Winter is Coming: Equipment for Cycling Inside
When winter hits and the snow starts to fall, it becomes difficult to get outside and train on the road. Bicycles are not meant to withstand the intensive snowy weather. Add wind resistance and slippery cement, and an accident is waiting to happen. [slideshow:1152]
But whether you are training for a triatholon or just want to stay fit, people still need to pedal. The solution: bicycle trainers. A trainer is a piece of equipment that keeps your bike stationary while allowing you to ride it. It's a neat contraption that allows the rider to train indoors in a small space.
Usually, the trainer has a frame and clamp to keep the bike steady. Many have different types of resistances so that you can get the same feel as if you were riding outside. While trainers can't do everything the outdoors can for your riding experience, many have unique attributes that try to emulate the experience best they can.
To get ready for the frigid season, we've compiled a list of the best bicycle trainers and equipment. They range in price and style so whether you are buying your first, or are looking to upgrade, there is a trainer in this list for everyone.
CycleOps Fluid Trainer
Get a road-like feel with this fluid resistance unit. Customize your ride by simply shifting your own gears through the large, precision balanced flywheel. You can complete your training goals easily and get the most out of indoor riding.
Buy it on CycleOps.com for $349.99
Travel Trac Technique PRO Alloy Rollers
This roller unit offers a stimulating feel while improving balance and smoothing your spin at an affordable price. The frame folds easily for storage or transport and can fit bikes up to a 22" wheelbase.
Buy it on PerformanceBike.com for $199.99