expired Bikemate Indoor Bike Magnetic Trainer $29.99 (Was $59.99) @ Aldi Lutwyche QLD + Possibly others
Just saw this on the clearance heap at Aldi Lutwyche.
Was $59.99 now $29.99 which in my opinion is a bargain for an indoor trainer with adjustable resistance. Especially with the coming winter…
Comes with a "mag riser" for your front wheel (normally ~$20 from a bike shop), spare skewer, Aldi's 60 day returns and 12 month warranty.
You could in theory use it as a cheap bike holder as well for maintenance as some forum users have alluded.
Seems to have decent reviews on the bike forums I've looked at:
"Just gave it a good caning for 30 mins and I reckon it's pretty good.
The mechanism to lock in the rear axle is a plastic "quick release" kind of cam that had me a bit skeptical but once adjusted properly* I was locked in and, despite being on the wrong side of 90 kegs, could not shake the bike out of the trainer. (I used my standard shimano quick release - the one provided would probably have been even better)
It's pretty quiet in the warm-up range (39/15 @ 95 RPM) but once you step it up to a real effort (55/12 @100 RPM) she screams like a banshee. At this point my neighbors were probably wishing I would go back to playing with the amplifier! :lol: Having said that it is probably not any more or less loud than a minoura mag500d I guess.
It also seems to send a fair bit of vibration back through the frame at high efforts - is this normal for a mag trainer? (I use a rim drive that is a lot smoother and quieter).
The remote resistance adjustment worked really well - very smooth and provided good smooth adjustment across the whole range of operation.
Releasing the bike and packing up is nice and easy - I much prefer it over my 850RD (heavier, and kind of clunky to put away)
I think for $59 it is a steal - and I would certainly take it along to the club wind trainer sessions. Whether it lasts for very long is something I obviously can't say but I will certainly do my best to break it!
*The adjustment is not as easy as a normal minoura - because you need to screw the whole wheel clamp and lock it in with a lock ring (with minoura there is a fine adjustment wheel that does not rotate the clamp) - you can't really do that with the bike in place because the little cutouts for the quick release rotate too. So best to move, lock, try, move lock try a few times until you think it is tight enough to hold your bike in place. :lol: (note that you only have to do this once!) "
Nearest equivalent products would be the:
Torpedo 7 $95 shipped: http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/TZTRMNN13/title/tranzx-i...
Ebay: $70 http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251624291136
There were about 20 left at Lutwyche Aldi when I left this afternoon - saw some other threads on here in VIC Aldi's where they were a similar price so have a look around :)