For cycling enthusiasts it certainly has never been better! There are a variety of options available to choose from the best in indoor cycling equipment. Gone are the days when they were dependent on the weather to cycle outdoors. Science and technology had made it possible to remain fit and cycle away to glory from within the comfort of your home. With such a wide range of indoor cycling equipment available in the markets how does one decide which is the best suited for him or her. The decision is generally subject to one’s personal budget and the passion for riding that you have. Some of the options to choose from are:
Roller Bike Trainers: These are the simplest and most basic and consist of a set of rollers that allows a user to pedal, while remaining stationary. While they are the most inexpensive it can be a challenge to maintain your balance like on an actual bike. It has a considerable learning curve in the beginning to master and takes time and practice to master.
Mechanical Bike Trainers: These are specially designed and offer some level of resistance to make it more challenging for the rider. This could be in the form of magnetic, fluid or wind resistance. Generally they come with a frame to hold the rear wheel vertical, which makes it easier to balance. In comparison to roller mechanical bike trainers are smaller to store but are more expensive in cost.
Wind Bicycle Trainers: It is generally the cheapest of mechanical resistant trainers in which the cyclist powers a fan that then transfers the air onto the wheel that creates resistance. They are cheaper in cost because of the simplicity in design. They are more durable and considered to be reliable. While they simulate a real road ride that can be fairly noisy!
Magnetic Bicycle Trainers: These are composed of a magnetic flywheel, at the back of the trainer, that creates a magnetic pull on a bike’s back wheel, thus creating resistance. It offers greater flexibility where the rider can increase or decrease the level of resistance as per his training needs and comfort levels.
Fluid Bicycle Trainers: The most expensive and complicated of all he trainers. While it offers a more authentic experience of a real road ride, the chances of them breaking down is far greater as they are complicated in structure. A major downside is that can heat easily and also are susceptible to leaks. And they can be very expensive as well!
Virtual Reality Trainers: These are the latest state-of-the-art trainers but are prohibitively expensive. While they offer a number of benefits and a realistic feel in a number of simulated artificial environments, their sheer cost makes them the least affordable.