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Bicycling: Choosing the Best Indoor Bike Trainer

If riding outside is not always an option for you especially during winter season, 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 has many health benefits such as increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, improving joint mobility, decreasing stress levels, improving posture and coordination, strengthening bones, decreasing body fat levels and preventing or managing diseases.

The basic types od 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. Wind trainers are the cheapest trainers and they are durable and simple. Magnetic or mag bike trainers use a magnetic flywheel to provide resistance, and newer trainers are electronic that can be controlled via remote or vary automatically based on a software app. Magnetic trainers are affordable options abound, wherein their resistance can be adjustable and are much quieter than wind trainers, with wide variety of options for new featured models marketed today. Fluid trainers 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 considered the oldest style or model of bike trainers, sitting freely on three precision drums inside a frame, and these smaller-diameter drums provide more resistance for you to achieve a great form. Indoor bikes are full featured machines similar to what you see in a high-end spin class studio, 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. A “smart trainer” is defined as 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 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.