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ad441

Member since Aug 2007 • Last active Jan 2021

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    That's a shame. My turbo buying advice is have a load of saved searches on ebay and hope someone lists one for an unusually cheap price as a buy it now - got a bargain Tacx Neo a few weeks back this this way. People don't always check sold prices before listing. But that takes a lot of patience.
    I do really recommend a trainer with ERG mode. I never thought I was the sort of person who'd get into indoor training, but given the past year it's done a lot to keep me sane.

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    Probably worth it - would have thought if it was going to require warrantying then it would have gone wrong fairly early on its lifespan. At least I had good luck with a 2nd gen kickr that got me through first lockdown and was much better than equivalent price cheap new turbo. Older ones are noisier though.
    Also imagine turbo prices have gone crazy again so if it's a good price I'd go for it.

  • in COVID-19
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    I'd lean more towards 'as far as I could persuade my girlfriend to drive out and collect me from'.

    But would mostly prioritise just doing the kind of riding with very minimal risk of crashing.
    Though will probably just stick to turbo for a couple of weeks at least.

  • in COVID-19
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    Inbetween lockdowns last year I told a doctor acquaintance who' d been working in the hospitals that I'd avoided cycling far from home in case of injuring myself and putting a further drain on the NHS. She laughed and said people doing DIY had been a much bigger issue for them and they'd had a huge surge in reattaching fingers, etc from people who'd accidentally sawn them off during over enthusiastic lockdown home improvements.

    (not encouraging anyone to ride far from home, dangerously, etc. Plus hospital situation sounds worse now, etc. Just be careful with the powertools if you're avoiding cycling)

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I had constant and infuriating random dropouts with a cheap Ant+ dongle (and a kickr 2, but also my previous trainer). Tried all sorts of things, messing around with USB settings, bought a repeater cable, etc, etc.
    In the end I bought the cheapest Lifeline Ant+ dongle off Wiggle and it solved it instantly, even without using the repeater cable.
    So might be the HRM, but seeing as you could easily return the dongle to wiggle if it doesn't work, that might be worth trying first.

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    I bought this second-hand early in Lockdown I, used it quite a bit with Zwift up until fairly recently when I upgraded to a Tacx Neo.

    I sold it on ebay a couple of weeks ago. The buyer has just asked to return it because (a) it's noisy and it vibrates a bit when spinning down. And (b) he's had trouble getting it to stay connected to whatever device he's using.

    I don't think either is a major issue - it's just as noisy/vibrates as when I started using it and didn't get any worse while using it approx 5 times a week. Noise is pretty consistent with what you hear on this video https://wahoofitness.yonyx.com/y/convers­ation/?id=c6bb68d0-be88-11e7-b908-bc764e­10c19d for a kickr 17. Noisier than my new trainer, but easily drowned out by headphones. Playing around with the belt tension may make it quieter.

    I had some dropouts with the connection when I first got it, but bought a new ANT+ USB dongle and from then on it was totally reliable. So I don't think this is an issue either, though maybe it's not performing as well via Bluetooth or something. Am happy to share my Zwift logs or whatever if it provides reassurance. Power data was always consistent in my experience - produces much the same numbers as my newer trainer does, just slightly more noisily.

    Anyway, while it's tempting to argue it out on ebay, I'd rather maintain my feedback. Plus I told the guy i was happy to refund if he had any problems so don't want to go back on that.

    If anyone here would like it, I'll do it for £500 which is under what I sold it for. Obviously given the current apocalypse I can't have anyone round to test it, but if you buy it and think there's anything seriously wrong with it, I'm happy to refund if you bring it back. I'm not going to post, but I don't mind delivering it if it's not too inconvenient a drive from SW2 and you cover fuel costs. Otherwise collect from SW2, just off Brixton Hill.

    It doesn't come with a cassette or sensors, just a standard QR lever. Shimano freehub. You can get a thru axle conversion kits for this model but I don't have it. ERG mode works well - responded a little quicker than the Tacx in my opinion.

    Not sure if there's anything else I need to add -just ask if you have any questions.

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