Re: [CR]Vintage wind trainers?

Example: Framebuilding:Tubing
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 13:50:14 -0700
From: "Mitch Harris" <>
To: "Ken Wehrenberg" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage wind trainers?
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Here are some on topic trainers I have:

The Houdaille Road Machine others have mentioned whose real advantage is the heavy flywheel it has the gives a good inertial road feel--this flywheel was unusual back then.

Tunturi Racing Ergometer that offered a highly adjustable racing position. Since modified by me with a narrower tread road crank instead of the ashtabula it came with. Sadly this one has bearing failing in the 52 lb. flywheel. Anyone know a way to get a new bearing cartridge pressed into this hunk of lathed iron?

And of course, Kreitler rollers from the 70s. I have the PVC ones and back then I wished I had the aluminum ones, but the PVC ones are going strong after 30 years so I guess they're fine. These have the addition of an off-topic quiet Minoura mag trainer bolted on to the frame with a remote resistance selector so I can vary workout better.


On Feb 10, 2008 3:07 PM, Ken Wehrenberg <> wrote:
> I still have my Houdaille Road Machine. As far as a trainer goes, it
> is comparatively quiet for the era and had the added bonus of not
> wearing on a rear tire, thereby leaving the room without the scent of
> rubber as well as the attendant very small rubber sooty pieces, which
> is really what we breathe eventually. The bike had to be 120mm at
> the rear so as the thing would fit.
> Since I now ride outside, climbing on my MTB in this hilly area in
> winter, or use a Kettler machine that allows me to train with watts,
> I would consider parting with the Houdiaille if any CRer might be
> interested.
> Ken Wehrenberg, Hermann, MO