TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Indoor Trainers

With the days getting shorter and colder, many of us take it inside. However, with the continuing pandemic, cycling classes are limited and wearing a mask while riding is a challenge. Therefore, this may be the year to invest in an indoor trainer.

Here are the three types available:

Magnetic Trainer

This an entry level trainer at an entry level price. It gives you the ability to turn your bike into a simple exercise bike and vary the resistance. However they are noisy and do not have a realistic road feel.

Fluid Trainer
These are similar to a magnetic trainer. They are quieter and have a more realistic road feel. However they are more expensive and may wear out your tire.

Direct Drive Trainer

This replaces your rear wheel and has a very realistic road feel and are even quieter.

Smart Trainer versus Dumb Trainer
A smart trainer is interactive using an electronic signal to automatically vary the resistance in response to an app like Zwift. A dumb trainer only allows you to vary the resistance manually. However, although it may make it more interesting, you don’t necessarily need a smart trainer to get a good workout. The prices vary from under $100 to $1500. Therefore you will need to do some research to decide which one will work best for you and your budget.

Quote of the week: Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing.

Here are three videos to help you with your decision:

What do you need to start cycling indoors –

How to choose a turbo trainer –

The best indoor trainers for 2020 –

Stay safe!

Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC