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 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’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 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 simple, durable and one of the cheapest trainers. 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. 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 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 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 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.
Now, trainers have an option to add power tracking as one of their options, and 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.