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Everything You Need To Know About Bike Trainers

Ride for Fitness & Fun

Indoor trainers are a great way to stay in shape all year long. Whether you want to stay inside to avoid unpleasant weather or you want to ride virtually with friends on world famous routes, we have a trainer to meet your needs. We’re here to help you learn more and choose the best option for your cycling needs.

Basic Trainers

Transform your favorite bike into a stationary bike with a basic trainer. Simply attach to the rear wheel, hop on, and go.

Wheel-On Smart Trainers

Wheel-on smart trainers offer flexibility and convenience plus they connect seamlessly with your favorite app.

Direct Drive Smart Trainers

A direct-drive trainer, also known as a wheel-off trainer, gives you the most control over your riding experience and the most accurate data.

BASIC TRAINERS

Pros: 

  • Lower cost
  • Easy setup

Cons: 

  • Louder and less smooth than direct drive trainers
  • Fewer available features
  • Resistance controlled manually and not via an app

WHEEL-ON SMART TRAINERS

Pros: 

  • Swap between multiple bikes easily
  • Great for older bikes that are not compatible with direct drive trainers
  • Control your resistance using mobile apps
  • Most cost effective way to get into smart trainer category

Cons: 

  • Less accurate power reading; must be calibrated each time you use it, including consistent tire pressure.
  • Louder than a direct drive trainer.

DIRECT DRIVE SMART TRAINERS

Pros: 

  • Most accurate power reading
  • Widest resistance range
  • Eliminate wear on back wheel and tire
  • Quietest option
  • Measure your fitness and performance more consistently than any other type of trainer
  • Ideal for someone who is training for a goal or wants the best

Cons: 

  • Highest price point

Frequently Asked Questions About Trainers

Why should I invest in an indoor bike trainer?

Trainers are a great solution for casual cyclists looking for general fitness to the most intense bike racer looking to set a new personal record or complete a challenging event.

What are the benefits of smart trainers?

Smart trainers have opened up a whole new world for home fitness. With a smart trainer and your favorite training app, you can select your location, join group rides, track your stats, and much more. They make it easy to connect with fellow cyclists and stay motivated!

Which trainers connect to a training app?

All smart trainers connect to training apps. Direct drive smart trainers provide the most functionality when using these app.

How can I reduce the noise of my trainer?

The best way to reduce the noise of any trainer is to use a trainer mat. Magnetic trainers are the loudest, fluid and wheel-on trainers are quieter, and wheel-off trainers are the quietest.

Can I use a smart trainer with my TV?

Yes, most TV's come with the ability to be used with a smart trainer or can be adapted to be used with a smart trainer. Additionally, any smartphone, tablet and laptop can also be used with a smart trainer.

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