What Should I Get As My First Bike Trainer?
A few immediate questions come to mind when looking for your first bike trainer.
How often do you ride and for how long?
Do you ride a road bike or a mountain bike?
Are you a weekend warrior or Cat 1 rider?
Here is how I look at buying your first indoor bike trainer.
If you are riding a mountain bike, we can almost end the conversation here by asking you to look into a rim drive trainer. More specifically, check out the Minoura Rim Drive Trainer. You will be able to keep your rear tire on your mountain bike (without changing it to a slick tire) because a rim drive trainer uses the rim of your rear tire, rather than the rear tire running on a roller. When you have a mountain bike and try to run it on a regular bike trainer (not a rim drive trainer), it usually makes one heck of a noise and can tear your rear tire apart.
If you have a road bike and want an inexpensive bike trainer, look at the Bell Motivator Mag. You'll not only get what most consider an upgrade from a wind trainer (because this is a magnetic trainer) but at a fantastic price. The Bell Motivator Mag usually sells for about $100 list but you can sometimes find it on sale for $80 over at Amazon.
Have a road bike and want to train on one of the better trainers on the market? How about a trainer used by the USA Cycling Team? Then take a good look at the Kinetic Road Machine.
You'll have a top rated bike trainer and because this is a fluid trainer that gives a road realistic ride, you'll find yourself spending more time on your indoor trainer this off season. Plus, this trainer has patented technology which makes the fluid chamber leak proof... a feature which cannot be said of any other manufacturers fluid trainers. The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine offers a quiet ride and because it is Powertap calibrated, it will adjust resistance as you change speed.
Minoura RDA-800 Rim Drive Trainer " Red 5 Levels.
Bell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer
|Yes ($25 minimum)|
Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer