Bicycling: How to Choose the Best Indoor Bike Trainer
Bicycling is best done outdoors, but there are times when riding outside is not always an option especially during winter season, so an indoor bike trainer can be a valuable tool for you. There are several kinds of trainers, and we will learn each type for you to gain knowledge and understanding about the best bike trainer for you. Bicycling’s health benefits include increased cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels, improved posture and coordination, strengthening bones, decreased body fat levels and prevention or management of diseases.
The five basic types of bike trainers include the wind, magnetic, fluid, rollers and indoor bikes. Wind is one of the original trainer styles wherein the pedaling powers a fan providing a good resistance, which increases the rear wheel spins more quickly, either due to using a bigger gear or if you’re pedaling faster. Wind trainers are simple, durable and one of the cheapest trainers. Magnetic or mag trainer uses a magnetic flywheel for providing a good resistance, and there are existing electronic mag trainers which can be controlled via remote or automatically based on a software application. Magnetic trainer is an affordable option, with the resistance can be adjusted, much quieter than wind trainers, and offers a wide variety of options for new featured models marketed today. The most common type of stationary trainer available today are fluid trainers, and these are based on magnetic flywheel that has chambers of viscous fluid to further tune resistance options. Fluid trainers provide the best “road feel”, offering a wide range of resistance adjustments, and are very quiet. Rollers are the oldest style of bike trainers, sitting freely on three precision drums inside a frame and these smaller-diameter drums provide more resistance. Indoor bikes are full featured machines seen in high-end spin class studios, and many of them have integrated electronic dashboards and wireless connectivity, interfacing with training programs and apps. Indoor bikes are the best trainers and the most stable set up for indoor bicycling riding, reducing wear and tear on your bike because they are the quietest option available.
It makes sense to add power tracking if you don’t have power meter on your bike because this is dedicated to the trainer with as part of “smart trainer” or its own head unit. “Smart” trainer means having the capability to communicate to other devices such as downloading a training program in a phone-based app to automatically adjusts resistance or has the ability to sync to various online training platforms. Some trainers pivot on an articulating base where you can stand up and pedal while leaning the bike side to side just as when you do on the road.