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 types of bike trainers, and we will talk about some of them to help you in deciding the best bike trainer suited for you. Bicycling helps in 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 five types of bike trainers are 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 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 have wide variety of features and options such as power and connectivity, providing the best “road feel”, offering a wide range of resistance adjustments, and are very quiet compared to other bike trainers. 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 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 quietest option available that greatly reduce the wear and tear of your bike, they are the most stable set up for indoor bicycling riding.
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 bicycle trainer” refers to its 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 different 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.