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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blackburn Trakstand Ultra

I have finally succumbed to winter. My leaves have not even all fallen and there is snow on the ground. It is a very strange season. When you have to ride and you have no alternative-use a trainer. I decided to use the Blackburn Trakstand Ultra this year. Another strange thing happens seasonally. I could not find my trainer from last year. I guess this is what happens when your son works in the same business as you do.
The Blackburn trainer needs no assembly. That was nice. Good thing because the instruction manual included is terrible. No instruction cd included either. No video is included like Cycleops includes either.
So I unfolded the trainer and proceeded to try to put my bike on the trainer. It was not as intuitive as I had expected. The adjustment for the resistance unit was a little difficult to figure out-it probably was just me. Anyway, I figured it out and put the bike on the trainer.
That was pretty straight forward. Remember to air your tires!!
The coolest design of the trainer is the height adjustment. You just turn two knobs, one on each leg and your trainer is at the right height for your rear wheel to clear the floor. The best part is that you do not need a trainer block.
Once the resistance unit was adjusted for tension, I was ready to sweat.
The trainer is the quietest trainer I have ever used. I could watch TV without blasting the sound way up. The resistance was smooth and I encountered no problems. I rode for an hour and all was good. Not as good as outside but that is the way the season goes.
I was totally satisfied and highly recommend this trainer to everyone. The trainer costs $329.99 and if you are a Team Martys member-15% discount!! Remember to wear your jersey-you never know who is looking in your window.

6 comments:

JP said...

Still have the trainer? How did it preform for you over time? Thanks in advance for any follow-up.

Mitch said...

The Blackburn Trak Stand Ultra Indoor Bicycle Trainer uses a design originally sold by 1up USA as the CPR A-2000 Bicycle Trainer. I had problems with the Blackburn unit out of the box. A check with the discussion boards showed that my problems with the Blackburn trainer were common without a good fix available. Lubing the internals of the Resistance Unit (RU) helped only a little. I went online and looked at the 1up CPR A-2000 unit picture and a video on You Tube. I noticed that the 1up CPR A-2000 RU did not have a protective plastic shroud and bolted up directly to the base unit support arms. On the Blackburn trainer one of the bolts that attach the RU to the base unit also holds on the plastic protection shroud. So attached my Blackburn RU to the base support arms with the standard bolts and the shroud removed. All of the RU problems disappeared. The height adjustable front legs also shifted if I did a lot of standing while pedaling. I filled in gap in the front leg with some nylon ties and no more shifting occurred. The unit folds easily and is easier to transport that my fluid trainer. The resistance with the RU varies according to speed and pedal pressure and therefore is more realistic than my fluid trainer.

NJ_KReinhart said...

Mitch, has the removal of the protection shroud proved to be a long term fix to the resistance problems?

Gilhoi said...

I recently found a Blackburn Trak Stand Ultra on the curb in the garbage.
I'm trying to determine if it is broken or just left to rot.
But it seems the adjustments are harder to figure out than i thought.
It all looks to be in good condition, except for the back, bottom center plastic knob is mostly broken off but i can turn with pliers.
But i don't seem to get an resistence.
If any one can explain, please help

Gilhoi said...

I recently found a Blackburn Trak Stand Ultra on the curb in the garbage.
I'm trying to determine if it is broken or just left to rot.
But it seems the adjustments are harder to figure out than i thought.
It all looks to be in good condition, except for the back, bottom center plastic knob is mostly broken off but i can turn with pliers.
But i don't seem to get an resistence.
If any one can explain, please help

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