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:
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.
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 – https://youtu.be/h4zHFv8_MZU
How to choose a turbo trainer – https://youtu.be/ulhpwTRvAfo
The best indoor trainers for 2020 – https://youtu.be/QaGKy6MIcv4