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Bicycling: How to Choose the Best Indoor Bike Trainer

All cyclist prefers riding outdoors, but in times when 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 basic types of bike 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 that increases the rear wheel spins more quickly, either due to pedaling faster or using a bigger gear. Wind trainers are the cheapest trainers available, and they are simple yet durable. 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 type of indoor bike trainer, and it sits freely on three precision drums inside a frame and these smaller-diameter drums provide more resistance. 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 most stable set up for indoor bicycling riding, reduce wear and tear on your bike and are the quietest option.

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. “Smart” trainer means having 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 various online training platforms. Few trainers have a pivot on an articulating base, wherein you can stand up and pedal while leaning the bike side to side just as when you do on the road.

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