This morning I was, brutally, reminded that some areas of the country are still in the freezing cold and in the need of bike trainers. There are other reasons to ride a trainer outside of weather. Including dedicated training intervals, warming up at races and even darkness can force us inside on the dreaded trainer.
The New York Times recently published an article on various bike trainers that a woman tested for 90 minutes at a time. The article got me thinking about all the hours I spent on the trainer in Maryland and Massachusetts. I hated every minute of it and even the famed “rollers” that were supposed to be 100% better, stunk.
Technology of Highend Trainers
As anything, technology is increasing and trainers are becoming an experience instead of a chore. Computrainers and the Rock and Roll trainer are really pushing the envelope.
The best indoor trainers on the market, in my opinon. These trainers hook up to you computer, using a profile or set thresholds the trainer changes resistance on your tire to make it feel very real life. They also can be set up to 8 trainers connected to each other, then to the computer. This allows you to ride with others, race, draft and really interact with others.
I’m a bit spoiled as we have a fitness center inside of the shop I manage. We have 8 of these Computrainers and host multiple classes or rides per day. You can really use this as a training tool and optimize your time during the off-season or daylight savings.
The catch on the Computrainer is the cost. Starting at $1649, these trainers are for the diehard users.
Rock & Roll from Kurt by Kinetic
If you want to see a different way of thinking, check out the Rock & Roll. The movie below can say more than I, so I’ll stop now.
The Rock & Roll will create a core strength as well as aid in the hard resistance on your body that you normally may feel on a trainer.
Now, if you want the best of both world – take a Computrainer resistance unit and mount it to a Rock & Roll base unit.