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  • Indoor Bike Trainer Buying Guide

    Indoor Bike Trainer

    Has cooler or inclement weather driven you to ride inside? Are you time-crunched and looking for a quick fitness option that can be done in the comfort of your home? Did Daylight Savings Time set the clock back on your outside workouts? An indoor bike trainer is a great choice for beginners through advanced cyclists, or those just interested in cross-training.  Here is a quick guide to some of the types of resistance trainers and roller bike trainers available.

    Resistance trainers, while not exactly the same as road or trail riding outdoors, are an excellent alternative when you want to head out for a ride, but are stuck inside. Indoor bike trainers are portable, more compact than a stationary bike, simple to operate, and ideal for varying budgets and fitness levels. On an indoor trainer you can control your speed and interval workouts in the ideal conditions of your garage or you can watch the big game while riding in your basement.  An indoor bicycle trainer is the perfect piece of equipment to add to your repertoire and keep you on your bike until you can get back outside!

    Roller Bike Trainers

    Roller bike trainers differ from resistance bike trainers in that the rider is not attached to an indoor trainer. The rider balances the bike on top of a set of cylinders (rollers). A rider’s balance is all that holds the bike up, enhancing the workout dramatically. Indoor roller bicycle trainers are simply designed, with most having two rollers for the rear wheel, and one for the front, all of which may be spaced to match the bike’s wheelbase.  Some offer an even more simplistic design where there front wheel locks in to a small base, making the unit even easier to store in small spaces.

    Magnetic Bicycle Trainers

    Magnetic bike trainers are resistance trainers that use opposing magnetic force for the resistance. The bike’s rear wheel is attached to the bike trainer between two magnets. When the resistance is adjusted by separating or bringing the magnets closer, the bike will be easier or harder to pedal. These bicycle trainers are stable, portable, reasonably priced and relatively quiet to use. Overall, a magnetic bicycle trainer is a perfect, affordable choice when one must use an indoor bicycle trainer. The Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand is heavy duty yet it is easily foldable with a wallet-friendly price! 530-TRAINER-TQJS-03.01Also worth noting, the Indoor Bike Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand with Shifter has an extra wide frame for increased stability and a remote adjustment that can change the magnetic resistance as you ride.

    Fluid Bicycle Trainers

    Another type of resistance trainer is the fluid bike trainer. These indoor bike trainers are similar to the straight up magnetic bike trainers. They both have a magnetic flywheel; however the fluid trainer adds the resistance with friction from a disk that spins through fluid held inside a chamber. The pros of an indoor fluid bike trainer are many, including nearly silent operation, resistance that increases as the rider speeds up, and an overall closer-to-reality riding experience.

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