder. I find the difference isn’t great between settings, they have 1-7, and I get more resistance change out of gearing up or down. Still works just fine, I don’t have to get off to change anything.
- I can block out the noise by putting my ipod at about 75% volume. I usually have it at half for going to the gym and blocking out treadmill noise. I believe the trainer is quieter than my home treadmill, but my home treadmill’s motor is filled with ash and cat poo so I’m not really sure.
TL;DR it’s not bad, does what it says it will do. Set up was easy, it was cheap, all the parts are included, and it does all the things I expect it to do. It’s kinda noisy but my neighbors are obnoxious in their own ways so no one gives a crap. It’s a magnetic trainer so I suppose it will always make a huge hum, but it’s not as bad as the Blackburn TrakStand I rode at my partner’s house.
Here’s a quick video of me riding it so you can get a feel for the noise it makes; keep in mind that I think I need to readjust the wheel so it’s making the maximum amount of terrible noises that it could be (which isn’t a lot tbh): HERE