How do Gearheads maintain the endurance we’ve built up all year? How do we keep up the level of fitness we’ve worked so hard to achieve? How do we fit in those cycling workouts when the daylight has ended before our commute home from work has? An easy and inexpensive solution is to be able to train indoors at home.
We have customers who have dedicated rooms to their indoor cycling experience. Most make a little room in their garage or basement. Regardless of where in your home you set up, Higher Gear has everything you need for your indoor training.
To begin with, you’ll need a trainer. Which trainer is right for you depends on your training priorities, your indoor space and your budget.
The Fluid² (msrp $340) is our trainer of choice for several reasons. This is one of the quietest trainers on the market. If your training space shares a room in the house where other people are present, this is a great option. To those whose primary concern is performance, this trainer is designed to capture real road feel through the precision–balanced flywheel.
For those already familiar with the Fluid Trainer, this “squared” version has been upgraded. The adjusted fluid levels provide better resistance. The improved position of sealed–cartridge bearings allows for better inertia. Both mean an ultra quiet ride that ensures increased wattage as you increase your speed.
And just like riding outside, simply shift gears to increase or decrease resistance. When you spin your wheels on the Fluid², it feels like you’re actually getting somewhere.
Nice and smooth and quiet
Living in a 2nd floor apartment just outside of NYC, it was important to purchase a trainer that would be quiet and not affect my neighbors. Although it has a dull “hum” while I’m spinning, the sound level is well under what I consider acceptable in the attempt to not disturb others in my building. The setup coming out of the box was easy and only took a few minutes.
Smooth and quiet
Bought this to replace a mag-trainer for the winter months. Very pleased. It is quieter than the mag unit and am happy with the resistance – does seem to mimic the “road feel” of resistance with increased speed better than the mag unit.
New from CycleOps is the Magneto Trainer (msrp $280). Designed with the same PowerBand technology that’s in the Fluid², resistance levels vary with cadence and gear shifts. Centrifugal forces automatically adjust resistance via sliding magnets and springs.
The CycleOps Magneto presents a nice compromise between the realistic feeling and easy to use Fluid² and the cost-effective Mag+ Trainer.
Just what I was looking for
This trainer is very easy to use. I was looking for a unit that my wife and I could both use. This is it. We can change from her bike to mine in seconds. No adjusting to do. Plenty quiet. We have it in the tv room and we have no problem hearing. Well built and very stable.
For those on a budget or who care less about trainer noise, the Mag+ (msrp $220) is a great option. This trainer has five-position adjustment makes it easy to vary your workouts. Like the Fluid 2 Trainer, the Mag+ comes with a training skewer and the Race Day training DVD.
Definitely add this to your arsenal!
I love my Mag+ Trainer! My Sprint triathlon season is over (I’m a newbie) but I see the value in offseason training. This product is durable & easy to assemble. I’d recommend adding the Climbing Riser Block so you can add climbing to your training. I was concerned about the noise level but on carpet (& with music pumping) it’s minimal. I’m stoked can’t wait to see what improvements I make.
My first trainer
I’m using the mag+ to train and keep in shape this winter. It’s my first trainer. I don’t know why any one would say it’s to loud. With a road bike tire, I listen to my computer just fine. It seem’s that a few dvd’s or other motivation to keep you on the trainer for the winter month’s is key. It would be boring otherwise. I love it and expect to hit the road next spring in great shape.
If you have questions about which trainer is right for you, our knowledgeable staff can help guide you. Meanwhile, 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.
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 you’re setting up your indoor training space, 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.
- Towel: Drape it over the frame to protect it from moisture.
- Riser Block: Bike-specific risers level the wheels. The white pages work if you’re in a fix.
- Entertainment: TV, iPod, training buddy.
Bored of your indoor routine? Check out suggestions for stepping up your indoor training.
If you’re not in to riding solo, join us indoors this winter in our boutique CompuTrainer Studio.
Come in to Higher Gear where we have all your indoor training needs covered.