Bicycling/Indoor Bike stand


I love biking in the summer and was thinking about getting one of theses for the winter. Something about stationary bikes just doesnt do it for me.
Do you have any advice? These are the ones I am looking at BTW.

Anything else would be way too expensive. Thanks for your help!


I tried the links, but one had expired and the other was by a manufacturer with whom I am not familiar.  To answer your question, the three best bike trainers I know are made by Kinetic, CycleOps and Blackburn, in that order.  What you are looking for in a trainer is (if you can find it) a beefy one-piece support for the bike (Kinetic and CycleOps have that, I believe) and overall solid welding.  If the tubes are thin and it has a bunch of welds, it will flex more when you are on it.  

In some cases you will have to choose between  fan resistance, magnetic resistance and fluid.  The fan is loudest, so good luck watching a movie or hearing music without headphones.  The magnetic is quieter and is adjustable, but can get quite hot.  The fluid-type is quietest, but is not usually adjustable.  However, like the fan, fluid increases resistance with speed, so all you really do is shift gears to increase resistance.

Hopefully this will give you a thumbnail sketch of the basics.  If you confine your search to those three brands, you really can't go far wrong.  They even show up at used sports equipment places periodically so it is worth checking at one of those or on classifieds or Craigslist.

Let me know if you want more detail on any of these points.  (BTW, I have owned a Blackburn, I own a Kinetic Road Machine and I also have a CycleOps Pro 300 stationary bike).



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Graeme Henderson


I can answer questions pertaining to cycling training, mountain bike racing, bike repair (mountain, road, time trial, tandem, cyclocross), triathlon competition and training (mostly biking and running), and Spinning


Expert mountain bike racer (starting racing in 1989), raced in 5 different state series, built all my own bikes. Worked in a bike shop during summer. Currently in my fifth year of teaching Spinning at a major gym chain. Have developed and now teach a weekly triathlon class at the same gym.



Awards and Honors
One state mountain bike series top 5 finish. Raced in several ultras: Laramie Enduro, Leadville 100, 24 Hours of Moab, 24 Hours of Snowshoe. Gold finisher in El Tour de Tucson. Top 10 finish at XTERRA East Championships. Currently, regular top 15 finisher in Ohio triathlon series (top 3 in age group).
Qualifier, USAT Olympic Distance Nationals. Qualifier, XTERRA Nationals.

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