There are days where you just don’t feel like taking your bike out for a ride, or it’s super chilly or snowing/raining outside, or you’re strapped for time and you really need a quick perkup from a ride, or an injury is bothering you, or you’re simply bored of riding all by yourself.
Well, we have some good news – you can still keep your fitness level up and get a great ride by working out on an indoor bike trainer.
Here a quick readup on the various bicycle trainers that are available
Wind Trainers are usually propelled by a fan that provides resistance. As you pedal harder, resistance increases.
Pros: Looking for budget tight then wind trainer is the best option.
Cons: Very noisy, with hard pedaling you can reach the peak resistance
Eg : Kinetic cyclone
Magnetic trainers have a magnetic flywheel that provides resistance, which means your pedaling does not increase as your cadence increases. You can increase the resistance by shifting gears on your bike or by adjusting
Pros: Affordable options, less noisy than wind trainers
Cons: You will have to manually change the resistance by getting off the bike
Fluid Trainers have a substance within the trainer usually silicon that offers resistance. The Most common type of trainers used by cyclist today
Pros: Provides better road like feeling compared to wind and magnetic trainers. You can control the resistance by changing gears on the bike. They are durable and can fit easily into a car without any hassle.
Cons: Inexperienced riders need to learn to balance and pedal smoothly to increase their cadence until they get a hang of it, can overheat up.
Eg: Kinetic road machine, rock and roll trainer, fluid trainer
Smart as the name indicates –They can connect and communicate with
Pros: Real-time data feedback is sent to the riders, using Eg: apps you can work on targeted workouts as recommended for you.
EG: Kinetic rock and roll smart, Kinetic road machine, wahoo
Direct trainers have raised the bar in cycling, here you have to remove your rear wheel, the system expects you to fix a cassette to the turbo.
Pros: You do not have to worry about wear and tear your Jet black, Very quiet.
Cons: Super expensive and only recommended for serious cyclists
Check out our post on how to choose a bicycle trainer!
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
While I am a recent cycling convert, I am a die-hard one for life! I love the Specialized brand and have a beautiful Specialized tattoo on my left leg. I’ve completed some of the toughest and most scenic off-road trails in the country – Manali Leh and Spiti Valley – on my Specialized Rockhopper and also completed the Super Randonneur series as soon as I got my Specialized Tarmac. My focus is road riding and to ultimately qualify for the Race Across America.
I am a Bike Specialist at BUMSONTHESADDLE – ensuring riders have access to correct product, assisting them with fit and sizing and leading road rides and spreading my passion for Road Biking.
DISCIPLINE: Road Biking
CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Tarmac and Specialized Rockhopper
DREAM BIKE: S-WORKS Tarmac
OTHER PASSIONS: Football – fan of Manchester United, Bike Packing and Travelling and exploring new places with my girlfriend