indoor cycling trainer

  • Cycling Trainers and Workout Ideas

    Riding inside in the late fall and winter is unavoidable in many parts of the US. The days are shorter, bad weather is a possibility, or maybe you just don’t feel like going outside.

    Both roller trainers and stationary magnetic trainers have their benefits for when your training session brings you indoors. Here is a quick guide to choosing and using these two types of indoor cycling trainers from your friends here at RoadBikeOutlet.

    Roller trainers vs. magnetic cycling trainers

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Parabolic Roller Trainer Conquer Parabolic Roller Trainer

    Indoor roller bicycle trainers are simply designed, with most models having two rollers for the rear wheel, and one for the front. The rider puts the bike on top of these three cylinders (rollers), hops on and starts cycling. Concentration and balance are key as you ride. This is great for improving form, pedal stroke and learning to ride in a straight line.

    Conquer now offers an indoor parabolic roller trainer. Parabolic trainers are a good introduction to roller trainers and may be a bit easier for the beginner to learn and stay centered upon.

    Magnetic cycling trainers

    On a magnetic trainer, the rear wheel of the bike is fixed to the unit. Opposing magnetic force creates resistance, and it is adjustable. Benefits of these trainers (like the Conquer Indoor Bike Trainer) include: affordability, stability, compactness and ease of storage.

    Is any indoor cycling trainer completely silent during use?

    You know when your kids are screaming and hollering, maybe playing keep away from their little sister running up and down a hallway while the dog chases everyone and the ball bounces off the hall table and it's NOISY? But… if everybody is outside doing the same thing, the sound is not so bad, right?

    It’s kind of like that with trainers. When riding inside on a trainer, there will be some associated noise when riding inside no matter the type of trainer used.

    When you ride outside, the sounds of your bike shifting through the gears (and you huffing and puffing!) are diffused into the stratosphere with all the rest of the world’s noises. However, when you ride in your 2nd floor apartment, there’s nowhere for the sound of you, your bike and the trainer to go but off the walls and ceiling. Use an exercise mat or replace the rear wheel of the bike with a “slick” or racing tire to cut down noise.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer

    Riding inside is only boring if you let it be! Indoor bike trainers can provide an awesome workout, in the comfort of your home. Try interval training. Watch that DVD you've been meaning to get to, or plug in to your favorite upbeat music.

    Getting training sessions in on your bike during the winter can only help your cycling fitness in the spring and summer. Keep your indoor training fresh and effective, find a workout you like and enjoy yourself!

  • 4 Quick Tips for Winter Cycling

    No matter what the groundhog said (and why do we listen to a rodent’s weather predictions anyway?), much of the country will still be in winter’s grip for at least a few more weeks. For some of us, staying inside to ride or taking a spin class are good enough options.

    But if cabin fever has you antsy to get out there for a bike ride, here are four quick tips to help you succeed.

    Layer, layer, layer! It is important to dress for success in cold, wet or otherwise unpredictable conditions. Start with a thin, moisture-wicking base layer then add an insulating one. Top it off with a water resistant wind breaker. You can always take off a layer if you get too warm, but you don’t want to be 15 miles in and realize you’re unprepared for the day’s ride.

    Safety first! While the days are indeed getting longer, you still need to outfit your bike with proper lights so you are visible to other road traffic. Check weather conditions before you ride. File your “flight plan” so someone knows where you are headed. Cycle defensively and always wear your helmet.

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may not feel as thirsty when the thermometer’s mercury is low. But it is just as crucial to maintain proper hydration during a ride in winter as it is in hot summer months. Take along a hydration backpack and drink lots of water.

    Take care of your bike! The thought of getting the hose and washing off your bike may not be appealing on a freezing February afternoon. Residual sand and salt from icy road treatments will eventually take a toll on your trusty steed, and it’s better to take care of cleaning it off right away. Look at it like this; you wouldn't wait three days to take your own shower after a training session, would you? Respect the machine, and it’ll take care of you.

    Think of the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you rise to the special challenges of cycling outdoors in the winter. Avoid the boredom of staring at your garage wall while sitting on a cycling trainer, outfit yourself and your bike correctly, and get out there for a ride.

  • Indoor Cycling Trainers

    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 cycling trainer is a great choice for beginners through advanced cyclists, or even those folks who are interested in cross-training.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    At Road Bike Outlet, we have a great selection of magnetic resistance cycling trainers. This category of stationary cycling trainers is the least expensive, and of course we offer the highest quality bike trainers at the lowest prices.

    The Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand will have you riding your road bike through the winter. This bike trainer is simple to set up and has many awesome features. The Conquer Indoor Cycling Trainer is compatible with 26”, 27” and 700c bikes, comes with a front wheel riser block, and a quick release skewer (which will replace the rear wheel skewer on your bike to make it compatible with this bike trainer). When not in use, the bike trainer folds up and can be easily stowed until your next indoor riding session.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    The resistance on an adjustable magnetic resistance cycling trainer is determined by the amount of separation between magnets and changes when the magnet unit is adjusted. Of course, when you are using a bike trainer you may also change the gears on your bike to increase and decrease the amount of resistance as well.

    Don’t let poor weather or lighting keep you out of the saddle! An indoor bike trainer is the perfect solution to keep your training going year-round, no matter the conditions.

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