Home Training Buying Guide
HOME TRAINING BUYING GUIDE
Resistance, Roller or Direct Drive, Which Type of Indoor Turbo Training is Best?
There are three main types of indoor trainer systems, Resistance, Roller and Direct Drive. Each have their pros and cons and you’ll need to consider your budget, type of training and sensitivity to noise to decide which one is best for you.
RESISTANCE CYCLE TRAINERS
An easy-to-use and efficient training system, just lock your bike to the frame with the back tyre resting on the resistance roller, attach the remote resistance lever to your handlebars and start pedalling. The remote lever changes the resistance, while the power increases when you speed up and/or shift to a bigger gear. These are great low cost indoor trainers that will allow you to sweat it out through tough interval and sprint training. Choose from the simple budget magnetic system or the more expensive but quieter and more ride realistic fluid operated system. An air resistance trainer is another option but these can be quite noisy.
DIRECT DRIVE CYCLE TRAINERS
A direct drive cycle trainer is much more realistic and quieter than the magnetic or fluid resistance trainers. Simply remove your back wheel and fit the chain around a cassette mounted onto the trainer itself. This makes the system very stable with no rocking and you won’t get any tyre slippage or wear. It is also a very quiet trainer so you won’t upset the neighbours and you’ll be able to hear your training video or audio with ease.
SMART AND VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINERS
Other Home Training Accessories
HEART RATE MONITOR (HRM)
Because of the immediate feedback it provides, heart rate monitoring is an ideal training partner. Measure speed, distance, calories burned and even the heart rate range to train in depending on your fitness levels and your current state of fatigue to prevent over or under training.
TABLET / PHONE HOLDER
INDOOR TRAINER TYRE
TURBO TRAINER BAG