At Higher Gear, we have the right indoor trainer to meet your training needs and budget. To help you get your indoor training area set up, we also have the accessories that you will need. Here are the trainer accessories we recommend to make your indoor training experience as smooth as possible:
A Riser Block puts your front wheel at the same height as your rear wheel. More importantly, it also allows you to remain stable while your bike is in the trainer. CycleOps’ Climbing Riser Block has a unique three-level design lets you select the level of difficulty. Stack two blocks for 12 different adjustment levels and to simulate climbing workouts.
The Kinetic Turntable Riser Ring is an absolute necessity for anyone riding the Rock and Roll Trainer. Features a swiveling base that allows the front wheel to move freely and helps a rider perfect their technique. With four available heights, the riser ring is designed to meet the needs of riders who want a level bike when they train or riders who want to simulate riding uphill on their trainer.
This mat is a must on any carpeted surface and a bonus on hardwood. It protects your floors from sweat and any spills from your water bottle. Its durable construction absorbs vibration and noise and it’s grippy surface keeps your trainer in place even during intense training.
Time spent in the trainer will destroy your road tire. Continental’s Hometrainer Tire is made with a special cold-running compound so it doesn’t experience the heat buildup of a road tire. This means that you’ll have the most efficiency from your tire while training indoors and that your road tires won’t be compromised.
Your CycleOps trainer will come with a trainer skewer. If you have multiple bikes at home, an additional trainer skewer is an inexpensive way to save yourself the time of swapping skewers from bike to bike. This rear skewer is compatible with CycleOps trainers as well as with CompuTrainer units – so you’ll only need one skewer all winter long.
While we’re discussing your indoor training area, we have suggestions to optimize your space. Most importantly, make sure you have a decent fan blowing straight at you. This helps mimic the breeze you experience while riding outdoors and will help keep your core temperature down while riding indoors.
We also suggest having a television in front of you. Even better, include a DVD player to use the Race Day DVD that comes with your purchase of your CycleOps trainer.
Here’s a great visual guide to setting up your indoor training space from Bicycling.com:
- Water: Expect to drink more than you would outside.
- Fans: Keep your body (and your back tire) cool.
- Rubber mat: You’ll drip sweat, and your trainer might skid as you hammer. (Also protects carpets and floors from sweat and drink mixes.)
- Towel: Drape it over the frame to protect it from moisture. (Protects your bike frame and components from the same corrosive liquids you don’t want on your floor.)
- Riser Block: Bike-specific risers level the wheels. The white pages work if you’re in a fix.
- Entertainment: TV, iPod, training buddy.
Ready to set up your indoor training space?
- Don’t have your indoor trainer yet? Check out the indoor trainers we have available at Higher Gear.
- Check out indoor trainer workouts.
- Ready to be pushed to the next level? Try the T-Max workout.
- Don’t want to ride solo? Ride with us in our boutique CompuTrainer Studio.
Willing to brave the outdoors?