Stay Fit Without Leaving The House
Ron Fritzke for cycle-review.com
Not everyone likes to get out on the paths and roadways to exercise.
Sometimes the weather is terrible, the traffic is intimidating, or maybe
getting into shape is a ‘private’ task…not something for the whole world
to gawk at. Whatever the reason, exercising at home has a lot of appeal
for many people.
For me, the use of an indoor bike trainer has served the trick
handsomely. For those who aren’t familiar with a
bike trainer, it’s a portable device that you attach the rear wheel
of your bicycle onto. You then climb aboard your bike and pedal away;
except that you don’t go anywhere.
A bike trainer consists of a roller, a flywheel, and some method of
creating resistance. The roller that your bike tire spins doesn’t turn
freely (due to wind resistance, magnetic resistance, or fluid
resistance) and that provides a workout without you actually going
Stated like that (working real hard to not go anywhere), the whole
concept sounds rather foolhardy…but remember the objective may be to
stay under cover because it’s raining or sweltering outside, or to avoid
too many autos during rush hour, or maybe you’re too embarrassed by your
‘pre-conditioned’ physique to venture outside to exercise.
In light of those reasons, pedaling on a bike trainer may make a lot of
How Do You Select The Right
Bike trainers (sometimes called turbo trainers) are categorized into
three basic groups, defined by the way in which they generate their
1). Wind trainers generate resistance by turning a fan, or impeller
through the air. These are the simplest of the varieties so they’re the
most foolproof, as well as the least expensive.
However, they’re weak in two areas.
Wind trainers create a heck of a roaring sound when they’re pedaled
hard, and they aren’t generally capable of providing enough of a
workload for strong riders.
2). Mag (magnetic) trainers
do their job using the magic of magnets. By spinning their flywheel
through magnetic fields they create resistance for the home
exerciser to pedal against.
This style of trainer is more
costly than a wind trainer, but it’s also not as noisy.
Additionally, it has the capability of producing a vigorous workout
for those whose fitness level is more advanced.
3). Fluid bike
trainers generally cost an additional 100 dollars (70 euros)
more than the mag trainers. But even though these are the most
costly of the three styles, they have some benefits that make them
the choice of many cyclists.
And as for the sound
levels, these are the quietest of the three styles. On top of that,
they’re capable of providing the most resistance. A fluid trainer
Cycleops Fluid 2 bike trainer can generate more than five times
the amount of workload that even a Tour de France rider is capable
Needless to say, these are the type of bike trainers
that the pro cycling teams prefer.
Whatever Your Reasons, Make Good Use Of A Bike Trainer
Staying in good shape is an ongoing task, sometimes made more difficult
by factors beyond your control (like poor weather, or short winter
days). But with the judicious use of an indoor bike trainer, you can
maintain top ‘fightin shape’ no matter what’s thrown in the way of your
I know that my bike trainer is a critical tool in my fitness arsenal.
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