A bike ride can make your day! Most of us love riding outside, exploring, and being in the sun. But this can be a problem when the weather gets bad, as wet/hot conditions can keep you off the road or trail.
This is where bike trainers make a difference.
Maybe it's raining or it's too hot, or perhaps you need to avoid rush hour traffic or riding in the evenings is unsafe. You just mount your bike on the trainer and ride, but from the comfort of your home. Done well, trainer workouts are some of the best workouts you get. Its a great way to breath some new life into your riding and thanks to technology you can ride famous courses and climbs.
A bicycle trainer is a piece of equipment that makes it possible to ride a bicycle while it remains stationary. They are commonly used to warm up before races, or when riding conditions outside are not favorable
A bicycle trainer is designed to turn a normal bike into a stationary bike. The trainer consists of a frame that holds the rear wheel off the ground so that it can spin freely. The tire rests on a roller that provides resistance.
A smart bike trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that utilizes technology to control the trainer's resistance during a workout. With a smart trainer,workouts can be easily modified at the touch of a button. Smart trainers also provide incredibly useful data, including power data. Of course, all this technology comes at a price.
A basic/classic bike trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that relies on a resistance curve paired with a resistance unit to simulate riding a bike indoors. A great place to start, a basic trainer can be made compatible with virtual training programs by adding a cycling power meter or a speed/cadence sensor to the bicycle.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while deciding on a trainer
It’s important to know the difference between the types of bicycle trainers in order to choose the right one to fit your needs. Creating resistance is one of the basic features of any trainer. These are three major ways of creating resistance.
As you pedal, your rear wheel turns a roller unit which is attached to a fan. Spinning this fan becomes increasingly difficult as you pedal faster because it is fighting against increasing air resistance. While low on cost, these end up being very noisy.
As you pedal, your rear wheel turns a roller unit which is attached to a set of magnets. These magnets spin past another set of magnets with similar poles, thereby creating a repulsive effect. As the magnets get close to each other again and again as you spin, the repulsion creates the resistance.
As you pedal, your rear wheel turns a roller unit which is attached to an impeller which sits in a fluid bath. As you pedal faster, it becomes more difficult for that impeller to move through the fluid. This gives you realistic exponential resistance. The most common trainer purchase as these are priced well, barely need any maintenance and most importantly operate very quietly.
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