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Recommendation report written for Cal Poly triathlon team in 2009.

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Bicycle Trainer Recommendation ReportGordon Withers, Student Coach of the California Polytechnic State University Triathlon Team

June 1, 2009

Prepared by: Leanne Lopes, Technical Writer Sam Reynard, Technical Writer Jenn Tan, Technical Writer Sara Wolters, Technical Writer

Informational Abstract

Informational AbstractThis report researches four different bicycle trainers for the Triathlon Teams group order. Each of the four bicycle (bike) trainers meet your minimum specifications and we recommend one based on the evaluative criteria. Our research includes websites, bicycle magazines, and personal interviews. This report concludes that the Performance Travel Trac Century Adjustable Fluid Plus Trainer best meets your needs.

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Table of Contents

Table of ContentsInformational Abstract................................................................................................................ i Table of Contents........................................................................................................................ii Table of Figures..........................................................................................................................iv Introduction to Bicycle Trainer Recommendation Report.................................................. 1 Scope .......................................................................................................................................... 1 Minimum Specifications......................................................................................................... 1 List of Options ........................................................................................................................ 1 Evaluative Criteria.................................................................................................................. 1 Sources....................................................................................................................................... 2 Discussion and Comparison of Bike Trainers ...................................................................... 3 Minoura Variable Fluid System (VFS)-G.............................................................................. 3 Cost ......................................................................................................................................... 3 Warranty................................................................................................................................. 3 Ratings.................................................................................................................................... 3 Assembly ........................................................................................................................... 3 Noise .................................................................................................................................. 4 Portability.......................................................................................................................... 4 Resistance .......................................................................................................................... 4 Nashbar Adjustable Fluid Trainer......................................................................................... 5 Cost ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Warranty................................................................................................................................. 5 Ratings.................................................................................................................................... 5 Assembly ........................................................................................................................... 5 Portability.......................................................................................................................... 5 Noise .................................................................................................................................. 6 Resistance .......................................................................................................................... 6 Blackburn TrakStand Fluid Trainer....................................................................................... 7 Cost ......................................................................................................................................... 7 Warranty................................................................................................................................. 7

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Table of Contents Ratings.................................................................................................................................... 7 Assembly ........................................................................................................................... 7 Noise .................................................................................................................................. 8 Portability.......................................................................................................................... 8 Resistance .......................................................................................................................... 8 Performance Travel Trac Century Fluid Plus Trainer ........................................................ 9 Cost ......................................................................................................................................... 9 Warranty................................................................................................................................. 9 Ratings.................................................................................................................................... 9 Assembly ........................................................................................................................... 9 Noise ................................................................................................................................ 10 Portability........................................................................................................................ 10 Resistance ........................................................................................................................ 10 Conclusion and Final Recommendation .............................................................................. 11 Minoura Findings .................................................................................................................. 11 Nashbar Findings................................................................................................................... 11 Blackburn Findings................................................................................................................ 11 Performance Findings ........................................................................................................... 11 Final Recommendation ......................................................................................................... 11 Glossary ...................................................................................................................................... 13 Reference List ............................................................................................................................ 14

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Table of Figures

Table of FiguresFigure 1: Image of Minoura VFS-G Trainer ............................................................................. 3 Figure 2: Image of Nashbar Adjustable Fluid Trainer............................................................ 5 Figure 3: Image of Blackburn TrakStand Fluid Trainer ......................................................... 7 Figure 4: Image of Performance Travel Trac Century Fluid Plus Trainer ........................... 9 Figure 5: Summary Table of Evaluative Criteria................................................................... 12

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Introduction to Bicycle Trainer Recommendation Report

Introduction to Bicycle Trainer Recommendation ReportThis report investigates four different bike trainers for the California Polytechnic State University Triathlon Team. For your order of approximately 25 bike trainers, we recommend purchasing the Performance Travel Trac Century Adjustable Fluid Plus Trainer.

ScopeThis section details the minimum specifications, options, and evaluative criteria discussed in this report.

Minimum SpecificationsYou specified that the bike trainers must: use fluid resistance, be portable, and cost no more than $275.

List of OptionsAfter our initial investigation of bike trainers, we narrowed the choices to the following four: Minoura Variable Fluid System (VFS)-G Trainer, Nashbar Adjustable Fluid Trainer, Blackburn Trakstand Fluid Trainer, and Performance Travel Trac Century Adjustable Fluid Plus Trainer.

Evaluative CriteriaThis report will evaluate the following criteria to compare the four trainers: Lowest cost including shipping, Longest warranty, and

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Introduction to Bicycle Trainer Recommendation Report Highest Road Bike Review or Mountain Bike Review rating as well as comments in reviews regarding assembly, noise, portability, and resistance.

SourcesWe investigated each trainer by interviewing bicycling experts, reading bike retail websites, and reading bicycling magazines and their accompanying websites. We interviewed experts at Specialized, Arts Cyclery, and Foothill Cyclery, which are all San Luis Obispo-based bike shops.

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Discussion and Comparison of Bike Trainers: Minoura Variable Fluid System-G Train

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