Riding a home trainer is a sport that has become much more commonplace in recent years. Many people think that home trainers are reserved for high-level athletes. That's far from the case! In this article we take a look at this sport and answer some of the most frequent questions from users like you.
Get your legs ready and ... LET'S RIDE!
WHAT IS TRAINING ON A HOME TRAINER?
A home trainer (also known as a home trainer) is a piece of sports equipment originally designed for pro cyclists to use to warm up before a race or to work on specific exercises. Nowadays, it's accessible to all, from beginners to experts, and provides a number of benefits.
There is now a wide range of different home trainers, with a low barrier to entry, attracting a growing number of users.
But getting down to specifics, who exactly is a home trainer for?
Actually, it's for everyone! From cyclists who want to be pushed to their limits, to those who want to exercise at a leisurely pace, to those who want to get back in shape while staying warm and dry, all riders are welcome to join in the fun of riding a home trainer!
HOW TO CHOOSE A HOME TRAINER?
Now that you know a bit about riding a home trainer, let's move on to the next step: choosing a home trainer. As you begin to research, you will quickly find that the range of available choices is very, very broad. So we've put together some pointers to help you find the one that matches your cycling level and your budget.
There are three types of home trainers.
- Trainers with a "classic" mechanism where the back wheel of your bike rests on a roller.
- Trainers with a "direct drivetrain" mechanism, where you place your bike's drivetrain directly on the home trainer (having removed your back wheel)
- "bike" trainers. This type of trainer has a built-in seat and handlebar, so you don't need a bike at all.
- Rollers: These allow you to ride in place, without any resistance.
Let's take a closer look at these 2 types;
"WHEEL ON" HOME TRAINERS
This type of home trainer is very easy to set up. Simply place your rear wheel axle onto the trainer (without having to remove the axle). It is however recommended to use a tyre designed specifically for home trainers.
This is because the continuous friction against the home trainer roller will cause premature wear on your back tyre which means you'll have to change it much more frequently if you use your home trainer regularly.
"BIKE" HOME TRAINERS
"Bike" home trainers, often simply called bike trainers, don't need a bike at all.
They provide highly precise adjustments that allow you to adjust the trainer to the exact same riding position as your bike. The advantage is that everything is built in, you don't need to mount your bike onto a peripheral accessory. This type of home trainer is even more stable, quieter, and powerful, and on the cutting edge technologically.