Just looking to get some advice really and any feedback from people who may have used traning videos.

I completed my first tour in May of this year. Loved every minute of it and couldn’t wait to get back on the bike. Cut a long story short, I have really damaged my left hamstring and my left hip isn’t working too well. I am seeing a specialist about this at the moment who has advised its OK to ride until im in a moderate amount of pain, he would prefer the turbo as I can get off at any point. If im in the middle of the countryside it could be harder to get home.

Anyway, I was using The Sufferfest turbo trainer DVD's to help get me ready for the event but I just came across 3LC videos. Has or does anyone use them? Are they any better?

The other question I had which has been much debated I'm sure is Turbo vs Rollers. Apart from coming back from injury, I also have two events planned for next year (in my head at least and as long as my hip and hamstring come on ok). For more endurance training I suppose rollers are better as you have to maintain your focus so you don’t fall off, but turbo trainers allow you to change the resistance.

Any advice on either?



notfastenough [3729 posts] 5 years ago

Given the injury issues, do you want to be riding at the intensity associated with sufferfest or 3lc videos? I could see you working up to using them, and they are both well-regarded.

As for turbo or rollers, I think it's personal preference, but I wouldn't want to come a cropper off rollers with a dodgy hip.

AJWatson [30 posts] 5 years ago

Thanks for the comment.

It is coming along and I am able to do around 20 miles or so on the turbo without too much pain and around 10 on the road.

The videos was out of interest as I hope to build up to two endurance events for next year. Same with the rollers. At the moment I have a turbo trainer and happy with that. Rollers do look like they could cause some damage if things go wrong.

Bob's bikes [870 posts] 5 years ago

I like you have a turbo, but it is a very artificial environment (fixed/static) but you can vary the resistance etc.. how about seeing if you could source an old set of rollers and set about with a bag of spanners and set up some Heath Robinson type of resistance on one of the rollers. This is what I am in thinking about doing myself.
Best of luck with your recovery & hope you hit your goals.